Taughannock House Hotel

As many as 2 million people visit the Taughannock Falls Overlook each year, in Taughannock Falls State Park in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State Parks; but few realize that a century ago a beautiful 2 1/2 story tourist hotel stood nearby, the Taughannock House (also known as Halsey Hotel and the Cataract House). In this episode  (162) of Walk in the Park (weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY) we look at this hotel and the archeology work done on its site prior to a wonderful renovation of the overlook area. We also see what’s new at Fillmore Glen State Park, and head into the glen at Watkins Glen State Park. You can watch it online here and on Ithaca cable channel 13:

Friday, March 17, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, March 21, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions. See his national-award-winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Park Minute: Four Big Waterfalls around Ithaca, NY

Finger Lakes Park Minute 69.   Warm weather in February melted snow in the hills around Cayuga Lake and filled the waterfalls near Ithaca, NY. We visit the four biggest waterfalls: Ithaca Falls, Taughannock Falls, Lucifer Falls (in Robert H. Treman State Park), and Buttermilk Falls.

Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, author and publisher of the national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: Water’s Sculpture in Stone

 

 

What’s New in State Parks?

The Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park sponsor this episode of Walk in the Park (161), featuring Finger Lakes State Parks Region environmental educator Josh Teeter. He explains some of the interesting things he gets involved in his job, including environmental education activities in state parks and environmental and cultural stewardship projects; such as protecting trees from insect pests, scaling loose rock on cliffs over trails, and wildlife conservation. Teeter shows us some of the new developments underway or planned for area state parks; including the overhaul of the main entrance at Watkins Glen State Park (with some of its planned interpretive facilities), the Black Diamond Trail, and a new bridge over the “fordway” to the campground at Robert H. Treman State Park.

Watch this episode online here (below) or on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, March 2, 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, March 7, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions as an Ithaca, NY public access weekly television (PEGASYS) series shown on Ithaca area cable channel 13.

Sampson State Park

We begin this episode (160) of Walk in the Park with a February look at Buttermilk Falls in Buttermilk Falls State Park, and Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park. Then we go to Sampson State Park on the east shore of Seneca Lake in Seneca County, NY and visit the Sampson Military Museum, created by World War 2 veterans who trained at the Sampson Naval Training Center, and Korean War veterans who trained at Sampson Air Force Base. We review the Revolutionary War history of the site, and some of the history of the nearby former Seneca Army Depot, including the Women’s Peace Encampment in the 1980s that protested the nuclear arms race.

Watch it online below or on Ithaca area cable channel 13 at any of the following days and times:

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 9:00 PM

Friday, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 1:00 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 PM


Sampson State Park is over 2,000 acres and has a two-mile undeveloped shoreline along Seneca Lake. It’s large campground has 309 sites, and has the most electric sites in the Finger Lakes State Parks, making it a favorite for RV campers.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show produced by Tony Ingraham at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY, as a public service of Owl Gorge Productions . Take a peek at Tony’s national-award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park.

Icy Upper Treman

Walk in the Park episode 159. Winter ice chokes our gorges and makes them unsafe to walk in. But we can still get to some great viewing spots. One example is upper Robert H. Treman State Park, where we take a winter peek. In this episode, we also re-visit the effort to save our hemlock trees from the invasive pest, the hemlock woolly adelgid; we learn about how plant roots are able to figure out which way is down; and we consider what role the Ice Age had in shaping our landscape as demonstrated at Watkins Glen State Park.
You can watch this episode online (below) or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, February 9, 9:00 PM

Friday, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, in PEGASYS public access television studio in Ithaca, NY for cablecast on Ithaca’s cable channel 13 every week. Find out more about Ithaca public access TV.

 

 

Park Minute 68: Entering Glen Alpha, Watkins Glen State Park

“Glen Alpha” is the name given in the 1800s to the first interior section of gorge in what is now Watkins Glen State Park, the section beyond the Main Entrance, or Entrance Amphitheatre as it was once known. Watkins Glen State Park is the most popular state park in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY. See my award-winning book, “A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone,” available at the park’s gift shop and online. See my FaceBook page for the book.

