Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
10:02 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Jazz Pioneer Carline Ray Passes Away at 88

Jazz guitarist and activist Carline Ray died Thursday at Isabella House in New York City, according to a statement from her publicist. No cause of death was given. She was 88.

In the 1940s, Ray was a member of the pioneering all-female band, The International Sweethearts Of Rhythm. Ray, who was born in New York City, joined the group with fellow Juilliard School of Music student Edna Smith after the pair graduated in 1946. Ray played guitar and sang with the band.

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Arts & Culture
6:16 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Cycling the Erie Canal: Reflections Back on People and Their Stories Along the Way

Bicyclists on the last day of Cycling the Erie Canal ride along the Mohawk River toward the Hudson and Albany.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The Cycling the Erie Canal bike trip ended this past weekend.  Parks and Trails New York organized the 15 annual event.  A wide variety of people participated from 36 states and several other countries.

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Cycling Erie Canal
7:07 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Canal Ride Day 8: Cycling Along the Mohawk, Hudson Rivers to the Finish

Riders prepare for the eighth and final day of Cycling the Erie Canal, at a park in Scotia
Chris Bolt/WAER News

The final day's ride of Cycling the Erie Canal had a lot of opportunity to enjoy views of the water, rivers, locks and waterfalls, all along nicely maintained public bike and recreation trails.  

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Cycling Erie Canal
5:59 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Canal Ride Day 7 Parallels Mohawk River, Native American History

Jesuit Shrine to the Martyrs is ntional Shrine to Kateri Tekakwitha, recently sainted.
Chris Bolt/WAER News

The next-to-last day of Cycling the Erie Canal might have been called Native American day.  The ride started in Canajoharie, a Mohawk word describing a feature of the Canajoharie Gorge.  Much of the day's cycling was back on the Erie Canalway trail system, which for part of this stretch stayed near the Mohawk River.  The recreation path went in and out of pleasant forested areas, giving glimpses of the Mohawk all along the way.A short detour off the path led to a Jesuit Shrine to Mohawk martyrs.

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Cycling Erie Canal
10:35 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Canal Ride Day 6 Affected by Recent Flooding in Herkimer, Mohawk Areas

Road damage and hill erosion can be seen off of Route 5 near Mohawk.
Chris Bolt/WAER News

Day 6 of Cycling the Erie Canal didn't include too much "canal".  Due to the flooding in Herkimer and Mohawk, the route of the cyclists had to be detoured, leaving out just about all the waterfront sections because they are damaged, unsafe or being restored. 

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