Photo Courtesy: New Netherland Museum / John W. Mangrum
The City of Albany and the New Netherland Museum present the Early Albany Hudson River Festival on Sunday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Corning Preserve. A family-friendly event on the Hudson River to commemorate early trade and commerce at the site of modern-day Albany, the festival will highlight components of the technology and daily life of both the Native and European inhabitants of the area.
Henry Hudson’s replica ship Half Moon will be underway in full sail off
the Corning Preserve. A large contingent of members of the Stockbridge-Munsee
Band of Indians will be back in their homeland to interpret modern Native life
and Native culture before interaction with Europeans. European re-enactors in
period clothing will conduct drills and cannon salutes, while sailors operate
historical small boats in the river. Hands-on activities for all ages will
include early toys and games, as well as demonstrations of early Algonquian and
European technology, such as flint knapping, blacksmithing, coopering and more.
Downtown Albany will be a major destination for family fun on September 28. Early Albany is one of three great events planned for Sunday afternoon. The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District’s Food Fight, Meatball Edition will take over various downtown locations as local chefs compete for cash and prizes. At the Times Union Center, Albany County’s Live Life Local event showcases small local businesses, featuring food and craft vendors, live music and more. Attendees of Early Albany are encouraged to spend the day downtown! For information on both events, visit www.downtownalbany.org and www.albanycounty.com.
There also will be a special Carillon Concert from Albany City Hall at 12 noon in honor of the 400th Anniversary of the founding of Ft. Nassau
If you are interested in sponsoring any of our upcoming events, please contact us at 518.434.2032.