See all of my Park Minutes. Also see my weekly Ithaca, NY public access television series, Walk in the Park, watchable on TV and online. Both Park Minute and Walk in the Park are cablecast on Ithaca, NY public access television PEGASYS channel 13.

 

When Cayuga Froze Over

Walk in the Park encore episode 100, from March 2015, now playing.

Two years ago, we had the coldest February on record in the Finger Lakes region and most of the lakes froze over. The larger lakes, Cayuga and Seneca, rarely freeze over due to their relatively high volume and depth. In 2015, Cayuga Lake froze over almost completely, for the first time since 1979. Here’s the story! You can watch it online here and on Ithaca, NY public access TV channel 13, on the following schedule:

Thursday, February 2, 9:00 PM

Friday, February 3, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Sunday, February 5, 10:00 AM

Monday, February 6, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 7, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Tweet in the Park

Episode 158 of Walk in the Park

The National Park Service has run afoul the politics of the Trump administration starting on inauguration day. We’ll look at this, and then cover the spectacular Women’s March on Ithaca the next day. And to lighten the mood, we’ll go to Jones Beach State Park last summer, and to Watkins Glen State Park.

You can watch the full show (30 minutes) online anytime on this page (below); and on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 on the following schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM

Friday, 8:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 9:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM, 8:30 PM, and 10:30 PM

Monday, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY for cablecast on PEGASYS, Ithaca’s public access TV station, channel 13. See all episodes of Walk in the Park online.

 

 

Lake Ontario: A Quest for Hope, Part 1

Walk in the Park episode 156. Watch it on Ithaca, NY TV or online right here! Cayuga Lake and all the other Finger Lakes are part of the Lake Ontario watershed, and what goes on in the watershed deeply affects the health of this easternmost of the five Great Lakes. We watch the first half of Susan Peterson Gately’s excellent and thorough environmental documentary, “Lake Ontario: A Quest for Hope.” We will show part 2 in the next episode of Walk in the Park. The schedule for Ithaca, NY area channel 13 cablecasts at this point is:

Thursday, Jan. 12, 9 PM

Friday Jan. 13, 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 8:30 PM

Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 AM

Sunday, Jan. 15, 10 AM; 7:30 PM

Monday, Jan. 16, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 8 PM

Additional cablecast times will be added soon. Or, watch it here now! (29 minutes)

Ms. Gately’s documentary is complementary to her book, Saving the Beautiful Lake: A Quest for Hope. Find out how to order this book and the DVD of this video.

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, as a weekly public access TV series at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY.
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Hemlock Trees Need Our Help!

Walk in the Park episode 155. Watch it online on this page, or on Ithaca public access cable TV channel 13 at the following dates and times:

Thursday, 1/5/17, 9:00 PM;  Friday 11:30 AM; Saturday 10:00 AM & 8:30 PM;

Sunday 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM; Monday 6:00 PM; Tuesday, 1/10/17, 8:00 PM

The eastern hemlock tree is a “foundation species” of our forests in the Finger Lakes and beyond in the Northeast. And it is being wiped out by an invasive insect, the “hemlock woolly adelgid.” Find out what is happening, what scientists are doing about it, and how you can help. This episode of Walk in the Park features the premier cablecast on Ithaca public access television of the acclaimed documentary film by area film maker Chris Foito, “The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.” (And you can see the film independent of this Walk in the Park episode).

Winter is the best time to assess the occurrence and spread of hemlock woolly adelgid in our forests and the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network is seeking volunteers to help with monitoring. “This would entail about twenty minutes of training, and then walking and taking notes and locations of hemlock woolly adelgid on trees, via GPS (we provide everything needed). An afternoon outdoors in Jan, Feb and maybe March, locations still TBA. Contact Hilary Lambert, steward@cayugalake.org.”

Also, please visit the New York State Hemlock Initiative website for more information and to get involved.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access cable television series produced at PEGASYS Studio in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Find out more and see all Walk in the Park episodes and Park Minute videos.

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