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An Upstream Soirée 2016

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An Upstream Soirée is the premiere party to celebrate the protection, improvement and restoration of the Bronx River. Join 200+ supporters for a festive evening featuring live music, cocktails, a light buffet and silent auction.

Thursday September 29, 2016

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

*Patron ticket holders are invited to a 6:00 pm reception to toast honorees with our signature cocktail.

For more information, contact Ms. Tahai Addae at (718) 430-4602 or tahai.addae@bronxriver.org

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Morris Park & Huntington Library Talks: The Bronx River

The Bronx River Ramble season may be over, but you can still take a vicarious trip through the history of the entire length of the River, thanks to the magic of Powerpoint. I’ll be giving a presentation on Saturday, November 7 at the Morris Park Public Library, 985 Morris Park Avenue, at 2:30; and also on Wednesday, November 18 at the East Bronx History Forum, 7:30 at the Huntington Library on Westchester Square. I’ll have copies of The Bronx River in History and Folklore available at both places. Hope you can join us!

Stephen DeVillo

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The Bronx River Alliance Presents “An Upstream Soiree”

Honorees:

Nilka Martell
Extraordinary community volunteer and Director & Founder of GIVE (Getting Involved, Virginia Avenue Efforts)


Kiss + Cathcart, Architects
Advancing the art and technology of environmentally responsive architecture, including the new Bronx River House

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Soundview and the Devil’s Belt

Bronx River Ramble
SUNDAY, June 28th, 1PM
At the Friends of Soundview Park Festival
Lafayette and Metcalf Avenues

Join us for a special Bronx River Ramble in honor of the Friends of Soundview Park.

We’ll ramble down the Bronx River Greenway through Soundview Park and hear about the ecology, geology and Native American history of the Bronx River Estuary. We’ll enjoy spectacular views of Long Island Sound, hear dark tales of the waters once known to sailors as the “Devil’s Belt,” and see the unique river community of Harding Park. We’ll also learn about Soundview’s lost creeks and tidal marshes, see how Soundview became a landfill (with rubble from Brooklyn), check out the new salt marsh restoration and hear the strange tale of the “Moses Marina.” We’ll see where an oyster reef is being re-established, and pause for a cinematic moment by the spot where they “sank” the Titanic.

This free tour requires no reservations. We’ll meet at1PM at Lafayette and Metcalf Avenues – to get there take the #6 Subway to the Morrison Avenue/Soundview station and from there take the Clason Point bound Bx #27 bus to Lafayette and Rosedale Avenues, and walk west three blocks on Lafayette Avenue to the meeting point. Or take the Bx #5 bus to Morrison and Story Avenue, walk down a block and turn left when you reach Lafayette Avenue; walk through the park to Metcalf Avenue. We’ll end up at the #27 bus stop where you can catch the bus home. For information or directions call Stephen DeVillo at 646-271-8223.

Stephen Paul DeVillo is the author of the newly published

The Bronx River in History and Folklore, available in

bookstores, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and from the

History Press http://www.historypress.net

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Bronx River Festival

Cowboys and Alewives

Saturday, June 6th, 12 noon
River Park, East 180th Street and Boston Road

At this year’s Bronx River Festival “Hello Herring” we’re celebrating the new Fish Passage at the 182nd Street Dam, but did you know that West Farms is the oldest existing town on the Bronx River, going all the way back to the 1670s? That the very first “cow-boys” splashed across the river here (and they didn’t wear white hats either!) Or that the first silent-movie cowboy grew up here?

Bronx River historian Stephen Paul DeVillo will share stories of West Farm’s lively past, while we see the new Fish Passage and find out why the alewife herring and the river eel are so important to the environment of the Bronx River. Plus – a side trip to view Xavier Figueroa’s sculpture Aqua Hung on West Farms Square.

This free tour will set out at 12 noon from the Bronx River Alliance information table at the Bronx River Festival, River Park at 180th Street and Boston Road. (#2 or #5 train to West Farms/East Tremont; walk north up Boston Road to the park; Bx 9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 bus to West Farms Square, walk north up Boston Road to the park.)

Stephen Paul DeVillo is the author of the newly published The Bronx River in History and Folklore, available in bookstores, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and History Press.

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