Depart Oak Island, Waterloo, aboard the Seneca Lake Reel Tours, a 50-foot catamaran, and travel down the Cayuga-Seneca Canal passing through the Waterloo lock and descending 15 feet.
Drinks and snacks available for purchase. Bathroom on board.
Boat departs at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Pre-sale tickets from Stivers Seneca Marine 315-789-5520 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets will also be available for purchase prior to departure. Tickets: Adults $15.00 & Children $10.00 (ages 10 and up).
Sunday May 26th
12:00 – 12:30pm
Lafayette Park Stage
Seneca Soundwaves Chorus of Sweet Adelines International performs locally at community events throughout the Finger Lakes Area. See website for info and contact, www.senecasoundwaves.com
We are proud to have Women’s Rights National Historical Park as a sponsor again this year. The M’Clintock House on East Williams Street was the home of Thomas and Mary Ann M’Clintock from 1836-1856. The family were active Quaker abolitionists, actively engaged in the Underground Railroad, and were major organizers of the first Woman’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY, in July of 1848.
In honor of Memorial Day, Women’s Rights National Historical Park will offer an open house at the M’Clintock House from 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26. A ranger will rove Lafayette Park 1-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday.
On Saturday at 1:15 AND Sunday at Noon, The beautiful harmonies and songs of Merry Mischief from by gone times will set the mood in advance of the characterizations of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Step back in time with music and learn from the wisdom of those who have tread the stairs of politics and women’s rights at this historic museum.
At the M’Clintock House at 1:45 pm and 3:00 pm Saturday, May 25th and 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm Sunday, May 26th, there will be Historical dialogues on women’s rights and women’s suffrage featuring Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Portrayed by Dr. Melinda Grube.
Kids will have an opportunity to join in the fun, playing lawn games or writing their own Kids’ Declaration of Sentiments in the M’Clintock House yard.
Melinda Grube focuses on the life and work of suffragist and freethinker Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who helped to organize the first Woman’s Rights Convention in her hometown of Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Melinda Grube is an adjunct lecturer in history at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York, and a longtime interpreter of regional women’s-rights history
Here is a sample from the 2017 dialogues:
The most Prolific and Highly Regarded Frederick Douglass Presenter to Attend
Frederick Douglass / aka Michael Crutcher Sr.,
will speak on Abolition and Human Rights at
2:30-3:30 Saturday at Pavilion 1, and
at 11:00-11:45 Sunday at Pavilion 1.
Frederick Douglass – “A fugitive slave who rose from bondage to become a foremost orator, writer, abolitionist, and the most influential black leader of the mid-nineteenth century. Douglass was instrumental in convincing President Lincoln and the U.S. Army to raise regiments of former slaves and free northern blacks to help fight the war and liberate their enslaved brethren in the South.” Douglass was a Martin Luther King Jr. type of that time! A well-known Frederick Douglass message to us today: “Without a struggle, there can be no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will”
“Michael Crutcher Sr. is perhaps the most prolific and highly regarded Frederick Douglass presenter in the world!”
“His greatest honor to date was representing Douglass at the request of Frederick’s descendant family at the unveiling of the new Frederick Douglass statue in Emancipation Hall at the Nation’s Capital in Washington, DX, on June 19, 2013.”
He has been in several television commercials and training videos and was a stand-in actor in the movie Seabiscuit and can be seen in the movie Dreamer, with actors Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell Douglass’ statue is the first to represent the District of Columbia and the third of an African-American at the Capitol. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks from the modern civil rights era also have statues, as do abolitionist Sojourner Truth
In early 1863 Brigadier General Lorenzo Thomas Sr. was sent to the Mississippi Valley by the Honorable Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War to organize self-emancipated “slaves” into regiments of United States civil war troops. On April 12th while at Milliken’s Bend, Louisiana headquarters of General Grant, he was satisfied that 20,000 troops alone, could be organized on the west bank of the Mississippi in answer to Douglass’s Call to Arms at the time.
