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Fall Foliage Report: September 11-17

I LOVE NY starts the “New York Fall Foliage Report (opens in a new tab) ” on September 11 and will continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first or second week in November.  Montgomery County has started its own annual report this year as well.

Reporting station:  Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site (opens in a new tab) , Fort Hunter

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend:  5%

Brilliance: Dull

Predominating colors: Mostly green with small hints of yellow

Rating: Just beginning

Erie Canalway Trail

The leaves are just beginning to change in Montgomery County.  While green is still predominant, there are touches of yellow.

This weekend the Landis Arboretum (opens in a new tab) is hosting the Full Moon Music Series (opens in a new tab) with the Red Haired Strangers. “Find the magic of the moon” with live music at the Meeting House.  This is a rare full moon on Friday the thirteenth – enjoy the crisp air and spectacular views!

On Saturday, the first annual Canajoharie Street Fair (opens in a new tab) will take place in Downtown Canajoharie.  The event will feature live music, vendor booths, food trucks, a parade at 1:30pm, car show, and the King of the Wing chicken wing contest, ending with fireworks.

While in Canajoharie, visit the Arkell Museum’s (opens in a new tab) Regional Art Galleries art show featuring the work of Linda Armstrong (Juror’s Choice award), Jack Graber, and Bruce Muirhead (Best in Show) through October 16.  3 Solo Shows: Armstrong, Graber, and Muirhead (opens in a new tab) exhibit the work of three artists whose work was selected for The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show in 2018.

Explore our countryside, enjoy our events (opens in a new tab) , and take in the autumn season!

Call for Travel Guides and Specialty Maps!


Call for Paintings Extended

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site (opens in a new tab) is extending the deadline for submissions for paintings to be included in the 2018 art show.  Painters residing in New York State who want to showcase their work in a competitive, juried exhibition are encouraged to read the show description and submit original work in the theme of Lock in the Fun: Recreation at Schoharie Crossing.  The deadline is now May 25th.

To recognize the centennial of the NYS Barge Canal, Schoharie Crossing is hosting this second annual exhibition of talented artists.  This year the focus will be on paintings only.  Jurors have accepted the task of reviewing the artwork and prizes will be awarded to those honored by the jurors.

The Erie Canal historic site and NYS Park is a great place for recreation such as walking, cycling, kayaking, fishing, birdwatching, picnics, and more; providing memories & experiences for generations.  The site supplies great views of nature as well and the historic canal structures are juxtaposed among the natural world of plants and animals along the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River.  The trails along old towpaths of the canal allow for a journey back in time.  Flora and fauna thrive within the tranquility of the waterways, wetlands and open spaces of Schoharie Crossing, lending great inspiration for any artist.

The Erie Canal’s vital importance is highlighted by the classic arches of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct and the impressive lock chambers that still exist at locations throughout Schoharie Crossing.  Views of the Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys can also be taken in as you explore this landscape.

Schoharie Crossing encompasses over two hundred acres and spans over three miles in length.  From the western end of the site at the Aqueduct boat launch, across the Schoharie Creek and east to Yankee Hill Lock and the Putman Canal Store.  The site contains portions of the original 1820’s Erie Canal as well as features two sets of double locks from the Enlarged Era Canal and is adjacent to the Erie Canal of today; the Mohawk River.  Lock E12 at Tribes Hill on the river is situated close to the site and provides access to witnessing the newest century old canal of today.

All along the site there is ample opportunity to explore your artistic skills, from photography, painting, and even sketches.  Discover more on the Schoharie Crossing Facebook page or on the Friends of Schoharie Crossing Instagram and Twitter.

Submissions can be made online ( (opens in a new tab) ). The exhibit’s opening celebration will take place during the Schoharie Crossing Canal Days festivities, July 14th and 15th, 2018, and artwork will be displayed through August. For more information on how to enter, please visit the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site page (opens in a new tab) of the New York State Parks website,, call Schoharie Crossing at (518) 829-7516, email (opens in a new tab) or find us on Facebook (opens in a new tab) .


FMQBT-ForPrintThe Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail (opens in a new tab) (FMQBT) is seeking community members to help grow and connect the trail throughout the region. Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort is encouraging residents to become aware and participate in the trail, which already has more than 65 locations, making it a source of community pride and individual artistry.

“This is a great way to connect our region’s rich history and abundant heritage and have the trail become a tourist attraction,” Ossenfort said. “Besides attracting tourists, these are terrific pieces of artwork and bring much artistic value and a sense of pride to the community.”

The FMQBT visually connects the outdoor landscape with unique quilt barn squares throughout Montgomery and Fulton counties. The first quilt barn trail was created, in 2001, in Adams County, Ohio and they can be found in almost all 50 states. Barn quilts are typically wooden squares painted to resemble quilt blocks and positioned at the front of a garage, barn, house, shed, business or free standing on posts. Wooden barn quilt squares can be based on traditional patterns with individual influences making them unique to each property and community. Quilt Barn Squares (QBS) should not have any logos or lettering on them, as they are meant to be art, not a sign, and should include at least one element of quilting to them.

The FMQBT website ( (opens in a new tab) ) has more information on the trail and also includes a map, which can be downloaded, with designs and locations of all of the more than 65 current quilts throughout the two counties. The website also has construction tips, pattern and design ideas, information about ordering a complete square and forms to register your quilt on the FMQBT.

“I would like to see more people become involved in the project,” said Liz Argotsinger, the resident who kickstarted the project locally. “We are only a year and a half into it and have more than 65 sites and are growing weekly. It’s a great way to get people to stop by your business or add beauty to your home and property. I’m always happy to help people get started in making their own or direct them to the person to paint theirs depending on the desired style.”

“The hope is to really promote rural art,” said Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, who works for the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and is the Director of Tourism for both counties. “It really promotes our heritage and can boost the local economy.”

You can be a part of the trail by making a quilt square and displaying it on your property or by purchasing a board custom made for you. For more information, please contact Argotsinger at (518) 774-8717 or by email at (opens in a new tab) .