It is unfortunate that we had to postpone the Mohawk Gateway Canal Festival to next year, August 8, 2015.
Looking forward to next year’s event we will be celebrating the Mohawk Towpath Byway’s tenth anniversary as one of America’s Byways©. The Festival will take advantage of the permanent docking facility at the Maritime Center that will be complete by then, all activities will be handicapped accessible by then, and there will be more activities to appeal to our participants and their families.
The Capital Region Maritime Center develops and offers programs, services and other activities for youth and the general population related to education, history, recreation, travel and tourism, ecological and natural sciences and maritime occupations. The facility is located on the banks of the Mohawk River in Alplaus with a commanding panorama of the Erie Canal and our maritime navigation corridor.
The Mohawk Towpath Byway is one of only 150 unique Byways and All American Roads across the country that present the story of the American culture and history. Described as a short Byway with a long history it provides residents and visitors a way to discover the many stories of the only water level route through the Appalachian Mountains. Stories include the natural history, native people’s stories, early European influences, the Erie Canal, the role our communities played in the westward expansion of the country and Industrial Revolution and continues as a center of invention and innovation.
If you would like to be a part of the planning effort please join us for the next organizational committee meeting 7 PM on August 19 at the Maritime Center. If you have ideas for sponsors for the event please contact the Byway.