PortFest marks 75 years

Section: Capital Region,  Page: D6

Date: Friday, October 12, 2007

ALBANY - Gone are the days when vessels from New York City docked at Steamboat Square, but the 75-year-old Port of Albany is still thriving, city officials say.

This Saturday, the Port District Commission will celebrate the anniversary - as well as 10 years for the World War II-era destroyer USS Slater - with PortFest, a day of games, music and nautical activities. "The USS Slater and the Port of Albany have become integral to the fabric of our city and PortFest will celebrate the anniversaries of both," Mayor Jerry Jennings said in a prepared statement. "I invite Capital Region families to come down to tour the ships and enjoy a fall day on the riverfront."

The Albany Trolley will offer guided tours of the port, and the Dutch Apple will provide free cruises on the Hudson River. There will also be face painting and a bouncy-bounce for children as well as historic displays for all ages. Vendors will sell food and crafts.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Snow Dock off Broadway just south of the Dunn Memorial Bridge.

- Jimmy Vielkind