Plenty to do last weekend

Published Aug 7, 2017 at 4:00pm

No bored soul could say there was nothing to do in the Rome area over the past weekend.

There was plenty. In fact because of some overlapping schedules we could wish that some events were spread out a bit, or held on other weekends.

We expect we can’t list every event that made this past weekend one to remember, but here are the highlights:

1. Rotary’s 15th annual Canalfest. Fireworks, carnival rides, Fulton Chain Gang, and to highlight our historical connection to the canal: a Ski Show and fishing derby. And who can forget Anything But a Boat Race? Local photographers were spotlighted in the boathouse and Fort Stanwix Garden Club and Hillsboro Garden Club in Camden sponsored this year’s flower show. Always fun.

2. Drums Along the Mohawk. Musical, inspirational. Amazing all the hard work these young people put in to put on a terrific drum corps show. It’s a summer tradition.

3. Battle of Oriskany memorial. Every August, descendants of battle participants and others gather to reflect on the pivotal battle in the Mohawk Valley. It’s held at the Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site and hosted by the site and Fort Stanwix with wreaths at the monument, flag ceremony and musket salute. Poignant, enlightening, an important part of our national history in our backyard.

4. Capitol SummerStage’s musical production of “Catch Me If You Can.’”

5. To top things off: A week of events and speakers sponsored by the 2017 Project Fibonacci STEAM Conference. The project promotes learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math, or STEAM. It is sponsored by ANDRO Computational Solutions in Rome, and encourages learning among high school and college students throughout New York. Its website is

We hope that you enjoyed these special events, along with Honor America Days (our own special celebration) and local state parks. They help make the summer fun in Rome, NY.