Video Screening Dates and Locations

I am very pleased to announce the locations and dates of the final video screening. Below is a short description of the event. (Read more about it in the full description and previous post) Catskill Center and Center for Photography at Woodstock present Yankeetown Pond Project, a video by Bearsville artist Keiko Sono, chronicling her public […]

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Camp Kewanna

This wonderful copy of handbook for Camp Kewanna, a thriving Jewish boys’ summer camp from the early 20th century, came from resident Jane Farcona. Many of the houses along Gelnford-Wittenberg Road east of Pond Road were originally bungalows for this camp. It is hard to believe that there was an “Olympic-size” swimming pool right on […]

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More Brush Needed

Someone had tossed green twigs in water after running out of the brush pile delivered by Highway Superintendent #yankeetownpond #yankeetownpondecosystem A photo posted by @yankeetownpond on Jun 30, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT Looks like we need more brush for the beaver to rebuild the dam with!

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The Story of Rock Pile

In my earlier post, I showed photos of a rock structure whose purpose was unknown to me. In response to the photos, I received an email from one of the residents. I know about the rock pile.  If you walk along the earth dam you can see several spots where water has overflowed that dam during […]

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The Beaver-Human Collaboration at Work

The beaver has been hard at work, using the branches the Highway superintendent brought in. #yankeetownpond #yankeetownpondecosystem A photo posted by @yankeetownpond on Jun 25, 2015 at 3:07am PDT   This morning when I returned to the pond, I was stunned by what I saw. The beaver had been working hard rebuilding the dam! It […]

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Beaver Dam Update

During our Saturday “Meet the Artist,” I was informed that the pile of brush was brought in by the Highway Superintendent for the resident beaver to use in rebuilding the dam. Some of the residents threw the brush into water to make it accessible to the beaver. Sunday brought heavy rain, so I was wondering if the branches […]

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“Meet the Artist” turns “Meet the Neighbors”

    June 20th was “Meet the Artist” day. I had sent out 38 invitations to residents around the pond, and along Pond Road, to join me at the canoe landing site. This seemingly simple project had unintentionally struck the nerve of some residents, largely due to the ongoing discussion over the hunting use of surrounding New York City-owned land, […]

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Mystery of Breached Beaver Dam Revealed

  This week’s Woodstock Times revealed the mystery behind the breached beaver dam of Yankeetown Pond. It was a result of an error on a job ordered by Woodstock Highway department: “Superintendent Mike Reynolds said the removal was done in error by a crew that misunderstood his instruction to clear out a diversion channel that […]

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