Wild in Stewart Park: Sights and Sounds from the Park We Love

by Friends of Stewart Park on April 17, 2017

When: Tuesday, May 9th, 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Cinemapolis
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Three accomplished Ithaca photographers will show their work on the Cinemapolis big-screen at this benefit for Friends of Stewart Park. Accompanied by live string music, this multimedia experience will celebrate the landscape and inhabitants of and around Ithaca’s lakefront gem and the work being done to revitalize the beloved Park.

“Wild in Stewart Park” is open to the public, and all are welcome. Benefit tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Entrance fee is along a sliding scale ($10 to $100) with a suggested $20 donation.

Featuring: bird photographers Marie Read and Sarah Blodgett and landscape photographer Dede Hatch.

Musical accompaniment: Djug Django members Eric and Harry Aceto, Dave Davies, and Brian Earle; Tenzin Chopak and Nicholas Walker; and the trio of Rick Manning, Tom Hodgson, and Tim Ball.

The presenting photographers reflect a variety of approaches to nature photography drawn from diverse backgrounds. Nature photographer Marie Read spent over 25 years honing her craft, specializing in birds and bird behavior. During this time, she has captured images featured in magazines, books, calendars, websites, educational exhibits, and product packaging, nationally and internationally. Her expertise extends far beyond her lens, having authored several books on birds and bird behavior.

Sarah Blodgett, commercial and fine art photographer, produces images permeated with the unique beauty of upstate New York. She will present from her stunning array of bird photographs in her fine art collections.

For this year’s event, landscape photographer Dede Hatch will join Marie and Sarah, expanding the benefit’s photography subjects into the wider landscape through her attention to beauty in the ordinary. Dede Hatch’s studio is part of the Ithaca Art Trail, where she showcases both her photography and jewelry.

The woven tapestries of image and sound will include the themes “Wingbeats,” “Spring Rituals,” “Long Legged Lingerers,” “Ducks,”“Seeing the Light,” “Wonderful Willows,” and “The Good Life,” engaging various goals of Friends of Stewart Park’s (FSP) revitalization work.

From the protection of Renwick Wildwood to the construction of Fuertes Overlook, birds and the local birding community assumed guiding roles in the formation of the Park. Stewart Park includes various forms of avian habitat, and Friends of Stewart Park works to ensure that many of those areas are preserved as it pursues the revitalization of the Park’s buildings and landscape. All proceeds from “Wild in Stewart Park” will support FSP’s efforts, including restoration of Fuertes Overlook and improvements to surrounding bird habitat.

For more information, email Andrea at andrea@friendsofstewartpark.org or call 607-319-4766.

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Feedback for the Ithaca City Parks

by Friends of Stewart Park on February 10, 2017

Do you like to visit the area’s parks?  Do you have an idea about how to make them better places to visit and play?  Let us know!  Take a few minutes to fill out an online survey about the City’s and Town’s parks and recreation facilities.  Your ideas will help create a Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

The online survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ithacaparks.

 Please share this information with anyone who may be interested. If you have any questions, please contact:
Megan Wilson, Senior Planner, City of Ithaca Planning Division
Phone: (607) 274-6560
Email: mwilson@cityofithaca.org 

Photo from Julian Euell’s book, Postcards of Summer: Stewart Park 

Earth Day Waterfront Cleanup

February 10, 2017

When:  April 22, 10am to 1pm Location details: TBA  What:  Join Greenstar, Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative, Friends of Stewart Park, TC Dog and many other waterfront stakeholder organizations for our annual waterfront spring cleaning.  The focus is on picking up litter, selective trimming of vegetation encroaching on the Waterfront Trail or blocking views of the […]

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SAVE THE DATE: Prospect Park Alliance Presentation

February 1, 2017

Prospect Park Alliance: 40 Years of Restoring Brooklyn’s Olmsted Masterwork A Benefit for Stewart Park Thursday, March 9, 7:00 pm at Cinemapolis BUY TICKETS The Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium is pleased to sponsor a benefit for the Friends of Stewart Park – a presentation by Prospect Park Alliance Vice-President and Landscape Architect Christian Zimmerman, FASLA, about […]

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Dogs in Stewart Park?

February 1, 2017

Since 2010 when the Waterfront Trail opened in Stewart Park, more and more trail users are bringing dogs, most on leash, into the park.  The no dogs in Stewart Park regulation has not been consistently enforced since that time and informal discussions among City and FSP staff and at the Parks Commission indicated that most […]

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Picnic Pavilion Door Restoration

February 1, 2017

Restoration of window-door set #5 is now approaching completion! These two doors are being built from scratch due to their poor condition after serving as the main building entry for years.  FSP is looking for $2,500 to finish and install doors 4 & 5, then an additional $20,000 for the two window-door sets on the […]

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Pictures from Your Park

February 1, 2017

Ithaca College Sociology Professor and Photographer Julian Euell has created a beautiful book, “Postcards of Summer: Stewart Park,” of photographs featuring the people that use and love Stewart Park. Thank you, Julian, for sharing the beauty of the Park and its visitors through your art!

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Share an Office Space with FSP!

February 1, 2017

If you’re looking for office space in Ithaca’s West End near the Waterfront Trail, Greenstar, Island Health Club and Pete’s, contact Friends of Stewart Park. We share this office suite on the first floor of the Signworks Building with Ithaca Children’s Garden. Access to a conference room and wireless network is included. Full or half […]

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Check Out Our Print Newsletter!

August 2, 2016

Our park re-VITAL-ization newsletter is out and ready to shine! Download it below to check it out. Since its incorporation as a nonprofit in 2011, Friends of Stewart Park in partnership with the City of Ithaca and in collaboration with the Wharton Studio Museum, has been working to revitalize Stewart Park for a grand July 4, 2021 Centennial Celebration honoring […]

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Movies in the Park 2016

July 21, 2016

SAVE THE DATE for MOVIES IN THE PARK!  WHEN: Every Friday, starting July 29th at 8:45pm to 11:30pm WHERE: Stewart Park The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and the Chemung Canal Trust Company are thrilled to announce the 2016 Season of Movies in the Park is back this summer. With a great line up of movies […]

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