Regional Arts Events

World Awareness Children's Museum

Shanty Boat Picnic

Date/Time: 7/1/2018 (11:00 am - 02:00 pm)

On Sunday, July 1st, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, the World Awareness Children’s Museum will host artist Wes Modes and his rustic recreated mid-century shanty boat at the Yacht Basin, 159 Broadway, in Fort Edward. The shanty boat installation is part of a compelling art and history project, “A Secret History of American River People.”

Families are invited to bring a picnic to the park and enjoy music, children’s activities and games. Children and adults will enjoy a visit to the shanty boat, and will be invited to hear and tell stories of how the canals and the Hudson River have impacted their lives, and the lives of past generations. Modes seeks out people whose stories are not typically part of the historical record, stating “I try to find our elders who grew up here and remember a different time and a different river.”

The project has exhibited nationwide in conjunction with expeditions on the Mississippi, Tennessee and Sacramento Rivers. Now in the fifth year of the project, the artist has already traveled more than 1,250 river miles on the shanty boat and talked with thousands of people about the river before beginning his next journey on the Hudson River.

159 Broadway, Fort Edward