Utica

Community Connections: Utica

Utica held many surprises for us.  The best of these appeared with in 10 minutes of closing on Sunday, our final open day here.  One of my favorite parts of volunteering on Lois is learning visitor’s stories – how they are connected to the history of vessels like Lois, or how they or their families …

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Exploring Utica

Our World Canals Tour continues through the city of Utica with today (Monday) being a day off after two days of hosting people from the area. One of the things I like to do on my “day-off” is get the lay of the maritime landscape and today, with the help of Utica City Planner Dana …

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Riding the rails in Utica

Erick, Isaac, and I opted for a walk into to the city and were immediately attracted to the Union Station, the city’s impressive railroad terminal constructed in 1914 and restored in the mid-1970’s. It’s Italianate-style architecture includes  a three story central vault supported by eight massive marble columns.  Given our interests both in regional canal …

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Utica Cuisine

I really enjoy cooking.  It’s both a passion and a pastime.  When I leave on tour on Lois McClure, I miss our kitchen at home.  Please don’t feel bad for me – on the upside, I also like to eat new foods and much to my surprise, Utica has some great specialty dishes. The City …

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