Digging up NYC’s First Homeless Shelter; and the African Burial Ground

This episode of Walk in the Park (#128) continues our presentation, “Digging in the Big and Little Apples,” from last episode (“Digging up a Ship”). Watch it online here or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) 9 PM Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 AM Sat. & Sun., and finally 8 PM, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Or watch it here anytime, anywhere!

Cornell archeologist Sherene Baugher tells us more about her years as the first NYC archeologist. This time, she talks about the “deserving poor” and “undeserving poor” in 18th century NYC and what was learned from their archeological dig of the old Alms House under City Hall. Then she takes us to the discovery of the African Burial Ground, now a National Monument. We finish this episode with a look at 19th century stereographs of sites at Taughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls State Parks near Ithaca, NY.

In Part 3 of “Digging in the Big and Little Apples,” in our next episode of Walk in the Park, we will conclude Dr. Baugher’s presentation with the digging up of a 19th century hamlet at Robert H. Treman State Park. Her entire presentation took place on January 24, 2016 in Ithaca, NY, and was sponsored by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios for public access television in Ithaca, NY.

Climate Warrior!

This week’s episode of Walk in the Park (#113) features a short video of “Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, who was raised in the Aztec tradition, [who] spoke earnestly to the United Nations General Assembly June 29 challenging the representatives to make ‘great decisions,’ and take immediate action on climate change.” (Indian Country Today Media Network.com). Referred by Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY, the only state historic site in New York dedicated to the interpretation of Native American history and culture. Ganondagan will have its grand opening of its new visitor center and museum in October.

Watch this episode here anytime or on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.1 beginning Thursday, 8/27/15 at 9 PM and again on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday at 8 PM. Find out more about Walk in the Park on TV.

In this episode, we also enjoy another “Park Minute” called “Rounding a Rock at Six Mile Creek” in the Six Mile Creek Natural Area in Ithaca, NY. And singer-songwriters Susan Lytle and Will Fudeman entertain us with a performance of “Break Down” at Buttermilk Falls State Park. And in another “Glimpse of Nature,” we stand near Ithaca Falls in the golden light near the end of the day.
Also, we watch an Aircrane helicopter make two water drops over a forest fire in Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks in California, and discuss the relationship between the unprecedented western fires and climate change.
Finally, we watch a 30-second time-lapse video of sunrise over Ithaca, NY from Cass Park, filmed by Joe Scaglione III of Ithaca.

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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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Spring O Spring!

We begin this episode (105) of Walk in the Park with naturalist and songwriter Becca Harber as she sings her song “Spring O Spring” at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY, accompanied by musicians Will Fudeman and Richie Holtz. We take a look at last week’s Ithaca Festival, then consider the arduous and dangerous work park employees must do to clean loose rock from cliffs before opening trails in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Then we review our new series, “Glimpses of Nature,” and finally take a look at what’s going on at parks around the country.

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca, NY’s public access television production facility owned by Time Warner Cable. Walk in the Park is watchable on Ithaca area cable channels 13 and 97.3 at 9 PM Thursdays, 10 AM Saturdays and Sundays, and 8 PM on Tuesdays.

Take a look at our books about Ithaca, NY and Watkins Glen State Park!

Hope Comes to Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glen

Walk in the Park episode 104, cablecasting on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 97.3, beginning Thursday, May 21, 2015, 9:00 p.m.; continuing Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, May 26, at 8:00 p.m. Or watch it online anytime below!

Capt. James Hope was a 19th century Hudson River School landscape artist, best known for his Civil War paintings, who became the resident artist in Watkins Glen’s famous gorge for twenty years in the late 19th century. His first painting of Rainbow Falls sold for $10,000, a huge sum at the time. We follow his story as part of the larger story of Watkins Glen and the eventual state park. Find out what Mark Twain said about Rainbow Falls in 1871.

We also take a hike in nearby Finger Lakes National Forest, checking out the views, the forest, and some spring wildflowers.

See our richly-illustrated, national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE.

Icy Gorges and Mountains

This week’s episode (#97) of Walk in the Park begins cablecasting Thursday, at 9 PM on Ithaca, NY’s channels 13 and 97.3. It will repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday  at 8 PM.

And you can watch it anytime, anywhere below.

Enormous icicles hang off the cliff in the gorge in Watkins Glen in the 1800s, before the creation of the state park. Image courtesy of Bill Hecht.

