Quadricentennial coming to Crown Point

CROWN POINT - The region's Champlain quadricentennial celebration will conclude at the Crown Point State Historic Site and Campground.

The New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission will mark the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's discovery of the lake that bears his name in ceremonies Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 4 p.m.

The event, which concludes a year-long celebration in the Champlain Valley, will include the re-dedication of the renovated Champlain Memorial lighthouse at 7:45 p.m.

It will conclude with a fireworks display over Lake Champlain.

Throughout the day there will be performances and presentations by Martin Sexton, The U.S. Merchant Marine Corps Band, Piers Faccini, Justin Jones and the Driving Rain, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Hackett Fischer, Stephanie Wrembel, Bear Tracks, Tim Jennings and LeAnne Ponder, Darren Bonaparte and a screening of the soon-to-be-released documentary Dead Reckoning.

Admission is free that day.

As part of the quadricentennial events, the Crown Point Post Office will offer a special pictorial cancellation, "Quadricentennial Champlain Celebration."

Designed by Kama Ingleston, a Crown Point resident, the cancellation depicts the Crown Point Memorial Lighthouse. It will be available 9 a.m. to noon at the gift shop tent next to the lighthouse. It will also be available for 30 days after the event by mailing a stamped, self-addressed envelop to the Crown Point post office and in-person at the post office.

For more information contact Postmaster Ann Curran.

On Sunday, Sept. 20, filmmaker Caro Thompson will introduce a one-hour showing of her Emmy Award-winning documentary, Champlain: The Lake Between, at 1 p.m. in the museum auditorium. It will be followed by a discussion.

That weekend will also feature the annual Festival of Nations Sept. 17 - 19 at the Crown Point State Historic Site.

The Festival of Nations celebrates the cultural heritage of the nations which, during the 1700s, left a lasting imprint on the Lake Champlain Valley: Canada, France, Great Britain, Native American Indian tribes, and the United States.

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