There was a bright yellow object in the sky this morning that seemed to indicate that the rainy season in Schuylerville might be over and the summer fun can begin in earnest.
Start the season on the water, taking a trip on one of the Champlain Canal Boat Tours. The M/V Sadie is now operating through Labor Day from 10 AM till 7 PM, offering both the waterfall and lock-through excursions on a trip lasting about half an hour. The Caldwell Belle will cruise by the Northumberland waterfalls and the cascades at Fort Miller, Tuesday through Saturday at 1:30 and Sunday at 5 PM, for a 1 1/2 hour trip. Or you can sail downriver to the battlefield park and through one of the canal’s deepest locks on a 3-hour journey. Full schedules are at http://www.champlaincanaltours.com.
The battlefield park is a beehive of activity this summer. They are offering Saturday evening interpretive strolls, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Meet at the flagpole in the Visitor Center parking lot and caravan to the tour road stops highlighted each evening. Water bottles, bug repellant, and comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The programs are free of charge. This weekend, Ranger Joe Craig will discuss “Damaged, Displaced and Dead”, the often dire consequences to soldiers and civilians during the Campaign and Battles of Saratoga. For more details, go to www.nps.gov/sara.
The battlefield park is also offering Friday morning interpretive walks in July and August, at 9 AM. Participants should be able to walk two miles over uneven ground, for two hours, and should bring bug spray and drinking water. This Friday’s walk will cover the Bemis Heights battle of October 7, 1777, and on Friday, July 25th, the subject will be “Why Saratoga”, or, why did the American forces choose to stand and fight here?
If that’s not enough battlefield park activity for you, there will be a bike tour on Wednesday, July 15 from 6 to 7:30 PM. The guided bike tours will cover various sections of the battlefield, giving participants a unique opportunity to learn about the Battle of Saratoga. Riders should meet at the Visitor Center and wear helmets.
Right here in town, there are group bike rides through the surrounding countryside every Monday evening from 6 to 8. Meet at Olde Saratoga Bike & Boards and prepare to have a blast.
And speaking of bikes, aren’t the colorful flower-bedecked bicycles gracing our village streets wonderful?? Besides the bikes, the newly planted flower beds make the village most attractive! Kudos go to Mary Roberts and the crew of garden club members and others for this abundance of flowers! To see many more flowers, go to the Schuylerville Garden Club’s Flower Show on Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th, in the Town Hall.
Artwise, there will be an opening reception at the Riverfront Studios on July 11th from 5:00 to 7:00, with music provided by Tumbleweed Gumbo. Featured artists are Jeffrey Hessing, Hideaki Miyamura, Rita Dee, Dahl Taylor, Phil Rogers and special guest, Celeste Susany. In the East Gallery there will be A Tribute to the Hudson River, juried by James Kettlewell. These exhibits will continue through August 22nd. Also, Ivy Associates Art Gallery is continuing to feature the paintings, prints, and drawings of Don Wynn. Hours to view this exhibit are Thursday through Saturday from 11 to 3, and Sunday from 1 to 3.
To wind up with music, come tap your toes to the tunes of True Grass on Saturday, the 11th, at 7 PM at the Music on the Hudson bandstand at Fort Hardy Park. If you want to enjoy dining by the river, bring your food and friends to join the fun at 6:00 - a nice way to spend a Saturday evening!