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.
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.
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.