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Mountain River – The Esopus Creek: Headwaters to Hudson
March 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pmFree
The Emerson Resort & Spa presents a discussion and free screening of the 73-minute film, MOUNTAIN RIVER, which follows the Esopus Creek, from its headwaters on Slide Mountain in New York’s Catskill Mountains, to the Ashokan Reservoir, and on to the Hudson River at Saugerties – a fascinating journey of 65 miles. Tobe Carey and Mark Loete will discuss the making of the film and the importance of sharing and preserving the history of the region, followed by the screening.
The story begins with the ancient geologic forces that formed the Catskills and goes on to explore the Native American and colonial settlements along the Esopus. The documentary covers the history of New York City’s Ashokan Reservoir, the development of water-power on the stream, and the innovative beginnings of the American Industrial Revolution along the Esopus in Saugerties. The film celebrates the Upper Esopus as a world class trout fishery, a recreational resource and a critical source of clean, unfiltered water for millions of New Yorkers. Below the Ashokan Reservoir, the Lower Esopus flows through steep gorges, rich agricultural lands, and several towns on its way to the Hudson River.
MOUNTAIN RIVER highlights the continuing challenges of climate change and ongoing conservation efforts on the creek, and it reminds us to treat the Esopus with respect.
MOUNTAIN RIVER is filled with personal stories and anecdotes and features a lively mix of vintage and contemporary photographs and images. Footage includes interviews with New York City and New York State experts, local historians, and conservationists, as well as on-the-creek fly fishing and stories from anglers and residents.
Admission is FREE. RSVP online or check-in at the door.