Erie Canal Sal to Appear at GCC’s “Epochs in Orleans”

MEDINA – Local actress, singer and storyteller Gretchen Murray Sepik will add color to the 2016 Orleans County Heritage Festival when she appears as Erie Canal Sal at GCC’s Medina campus center for their “Epochs in Orleans” timeline event.

Erie Canal Sal

Sal is a fictitious character based, in part, on Old Black Nell who was a cook on the canal in the year 1840. She speaks in an Irish brogue and weaves Irish Folk Tales into facts about the Erie Canal. You will laugh as you learn about one of the engineering wonders of the world. Gretchen has adapted the original script for this program into a children’s book entitled “Erie Canal Sal”.

Sepik’s program will begin at 2:00 PM in room 16 of the campus center.

“Epochs in Orleans” will feature reenactors, impressionists and artisans from all eras of American history.  Visitors will encounter Presidents James Madison and Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others.  A number of demonstrations will be featured throughout the day including Civil War firing demos, a fencing demo, as well as artisans plying their crafts.

“Epochs in Orleans” is free and open to the public 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sept. 10th.  Donations to the GCC Veterans Scholarship Fund are cheerfully accepted.  For more information go to the event website: or contact Prof. Derek Maxfield at