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Beginning this Saturday, June 4, the Keeper's House will be open for drop-in visitors on weekends from 10am to 4pm.

Come by, pick up a map, drink some water, chat with our docents, and hear about our plans for permanent and temporary exhibitions.

The Keeper's House is convenient to the Dobbs Ferry stop on Metro-North, and a perfect place to start a walk to Lyndhurst or Untermyer Gardens.

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Share your passion for and knowledge of the Aqueduct trail and Rivertowns area

Are you comfortable speaking and working with the public?

Can you devote three hours on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to work with Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct at their new Keeper's House visitor center in Dobbs Ferry?

To learn more, we invite potential volunteer docents to a question-and-answer gathering on March 31, 7:30, at the Keeper's House, 15 Walnut St., Dobbs Ferry, between Broadway/Route 9 and Main St.

Questions? Email Tom Tarnowsky: ttarnowsky@aqueduct.org or Lesley Walter: lwalter@aqueduct.org

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Work is moving along! Exterior paint completed. Landscape terraced for events. Interior doors painted and ready to install. Bike racks installed.

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Happy Birthday Old Croton Aqueduct!!
The big celebration took place on Oct 14, 1842, with Croton HighBalls (Croton water with a splash of lemon) served with sandwiches to an enthusiastic audience.

A five mile long parade ended at a 50 ft fountain with a chorus of women singers. Imagine something as simple as water causing so much excitement,

But it was Croton Water!!

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After a concerted push at the Dobbs Ferry Festa, the membership rolls of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct reached our goal of 500 - and then topped it by 10 additional members!

Our 500th member (shown at left) received a gift basket of caps, t-shirts, flowers and prosecco, plus a tuneless – but enthusiastic – serenade.

Thank you all for showing how important the Old Croton Aqueduct is in your lives.

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“One of the best things about moving to Dobbs Ferry 3 years ago was discovering the Old Croton Aqueduct.” That is what Peter Soboroff said as he handed a check for $2,570 to Mavis Cain, FOCA president. The donation, raised through GoFundMe. is designated for the education project in the restored Keeper's House.

When Peter planned his second annual Father’s Day marathon run, for the New York Cat Hospital, he came up with the idea of linking with GoFundMe, thus alerting his friends and neighbors about the project, In just one month after the announcement, 33 donors gave $2,570 - some giving in gratitude for Peter’s care of their cats and some giving because they love the trail.

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The Friends had an amazing, exhilarating day at the High Bridge Saturday, participating in the kickoff of festivities for NYC Parks' Season of the High Bridge. We had a nearly endless stream of people stopping at our table, which was well-located just next to the (98-step) stairway down to the bridge (Manhattan side), plus many who joined our walks on the bridge, which we led about every half hour. Mega-thanks to Sara, Lesley, Mavis, Bob, Carl and Tom for their stamina, cheerfulness, and dedication.

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Public festivities on the bridge launch the Season of the High Bridge. The Friends will be "roving docents" and will lead walking tours. Visit the Friends' table - take the short paved path from Amsterdam Ave. at W. 172nd St. See directions [see directions here] and visit the NYC Parks Dept. website [ link] for more information about the event.

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At the beginning of June, without fanfare, the long awaited stairway to and from the Quarry Trail to Warburton Avenue opened!

Now, anyone on the Aqueduct Trail can walk down Quarry Trail and walk up the stairs to Warburton Avenue. Close by is Antoinette’s Patisserie, a Hasting’s favorite for its own brand of coffee, pastries and gelato. Also across the street from Antoinette’s is a shady park which is open to the public.

Those familiar with the Quarry Trail know that it is currently only half complete, but, nevertheless passes via tunnels underneath the Aqueduct and Warburton Avenue before coming to an end. Some refer to it as the “trail to nowhere”, but the Village of Hastings will complete the trail down to Railroad Street when an approved state grant is funded.

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