This week has been trouble and I thought I would pass all of it by and bring via the blog an event scheduled for this weekend. My friends at the Erie Canal Park in Camillus, Liz & Dave Bebee and all there volunteers, are holding Towpath Day. Earlier this year I spoke there to the new and old volunteers and I always marvel at the new things and the new history that is available..so here is the "skinny" on the upcoming event...really worth a visit!
Towpath Day in Camillus
The summer is heating up and as usual the Camillus Erie Canal Park on DeVoe Road in Camillus will be celebrating Towpath on August 8, from 10-4.
The park, located on the first enlargement of the canal where it crosses the Town of Camillus, is about seven miles long and features many displays on the history of the canal, the area near Gere Lock, which was lock number 50, as well as the newly restored Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct. The first enlargement of the Erie Canal was completed in 1862 with a depth of seven feet and a width of seventy feet with 32 active aqueducts at a length of 350 miles.
At the park site just off of Devoe Road is Sims Store, the centerpiece of this fun, family event! Sims is a replica of a store as it would have looked in the 1850’s. The actual store was located a couple miles away near Belle Isle and Gere Lock. This beautiful rustic building houses maps of the canal, photos, and models of the locks, aqueducts and canal boats and looks much the way it did during the days of travelers along this historic waterway.
This year’s theme is “Boats Afloat on the Erie Canal”! and features the Rotary 5 K Mule Skinner Race which begins at 9 AM, the Circus Boat where there will be "kids stuff" featuring Make and Take from the Home Depot, and old fashion games. There will boats and wagon rides with crafts, raffles, demonstrations including Mules, Lock Demonstration and a Steam up.
The Showboat will include the Morris Dancers, Dr. Tom Dooley Chorus and Jason the Entertainer/ Magician.
So come out for a Summertime Fling with great food and music by Diamond Someday and the Soda Ash 6.
For more information call 315-391-7020. Or go to www.eriecanalcamillus.com. Admission is Free and parking is available by shuttle cart transportation from DOT site, which is near by!
Here is a video I did for them this year...enjoy!