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On Sunday October 8th, FOCA will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Croton Aqueduct with a birthday party at the Keeper's House in Dobbs Ferry. A new exhibit in the Keeper's House, music, games for kids, "Croton Cocktails," food and a chance to sit in a replica of the Croton Maid, the small boat that floated down to New York City on the first water to flow through the Aqueduct. 2 to 6pm. Details to be announced soon.

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caption: Group Photo by Karena Gray

For the full photo album, click HERE

 

On May 6 The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct continued the quest to rid the trail of invasive plants impeding views, threatening historic stone walls and choking out the valuable native plants and trees that support local wildlife.  Impossibly ambitious?  Maybe.  But worth making strategic choices and chipping away?  88 volunteers, community co-sponsors and corporate donors answered with their hands, feet, time and resources to say a resounding YES! 

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A lovely Spring day was had by all. Some of us went on to Dia Beacon, while others came early for breakfast on Main Street before the boat ride to sunny Pollopel Island. A band of docents shepherded us through the ruins and showed off old photos of the castle home and arsenal. This was a wonderful way to get to know more about our group .... it turned out that 3 participants knew each other from high school. And Jane Reed's description of Dobbs Ferry 54 years ago was a stitch! Back then short Italian ladies of indeterminate age walked everywhere, wearing knotted head kerchiefs with black dresses. Cedar and Main streets were quiet, almost empty of cars, and everyone knew everyone. Thank you docents for all you do at the Keeper's House!

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Rid the trail of invasive plants and
Restore Historic Stone Walls
with the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Register in advance at http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark
 

Where: On the trail along Quaker Bridge Road, Croton on Hudson (look for a white canopy)

Parking: On street — look for designated volunteer signs between houses #124 and #99

Perks: Water, coffee, snacks, gloves, tee shirts, tools & bug stuff provided

Bring: Lunch! Consider wearing long pants, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt.

 

Sponsored by The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

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SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2PM

The story of Burr’s maneuverings to found a bank (now JP Morgan Chase) by pretending to meet New York City’s urgent need for clean water is one of the more colorful sidebars of our water supply history. In this 175th anniversary year of the Old Croton Aqueduct, learn how Burr pulled it off, Alexander Hamilton’s ambiguous role, and the consequences of Burr’s ruse for the emerging metropolis.

GERARD KOEPPEL has written widely about aspects of New York history and infrastructure and is a popular speaker and panelist on these topics. His books include the highly regarded account of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Water for Gotham: A History, and, most recently, City on a Grid: How New York Became New York.

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Despite the damp weather, an enthusiastic crowd turned out for the annual Yonkers trail cleanup. Checkout our excellent photo album on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheOldCrotonAqueduct/

 

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  • Do you love the Old Croton Aqueduct?
  • Do you live in Hastings, Dobbs Ferry or Irvington?
  • Can you spare a few hours a week to learn and use marketable skills?
  • Are you self-motivated and eager to commit to taking on a new project?
  • Perhaps you have just retired or you are a young mother getting ready to return to the workforce.
  • Are you interested in learning how to blog or how to manage a constituent relationship database?

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct is looking for someone to take over responsibility for online outreach.

You will solicit weekly blog entries from board members and other OCA enthusiasts. You will promote these blog entries on social media.

You will prepare and send out EBlasts using iContact.

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As of now, we have 29 people who have earned certificates and patches from the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct’s Milers Program

And there are quite a few others who are “working on it.”  Some of these milers  have become some of our most active docents.  

One of them said to us that she and her husband “fell in love” with the trail as they earned their patches.  Being a docent is a way to share that love.

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Have you stopped by the Keeper's House recently?

We have two new displays!

One is an audio program about the Catskill Water system, with stories from the point of view of its builders and surrounding landowners.

The other is an interactive map of the Westchester portion of the Old Croton Aqueduct with pop-up details about points of interest along the trail.

Visit us Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm.

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