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Issue: # 7
July 2010
Triathlon Bikes at Raised Garden Bed


Inaugural Triathlon a Great Success
More than 150 Finishers

Tri Swimmers with Caldwell Belle
In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 13, athletes from near and far gathered to swim the canal, bike the farmlands, and run the old canal towpath for the first ever Hudson Crossing Triathlon.

The delightfully scenic and well-run event was made possible by an outstanding Organizing Committee, led by Race Director Chris Bowcutt, and a supersized crew of volunteers who waved flags, took photos, sorted recycling, and distributed supplies, as well as MANY other important tasks. The energy and triumph was palpable as more than 300 people made this first time event so successful that it will definitely be back next year. To get a glimpse of the day's activities and participants, check out the photos and more at www.hudsoncrossingtri.com.

First Female Finisher

Many of this year's athletes have expressed interest in returning next year- watch the website to sign up before it fills for 2011!

The House is Home!
Locktender House at Eagle Point


Replica of Locktender House

Students of Schuylerville High School teacher Dave Gauci completed their final building project for the year: an historic replica of the Locktender House that once stood at Lock 10 on the old Champlain Canal.

The structure is now positioned in the Park at Eagle Point, which is the very north end of the Lock 5 Island. This spot is approximately where the old Lock 10 shanty would have stood. BIG thanks to these talented students and their teacher for their donated time. When the house is completed as an exhibit with period furniture and interpretive signs, visitors of all ages will learn more about the history of the life and work on the canal, all thanks to the efforts of these builders.


Eagle Point Landscaping Has Begun
Northumberland Crew Moves the Dirt

Dozer at Eagle Point

Thanks to the Town of Northumberland, the grading work to prepare Eagle Point for landscaping is finally underway. As soon as the land is leveled and at the appropriate grade, volunteers will begin adding trees, shrubs, and donated perennials along with a wall of old canal stones. Watch for a lovely new viewing area in the months to come!
 


Fairy Lilacs Donated
Belle Vue Preschool Parents Gift Two Bushes

Working with the Schuylerville Area Chamber of Commerce, parents from the Belle Vue School of Easton donated two new lilac bushes to the Play Garden in honor of their graduating children. Look for "Thumbelina" and "Sugar Plum Fairy" nestled in among the boulders. Thanks to these parents, and to the Chamber for making lilacs a special part of the Park. Be sure to come see how they have grown during next year's Lilac Weekend in May.

sea crest resort 


Play Garden at the Flower Show
Hudson Crossing Park Represented at the Schuylerville Garden Club Event

Thanks to Chip Landry for creating a lovely exhibit about the Park for the Schuylerville Garden Club Flower Show last weekend. It was a perfect place to share all of the amazing work of our Garden Tenders, and to encourage more to folks to visit and volunteer.


Flower Show 2010
Time to Build a Boat!
6th Annual Hudson Crossing Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, August 14 (Rain Date Sunday, August 15)
Gather your cardboard, your duct tape, your paint...and go for it! Don't miss the best family event of the summer- Saturday, August 14 at Fort Hardy Park in Schuylerville. Marvel at the homemade creations that arrive on site or jump into the fun and build your own with supplies available that day. Race preparations begin at 8am, and races begin at 1pm.

Cardboard Boat Launch in 2009

Visit www.hudsoncrossingpark.org for complete race rules and information, and to register in advance for a free t-shirt! Event is FREE for spectators- there will be live music, food, and many boatloads of laughs!
Lois McClure Returns to Hudson Crossing Park
1862 Canal Schooner Docks Wednesday, July 28

The majestic 88-foot canal schooner, Lois McClure, is traversing the Erie Canal and the New York State Canal System this summer, offering free tours and festivities at 20 ports-of-call. The vessel's first stop is planned for Whitehall on July 24 and the tour will culminate at the World Canals Conference in Rochester from September 17-22.

This year's tour provides a unique opportunity to rediscover the legacy of our shared heritage all along the canal and the role of the region's waterways in our history.

Click here to learn more about the Lois McClure and its voyage on the canals in 2010.


Listen to Nature
Booktime in the Shade of the Picnic Pavilion
Join Lisa Shutts for a monthly Nature Story Time at the Play Garden.  This event is FREE, and is designed to engage children ages 2+.

NEXT Nature Story Time
Sunday,  August 1, 2010
2 pm
Rain date: August 8

Call 518-859-1462 for more information about this event.

This event supports the mission of
Children and Nature Saratoga: Come Out and Play!

Dates to Remember:

Lois McClure Schooner visit- Wed., July 28, 10 am-5 pm

Nature Story Time- Sun., August 1, 2 pm (rain date: August 8)
 
Cardboard Boat Race- Sat., August 14, 8 am-3 pm
*** Held at Fort Hardy Park Beach on Route 29/Hudson River***
(rain date: August 15)




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In This Issue
Terrific Triathlon
Locktender House
New Lilacs
Flower Show Display
6th Annual Cardboard Boat Race
Canal Schooner Visit
Nature Story Time
Upcoming Events
How much fun is the annual Hudson Crossing Cardboard Boat Race?

Follow the link below for a wonderful short film of race day 2008...

sea crest resort





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Mailing address:
Hudson Crossing Park
PO Box 144
Schuylerville, NY 12871

Phone:
518-859-1462

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www.hudsoncrossingpark.org