February 27, 2014

Lakes to Locks building point-to-point app

First of its kind; includes narration, music

WESTPORT — Point-to-point narration on a new app aims to accompany travelers visiting the Lakes to Locks Passage.

At a recent Lake Champlain Region mixer hosted by the Westport Chamber of Commerce, Lakes to Locks Executive Director Janet Kennedy gave a Powerpoint presentation about the Power Ports app that will be available for mobile digital devices. 

All towns in Lakes to Locks Passage: a Top 10 All-American Byway, will be eligible to use it once it is ready to go.

Lakes to Locks covers an area from Albany to Montreal, primarily tracing the water routes along the Hudson River, Lake George and Lake Champlain and terminating on the north along the Richelieu River Valley.


Lakes to Locks has been collaborating with National Geographic to promote Geotourism, which incorporates the environment, history, culture and aesthetics of a region, Kennedy told a crowd of about 50 who attended the event for businesses and nonprofit organizations at the Westport Hotel and Tavern.

“We have been working on trying to bring cultural- and natural-resources-oriented themes for hiking, boating, train and, driver if you must, to get people out of their cars,” she said. 

“We want to link this all together to tell as a story.”


The app, she said, will include “thematic itineraries in which we want to do more than just have a history-book lesson.”

One of the scenarios tells the story of Lt. Col. Friedrich Baum, who was aligned with the British during the Revolutionary War, and more specifically, Gen. John Burgoyne’s 1777 campaign to attack the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor. 

That effort ended in Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga on Oct. 15, 1777. 

The dialogue, voiced by Lindsay Pontius of Westport, accentuates the fact that Baum, of German descent, had difficulty communicating with the British.

“She (Lindsay) is making this lively, as it would be boring with just one person narrating,” Kennedy said. 

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