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Spend a fun-filled day in Montgomery County, NY. Enjoy Two Exciting Events Sponsored by Montgomery County Tourism!

Montgomery Kayak-a-thon

On Saturday, August 26, kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards are all invited to join Visit Montgomery County and the Amsterdam Rotary as we launch from the Aqueduct Boat Launch at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site and travel east along the Mohawk River, through Locks 12 and 11, for a special paddle down river that concludes at Port Jackson in Amsterdam.

Check-in will begin at 8am at the Schoharie Crossing Boat Launch. Participants can drop their kayaks, canoes and paddle boards, and then park at Lorenzo’s Southside, near Port Jackson, with shuttle service provided back to the boat launch. A post-event lunch will be available for participants at Lorenzo’s Southside.

Kayak rentals are available for participants who may not have their own boat, and each registration includes a raffle ticket for the chance to win a kayak.

Click here to register and learn more »

 

 

Cops & Joggers 5K & 10K
On Saturday, September 9, Visit Montgomery County and the Amsterdam PBA will be co-hosting this year’s expanded Cops & Joggers 5K & 10K.

This year’s event will offer running enthusiasts of all skill levels to enjoy a picturesque run through Riverlink Park in Amsterdam and along the Erie Canalway Trail.

This year’s event will include a new 10K route available for those participants who are looking to take their run a little further and see some more of our beautiful county.

Pre-register for the race by August 31 and you’re guaranteed a stylish, custom designed shirt. Awards will be presented to the top 3 finishers, male and female, in each age group and proceeds from the race will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Montgomery County. Click here to learn more and sign up »

 

Have Cabin Fever? Find Your New Favorite Restaurant in Montgomery County, NY

March often awakens dormant plants, golfers yearning for spring, and hopefully this year— your taste buds.Whether it is the sweet scent of warm cinnamon sugar or aromatic herbs sizzling in a saucepan— something is sure to entice you to Take a Bite of Montgomery, from March 27 through April 2.

But— this isn’t your average “Restaurant Week”. Across Montgomery County, businesses will offer special cuisines or prices. Many spots are located within a few miles of one of the county’s three thruway exits. Montgomery County’s central location is a recipe for the perfect foodie field trip! Make sure to follow Take a Bite of Montgomery for features, newly added participants and mouthwatering #foodie pics. Please use the hashtag #MontgomeryCountyEats to share the meals you eat throughout the week. Each location you visit enters you for the chance to win a prize! You can also send your pictures to tourism@co.montgomery.ny.us

2023 Participating Locations:

Bosco’s Family Restaurant and Bar, 165 Division Street, Amsterdam

The Bridge Street Diner, 10 Bridge St, Suite 1, Street. St. Johnsville

 

Eisenadler Brauhaus, 88 East Main Street, Nelliston

Erie Station Bar & Grill, 7 Canal Street, Fort Plain

Europa Café, 319 Forest Avenue, Amsterdam

Greenview Restaurant, 152 Golf Club Road, Canajoharie

Highwheeler Coffee, 84 Canal Street, Fort Plain

Hummingbird Hills Winery, 1442 Burtonville Road, Fultonville

Iroquois Lanes, 192 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie

Lombardo’s Pizza, 7845 State Hwy 5, St. Johnsville

Loopie’s Irish Pub, 410 Mohawk Dr, Fonda, NY

Mediterranean Kitchen, 18 Canal Street, Fort Plain

Ripepi’s Restaurant, 7850 NY-5, St. Johnsville

Rosito’s Bakery, 37 James Street, Amsterdam

Sleepy Forest Bake Shop, 28 Canal Street, Fort Plain

Southside Slice, 68 Bridge Street, Amsterdam

Taco 29, 36 Church Street, Canajoharie

The Rustic Loft, 4740 State Highway 30, Amsterdam

The Rustic Red House, 3787 State Highway 30A, Fultonville

The Table at Fort Plain, 70 Canal Street, Fort Plain

Tylutki Family Farms, 197 Caswell Road, Palatine Bridge

Don’t Let Snow Slow Down Your Fun in the Sun

When the temperatures start to drop, many people shy away from outdoor activities. But just because there’s snow on the ground doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy everything that makes Montgomery County unique and beautiful. Just remember to dress accordingly.

