Sunrise brings the final weekend of the 35th anniversary of the The Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, a non-profit membership organization devoted to preserving, studying, building, restoring, and using wooden and bark canoes, and to disseminating information about canoeing heritage throughout the world. Each year, the association’s annual heritage festival is held at Paul Smith’s College which concludes this weekend with an auction and show on the lawn along with many additional activities.. The event is a five-day long gathering of wood canoe enthusiasts. The Assembly features workshops and programs on canoe building and restoration, paddling skills, wood canoe history, kids’ programs and more. Attendance is typically over 300 members and 200 canoes.
This multi-day event is is a feast of canoes, displayed on a central green surrounded by displays, vendors’ tents and a host of workshops and activities. Much of the time is spent looking at canoes, talking about canoes, asking questions about canoes and buying, selling and sometimes trading canoes.
A lot of time is also spent on the water, exploring the many lakes and rivers for which the Adirondacks are so famous.
One evening is always devoted to the paddle-by, a parade of canoes paddled by their owners, builders and restorers past a central reviewing stand while a narrator provides a commentary.