Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 12:00PM

Whiskey Plank Celebration

Longshed at Canalside - 44 Prime Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

The “whiskey plank” is the final plank required to complete the outer shell of a wooden hull and is considered to be a major milestone in the construction of a wooden boat. This FREE event will feature speeches from local and state officials, members of the boatbuilding team, representatives from BMC, as well as music by Erie Canal band, The Heenan Brothers, free beer tasting by Big Ditch Brewing Company, and custom-designed whiskey by Buffalo Distilling for the traditional whiskey toast. Non-alcoholic options will be available and food trucks will be on-site!

This is also the last day the public can freely walk around the Erie Canal Boat Project at the Longshed until it’s launched in May, so be sure to join this historic event!

The Whiskey Plank Celebration is made possible thanks to the support from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 6:00PM

BMC Speaker Series: Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy on Olmsted Parks

Parkside Lodge Delaware Park - 84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214

In partnership with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, we will learn about the history of these parks and their connection to local waterways. We will also get to know the organization that preserves, restores, enhances, and ensures maintenance of our Olmsted Parks and Parkways. Doors and Cash Bar Open at 5:30, Lecture at 6PM

Thursday, December 14, 2023 | 6:00PM

BMC Speaker Series: Maid of the Mist

Location TBD

Maid of the Mist hit the waters of the mighty Niagara in 1846 with a twin-stack sidewheel steamboat. In 1885, the boats evolved to singlestack steamers that ventured closer to the Horseshoe Falls than any boat ever had before. In 1955, the first modern Maid of the Mist boat entered the river, made of steel and powered by twin diesel engines. Today, there are two zero-emission vessels used to transport visitors to and from the majesty that is Niagara Falls.

Join Chris McKay and John Sicinski of the Maid of the Mist as they discuss the history of the boat and the operation in place today and answer questions about this cultural icon. Stay tuned for more info on this event coming soon!