The Beczak Environmental Education Center in Yonkers has a slew of upcoming events planned as part of the 400th anniversary celebration of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the Hudson. From Beczak:
Saturday, May 30, 7:00-9:00 PM, $5 per person
The Dutch Influence on the American Kitchen. Food historian Peter G. Rose explores the foods brought to America by the Dutch more than three centuries ago, and the way these were adapted to new circumstances. Slides of 17th century Dutch art works depicting various foodstuffs are part of this lecture. Includes live music and refreshments.
Saturday, June 27, 7:00-9:00 PM, $5 per person
The Mannahatta Project. Dr. Eric Sanderson, a landscape ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society, presents an astounding three-dimensional virtual re-creation what Manhattan looked before the arrival of Europeans. See the forests of Times Square, the meadows of Harlem, and the wetlands of downtown. This program celebrates the release of Dr. Sanderson’s new book, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City. Includes live music and refreshments.
Saturday, July 18, 7:00-9:00 PM, $5 per person
Life Along the Hudson. Photographer Joseph Squillante presents a stirring visual journey of people and scenes along the Hudson. His award-winning work captures the beauty and romantic quality of the river while offering portraits of people who live along its shores, including farmers, fisherman, and biologists. Includes live music and refreshments.
All of the above take place at Beczak, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, NY — just two minutes from Yonkers Metro-North Station. Free parking is available.
The photo, by the way, is meant to show two Manhattans — one that Hudson saw and, obviously, today’s version — and goes along with the June 27 talk by Eric Sanderson.
Dr. Sanderson’s multi-media presentation shows the original ecology of Manhattan—a vast deciduous forest, home to bears, wolves, songbirds, and salamanders, with clear, clean waters jumping with fish. It was a natural landscape of hills, valleys, forests, fields, freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, beaches, springs, ponds and streams, supporting a rich and abundant community of wildlife and sustaining people for perhaps 5000 years before Europeans arrived on the scene in 1609. In fact, with over 55 different ecological communities, Mannahatta’s biodiversity per acre rivaled that of national parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Great Smoky Mountains!
Photo credit: © Markley Boyer / Mannahatta Project / Wildlife Conservation Society.