TES’ 2007 Annual Gathering will be anchored on 9th Annual
Waterford (NY) Tugboat Roundup. The Roundup and TES Gathering are
scheduled for Friday September 7, 2007 through Sunday September
TES chose the 9th Annual Waterford (NY) Tugboat Roundup as the
venue for our 2007 Gathering because the Tug Roundup organizing
committee consistently produces an outstanding festival filled with
entertainment, tug vendors, boat rides, food vendors, canal and
tug lectures, craft vendors and tugs and more tugs. The festival
has grown steadily and now attracts about 25,000 people to this
canal town at the Erie Canal’s eastern terminus in the heart
of New York’s Capital Region.
Check out the 9th Annual Waterford Tugboat Roundup website at URL
The Best Western Rensselaer Inn, Troy NY Is TES’ HOTEL
For The 2007 Gathering
TES will be staying at the Best Western Rensselaer Inn, Troy NY.
The hotel is giving TES a great rate and has reserved a block of
rooms for us.
If you are planning on attending this gathering, please make your
room reservations as soon as possible.
The hotel is one of the closest to Waterford (a 15 minute drive
away). It is also close to Troy’s restaurants, shopping and
Best Western Rensselaer Inn, Troy, NY - http://www.bestwesternnewyork.com/hotels/best-western-rensselaer-inn/
About the City of Troy, NY BRIEFING
Troy has become a popular destination. Whether you are coming to
explore the area's history, visit one of the City's colleges or
attend a cultural event, there is plenty to see and do in The Collar
City. Troy 's RiverSpark Visitor Center is a great place to become
acquainted with the area, either as a visitor or new resident.
Troy is well known for a wide variety of fine dining establishments
and unique stores. A full listing is available both online, and
as a printed guide distributed in Troy. A calendar of events is
also available online and on display in kiosks throughout downtown.
Check out these Troy NY websites at URLs
City of Troy NY - http://www.troyvisitorcenter.org/index.html
Troy, NY’s fine dining establishments and unique stores online
Tentative TES’ 2007 Gathering Agenda
This is the information may change as details are finalized so
watch this page for updates as they become available.
FRIDAY, September 7, 2007
Attending TES’ers will participate in Friday’s Tugboat
Parade arriving at Waterford’s historic waterfront around
6:00 PM. TES participants will have the option of either participating
in the tug parade or arranging their own transportation to Waterford.
A supper meal will be provided in Waterford for TES members followed
by participation in the Friday evening roundup activities.
SATURDAY, September 8, 2007
No host breakfast followed by transportation to Waterford Tugboat
Roundup venue for a morning of tugboat tours, presentations and
No host lunch followed by the opportunity to get an insiders look
at the workings of the NY State Barge Canal (Erie Canal).
Evening activities include a social hour followed by TES’
traditional dinner with an after dinner program at the Best Western
Rensselaer Inn, Troy NY.
The speaker at the banquet this year is Brent Dibner, the editor
of TugBitts, presenting a wide ranging PowerPoint slide show and
discussion of the history of the New York State Canal system and
the tugs that operated on it and the Hudson River (see additional
information on this presentation at the bottom of this page).
SUNDAY, September 9, 2007
No host breakfast
Official TES Farewell
TES’er are on their own to return to the Tugboat Roundup
for the remainder of the event.
OVERVIEW OF THE SATURDAY EVENING PRESENTATION BY
Brent gave a Power Point presentation with about 100
slides detailing the history of both the Erie Canal System and its
sucessor in 1915, the New York State Barge Canal System. The presentation
had five main elements: (1.) The origin,vision, courage and significance
of the Erie Canal as a means to link New York Harbor with the west
and north, including Canada and the Great Lakes; (2.) The rythym
of life on the Erie Canal including cargoes, economics, families
(men, women, and children), transportation on the Canal, the Hudson
River and within New York Harbor; (3.) The creation of the New York
State Barge Canal, including resistance to its financing; (4.) The
progression of tugs and powered craft from the 1870 "hoodledashers"
to early shoal draft tugs, to steam tugs, to diesel, and the ultimate
designs of the 1950's and 1960's; (5.) The legacy of preservation
of the canals and their cultural, social, and economic significance
on New York and the nation.