Hiawatha Island Adventure POSTPONED to June 26

It has come to my attention that many people who purchased tickets to the “Hiawatha Island Adventure” event, originally scheduled for June 12th but canceled due to weather concerns, didn’t receive notice of the event’s postponement to June 26th. 

I am sincerely sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this lack of communication caused you.  I understand that many traveled from out of town, and I am so sorry you had made that trip in vain.  Please allow me to offer some explanation. 


On the morning on Friday, June 10th, we used the same reservation system that most customers used to purchase event tickets to send a postponement notice because we determined this was the most logical way to directly reach you.  This was our first time using Wix Events to postpone an event, and it seems that many, if not all customers did not receive the notice.  For that we are very sorry.   


In order to give our event partners enough notice to reschedule we needed to make the decision to cancel by Friday.  Even if we were to wait until Saturday, the forecast still indicated adverse weather at that time. 


A word on my cautious approach to weather:  

By the nature of the river and the banks leading both from the mainland and to the island, an event such as this one demands a reasonable assurance of fair weather.  Even small amounts of rain render the riverbank slippery and hazardous, despite our use of traction panels and walkways.  Increased current due to rain and especially, increased winds from incoming storms make boat piloting and keeping the craft stable during boarding and offloading difficult and unpredictable.  Having attempted to continue an island event through a rainstorm in 2019, these points were hard-learned for me.  I can honestly say that I postponed the event in the interest of your safety and ability to enjoy the event. 
Again, I hope you accept my sincere apology.  I made an honest effort to send the notification, using what I believed to be an efficient means of communication and have learned my lesson.  If the weather is with us, we will be at the Hiawatha Island Landing on Marshland Road on June 26th, ready to have a festive day and great time on the island, and I hope most of you will be able to join us!

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403 Hilton Road, Apalachin, NY


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Hiawatha Island


312 Marshland Road

Apalachin, NY



From Waterman Center take Route 434 west 2.2 miles from Hilton Road. Turn right on west end of Marshland Road. Take third driveway on the left.

Brick Pond

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546 East Front Street

Owego, NY 


Directions: From Route 17, take exit 65 to 17c west toward Owego. Travel approximately

1 mile. Turn right on East Front Street. A parking area is a few blocks on the right.

Apalachin Marsh

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5400 Route 434

Apalachin, NY


Directions: Apalachin Marsh is located between the east and west-bound lanes of Route 17. Access to the site is from Route 434, about one-half mile west of Hilton Road. Turn right and walk through the opening in the fence under Route 17.

IBM Glen

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150 Robinson Hill Road

Endicott, NY



From 17 West take the exit 70 N and turn left at the light. Continue on Harry L. Drive west. Harry L. Drive turns into Watson Blvd 1.0 miles. Take Watson Blvd .09 miles then turn right onto Country Club Road. Turn right onto Robinson Hill Road. The entrance to The Glen is about 1.2 miles up Robinson Hill Road on the right-hand side. 

From 17 East, take the exit 70 N and turn left at the light. Continue on Harry L. Drive west. Harry L. Drive turns into Watson Blvd 1.0 miles. Take Watson Blvd .09 miles then turn right onto Country Club Road. Turn right onto Robinson Hill Road.

Pettus Hill Nature Preserve


125 Abby Road

Windsor, NY 



Travelling Eastbound on Route 17 from Binghamton, Take Exit 77, West Windsor. 

Turn right at the end of the ramp, turn right at end of the ramp, then take an immediate left on Fox Farm Rd. 

Go .5 miles and turn right on Roberts Road Go .4 miles and turn right on Abbey Road. 

Go .6 miles and bear left at the “Y” intersection. Go .1 miles to where the road crosses the power line right-of-way.  Turn left and drive about 50 yards along the right-of-way to the parking area along the fence. Use the pedestrian opening in the fence by the parking area to enter the property.