Author: 
Mavis Cain

Happy Water or Acqua Felice....That’s what Pope Sixtus V called the Aqueduct that he commanded to be opened in 1585. Now why didn’t John Jervis think of a pretty name like that? Acqua Felice was an aqueduct that brought water to the area north of Rome, It was Pope Sixtus’ big achievement. I learned this at an exhibition in Ottawa Canada on the artistic achievements of the popes of the 16th C . I learned a lot about the various popes’ less pure activities, too. Mavis Cain.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

by Cornelia Cotton

Ed Rondthaler, typographer, inventor, historian, author, civic activist, advocate of phonetic spelling, and raconteur, died at age 104 on August 19.

A member of Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct since its beginning, he twice gave illustrated talks - in 1999 and 2000 - at our annual meetings. With inimitable charm he shared his love and knowledge of the Croton River, which he and his wife Dot explored on foot and by canoe from the sources of its three tributaries to its estuary.

The Rondthalers lived in Croton in a log cabin-style house on the river since 1941. A more complete tribute to Ed will appear in the Friends' next newsletter.

Obituary from Journal-News.

Author: 
Mavis Cain

I spent a happy hour in the basement of the Keeper's House with the beady eyed restoration experts from Steve Tilly's office. These talented people were tapping against crumbling walls, inspecting under floorboards to discover a pattern of cobblestones and making notes on clipboards. If it weren't such positive proof of the project getting underway, it would have been a claustrophobic experience. There was a small brick fireplace that maybe was used for cooking in a downstairs kitchen. Ceilings are low - but even a six footer can walk easily in the area. From a back door a pile of rubble had tumbled down on to the floor. Everything smells musty of course but at last, windows upstairs have been opened so there are fewer sneezes.
Pretty soon all this planning will come to fruition. Watch for news of the next phase.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

We've added an article from our current Newsletter HERE. From time to time we'll add more articles from past issues.

Also: Don't miss the Bronx Historical Society's "Walking with Poe" tour -- including the High Bridge -- October 4th 2009 on our calendar.

Author: 
Eileen Charles

We're in the thick of Aquefest planning, but here's a sneak peak of the day...At the Keepers House in DOBBS FERRY award-winning storyteller, Johnathan Kruk, will engage and delight young and old with historic tales of Henry Hudson, Robert Fulton and our own Aqueduct History! Other highlights...The Sleepy Hollow String Band, Janet Grice Trio, Aqueduct Art and fun! In HASTINGS...Acoustic Riverrun, sing along the trail with the Clearwater Walkabout Chorus, Aqueduct art, story circle and more. Stay tuned for performance schedule and times.
We're also organizing an Aquefest in Yonkers on Saturday, Oct. 3...details to follow. To volunteer to perform or work at Aquefest please contact Eileen Charles on our Contact page.