Both ends of the Amsterdam Mohawk River waterfront were alive with music and family activities last Saturday.
The Guy Park Manor historic site and river lock was celebrating the opening of the new location of the Walter Ellwood Museum on its grounds by hosting the annual Amsterdam Summerfest. Amid booths of games, food, crafts and face painting, kids could bounce, pet adoptable cats or tour the barge anchored near the lock. The museum itself was also open for tours of its historical and unusual contents, including an extensive taxidermy collection of animals such as grizzly and polar bears, leopards, walrus and exotic birds including a bald eagle. (Hmmm… taxidermy seems to be a continuing theme this summer.) There were several antique Edison record and cylinder players, and one could easily imagine Nipper cocking his head in fascination.