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Author: 
FOCAAdmin

The weather was gorgeous, the trail was alive with musicians, dancers, storytellers and artists. We recruited new members and celebrated with Friends!

Thanks for making it all happen!

These are some of the highlights (photos by Deniz Tuzun and Hazel Kalderon):

Author: 
Mavis Cain

On Sunday, October 11, on a cloudless day, Tom led a group of more than 20 hardy walkers through the parts of the sity that are atop the Aqueduct. They started at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, made a short tour inside the 135th St Gatehouse and then on to the CCNY campus. In Hamilton Heights they saw the Alexander Hamilton House now moved to a park like setting.

Tom's famous notebook was shared so that all could get a better grasp of the history.

Author: 
Mavis Cain

In "Under New York," aired last month, we see the inside of the Aqueduct raw - totally natural with bats flying about and the grunge that accumulates with time. The explorers had to do confined space training and there they are, splashing through the dark and foreboding tunnel with hard hats and head lamps. One of the best parts is when they come upon a "dead air" section and they are running for air, one after the other, then scrambling up the ladder to safety. This section of the Aqueduct is not the refined and well-lit section that we have in Ossining.

Author: 
Mavis Cain


Part of the pleasure of walking the Aqueduct is finding the off-shoots and exploring them. On September 13, five brave women with Mavis and Joe Kozlowski tackled the overgrown carriage road from the Aqueduct to Untermyer Park starting at the Lion and the headless unicorn.

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.

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