About two weeks ago, I reported that our region would play host to a centennial celebration for the Boundary Waters Treaty, legislation that governs the use of the shared waters between the United States and Canada. Among other things, the treaty was the first such environmental agreement and created the 6-person International Joint Commission, an unbiased body with equal representation from the two nations that was designed to resolve any disagreements between the U.S. and Canada. “It was the very first and the most successful treaty between two countries to manage shared waters,” said Larry Brooks, communications director for the Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper. “It’s 100 years of peaceful cooperation.”
On Friday, June 12, you are invited to come celebrate this 100-year old agreement at the Central Wharf, located on Buffalo’s waterfront. The event will run from 5PM to 11PM and feature fun activities for every member of the family. There will be family fun activities from 5PM to 6PM, sponsored by Explore and More Children’s Museum, which is located in East Aurora. The film, “The Third Coast,” will screen after the sun sets, projected onto one of the grain elevators that can be easily seen from the waterfront. (The film is, appropriately, about water.) Buffalo Place Inc. will keep the energy high with music from The String Men, featuring local musician Doug Yeomans.
The Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper will also put on the Great Niagara Boat Dance, which Brooks calls the first of its kind in Western New York. To the beat of African drums played on shore, boats will “dance” around the harbor in choreographed motions. “Think synchronized swimming or a marching band, but with boats,” Brooks said.
At the Riverkeeper tent, you can receive admission and three beers with a $10 donation. A $30 donation will buy you three beers, a Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper tee-shirt and membership to the Riverkeeper and Buffalo MicroParks. Otherwise, the waterfront is open to the public free of charge for those who just want to come down and see some of the attractions.
On Saturday, June 13, an official centennial ceremony will take place at 10AM on the Rainbow Bridge. For more information about all of the events during Boundary Waters Week, visit this Web site.