Cohoes Heritage Day extended across weekend

City’s history, culture and art will be on display for second event

Visitors can also explore the natural elements of Cohoes. On Saturday, they can pick up a tour guide and visit the Cohoes Falls.

Visitors can also explore the natural elements of Cohoes. On Saturday, they can pick up a tour guide and visit the Cohoes Falls. Submitted photo

— After the first-ever Cohoes Heritage Day last year, organizers kept hearing the same reaction at the conclusion of the daylong event.

“We had so much going on. The biggest complaint people had is that they didn’t have the chance to do everything,” said Anne Marie Koschnick, one of the event’s committee members.

At the request of the public, this year Cohoes Heritage Day will add an “s” to its name, an will take place over the course of the entire weekend of Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9. The weekend-long event will feature street vendors, parish-wide garage sales, activities and tours of the city to celebrate its culture.

“For this year, we’re hoping people can enjoy it more and get a chance to really see what’s going on,” Koschnick said.

Focusing on history is a key component to celebrating Cohoes’ heritage, which dates back to the early 1860s. On Saturday, visitors can walk through historic sites in tours guided by seventh-grade students from the National Junior Honor Society, including the Cohoes Music Hall at 58 Remsen St. and the Masonic Temple at 130 Remsen St.

“The buildings are gorgeous. Our library was built in 1863. The church where the art show is another 18th century building,” Koschnick said.

Important Cohoes historic figures will also be showcased throughout the weekend by volunteers acting as reenactors. A dedication of the George Stacy Davis sign in Silliman Park will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. Born in Cohoes, Davis spent his life as a professional baseball player for the Cleveland Spiders.

Art will be another highlight of the weekend. The 3rd Annual Cohoes Artist Showcase will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church at 65 Congress St. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, there will be an antique appraisal with Dennis Holzman and Mark Lawson at the Harmony House Market Place at 188 Remsen St. Visitors are recommended to bring unique items to find out their worth. This is the only paid event of the weekend, with a $5 per item charge, and all of the money will benefit the Friends of Cohoes Library.

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