Friends member and avid trail walked Carlos Gee has an excellent blog, SCENES FROM THE TRAIL, where he provides heavily-illustrated guides to his walks in the new York and New Jersey region. He was kind enough to allow us to copy his walks onto this website, so you can follow along on his adventure to walk the entire length of the Westchester section of the Old Croton Aqueduct trail (and earn a patch in the process.
The Friends invited our wonderful, hard-working Keeper's House docents to a private tour of Philipse Manor Hall during the holidays. And, since we like exploring Yonkers, we added on lunch at the locally famous Cuban restaurant La Bella Havana! Sixteen docents and board members socialized and took the fascinating tour. Our New York State Parks guide Robert A Lee, a descendant of General Robert E Lee (!), then took us outside for an impromptu walk through the newest Saw Mill River Daylighting park!
Our 2016 Annual Meeting speaker, Diane Galusha, has just published an expended edition of her informative book, Liquid Assets: A History of New York City's Water System, which covers the Old Croton Aqueduct, New Croton Aqueduct and Delaware system. Essential reading for anyone interested in this subject! You can order it and pay via Paypal at: http://liquidassetsbook.com
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!!
Please attend our Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 12 at 2pm. The relationship of large cities to the natural world is a mass of contradictions. Cities replace habitats with manmade structures of steel and concrete and consume vast amounts of resources from far beyond their limits. Ironically, cities also represent the last best hope for conserving healthy remnants of the world’s species and ecosystems, and play a crucial role in combating environmental destruction elsewhere.