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July 2022

Kayak Through History: Waterford 7/6

July 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Waterford Boat Launch, Waterford Boat Launch + Google Map
$35.00
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 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

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Drink the Seasons: Madeira

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$30.00 1 ticket left

Drink the Seasons is back for an evening of madeira and more at Brouwer House Creative. Led by historian John Gearing, we’ll make — and sample — a variety of historic libations, made with seasonal ingredients. Relax on the patio of Schenectady's oldest home this summer, as we mix up a few rounds of madeira-based cocktails. The most popular wine of 18th century America,  George Washington typically enjoyed a few glasses after dinner.  Rare Wine Co. has recently recreated the dominant colonial styles, and we'll sample some bottles from their Historic Series. $30; pre-registration required. Must be 21+ with valid ID.

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Walking Tour: Schenectady Underground

July 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$12.00 Sold out

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 7/13

July 13 @ 6:00 pm
$35.00 9 tickets left
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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Howlin’ at the Moon

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on July 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm

One event on August 11, 2022 at 7:00 pm

One event on September 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm

One event on October 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Back for 2022, and again presented by Everest Rising, our Howlin’ at the Moon Concert Series showcases regional bluegrass, Americana, folk, indie, and more.

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We own and operate three historic sites in Schenectady County – home to exhibitions, events, and programs.

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