Ithaca Falls: March 2016 vs. March 2015

Finger Lakes Park Minute #56

The winters of 2015 and 2016 in Ithaca, NY could hardly have differed more. February 2015 was the coldest on record, while 2016’s winter could hardly be called a winter, it was so mild. In this Park Minute, we compare March at Ithaca Falls for both years.

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Lucifer Falls!

This time on Walk in the Park, we go to one of the Ithaca, NY area’s favorite big waterfalls, Lucifer Falls in the upper gorge at Robert H. Treman State Park. We ponder why the falls are where they are and delve into the geologic story behind it. Finally, we take a brief look at 19th century tourism at the falls.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series on Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY. It is produced at PEGASYS Studios. Produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions.  Walk in the Park episodes last 29 minutes.

Watch this episode (#123) right here, or on Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) beginning tonight, Thursday, 12/17/15, at 9:00 p.m.; also Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.; or finally on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Or right below anytime, anywhere!

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Ithaca Boat Tour on Cayuga Lake

Take a virtual tour of the south end of Cayuga Lake on the MV Haendel with Ithaca Boat Tours, complete with plenty of visualizations, video, historic photos, and more! Watch it here online, or on TV in the Ithaca, NY area.

Explore the geology, history, and ecology of Cayuga Lake, longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York State. Steamboats, railroads, glaciers, waterfalls, cliffs, ancient oceans, mountains, fish, invasive species, state parks, lakeshore hotel, Ezra Cornell, lighthouses, water birds, gorges, rockslides, floods, fires, the Erie Canal, and more!

This is episode 111 of Walk in the Park, our weekly public access TV show on Time Warner Cable channels 13 in Ithgaca, NY. Our 2017 cablecast schedule:

Thursday 8/24 12:30 PM & 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM & 8:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 8/29, 11:30 AM & 8:00 PM
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From Forest to Sea

In this episode (#110) of our weekly community access TV series in the Ithaca, NY area, “Walk in the Park,” our journey begins at a glacial boulder in a brook, pouring over waterfalls and past a log-jam to Cayuga Lake, longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York State. Eventually we reach the Great Lakes and finally the ocean.

Our next story takes us to another of America’s 36 “Grand Canyons,” this time the Quechee Gorge on the Ottauquechee River, the “Grand Canyon  of Vermont,” which in its own turn flows to the Connecticut River and finally the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
We round out our program with looks at things going on from the Rocky Mountains to the Smokies to the canyons of Utah.
You can watch the whole show right here or on Ithaca community access TV at the times and channels listed below.

Update: Remaining 2017 encore cablecasts on Ithaca, NY channel 13

Sunday, August 6,     10 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, August 8,    9 AM and 8 PM

Wednesday, August 9,    1 PM

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Woods and Waterfalls!

Walk in the Park episode 109. On TV and online here!

Frequent heavy rains have swollen the creeks of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and filled our waterfalls to capacity. We look at the big waterfall in Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg, NY on west side of Cayuga Lake, and at Ludlowville Falls in Salmon Creek in Lansing, NY on the east flank of Cayuga Lake. Then we head into the woods at Kingsbury Woods Conservation Area in the Town of Danby south of Ithaca, NY, owned by the Finger Lakes Land Trust, including considering damage from a tornado in 2011. And we watch hikers hurry while drenched in a downpour in Buttermilk Glen along the Gorge Trail in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca. Finally, we resume our look at “Grand Canyons” across the country, this time going to the Great Gulf Wilderness in White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, in the Presidential Range including Mt. Washington, the highest summit in New England.

2017 encore cablecast remaining schedule:

Saturday, July 29,  8 PM

Sunday, July 30, 10 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, July 31, 6 PM

Walk in the Park episode 109. Produced by Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY. Walk in the Park is a weekly local public access TV series. You can see all of our episodes and other videos on our video blog, and see our schedule of cablecasts on Ithaca Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.3.

Flash Flood!

A flash flood ripped through gorges in the southern Finger Lakes New York on Sunday, June 14, 2015. In this episode (107) of Walk in the Park, we focus on damage done in the upper portion of Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY. We also look at flood waters at Buttermilk Falls State Park and Watkins Glen State Park and at a tornado that damaged the campground at Watkins Glen State Park. Finally we look at odd boulders transported by glaciers during the Ice Age, around Ithaca and a three other parks around the United States.

Walk in the Park is cablecast on Ithaca TV channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursday at 9 PM, Saturday and Sunday a 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday at 8 PM.

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Produced by Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS studios in Ithaca, NY, the public access TV station operated by Time Warner Cable in Ithaca.
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Spring Thaw at the Falls

Our Finger Lakes Park Minute #39. The City of Ithaca, NY is framed by two big waterfalls. Both put on a show when the water is high. Ithaca Falls is at the City’s northeast corner. Buttermilk Falls is at Ithaca’s southwest boundary.

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Stewart Park Revitalization, Part 2

This week’s Walk in the Park episode 91 continues the presentation, by the Friends of Stewart Park on November 18 at Cinemapolis in Ithaca, about the revitalization of Stewart Park in Ithaca on the south shore of Cayuga Lake. Cablecasts are scheduled for Thanksgiving evening at 9:00, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m., all on Ithaca public access cable channels 13 and 97.3. And you can watch it online anytime, anywhere, below on this page.

Tea Pavilion, Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY

In 2013, Ithaca Festival goers enjoy music at the renovated Tea Pavilion, more commonly known as the Small Pavilion, at Stewart Park along the south shore of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY>

Last week, in part 1, Rick Manning, executive director of Friends of Stewart Park, explained the history of Stewart Park, while Diana Riesman, executive director of the Wharton Studio Musuem project, told of us the silent movie production studio at Renwyck Park (soon to become Stewart Park) at the park a century ago.

This week, Rick brings Stewart Park up to the present, tells us of the many things that have been done to improve the park in recent years, and explains exciting plans for the immediate and longer term future. Diana reveals the plans for the Wharton Studio Museum and what has been accomplished to date.

You can watch it online here anytime!


Stewart Park Revitalization, Part 1

Episode 90 of Walk in the Park is showing now on Ithaca’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3, and online here (see below). Remaining cablecasts are today at 10:30 a.m. and on Tuesday, November 24, at 8:00 p.m.

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The Friends of Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY gave a presentation on November 18, 2014 at the Cinemapolis theatre in downtown Ithaca about exciting changes happening at this popular park at the south end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region. In episode 90 of Walk in the Park, we look at the history of the park when it was called Renwyck Park a century ago, including the Wharton Studios, a well-known center of the silent film industry at the time, located at Stewart Park in Ithaca.

You can watch this episode online right here anytime!

Part 2 is scheduled to come out next week which will continue the history of the park up until the present, and will reveal wonderful park improvements plans underway now and in the future. This event was sponsored as well by a number of other partners, including the City of Ithaca, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, the Wharton Studio Museum group, and the revived Cascadilla Boat Club. Produced at PEGASYS public access studios in Ithaca, NY 11/20/14. Produced by Owl Gorge Productions.

Park Minute: Buttermilk Creek Becomes Lake Treman

In the upper section of Buttermilk Falls State Park, in Ithaca, NY, far from the gorge and waterfalls, Buttermilk Creek enters shallow Lake Treman. Created by a dam built at least 70 years ago, the lake is mostly silted in and is becoming a marsh with cattail grasses. It’s a good place to watch for wildlife. Park Minute episode 23. See more Park Minutes.