Sunday, June 10, 2012

Lakes to Locks Lunch - June 21!

Take a tour of upstate New York's majestic and historic waterways - without ever leaving the comfort of the University Club!

Janet Kennedy, the Executive Director of Lakes to Locks Passage, Inc., will discuss the Lakes to Locks Scenic Byway on Thursday, June 21, at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The buffet lunch will begin at 12:00 noon, with the presentation commencing at 12:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer period.

The first "super highways" of North America were not paved roads of asphalt, but rather interconnected water passages that carried explorers, armies and commerce. Today, Lakes to Locks Passage, consisting of both historic waterways and modern highways, is a nationally designated scenic byway in New York's northeastern corner, extending from Albany to southern Quebec along the interconnected waterway of the upper Hudson River, Champlain Canal, Lake George, and Lake Champlain.

Through a collaboration with National Geographic, the region is a "Geotourism" destination, where tourism enhances the geographical character of a place - its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and well-being of its residents. The interactive website features over 600 distinctive destinations along Lakes to Locks Passage, "guided by locals." Travelers can learn what the locals suggest to visit through online maps, guidebooks and itineraries, and then explore the shared heritage of New York and Quebec by bike, boat, rail, or on foot; discovering the region's hidden gems -- those places that provide local character to a destination.

The University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. is presenting this event in conjunction with the Preservation League of New York State, and one need not be a member of either organization to attend.

The cost for the luncheon and lecture is $25. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151.

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