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 The River Current

Schoharie River Day

Third Annual Schoharie River Day - 7/20/13

Note - The next Schoharie River Day Festival will be held in 2015, date TBD

When: Saturday July 20th, 2013 from 9am to 4pm

Where: Burtonsville, NY

What: We're celebrating the Schoharie

Creek and the local community - its artisans,

musicians, farmers, food, nature, and the

activities that the Schoharie River and the

surrounding area offers.

Why: The Schoharie River's community is

rich and vibrant, with talented, hard working

individuals and tremendous natural resources.

Discover what's right in your own back yard.

Enjoy live outdoor music by The Bentwood

Rockers, Kim & Reggie Harris as well as

Alex Torres and Friends.  Plenty of outdoor

activities including a bike ride through historical Charleston, kayaking workshops, fishing, a guided nature walk, demonstrations by area crafters and artisans, locally produced food and much more!

Proceeds to benefit the Schoharie River Center to support its diverse programming and the current capital campaign to make improvements to the River Center building, including handicap accessibility and a science laboratory.

Local Artists and Crafters Come and watch a blacksmith making things with a forge, anvil and hammer.  Watch a timber framer and his assistants as they construct an Appalachian style lean-to.  See live birds of prey and learn about them from a wildlife rehabilitator.  Learn how bees make honey and view a live beehive. Many other crafters and artisans will be there.  Most vendors and crafters will be selling their works - a great opportunity to purchase a unique handcrafted gift for a loved one.

Pancake Breakfast

Start the day with a delicious pancake breakfast featuring our very own Maple Syrup from 9am to 11am, Adults $8, Seniors $5, Children $4.

Live Music - This year’s musical guests will be The Bentwood Rockers, Reggie Harris, and Alex Torres and Friends.  Also, professional story teller Joe Doolittle will return to entertain us with some more stories.

The 100 Mile Diet featuring local food producers

What is a 100 Mile Diet? Why eat local? Local food producers will be on hand selling their produce including fruits, vegetables, eggs, poultry and meats.  And, learn the benefits of adopting a 100-Mile Diet.

Mystery and History Bike Ride

A casual 13.8 mile ride starting at the Christian Church of Charleston Four Corners, winding through Charleston and stopping at various historical markers in Charleston, NY and ending at the Schoharie River Day Festival in Burtonsville, NY.  A shuttle will be available to take you back to the starting point if you desire.  Registration is $20 - receive a free Town of Charleston historical guide book and map as well as a water bottle.

Kayak Workshops on the Schoharie Creek

For less experienced kayakers, a paddling instructor will have kayaks and gear needed on-hand, and will give instructions on the creek at the edge of the River Center's property. Workshop will be $6 suggested donation per person. All you need is to wear clothes you won't mind getting wet! This event will be dependent on the conditions of the creek that day.  Two workshops - 12pm and 2pm.

Fly Casting Workshops

Learn the basics of fly casting from an expert.  Doug Moody not only knows fly casting, but he is also an expert at making fly rods.  He will also have a booth where he shows how fly rods can be made.

Silent Auction and Raffle

There will also be many interesting items to bid on in a silent auction including a weekend at a beautiful camp on Lake George and tickets to SPAC.


Bring your gear and find out what kind of fish are in the Schoharie. Since the flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011, the creek has rebounded tremendously, and the fish have returned including Bass and Walleye Pike. We have a great location to access the creek for fishing. NY State fishing regulations apply.