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    • Mohawk Valley,
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A Sense of Place
An Almanac of Festivals in the Mohawk Valley
by Roger Chambers

The Mohawk Valley of central New York State is celebrated in this original compilation. Ranging from the region’s precolonial indigenous settlements and its modern-day multiethnic communities and festivals, to the area’s distinct seasonal changes, this almanac provides a month-by-month survey of the Mohawk Valley’s climate, culture and diverse traditions, placed within the context of historical roots and offering perspectives on possible future trends. Complete with photographs, maps, statistics, and a comprehensive set of appendices for easy-to-access information including links for further reference, A Sense of Place offers the perfect guidebook to this region of Central New York for history buffs, arts enthusiasts, festival-goers, gardening hobbyists, and lovers of the great outdoors. For more information on the festivals and natural world in central New York, go to the Mohawk Valley Almanac,

About the Author Roger Chambers, registered nurse, shortwave radio DXer, birder, gardener, poet, and musician. Salina High School South, Salina, Kansas, Class of 1971; Mohawk Valley Community College, 1979; a nurse with over forty years’ experience in long-term health care. He is curious in travel and natural sciences, and a lifelong student of languages, especially Spanish, and more recently Swedish, useful in tracing Swedish ancestry. The Mohawk Valley Almanac ( is a web site featuring regional festivals and the natural world of the Mohawk Valley of upstate New York. About the Photographer Joyce Chambers is a registered nurse, a graduate of St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing, with over twenty years’ experience in longterm health care. A native Utican, she took the photos in this book not taken by the author. She is interested in photography, especially of the many birds that come to year-round bird feeders and those seen at area wetlands. Recently she has become very interested in genealogy, siscovering roots in Chateaugay, New York; Quebec; and Germany. Joyce and Roger are married, have two adult sons and two grandchildren, and live in Utica, New York. About the Poet George R. Romano, educator, botanist, and linguist. Utica Free Academy, Class of 1949; BA in Botany, Utica College; MS, Syracuse; attended Urbana; St. Louis University; forever an educator in varied venues including Utica Community Action and Utica School of Commerce. Forever a student of botany, Latin, Spanish, and the human condition.


Roger Chambers
Joyce Chambers
George R. Romano

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