Whatever your passion, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this time of year.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter, Canajoharie’s Wintergreen Park, the Thomas H. Burbine Memorial Forest in Charleston, and the Landis Arboretum are just a few of the many forest preserves and nature trails that dot Montgomery County’s landscape. Each trail offers cross-country skiers and snowshoers incredible natural vistas, and exciting opportunities for short, intermediate or full-day outings.

Located near the confluence of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River, visitors to Schoharie Crossing SHS will encounter the remains of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct (pictured), which harkens to earlier times in our nation’s history. Further along the trail, sightseers can explore early sections of the world-famous Erie Canal.

Looking for something a little bit more fast paced? Snowmobilers can be found crisscrossing Montgomery County daily on the nearly 200 miles of groomed trails. Maintained by a network of local snowmobile clubs, Montgomery County’s trails offer fun rides, attractive scenery and welcoming stops along the way. Click on the map to plan your next ride and then visit the dining section of our “Things To Do” page, to find the perfect stop along your route.

These are just a few of the ways you can enjoy the great outdoors in Montgomery County all winter long. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see more suggestions and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube page.

 

Satisfy Your Craving in Montgomery County!

For many, the winter doldrums are settling in and warmer weather seems far off. If you’re feeling a little melancholy, Montgomery County, NY, has a variety of options to bring some sunshine to your day. Whether it’s a good drink, a delicious meal, or a tasty treat, you can find the perfect pick-me-up at one of our local establishments.

Looking to raise a glass? Eisenadler Brauhaus, Montgomery County’s first craft brewery, boasts a stable of traditional German beers, including Oktoberfest (6.0 ABV), hefeweizen (5.6 ABV), pilsner (5.5 ABV), and bock (6.0 ABV), all served in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Before you head out, be sure to check out their social media for special events, musical performances and much more.

Need a complete meal? Lorenzo’s Southside, a fourth-generation family run business, bills itself as “a family operation from start to finish — in the kitchen, in the dining room and on the business end.” Open six days per week, the menu builds off the family’s deep Italian roots, with homemade pastas and other classic dishes, as well as homemade bread and the family’s legendary salad dressing. But what really makes mouths water is the authentic Neapolitan pizza – cooked in a 900-degree, imported wood-burning oven.

Craving a sweet treat? Open Tuesdays to Sundays, Rosito’s Bakery is stocked with a delightful selection of delicacies. Made daily using the freshest ingredients, Rosito’s not only serves pastries, but also boasts a full deli, and a professional cake artist that can prepare specialty cakes for your next event.

These are just a few of the many great restaurants, tap-rooms and bakeries that proudly call Montgomery County home. To learn more about the dining experiences you can have, check out the complete list on our website.

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NYS History Month Series At Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site announces that it will conduct the eighth annual Tuesday Talk series to recognize New York State History Month this October.  Each week a speaker will present on regional or New York State related history.  All presentations are free and open to the public. They will begin at 6:30 PM in the Enders House adjacent to the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter. Refreshments will be provided, and donations are always appreciated.

On October 4th, Anne Clothier from the Saratoga Historical Society at Brookside Museum will present, “Medicine, Maladies, and Mortality.”  This presentation will include a display of medical instruments as Clothier discusses how illnesses influenced the lives of our ancestors.  Her focus will be toward medical technology and at home practices between 1750-1920.

Tuesday, October 11th Cassandra Castle from the Herkimer Historical Society will discuss some of that county’s history. Discover some curious facts about its people and places. Castle will cover how Herkimer County was founded, who it’s named for and some of the mysterious events that have happened in its history.  The program is designed to be a wicked good time, showing how Herkimer County is a diamond in the crown of the Mohawk Valley.

October 18th, Brad Utter, a Senior Historian and Curator at the New York State Museum will be discussing the Button Fire Engine Company. For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, New York State was a hotbed of fire engine and apparatus manufacturing. One of the main players in that industry was Lysander Button of Waterford. Starting around 1831, Lysander Button worked his way up the ladder from mechanic turned inventor to owner of the firm that would eventually take his name. Utter will present the results of his latest research on Mr. Button, his company, and the engines they made, which were said to set the “Standard of the Age.”

