Tonawanda’s Gateway Harbor 2017

Photo by Bob Blazina

It was one of those hot and humid western New York summer evenings. It was the Wednesday after Independence Day. People had been partying for a long 4-day weekend. We thought the crowd would be sparse.

Boy, were we wrong! The crowd packed the entire area all the way to the next street. Standing room only on the sidewalk across the bridge. And all along the banks of the Tonawanda side of the Erie Canal. We estimated about 4,000 friends and fans came out to end a 5-day weekend. The crowd response was overwhelming!