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Canal Boat Opens Friday

Auld Sod to New Prairie

Afternoon Tea

Save The Date

Chicago Magazine 


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Canal Corridor Association is a membership organization that preserves history, protects nature and open space, and creates destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, from Lake Michigan in Chicago to the Illinois River in LaSalle/Peru. It enhances, raises awareness of and expands the parks, trails, landscape and historic sites that make the I&M Canal region a special place. CCA manages the Gaylord Building, a National Trust Historic Site, in Lockport, Illinois. One of the oldest industrial buildings in the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, the Gaylord Building is a model of adaptive reuse, featuring the Public Landing restaurant, canal exhibits and more.

 

LaSalle Canal Boat opens Friday

More than 11,000 people rode the LaSalle Canal Boat- The Volunteer last year in its first season. If you haven’t had the chance, now it’s your turn. The LaSalle Canal Boat 2009 tour season opens Friday, April 17.  Boat rides are offered daily at 10 am, 11:15 am, 1 pm, 2:15 pm and 3:30 pm. Call 815-223-1851 to make your reservation.So step back in time, ride the LaSalle Canal Boat now and take advantage of a spring special: Two guests ride for the price of one through May 16. Go to www.lasallecanalboat.org and print up your two-for-one coupon. Pick up your tickets at the Lock 16 Center, downtown LaSalle’s newest gathering spot at the corner of First and Joliet streets in downtown LaSalle, two blocks from the boat. In fact, the Lock 16 Center is so popular, CCA has extended the hours of operation. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 7 am to 7 pm. Tuesday, 7 am to 8:30 pm. Saturday & Sunday 8 am to 7 pm. Extended hours for groups by special arrangement.Ride the boat, enjoy a meal, treat yourself to something from the gift shop. You can even check your email if you must – the Center offers free Wi-Fi. Fares are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for youth 16 and under. Until May 16, two guests ride for the price of one. Children under age 3 ride free. Special family rate – 2 adults with 2 children under age 16 – is $33. For group tour information and rates call Lindsay at 815-220-1848. 


From the Auld Sod to the New Prairie

Sunday, April 19, 1 PM at Lock 16, 754 First Street, LaSalle
Historian, scholar and musician Lee Murdock will present “From the Auld Sod to the New Prairie.” A look at the Irish immigrants of Illinois in both traditional ballads and modern songs, Murdock weaves music and stories to tell the tale of building canals, railroads and new lives in America. Free. Co-sponsored by the Canal Corridor Association and the LaSalle County Historical Society.  Funded by the Illinois Humanities Council.



Relax at a Lock 16 Afternoon Tea

Four afternoon teas are scheduled in April and May at Lock 16 in LaSalle.  The next two monthly teas are scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, April 16th (a few spots are still available) and Saturday, May 9th (the day before Mother’s Day).  Two Mary Todd Lincoln teas are scheduled for Thursday, April 30th and Saturday, May 23rd. All of the teas include scones, tea sandwiches, and sweets with a variety of teas (or coffee if you prefer).  Mrs. Lincoln shares stories of her courtship with Mr. Lincoln and details of her wedding day.  For reservations, call the Lock 16 Café at 815-223-1851.  $19.50 per person.

Save-the-DateThe annual Canal Corridor Association’s Boat Captain’s Luncheon is scheduled for Sunday, May 17th.  Invitations are in the mail.  If you or someone you know would like to be added to the invitation list, call Patti at 815-223-1851.


I&M Canal in Chicago Magazine

Check out the April edition of Chicago magazine.  The I&M Canal is THE Illinois get-away.  The Corridor driving tour from Lemont to LaSalle is listed as well as the CCA managed Gaylord Building and The Volunteer along with several other sites between Summit and LaSalle.  If you would like a copy of the driving tour map and brochure mentioned in the article call 815-223-1851 and we will mail you a copy.

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

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