Those that did not to experience this unique and one-of-a-kind experience in Macedon on Sept. 20-21 really missed something special.
This event is like no other in the Rochester area. Macedon Canal Park Lock 30 was honored to be selected by the Reimagine the Canals award winner for New York state.
As we know, the Macedon Canal Park Lock 30 is a hidden treasure so close to residents and the Main Street businesses. People from all over the world will stop by here to camp and visit the area as they travel across the USA. They all say the same thing, “This is a wonderful unique place and people are so welcoming.”
Rory McEvoy, event organizer for the Erie Armada, fell in love with this area and the people. This event reminded us that we don’t have to travel to other states or the Adirondacks to enjoy the outdoor recreation. We can have this in our own backyard. This event improved the quality of life for all of us and it brought economic development to the area hotels, restaurants and the Main Street businesses.
The Erie Armada brought us glamping, which sold out immediately. It brought us kayaking; canoeing; an historical bike ride from Canal Park Lock 30, butterfly nature trail to the Erie Canalway Heritage trail then to Lock 60; team building of creating your own boat craft and then enjoying the Erie Canal waters with boat competitions. The Colonial Belle boat cruising, Mid-Lakes Navigation boat and Sam Patch all allowed attendees to enjoy a ride. At night, there was a light show over Lock 30. All day there was music. The Taste of New York tent, New York Kitchen provided unique foods and variety of different New York breweries, and much more for all to enjoy.
I want to thank the town of Macedon for all their hard work in helping make the Canal Park and the parking lot across the street look magnificent.
Thank you for those that attended and we all look forward to enjoying this again next year. Spread the word, because the Erie Armada event organizers and I hope to see you there.