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June 2022

Kayak Through History: Schenectady 6/29

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$35.00 Sold out
Kayak Through History Schenectady

This year, the popular Mohawk river paddling tours return to both Schenectady and Waterford. For centuries, Schenectady’s history has revolved around the mighty Mohawk River. Our Schenectady kayak tour takes you from the modern Mohawk Harbor to the site of our city’s ancient port. In nearby Waterford, history lives at the meeting of New York's two great waterways! The town of Waterford has long been a vital crossroads for the people of this area. Our Waterford tour takes you between picturesque islands and through the grand locks of the Erie Canal.  Along both routes, our expert guide will regale you with the history of the area. Guests will be provided with a kayak, life vest, and paddle. Guests should be prepared to paddle for about two hours. There are no bathrooms at either site. Full schedule: Schenectady Dates: meet at Mohawk Harbor near Druthers Wed, June 15 @ 6pm Sat, June 18 @ 10am Wed, June 29 @ 6pm Sat, July 2 @ 10am Wed, July 13  @ 6pm Sat, July 16 @ 10am Wed, Aug 31 @ 6pm Sept TBD Waterford Dates: meet at Waterford Boat Launch at First and Front Street Wed, June 22 @ 6pm Sat, June 25 @ 10am Wed, July 6 @ 6pm Wed, Aug 10 @ 6pm Sat, Aug 13 @ 10am Sept TBD

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July 2022

Walking Tour: Schenectady Underground

July 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$12.00

Join us for an archaeology walking tour of the Stockade, with stops at significant archaeological dig sites in the neighborhood. Dan Bradt, a trained local archaeologist will lead us through the streets, discussing and discovering the unique and little know tidbits hidden beneath Schenectady's surface. We'll even peek into the rear of a few properties for special access to former and current excavation sites. History, mystery long, forgotten graves, and unearthed relics are the stars of this 1-2 hour tour of Schenectady's oldest neighborhood!

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Kayak Through History: Schenectady 7/2

July 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$35.00 Sold out
Kayak Through History Schenectady

This year, the popular Mohawk river paddling tours return to both Schenectady and Waterford. For centuries, Schenectady’s history has revolved around the mighty Mohawk River. Our Schenectady kayak tour takes you from the modern Mohawk Harbor to the site of our city’s ancient port. In nearby Waterford, history lives at the meeting of New York's two great waterways! The town of Waterford has long been a vital crossroads for the people of this area. Our Waterford tour takes you between picturesque islands and through the grand locks of the Erie Canal.  Along both routes, our expert guide will regale you with the history of the area. Guests will be provided with a kayak, life vest, and paddle. Guests should be prepared to paddle for about two hours. There are no bathrooms at either site. Full schedule: Schenectady Dates: meet at Mohawk Harbor near Druthers Wed, June 15 @ 6pm Sat, June 18 @ 10am Wed, June 29 @ 6pm Sat, July 2 @ 10am Wed, July 13  @ 6pm Sat, July 16 @ 10am Wed, Aug 31 @ 6pm Sept TBD Waterford Dates: meet at Waterford Boat Launch at First and Front Street Wed, June 22 @ 6pm Sat, June 25 @ 10am Wed, July 6 @ 6pm Wed, Aug 10 @ 6pm Sat, Aug 13 @ 10am Sept TBD

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Schenectady County Independence Day Celebration

July 3 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Schenectady County Legislature is proud to announce the 2022 Schenectady County Independence Day Celebration at the Historic Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction. This FREE family festival will feature live music and fireworks! The celebration begins at 5pm with family friendly activities, musical performances, and craft vendors. A Fireworks Spectacular will begin at dark (approximately 9:15pm). Food and Beverage will be available for purchase. Please no glass bottles or containers and outside alcohol is not permitted. This is a rain or shine event, but as with most outdoor musical concerts the event may be canceled due to extreme weather or heavy rain. Rain updates will be posted on the Schenectady County website and Facebook page and tweeted to all of our followers. The celebration would not be possible without the support of our partners at the Schenectady County Historical Society and the Mabee Farm Historic Site as well as the Town of Rotterdam.

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Secret Stockade

July 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$35.00 Sold out

The Stockade and its secrets come to life on this behind-the-scenes journey through the neighborhood. Though a national historic district, the Stockade is alive with the smells and sounds of a vibrant, ever-changing neighborhood. Walk its storied streets, meet local characters, and learn its legends and lore with us this year. Tickets are $35, include exclusive access to Stockade homes and gardens, and lunch at Arthur's Market, which specializes in great coffee and house-made sandwiches and salads. This tour lasts approximately three hours, and is offered -- by reservation-- on the first Wednesday of the month in warm months.

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