Kayakers will make stop in Kingston’s Rondout Creek
The kayakers, British expeditioner Richard Harpham and fellow adventurer and photographer Glenn Charles, will reach the Rondout Creek in Kingston, on May 16, the 16th day of their 21-day voyage. They will dock at the Hudson River Maritime Museum and attend an event featuring Mayor Shayne Gallo and an evening of entertainment from local performance groups.
“We are honored and excited to welcome the Spare Seat Expedition to Ulster County,” said Richard J. Remsnyder, Director of Ulster County Tourism. “We have a wonderful event planned that should be a lot of fun. This kayak expedition has drawn local, national and international attention, and we look forward to being part of the journey.”
The New York State Division of Tourism’s U.K. office teamed up with Harpham and Charles to launch the Spare Seat Expedition, which takes the kayakers across the beautiful landscapes of the state of New York. The expedition kicked off May 1 in Buffalo and will take the kayakers along the Erie Canal and Hudson River, finishing up in Manhattan at the Statue of Liberty.
Harpham and Charles will make stops in cities and counties along their route to interact with community members and invite local kayakers to paddle with them. The spare seat in one of the kayaks will be made available to various community leaders, journalists and others who will help document the voyage.
Mayor Gallo will paddle out from Kingston Point Beach to the Kingston Lighthouse where he will meet up with the international delegation as they approach Kingston. Boaters and kayakers are encouraged to join in the fun by lining the Rondout Creek to welcome the contingent into Kingston. Once ashore the dock at the Maritime Museum, Mayor Gallo will offer a few words of welcome and the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston (POOK) and Energy Dance Group will perform. The public is encouraged to attend.
“This visit from the Spare Seat Expedition is a unique and memorable event for Ulster County, and we encourage community members and visitors alike to join us in welcoming the kayakers to our scenic city and county,” said Gallo. “Not only is this a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the excitement of kayaking, but it’s also our chance to invite Mr. Harpham, Mr. Charles and the rest of their team to discover the culture, history and natural beauty that make Ulster County and the City of Kingston so special.”
For more details about events in Kingston and all of Ulster County, visitwww.UlsterCountyAlive.com. To learn more about the Spare Seat Expedition, visitwww.thespareseat.com.