Glen Reflections

Walk in the Park episode 141 now showing here online and on Ithaca, NY area public access TV channel 13:  9 PM Thursday, July 7, 2016; 10 AM Saturday and Sunday; 8 PM Tuesday, July 12.

Or online here anytime!

There is not a lot of water on our waterfalls during the current moderate drought in the Finger Lakes right now. But our gorges are still worth visiting for the beautiful reflections in the quiet rock pools in the gorges. In the first half of this episode of Walk in the Park (#141), we walk through the Glen Facility and Frowning Cliff sections of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park. We follow this with some 19th century images of the glen before it was a park, including the Glen Mountain House hotel, the Swiss Chalet, the 1872 Suspension Bridge (which is still there and still used today to cross the gorge). Then we jump over to Taughannock Falls State Park and consider some 19th century photos of the two hotels that are long gone. Special treat: a photo of “Rock Avenue,” a footbridge and stairways that crossed Taughannock Gorge above the falls.

We also include our newest “Park Minute” at Stewart Park in Ithaca.

We finish up with a brief discussion of the status of the bills introduced to both houses of Congress proposing the creation of a Finger Lakes National Heritage Area, to be added to the 49 other National Heritage Areas across America.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series on Time Warner Cable channel 13. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.
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Sunrise, Sunset

Inspired by watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean for several days, I began photographing sunrises and sunsets near Ithaca, NY. Join me in celebrating the rise and fall of our favorite star in this episode 120 of Walk in the Park. Watch it on Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) on Thursday, 11/26, at 9:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. Or watch it here online anywhere, anytime!

Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS public access TV studio, Ithaca, NY.

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Cayuga Waterfront Trail Celebration

On August 30, 2015, two parades of musicians marched from Stewart Park on Cayuga Lake and the Ithaca Children’s Garden in Cass Park along Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, NY and met at the Ithaca Farmers Market. They were celebrating the completion of the final stage of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail which winds six miles and took fourteen years to complete. Watch the fun and celebration of this great community resource!

See Walk in the Park episode 115 on Ithaca Time Warner Cable Channel 13 at 9 PM Thursday, 9/29/16, 10 AM on Saturday and Sunday, and at 8 PM on Tuesday, October 4. Or watch it right here anytime!

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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 & 97.3 in Ithaca, NY. See our weekly schedule. And see all of our episodes on this video blog.
Produced by Owl Gorge Productions, copyright 2015. See our books about Watkins Glen State Park and about Ithaca.

Stewart Park Revitalization, Part 3

In this episode (92) of Walk in the Park, we continue the presentation by the Friends of Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY. Will there be a bandshell along the shore of Cayuga Lake? And a “world-class” Inclusive Playground and Sprayplay Area are in the works that will accommodate people of all abilities and ages. And find out about what the Cascadilla Boat Club, the Friends of Stewart Park, and the City of Ithaca are doing to rehabilitate the historic Cascadilla Boathouse to make it serve the community better. And we begin the discussion of managing Canada geese in the park in the segment, “Bird Friendly Park Initiative,” which we will complete in a future episode.

Sketch of the future playground at Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY, along the shore of Cayuga Lake.

Sketch of the future playground at Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY, along the shore of Cayuga Lake.

Walk in the Park shows tonight (12/4/12) at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY cable channels 13 and 97.3. Repeat showings will occur on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and finally on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. And, of course, you can watch it right here, below, anytime!

Check out the full schedule of upcoming cablecasts on PEGASYS , Ithaca’s public access television station.

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: Ithaca, NY Fireworks

Ithaca 2014 fireworks from Cass Park

As seen from Cass Park

Ithaca’s Independence Day fireworks light show seems to be comfortable in its location near the Cayuga waterfront. The fireworks are launched from Newman Golf Course between Cayuga Inlet and Fall Creek and a big community celebration, including music, speeches, the national anthem, and food draws thousands to the shore of Cayuga Lake at Stewart Park to await the show. But thousands of others watch from around the valley, including from Cass Park across Cayuga Inlet, where I shot this video. The fireworks this year on July 3 might not have taken place as a torrential thunderstorm ripped across town in the hours just beforehand. But the sky cleared and the show went on. Many at Stewart Park complained that much of the show was masked by resulting smoke as it drifted toward the park. But by chance, the view from Cass Park was unobstructed.

Here’s a quick sample of the 2014 fireworks show in this episode of Park Minute!

Love Your Parks!

Episode 77 of Walk in the Park, recorded May 21, 2014. On Ithaca public access TV cable channels 13 and 97.3, continuing Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday, May 27, at 8:00 p.m. And, of course, online right here anytime.


Volunteers assemble picnic tables in the parking lot of the upper park in Robert H. Treman State Park on I Love My Park Day on May 3. Photo by Monica Howland of the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park.

This time we look at I Love My Park Day on May 3 at Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca; initiated and coordinated by Parks & Trails New York and organized and run by park staff and the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. Fifty-five volunteers built picnic tables, filled sand bags and carried them and stones into the upper gorge for post-flood stone masonry repairs on the Gorge Trail, cleared the South Rim Trail of leaves and tree limbs that had covered it over the winter, cleared gravel and other debris from the footbridge below Lucifer Falls, and cleaned the Old Mill.

Buttermilk Falls in flood May 16, by Lucienne Cruvellier

Buttermilk Falls in flood May 16, by Lucienne Cruvellier

In the second half of the show, we take a look at flooding at Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca Falls, Taughannock Falls, and Cayuga Lake through the lenses of local residents, and watch an aerial video of downtown Ithaca by Photography 4d.

See the show right here!

And, you can watch our Park Minute summary of I Love My Park Day right here as well:

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Ice Jams Ithaca!

In this episode of Walk in the Park (#66, recorded 1/15/14), we take a look at the effects of deep freeze and thaw on the rigidly channelized creeks that cross the floodplain that the city of Ithaca, NY is built on, at the south end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Watch it here online below, or on Ithaca, NY’s public access TV channel 13 (or 97.3) during it’s regular schedule of showings this week (Th, Sa, Su, Tu).

The recent deep freeze weather created beautiful ice formations on Ithaca Falls.

Frigid temperatures alternated with forties and fifties in early January to freeze and flood conditions in central New York, including Fall Creek and Cascadilla Creek in Ithaca.

High water in Cascadilla and Fall Creeks encountered thick sheets of ice that broke up and formed dams at street bridges. Flood waters were then forced over the banks into the Fall Creek neighborhood. City crews used long-arm excavators to try to break up some of the ice dams, while some 200 volunteers filled sand bags for affected residents. See this through photographs, aerial photography, and video. Special thanks to Hilary Lambert of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Photography 4d, Bill Hecht, and Ken Christopher Hill for some of the images and footage used here.
Also see my Park Minute: Icy Fluctuations at Ithaca Falls, and my newest Park Minute: Icy Buttermilk Creek and some beautiful photographs by nature photographer, Roger C. Ingraham. We finish with a preview of my video Winter Water which we will see in its entirety in a future episode.

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