Rounding out the series, on Tuesday, October 25th is Caitlin Sheldon, who is an independent historian that focuses on clothing of by-gone eras. She will present, “Dress in the Gilded Age.” Learn about the fashions that inspired the HBO show, “The Gilded Age,” and watch a dressing demonstration of the many layers and pieces that make up the lady’s fashionable ensemble. Caitlin Sheldon is a public librarian by day and hobby historical costumer in any bit of spare time she has. Sheldon has been sewing historical costumes since 2014 and takes inspiration from movies and shows as well as from the historical documents she finds in her library’s archives.

 

New York State History Month:

October is designated as New York State History Month by the New York State Legislature with the addition of Section 57.02 to the state’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Law.  “The purpose of this month shall be to celebrate the history of New York State and recognize the contributions of the state and local historians.”  New York State History Month represents an opportunity for historians, cultural institutions, and the public to assert the vital importance of preserving and learning about our state’s history.

For information about this program, please call the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516, email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov, or visit our Facebook page.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 78 million people annually.  For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow-on Twitter.

The Remarkable, Irresistible Erie: A Musical Performance

The Arkell Museum, The Friends of Schoharie Crossing, and the Canajoharie Library are excited to collaborate and bring “The Remarkable, Irresistible Erie” to the Great Hall at the Arkell on Sunday, September 25th at 2pm. This performance includes some well-known canal songs and some you may have never heard before.

We all know “Low Bridge, Everybody Down,” but what about some of the other music from the Erie Canal? Join us at the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library for a 90-minute concert presenting music and stories of the people, places, and history of the Erie Canal. The concert features songs by folklorist and historian George Ward, Canadian Joe Grant, Dan Berggren and Jean Ritchie, along with other familiar traditional Erie Canal Songs.

Featured musicians and singers will be George Wilson, Paul Draper, George Ward, Annie Rosen, Jonny Rosen, Kate Blain, and Alan Thomson on the piano. The Old Songs, Inc. production is directed by Ms. “Andy” Spence.

This performance is free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome. Masks are encouraged but not required. Doors will open at 1:30pm. “The Remarkable, Irresistible Erie” is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts, Arkell Museum, and Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.

For more information about this program, please contact the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, (518) 673-2314, info@arkellmuseum.org or at 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie, NY 13317.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY TO HOST 250THCELEBRATION FOR HISTORIC TRYON COUNTY

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of historic Tryon County, Montgomery County will host a community celebration that will feature a presentation and curatorial exhibition prepared by the County’s Department of History and Archives; bus tours of the associated historic sites; reenactors from 1st and 3rd Tryon County Militia groups; 2nd Regt. Albany County Militia; goods for sale by local artisans; and activities for kids courtesy of the Utica Children Museum’s mobile museum.

Preceding the Declaration of Independence, Tryon County was carved from Albany County in March of 1772 and was comprised of territory as far north as the St. Lawrence River, as far south as the Pennsylvania border, and as far west as the territories of the Six Nations. The county was name in honor of William Tryon, the last provincial governor of New York. It featured prominently during the Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Oriskany, which was fought on August 6, 1777, between 740 Tryon militiamen, supported by 60 allied Oneidas, and the British Army.

Montgomery County’s Tryon County 250thcelebration will also feature a chicken barbecue to benefit the Montgomery County Heritage & Genealogical Society. Additional information about Tryon County can be found HERE.

WHO: Kelly Farquhar, Montgomery County Historian

Norm Bollen, President, Mohawk Country Association

WHERE: Old Montgomery County Courthouse

9 Park Street Fonda, NY 12068-1500

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

First Bus Tour Departure

11:30 a.m.

Presentation by the Montgomery County Historian

12:15 p.m.

Second Bus Tour Departure
12:30 p.m.

Third Bus Tour Departure
1:30 p.m.

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Wildlife Crossings Program at Schoharie Crossing

The Friends of Schoharie Crossing are excited to host a follow up presentation on the wildlife monitoring program being conducted by the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy in Montgomery County.  Sarah Walsh, the MHLC Associate Director will be in the Enders House on Tuesday, July 26th at 6:30pm to discuss their project and findings.

