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GLIN==> Seaway Trail Family Day: June 6; travel guide, border tips now available



Submitted by Kara Dunn <karalynn@gisco.net>

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Seaway Trail Family Day: June 6
Contact:      Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail, Inc., 315-646-1000

On Sunday, June 6 Seaway Trail Foundation invites all to a 12 noon to 4 pm
free "Family Day" with free admission to the Seaway Trail Discovery Center,
free boat tours, free food, displays and entertainment for the whole family.

For the fourth year the Seaway Trail headquarters in Sackets Harbor, at the
corner of West Main and Ray Streets, will hold an open house to showcase
exhibits in the 1817 limestone building. Several new exhibits have been
installed since last year in the nine rooms that tell the story of the
Seaway Trail scenic byway. Greeters in historic costume will answer
questions about the building, the former and exhibits.

The Seaway Trail is a signed highway system that winds along the New York
State waterfront for 454 miles. The waterfront and boating are important
resources to the Seaway Trail. On June 6 in Sackets Harbor, you will be able
to enjoy a free sailboat ride with Henderson Harbor-based Yachting Operation
Services or help paddle a Voyageur birch bark canoe replica from Minna
Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park.

The US Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary will be special guests,
including the popular "Coastie" mascot.  The Seaway Trail Discovery Center,
Sackets Harbor, is a sponsor of the Boat U.S. Foundation and U.S.C.G.
Auxiliary borrow a childıs life jacket program (see
www.uscgaux.org/~0920102/).

An old-fashioned musical chairs cake walk will be fun for the children who
might take home a cake to the tunes of an accordion. A free drawing will be
held for a savings bond for a boy and a girl; you must be present to win.
Attractions from along the Trail will have displays.

Seaway Trail outdoor summer food will include a cold glass of milk, honoring
June as dairy month; a freshly grilled Zweigles hot dog produced in
Rochester, and cookies.

On Saturday, June 5, in Clayton the Antique Boat Museum will host Thousand
Islands Family Day with a similar free program including free entertainment,
boat rides, admission and food from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Seaway Trail Foundation is able to host this event because of generous
sponsors: John McMath, Dan & Martha Tack, Key Bank and Hayes-Fischer Capital
Management. For more information, call 315-646-1000.
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2004 Journey Travel Guide to NY and PA Now Available
Contact: Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail, Inc., 315-646-1000, 800-SEAWAY-T,
teresa@seawaytrail.com

The 2004 Journey Magazine guide to traveling the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in
New York and Pennsylvania is now available from Seaway Trail, Inc. The
80-page, full-color magazine has the new Toronto-to-Rochester fast ferry on
the cover and a feature article by Patti Singer who writes about the ferry
and boat tours from the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls and Uncle Sam Boat
Tours and Voyageur canoe tours of the 1000 Islands to a Summer Wind cruise
on Chautauqua Lake  and Horne's international ferry at Cape Vincent to Wolfe
Island, Ontario, Canada.

Twelve pages of the magazine are devoted to ten new Great Lakes Seaway Trail
Drive tour packages that invite travelers to visit lighthouses, castles,
nature sites, the homes of famous Americans, transportation museums, and
French and Indian War sites. The packages are described in detail and can be
booked by visiting www.seawaytrail.com.

Learning vacations, wineries, the Seaway Trail Walks series of guided tours
of byway communities, and fascinating facts about the Trail's people, places
and products are described in articles. The guide also includes 100-plus
events listings, maps and a directory to accommodations, attractions and
services.

Journey is available for free at visitor information centers, attractions
and businesses throughout the 504-mile coastal region.

For more information, visit www.seawaytrail.com or call 1-800-SEAWAY-T.
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2004 Edition of Border Crossing Tips Now Available
Contact:      Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail, Inc., 315-646-1000; or Dave
White, NY Sea Grant, 315-312-3042

New York Sea Grant and Seaway Trail, Inc. have posted the 2004 edition of
their Cross Border Travel Tips for Boaters and Motorists at
www.seawaytrail.com.

New York Sea Grant's Great Lakes Program and Seaway Trail, Inc, a
not-for-profit tourism promotion organization, worked
with U.S. Homeland Security and Canada Customs and Border Protection
officials to update the information for day visitors and frequent travelers.

"Flexibility and preparedness are key to smoother crossings. Carry the
proper documents, call ahead to check when and where Customs agents will be
available, and bring a good book or crossword puzzle and games for the kids
to ease any waiting on the busier days," suggested David White, Great Lakes
Program Coordinator for New York Sea Grant, Oswego.

"Our shared goal is to provide information that will encourage and ease
travel across the waters and bridges that connect New York and Ontario,"
said Teresa Mitchell, Executive Director of Seaway Trail, Inc. and
Vice-Chair of the National Scenic Byways Foundation.

The border crossing tips are accessible via a link at the top of the home
page at www.seawaytrail.com.
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