Days June 6, 7 & 8, 2008
Since 1977, the Erie Canal Village of Fairport, NY
has held an annual Canal Days Festival. One of the
largest festivals in the northeast, it draws over
200,000 people to the picturesque village of Fairport
each year. The festival is the only one of its kind,
produced solely on a volunteer basis. Proceeds from
the festival benefit non-profit events and local charities.
for a different kind of venue and a destination for
a cruise in some old boats in 2008, an inquiry was
made to the festival's organizers to see if there
would be any interest in having a display of vintage
boats on the canal for at least part of the festival
weekend. The reply was positive and about 100 ft.
of premium space along the quay in downtown Fairport
has been secured for Saturday, June 7th. That space
will dock four boats with others rafted off those
four. To hold the space, the FLC Board has committed
to a minimum of eight boats.
The plan would be to launch by 9:00 AM at Mid-Lakes
Navigation's Marina in Macedon, about 6 � miles east
of Fairport (no locks to transit), cruising west on
the canal to Fairport, and spending the day (till
5:00 PM) answering questions from visitors, increasing
interest in antique boats and boating, and encouraging
new memberships in FLC and ACBS. At the end of the
day, we would return to Macedon for haul-out and meet
at an area restaurant for dinner and an opportunity
to review the day's events.
you would like to be part of the above, please mark
your calendar and contact your editor. Janice Miller,
Ed Ritter and Carl Stearns have already signed up.
More information will appear in the March 2008 issue
anyone has photographs of the interiors of Skaneateles
boat-building companies, the Skaneateles Historical
Society would like to consider them for a display
that's being planned about that local industry. Contact
is Ron Fisher who can be reached at 315-685-5382.
July 11 &
it may be snowing where you are when you read this,
it's time to be looking ahead to warmer times and
new boating opportunities.
we seem to have "cruised out" our beautiful local
Finger Lakes, it has been suggested that we change
course somewhat and annually schedule our Early Summer
Cruise to coincide with boat shows hosted by other
ACBS Chapters. Not only would this venture support
the other chapters, but it would also give FLC members
an opportunity to cruise new waters while renewing
old friendships with members of nearby chapters.
for 2008, is a Fulton Chain of Lakes Cruise. The Annual
Fulton Chain Rendezvous, sponsored by the Adirondack
Chapter, ACBS, is scheduled for July 11& 12, 2008,
and will center, as always, around the village of
Old Forge, NY.
are still in the planning stage, but the thought would
be to arrive on Friday evening, July 11th, to attend
the Adirondack Chapter's cocktail party which is usually
held in an historic inn on one of the lakes. After
launching the boats on Saturday morning, they would
be moored along the picturesque quay at Old Forge
Pond within walking distance of village shops and
restaurants. Following the day's activities, the ADC
hosts a banquet at a fine restaurant in Old Forge.
morning would offer a self-guided tour of the Fulton
Chain, much like FLC provides its exhibitors for cruising
Skaneateles Lake. Plans would include a mid-day meeting
at one of the inns on the lakes for lunch, and a mid-afternoon
return for pull-out. Anyone preferring to participate
only in the Sunday cruise can launch at the marina
early in the day.
always, members of other chapters are also encouraged
to participate in the weekend. Mark your calendars
now! Firm plans and more details will be included
in the March issue of Brightwork.