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Stephen Bruce Medd “If Lilacs Could Sing”

Canadian singer/songwriter Stephen Bruce Medd performs ballads and original folk songs inspired by the history and landscapes of Ontario, the Bay of Quinte & Kingston – the region settled by displaced Loyalists and Haudenosaunee from the Mohawk Valley. Enjoy a summer evening of music on the lawn of Old Fort Johnson. Held indoors in case of rain.

The Revolutionary War Conference 250 in the Mohawk Valley

The Revolutionary War Conference 250 in the Mohawk Valley

June 14-16, 2024


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Conference 250 Speakers:

Fireside Chat – James Kirby Martin with guest host Mark Edward Lender – Professor and Student Discuss the American Revolutionary War, the Upcoming 250th Anniversary and Their Legacies

Nancy Bradeen Spannaus – Alexander Hamilton’s War for American Economic Independence Through Two Documents: The Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress (Dec. 15, 1774) and The Farmer Refuted (Feb. 23, 1775) (Supported by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society)

Gary Ecelbarger- “This Happy Opportunity”: George Washington and the Battle of Germantown

Shirley L. Green – Revolutionary Blacks: Discovering the Frank Brothers, Freeborn Men of Color, Soldiers of Independence

Mark Edward Lender – “Liberty or Death!” – Some Revolutionary Statistics and Existential Warfare

Shawn David McGhee – No Longer Subjects of the British King: The Political Transformation of Royal Subjects to Republican Citizens, 1774-1776

James Kirby Martin – The Marquis de Lafayette Visits the Mohawk Valley, Again and Again

Kristofer Ray – The Cherokees, the Six Nations and Indian Diplomacy circa 1763-1776

Matthew E. Reardon – The Traitor’s Homecoming, Benedict Arnold’s Raid on New London, September 4-13, 1781

John L. Smith – The Unexpected Abigail Adams: A Woman “Not Apt to Be Intimidated” (Supported by the Dr. Joseph Warren Foundation)

Bruce M. Venter – Albany and the Stamp Act Crisis of 1765

Glenn F. Williams – No Other Motive Than the True Interest of This Country: Dunmore’s War 1774

Mohawk Valley Resident Historian – Chris Leonard (Schenectady City Historian) – Storehouse Schenectady: Depot and Transportation Center for the Northern War

David Moyer – Recent Archaeology Discoveries on the Site of Revolutionary War Fort Plain

Bus Tour – 1774: The Rising Tide

In 1774, the politics of the Revolution had arrived in the Mohawk Valley with a vengeance. At the eastern end of the Mohawk another violent Liberty Pole riot was having a detrimental effect on the local citizens of Schenectady. Meanwhile further west along the Mohawk River, in Johnstown, events took a turn when Sir William Johnson passed away in July, thus starting a new chapter in political unrest.

The Bus Tour will include several stops in both Schenectady and Johnstown, such as the Schenectady Stockade, Johnson Hall and more. Lunch is included and will consist of a sit-down buffet with many options. This is a rain or shine tour, please dress for the weather and wear shoes for walking. A tour booklet will be provided.

Conference Location: The Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Theater – The Visual Arts & Communications Building – 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095

Meet the Artist Reception – Arts Factory Members Show

A “Meet the Artist” gathering celebrating the Arts Factory Members Show will be held at Arkell Museum the afternoon of Saturday, November 18th from 2 to 4 pm.

This is a perfect time to bring family and friends to view phenomenal artwork spanning a variety of mediums as well as visit with the artists who created it!

The reception is FREE and open to the public.

The Arts Factory Members Show is on view in the Regional Art Galleries of the Arkell Museum now through December 30, 2023.

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 »


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 (opens in a new tab) , 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 (opens in a new tab) , 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 (opens in a new tab) 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 (opens in a new tab) .