First People’s Festival, DeWitt Park

In episode 59 of Walk in the Park, we go to DeWitt Park in downtown Ithaca, NY for the annual First People’s Festival on October 5, 2013, held alongside the Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival. It continues to show this Saturday and Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 (or 97.3). See the full schedule of showings for the next week. Or, you can watch it online on this page below!

First Peoples Festival, DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY, Ithaca College, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois

A Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) banner hangs behind information tables at the First Peoples Festival on Oct. 5, 2013 in Ithaca, NY's DeWitt Park.

The high point of our visit is an interview with Brandon Lazore of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), the artist who painted the wampum belt mural on the side of the Seneca Street garage in downtown Ithaca. We also interview Tariq Widarso, an Ithaca College student who has been working with the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, which seeks to revive Native American treaties and care for our environment. And we also talk with Laura Kerrigan of Primitive Pursuits, who explains some Native American traditional skills they were teaching at the festival.

Finally, we take a couple of walks into Buttermilk Glen in Buttermilk Falls State Park; and we marvel at beautiful photographs by Roger C. Ingraham, who loves to study the nature of light reflected from water, particularly during the fall color season.

Episode 59 was recorded 10/9/13 at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY

College Crew Teams on Cayuga Lake

With the arrival of autumn, Cornell and Ithaca College crew teams are busy practicing on Cayuga Inlet and Cayuga Lake. Upon returning from a late afternoon tour on the lake on the MV Haendel of Tiohero Tours last month, we passed many boats rowing on the calm waters as the sun lowered on West Hill.

Crew boats Cayuga Lake Ithaca College

Two crew boats practice on Cayuga Lake under the direction of the coach's boat.

Crew boat, Cayuga Lake, Ithaca College

Crew boats row through the lowering sun on Cayuga Lake.

Crew boat on Cayuga Lake rows through the sun, Ithaca, NY.

Crew boats, probably Ithaca College, row on Cayuga Lake in the sunlight, Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College crew boat rows near the lighthouse on Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, NY.

A college crew boat rows near one of the lighthouses at the mouth of Cayuga Inlet.

They rowed out to Cayuga Lake from their boathouse (apparently Ithaca College’s) farther up Cayuga Inlet.

Closeup of college crew boat in Cayuga Inlet, Ithaca, NY

In the late afternoon, Cayuga Lake and Cayuga Inlet tend to be calmer, and the light is beautiful, a great time for rowing and for photography.

Tour boat MV Haendel of Tiohero Tours on Cayuga Inlet, Ithaca, NY

The tour boat MV Haendel of Tiohero Tours returns up Cayuga Inlet following a two hour trip on Cayuga Lake, passing college crew teams rowing.

 

Ithaca College’s New Year’s Lights

“Every New Year’s Eve, Ithaca College gives its neighbors the gift of a light show. In late December each year since 1965, 100-foot-high numerals in the Ithaca College East and West Towers have spelled out the last two digits of that year’s number in lights visible for miles around. At the stroke of midnight marking the new year, the lights change to that year’s numerals.” ~Ithaca College Quarterly, 2000.

From just about anywhere in ithaca, you can see the tall dormitory towers on the Ithaca College campus on South Hill.

Ithaca College dormitory towers from Cayuga Inlet

One of the most prominent landmarks in Ithaca is the pair of dormitory towers on the Ithaca College campus on South Hill.

Ithaca College IC Towers

Ithaca College's Towers as seen from behind

In years past when the Towers Restaurant was open, you could go have a meal while admiring one of the most impressive views of Cayuga Lake in the area, looking north from the top of one of the towers.

View of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake from the Towers Restaurant

View of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake from the Towers Restaurant

In the week between Christmas and New Year’s, while the students are out of town, the college lights up dorm rooms to form the last two numerals of the year that is ending. These can be seen from all over town.

Ithaca College Towers just before New Years seen from Cass Park

Ithaca College Towers just before New Years seen from Cass Park

 

Large lamps light up the windows of the Ithaca College dorm towers before New Years each year.

Up close, you can see that huge lamps are placed in each room.

At midnight, the lights change!

Ithaca College dorm towers on New Year's night, seen from Cornell.

The view of the IC Towers on January 1 from a parking garage at Cornell

Last year, I went onto campus just before midnight and videotaped the changing of the lights at midnight. As I was waiting, a group of Japanese students showed up to enjoy the show, and you can hear their conversation and exclamations in the soundtrack.

And now the current New Year has come!

Ithaca College Towers seen from Cornell New Year's

Ithaca College Towers seen from Cornell on January 1, 2012

Ithaca College Towers New Year lights seen from the IC campus

Ithaca College Towers New Year lights seen from the IC campus