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We are pleased to announce the completion of our short promotional film about the Aqueduct, the Friends and our Keeper's House Project. Entitled "CELEBRATE!", the film was produced and edited by L. Brandon Krall of Media Triangle, and has already garnered attention, with an award from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network and a Sy Shulman award from the Westchester Historical Society.

You can view it HERE and HERE

Annual Meeting 2014

The Annual Meeting of the Friends took place on a sunny Sunday, April 27th at the Irvington Library. It featured the new life of the Keeper’s House. The theme drew a large and enthusiastic audience, members and the general public who have supported the restoration of this National Historic Landmark and have often asked "What’s next ?” The good news that had the audience clapping is the fact that funds are in place for the the restoration and the architectural design work has been approved by State officials.

NEW! Patches for walkers who go the distance

The Friends will recognize walkers/runners who complete the Westchester portion or the entire Old Croton Aqueduct Trail with a 26- or 41-mile certificate and patch (free to members). Click here for details and recognition forms.

Connecting the Trail Over the Deegan Expressway

The plan to reconnect the Aqueduct trail across the Deegan Expressway in Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx, received wide media coverage at an event in the park on March 29. Congressmen Serrano and Engel and about 60 advocates turned out in the rain to demonstrate for city funding for the pedestrian bridge, which would also reconnect parts of the park. Friends of Van Cortlandt Park organized the event; Friends of the Aqueduct were among the co-sponsors.


Check out the short film we created to promote the Old Croton Aqueduct and our Keeper's House project. You can view it in fullscreen by clicking on the symbol in the bottom right corner. Special thank to Parks & Trails New York for supporting this project.

Directed by MEDIA TRIANGLE // L. Brandon Krall

Mercy College Students Work For The Friends

Volunteer Camilla chats with a fairgoer. Photo Credit: Andrea Minoff

Suddenly our volunteer group looks younger!

Thanks to a grant received by Mercy College encouraging students to take volunteer jobs with non- profit groups like ours, we have had a fresh new presence of youthful enthusiasts on the trail and at events like Ferry Festa in Dobbs Ferry. The grant pays the students a reasonable wage – and we profit.

Raffle Winners Announced

We're thrilled to announce the winners of our annual bike raffle! The drawing was held at the Keeper's House on November 2nd.

First prize winner of the trail bike is Jon Flores of Tarrytown, whose birthday happened to fall on our raffle drawing day. "I knew when I bought that ticket that I would win!" say Jon, who bikes the trail regularly. The Friends worked with Endless Trail, Dobbs Ferry bike shop, to offer this outstanding bike.

Second prize winner of the goody basket filled with maps, hats and t-shirts is Dwayne Reith of Dobbs Ferry, shown here with his daughter Mariella.

Secrets of New York TV show on the OCA

A great episode of Secrets of New York with a major section on the OCA and featuring FOCA's own Mavis Cain and Bob Kornfeld and Park Manager Gary Ricci! The OCA bit starts at about 8:48.

Join us for "The Swarm" Saturday, November 16th

The Friends, along with Groundwork Hudson Valley's Saw Mill River Coalition and many many others invite all vine cutters to come together
to attack one big vine area, make a visible difference, and generally have a good time!


Get Ready for a Spring Ground-Breaking!

This year, in anticipation of a gala ground breaking for the reconstruction work on the Keeper’s House in Spring 2014, the Friends are saving energy and funds for that important event. Aquefest often loses money for us unless we get a grant, and much as we all love the fun , we have to be sensible. And the big news that work on the Keeper’s House will soon begin demands we plan for a big event!

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