Port Henry returned to its Labor Day roots dating back to 1889. “We’re trying something new and old this year, bringing the festivities right down to the village beach,” says Tim Bryant, President of the Moriah Chamber of Commerce.
Instead of amusement rides and bands from elsewhere, Moriah residents participated in games, races, raffles and even a historic Longboat ride in partnership with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.
The party kicked off on Saturday (8/31/13) with live music and then fireworks launched from the Port Henry pier. On Sunday, September 1st, the old-fashioned Labor Day came to the Village Beach with an array of kid’s games in the morning and a chicken barbeque from 11-1.
At 1 PM the focus shifted to downtown Port Henry with the traditional Labor Day parade. The parade featured the village’s famous green Champ float along with historic and new fire equipment from area fire departments, sailors from the North Cheever Yacht Club, and a new first: a mint condition 1968 Plymouth Road Runner. We also had miniature donkeys from Butternut Ridge Farm near Peru, NY. Butternut Ridge is a ministry of animal therapy for local nursing homes and hospitals founded by the Rev. Kenneth Parker.
The parade’s musical talent included the Wadhams Waddlers—a popular new folk band known for their range of instruments including everything from harp to violins. The Waddlers also performed later in the afternoon back at the beach, as games for kids and adults continued all day. Volunteers and local sponsors organized a coin search, three-legged race, cardboard boat race, three on three basketball tournament, a chance to meet and pet the donkeys, and a tug-o-war. There was also a flea market, and Penelope the Clown, a mainstay of local events.
Celebrating Moriah’s history on Lake Champlain, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum sent across the lake one of its famous student-built Champlain Longboats complete with a captain/interpreter who took visitors out on the water to experience the teamwork and skill needed to row a gig.
“We really want this to be about playing and meeting our neighbors and not spending a lot of money,” Bryant says. “We want Labor day to be a two-day summer party and a real break from work.”
Moriah’s local band, Loose Connection, topped off Sunday with an evening performance at the beach.
Port Henry’s Labor Day traditions date back to 1889 when the village put on its first parade. Originally intended to honor workers and provide amusements for their families, Labor Day became a national holiday five years later in 1894. “As one of the most historic iron mining towns in the country, it makes sense that Labor Day is a big deal here,” Bryant says. “It also makes sense that even with the Internet and all, we still like a big old-fashioned holiday.”
The second annual Mineville Ironore Man event was held on Saturday June 1st. But you don't have to wait for a special evebnt to hike the Cheney Mountain Trail.
The Cheney mountain trail was designed and built by a collaboration of efforts by CATS (Champlain Area Trails), Moriah Town officials, and MAJOR community support.
Since the creation of the trail, a sign-in box has been installed and we have had over 750 people sign-in and hike this trail. Industry standards suggest that only half the people sign in, putting the total at over 1500 people. Hikers have been a mix of local reisdents, out of state and out of the country.
Please come and enjoy the hike, with breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and surrounding mountains. More info here and links to photos.
The Town of Moriah/Port Henry Chamber of Commerce was formed to strengthen area businesses and promote the community. (You can look through the Business Listing here).
Join the Chamber Today ! (Application available here).
Tim Bryant, President
(518) 250 - 1050 (Note: from some locations, you may need to dial all 10-digits).
Or, for regional information 1-866-THE LAKE (866 843 5253)
Nov. 24, 2012: Ken and Paula Ladeau are greeted by Town, Village, and Chamber officials as they open their new car wash and laundromat, "Champlain's Best Wash".
Labor Day, 2012 -- A special "THANKS" to all the volunteers and participants, parade walkers, chicken cookers, street vendors, fireworks handlers and everyone that helped make this a great weekend for the Moriah community. And "thank you" to Jack Woods for again organizing and coordinating another successful Labor Day weekend.
Moriahstock 2012- We had a better turnout this year over last. All who attended seemed to have a great time and the weather cooperated well with us. I want to thank all who make this "FREE" concert happen.Thanks to George Potter of the band Loose Connections, Blaise Bryant and R J Walker and the band Generationz. This group of people have the heart and commitment to give back to their community to perform for all to enjoy! And thanks to our event sponsors, Adirondack Motors, Boyea's Lakeside and Boyea's Deli.
Moriahstock 2013 is already in the planning stages and as with all "community" events, we are always looking for help and volunteers to make this a bigger and better event!!
I want EVERYONE to understand that this is OUR community! and WE can and WE will make it a better place to live!
--- Tim Garrison
On Saturday September 1st, The MINEVILLE IRONORE MAN fall hike was held at the CHENEY MOUNTAIN hiking trail off of Pelfershire road in Mineville. (This portion of the annual hike was in beautiful sunshine). For a minimal fee of $5,hikers received a certificate of completion and a one of a kind 2012 Mineville Ironore Man patch.
This is all to benefit the Moriah Chamber of Commerce and to promote community involvement and healthy lifestyles.
1st annual Mineville IRON-ORE-MAN event was held Saturday, June 2, dedicating the Cheney Mountain Trail. The second 1/2 of 2012's Iron Ore Man event will be Sept. 1 (plenty of sunshine !).
JOHNNY PODRES SIGN
A sign honoring Dodger pitcher Johnny Podres was unveiled by his widow, Joan Podres. Pat Salerno wanted to honor Podres and picked the design for the sign. Many people contributed to this sign which honors the Witherbee native. The sign is located one-fourth mile south of Port Henry on Route 9N/22.
NEW SIGNPOST at the VILLAGE BEACH
A group of the usual suspects, in front of the new signpost erected at Powerhouse Park Beach. Directional signs point to hometowns or favorite locations of residents, campers, and visitors.
More events sponsored by the Chamber, the pH7 Committee, or McEdge (Moriah Community Economic Development Group).
Scenes around the community.
Moriah Business Park
The Moriah Business Park is a 32-acre park ready for immediate development. The park is located 11 miles from Interstate-87, 4 miles to rail access, 50 miles to the Burlington International Airport, and 120 miles to Montreal International Airport. The Moriah Business Park currently is home to a 22,000 square foot spec. building occupied by Pre-Tech Plastics of Vermont. Lot #2 at the park is home to the new 4,800 square foot Moriah Health Center. Lots 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 are pre-permitted through all applicable regulatory agencies for immediate construction of up to 10,000 square foot buildings. Two or more lots may be combined for larger buildings. Each lot offers municipal water and sewer (Town of Moriah) along with 3-Phase power supplied by National Grid. Cable, high speed internet access and broadband are available at the park.
Contact the Essex County IDA for more information:
PO Box 217, 7566 Court Street, Elizabethtown, NY 12932
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Moriah Chamber of Commerce.