”Freedom to the slave should now be proclaimed from the Capitol, and should be seen above the smoke and fire of every battle field, waving from every loyal flag.”—Frederick Douglass, 1861
SELF-EMANCIPATION ABOUNDED IN THE MISSISSIPPI “RIBBER” VALLEY IN FREEDOM SUMMERE 1863 AS EX-SLAVES SOLDIERS FOUGHT FOR FREEDOM’S GLORY ON THE BAYOUS
In April U. S. Colored Troops fought Confederate Armies at Pascagoula Mississippi and won. In May they lost in battle at Port Hudson near Baton Rouge, while proving they could and would fight their “masters.” In June they won in battles of Fort Butler in Donaldsonville and Milliken’s Bend, Louisiana. On July 4, they won in battle at Helena Arkansas. These battles were for Union control of Mississippi River and victory at Vicksburg.
In Freedom Summer 1863, Vicksburg fell to the Union Army on July 4th, four days later Confederates at Port Hudson surrendered. Then thousands upon thousands of enslaved African Descendants self-emancipated (runaways) “in ways that showed once and for all they were not content to be held in bondage.”
Up and down the Mississippi River and her tributaries, thousands of able-bodied African Descent males joined and were recruited into the Union military as freedom fighting soldiers, sailors and cavalrymen. Thousands of other African Descent men, women and children served the cause for freedom as spies, scouts, nurses, cooks, laundresses, servants, teamsters, stevedores, foragers, wood choppers, general laborers, field hands, blacksmiths and builders of forts, breastworks and roads.
Here’s a clip of the grand finale!
USAT Certified Course!
Saturday, May 25, 2019 8:30 AM
Join us for a morning run at 8:30 AM.
You will have the rest of the day to enjoy all of the Memorial Day Celebration activities around Waterloo.
You can even make the big parade that starts at 11:00 AM.
Hundreds of runners are expected to participate in the 14th annual Celebrate/Commemorate 5k walk and run.
$100 Prize Money to the 1st Place Male and 1st Place Female
New This Year-Top Finisher shirts.
Age Group Champion/ Age Group 2nd Place/ Age Group 3rd Place shirts
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Waterloo has a fairly flat, fast course for the competitive runner. You could get your PR here. The family-friendly atmosphere includes runners of all ages. Doug Daeffler, Race Director, says “This is a real fun run on a competitive course. I have seen entire families do this run together. It is a really fun time!”
We are continuing the series of shirts, started in 2016. Keep coming back each year to collect a set of them.
The course begins and ends at Tom Coughlin Stadium at Waterloo High School. Daeffler said the course will go through historic Waterloo and will no longer cross Virginia Street. Runners will pass historic cemeteries, St Mary’s Church and the VFW on Wright Ave. and is fairly flat, Daeffler said.
MONDAY MAY 27th, 2019
Lead by The Patriot Guard Riders of NY and Waterloo Legion Riders
Sponsored by Molly M. Headley Insurance
Ride with us through the beautiful Finger Lakes Region this Memorial Day
and show your support for those who served to protect our freedoms!
Return to the Waterloo VFW for a Buffet Lunch!
ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT New York Patriot Guard Riders, Waterloo VFW,
Waterloo American Legion and Celebrate Commemorate Event
8:00am – 10:00am -Registration at Waterloo VFW, 29 E. Elisha Street, Waterloo
10:00am – 2:00pm -Scenic Ride through the Finger Lakes Region
2:00pm -Return to Waterloo VFW for a Buffet Lunch
GREAT NEWS!!! Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day 2019 is among 30 festivals and events sponsored by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the New York State Canal Corporation in 2019. These family-friendly community events give visitors more reasons to explore and enjoy New York’s canals and Canalway Trail, while celebrating our state’s unique heritage.
Click here for a full listing of sponsored festivals:
2019 Erie Canalway Festival and Event List
Stop in the Kid’s Korner tent. Get busy and create. It’s fun.
And – for $5.00- you can design and take home your very own souvenir tee shirt, decorated with colored markers.
As always there will be games, treats and even an obstacle course!!