Rouses Point prepares for quad activities

ROUSES POINT - The 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's exploration of the region will continue to play a part in the planning of more than a dozen events to be held in the village in the coming months.

Geri Favreau, president of the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society, recently released a schedule of events that will take place in the village from May-October, all which will have a special quadricentennial theme.

"When there was first talk about the quadricentennial, we were told not to worry about doing a lot of new stuff, but take what you do and 'quadricize' it," Favreau said of suggestions from the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. "So, that's what we're doing."

The process has already begun, with Dodge Memorial Library having recently hosted a book signing by Kate Messner, author of Spitfire and Champlain and the Silent One, and the Rouses Point Civic Center hosting the North Country Skating Club's 30th annual skating show, which celebrated the exploits of Champlain.

Favreau said the quadricized celebrations will continue as the former D & H Railway Station on Pratt Street hosts the second annual National Train Day Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9. That event - which will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday for elementary students and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday for the public - will celebrate the history of trains and train stations in the area which was once traversed by the famous French explorer.

"I'm not exactly sure how we're going to give that a Champlain theme, but it will focus on exploring the country by train, so maybe that's how we'll do it," Favreau said with a quick laugh.

That event will feature free junior engineer hats, bookmarks, coloring sheets and stickers for children, as well as souvenir tickets that will bear a National Train Day stamp.

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