This program will look at the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy conducts their conservation work in Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery counties. This presentation will provide a brief overview of MHLC and introduce the audience to their latest partnership with The Nature Conservancy to address wildlife crossings in this region. You will learn about the importance of the Catskill to Adirondack Conservation Corridor and how we are working on the ground to ensure wildlife connectivity in a disconnected world.

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy has been conserving and stewarding the lands and waters of the Mohawk and Hudson River valleys for the benefit of people and the environment since 1992.

The presentation will be preceded by a brief Friends of Schoharie Crossing meeting.  This program and the meeting are free and open to the public.

The Friends of Schoharie Crossing are a 501c3 non-profit organization who support the mission of Schoharie Crossing in offering educational and recreational programs at the site. They meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday from April to October at 6:30pm. The group also provides assistance in volunteer projects, field trips, and other advocacy for the historic site.

For more information about programs at Schoharie Crossing, please contact the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516, email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov, or visit our NYS Parks webpage. The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center is location at 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter, NY 12069.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 78 million people annually.  For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow-on Twitter.

Not Just for Kids Storytelling Series Returns for 30th Year

The Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site are excited to announce that the 30th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling series will occur at the Erie Canal historic site in 2022.  Award winning storytellers from the region will perform tales to intrigue, legends to compel, and stories that illustrate how we are all connected as human beings. The series is open to the public and is meant for all ages. It runs on Sunday evenings at 6pm from July 31st to August 28th outside the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street in Fort Hunter, New York.

Eileen Mack and Claire Nolan will begin the series on July 31st with a set of stories they call “Blessings of Trees & Earth: Stories Honoring the Natural World.”  These talented and accomplished tellers are from the Capital-Region with years of experience engaging audiences of all ages.

On August 7th, Lale Davidson will perform “Folktales and Family Tales: Quaking Bogs, Fairy Queens, and Mystery on the High Plains.”  Davidson comes from a strong line of storytellers, from Kentucky cousins telling family tales around the kitchen table to her mother conjuring Greek gods on camping trips across Europe. This program combines Irish fairy tales about chasing corpses through quaking bogs with true family tales of mysterious lights on the high plains in South America, taken from her magical realist novel, Blue Woman Burning. She’ll also tell stories from her collection, Strange Appetites, published by Red Penguin Books.

August 14th, the multi-talented Tim Van Egmond will dazzle the audience with, “The Eye of the Beholder,” a program of tales about epiphanies of beauty and insight. Have you ever had an experience in which something suddenly raised your awareness and appreciation, and it’s as if curtains were pulled away or you were seeing with new eyes? Including folktales and a personal tale, these stories have shifts in perspective like this, openings for the mind and the heart that lead to new understanding.

Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation, Perry Ground has been telling stories for more than 25 years as a way of educating people about the culture, beliefs, and history of the Haudenosaunee (sometimes known as Iroquois) Confederacy. Ground will be at Schoharie Crossing on August 21st with “Stories from the People of the Longhouse.” This presentation is filled with traditional Haudenosaunee legends that have been told for hundreds of years. These stories teach about the beliefs, customs, and history of the Haudenosaunee people.

Concluding the series will be The Storycrafters on August 28th.  Barry Marshall, and Jeri Burns, PhD have been working together as The Storycrafters since 1991 and have been the recipients of the National Storytelling Network’s “Circle of Excellence” Award.  They believe in the time-tested wisdom of traditional stories and share that wisdom with today’s audiences. They strive to honor world cultures by telling the old stories in respectful ways, often integrating the musical instruments, songs or dances indigenous to that region. Then of course, look out for their original modern renditions of the oldest stories … some of their most requested material.

This free series is rain or shine. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the outdoor performances. If raining, we will hold performances inside the Enders House adjacent to the Visitor Center. Donations are always greatly appreciated and gladly accepted.

The grounds for the site are open all year from sunrise to sunset.  Visitor Center hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm. Group reservations available for off hours.

For information about these events or what is available at Schoharie Crossing, please call the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516 or email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov. Find and like us on Facebook. For more information about New York State Parks, visit the website at www.nysparks.com.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 78 million people annually.  For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

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