Enormous icicles hang off the cliff in the gorge in Watkins Glen in the 1800s, before the creation of the state park. Image courtesy of Bill Hecht.

From the bottoms of the gorges of the Finger Lakes region of New York to the summits of the Adirondack High Peaks, winter has gripped our world. Meanwhile, rattlesnakes battle in Arizona. And visitors have marveled at Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY since before the Civil War.

Watch other episodes of Walk in the Park,  and our series Finger Lakes Park Minute.

See the schedule for all public access TV shows in the Ithaca, NY area.

 

Ithaca MLK Day, and Climbing El Capitan

The Rob Licht sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. current resides in DeWitt Park, in Ithaca, NY. It will be returned to the west end of the Ithaca Commons when the Commons reconstruction is complete, where the sculpture will serve as the focal point for Ithaca's MLK Freedom Walkway. Photo by Elizabeth Bauman

The Rob Licht sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. currently resides in DeWitt Park, in Ithaca, NY. It will be returned to the west end of the Ithaca Commons when the Commons reconstruction is complete, where the sculpture will serve as the focal point for Ithaca’s MLK Freedom Walkway. Photo by Elizabeth Bauman

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Ithaca, NY; Ithaca’s Martin Luther King Freedom Walkway; Climbers conquer El Capitan in Yosemite National Park; Thomas HIll, Yosemite landscape painter. All this and more in this episode (#96) of Walk in the Park. Showing on Ithaca, NY cable channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursday, January 22, at 9 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM both days; and finally on Tuesday, January 27, at 8 PM.

OR WATCH IT RIGHT HERE ANYTIME!

Watch other episodes of Walk in the Park,  and our series Finger Lakes Park Minute.

See the schedule for all public access TV shows in the Ithaca, NY area.

January in Parks Across America

Snowshoe hare in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Photo from the National Park Service.

Snowshoe hare in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Photo from the National Park Service.

This time (episode 95), we’ll look at early winter in parks across the United States, from New England to Florida to the desert Southwest to Alaska, and of course, right here in Ithaca, NY. Snow-covered peaks, steaming lakes, wildlife, a dog sled,  mountain lions, and much more. The Adirondacks, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Catskill Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, Saguaro National Park near Tucson, AZ, the upper Mississippi River, and Denali National Park in Alaska, and many other places.

You can watch it beginning tonight (Thursday, 1/15/15) at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3. It will repeat on both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM, and the final cablecast is scheduled for next Tuesday, January 20, at 8:00 PM.

OR YOU CAN WATCH IT RIGHT HERE ANYTIME!

See the schedule for all public access TV shows in the Ithaca, NY area.

Park Minute Medley

Happy New Year to all!  Our new episode (93) of Walk in the Park begins today, at 9:00 p.m. on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3, and of course, here online, below. I have taken a number of Park Minute episodes and strung them together, beginning in the fall of 2013 and all through 2014. It makes for a beautiful show, with several videos of our very frozen gorges and waterfalls last winter, to a tour of Ithaca’s views, to Yosemite Falls in California, the tallest waterfall in North America. You can watch the whole show or you can see individual Park Minutes on this website or on our Youtube playlist.

This episode will repeat on Ithaca cable TV on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally next Tuesday, January 6, at 8:00 p.m. See the full schedule of programs on Ithaca’s public access TV.

 

Big Cliffs!

Rock climbers on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California

Climbers at El Capitan in Yosemite National Park viewed from the Valley Floor. The image was taken by “Brocken Inaglory.”

Walk in the Park episode 82. From the cliffs of the gorges of the Finger Lakes of New York, to the Adirondack Mountains, to the most famous cliffs in America in Yosemite National Park in California, join me, Tony Ingraham, in this packed episode of Walk in the Park, recorded in Ithaca, NY, at PEGASYS Studios on July 30, 2014. See rock climbers tackle the most challenging precipices in the nation, while ordinary hikers climb the cables up the back side of Half Dome, rising nearly a mile above Yosemite Valley.

Watch it below online or on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channels 13 or 97.3 according to this schedule: Thursday, 7/31/14 at 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8/2/14, at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8/3/14, at 10:30 a.m.; or Tuesday, 8/5/14, at 8:00 p.m.

Or anytime right here!