continued “There’s so much going on. Cohoes is on its upswing. We have a lot of new art … it’s become an artsy place for a lot of things,” Koschnick said.
Koschnick’s husband, Dave Koschnick, will have his own photography on display with the exhibit “Cohoes: Steepled in History” at the Visitor’s Center at 58 Remsen St.
Dave Koschnick, who has lived in Cohoes his entire life, said lately the city has been growing and has much to offer. He hopes Cohoes Heritage Days will help promote Cohoes and further its growth.
“In the 1970s, if you walked down Remsen Street, almost every storefront was busy and active. On a Friday night, you’d see hundreds of people walking down, doing their shopping. By the 2000s, there were maybe five stores left on the entire street,” he said. “Now, 10, 12 years later, we’re starting to come back. We’re trying to draw in business. We’re one of the very few places in Albany County where the population actually went up.”
Visitors can also explore the natural elements of Cohoes. On Saturday, they can pick up a tour guide and visit the Cohoes Falls.
“It’s terrific … (I) love to watch the water and how it changes,” Dave Koschnick said.
On Sunday, visitors can head to the Van Schaick Mansion, which will be loaded with activities. Steve Khoury will act as a blacksmith from colonial times, while Greg Zoller, author of “The Dark Eagle,” will talk about Benedict Arnold. Tours of the mansion will also be given.
Several different vendors will be selling their wares throughout the weekend. The opening of the Cohoes Farmers Market will take place on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the municipal lot at 185 Remsen St. A Holy Trinity Garage Sale at Vliet Street and Simmons Avenue will take place on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a mini-fiber fest at More Bread and Jam at 130 Remsen St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Cohoes Public Library will host presentations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on how to research genealogy.
For a complete listing on the weekend’s events, visit cohoesheritagedays.org.