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The Shad Festival Returns to Inwood Hill Park Inwood Hill Park,Manhattan

  • Subject: [cg] The Shad Festival Returns to Inwood Hill Park Inwood Hill Park,Manhattan
  • From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2002 13:32:31 -0400


The writer, Homer Young Kennedy III is a member of NYC's Manhattan Parks &
Green Space Coalition (which is a grass roots, volunteer run NYC Parks &
Garden advocacy group which includes such disparate groups as Friends of
Riverside Park, Recreation Centers, the Clinton Community Garden and other
greening volunteers.) While not community gardening or public space design
per se, it shows that ecological turn-around is possible in and around
Public Land if enough folks pitch in. The shad are back, along with Sturgeon
in the Hudson River. 

This is a sweet moment of sunshine...

Subject: FYI The Shad Festival Returns to Inwood Hill Park Inwood Hill
Park, Manhattan 

The Shad Festival Returns to Inwood Hill Park 
Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan - The annual Shad Festival moves back to its 
original home at Inwood Hill Park in North Manhattan on Sunday, May 5th,
12 noon to 4 p.m.  For the past 2 years, it was celebrated downtown at 
Battery Park City.
Shad is a highly prized commercial fish, and the largest of New York's 
Herring. The indigenous Indians showed the early settlers how to catch and 
preserve Shad. In late spring, New York Shad head north up the Hudson River 
to spawn, where they slowly adjust to the change from salt to fresh water. 
More than a decade ago, when the residents of Inwood and the Urban Park 
Rangers wanted to celebrate the improvements that cleanup efforts had been 
making in Parks' natural areas and in Hudson River water quality.  They 
wanted everyone to know that Nature was alive, well, and getting even better

in NYC & the Hudson River. And, honor the American Indians that taught us 
fishing skills that would help us survive and thrive in the New World.  The 
Hudson River Foundation joined us and we started having the Shad Fests in 
Inwood Hill Park - the logical site because of its proximity to the river
its sublime natural setting. Visit the New York State Department of Energy 
and Conservation at www.dec.state.ny.us to find out more about shad.
This year's Shad Festival will include Shad Planking Demonstrations, and
Shad tasting by Christopher Letts, Educator with the Hudson River Foundation

(courtesy of the Hudson River Foundation). The Urban Park Rangers of the 
Parks Department will teach fish printing and guild tours.  The River Music 
Group is providing live music, featuring Catfish John. A variety of 
entertainment for the whole family will be provided. Food and refreshments 
will be available adjacent to the Nature Center.
Subway, bus or car easily reaches the Shad Festival.  Take the A train 
(express) uptown to the last stop, 207th Street.  Walk two blocks west until

you reach the park, then walk to the right (north) along the path until you 
reach the salt marsh area.  Or take the 1 train to 215th Street, and walk 
north to 218th street, then three blocks west.  By bus, take the M100 or the

Bx 7 and get off at Broadway and 218th Street.  Walk three blocks west.  By 
car, take the Henry Hudson Parkway and get off at Dyckman Street.  Make a 
left onto Broadway, then another left onto 218th Street. Drive three blocks 
to the park. There are parking garages on Dyckman, Broadway and street 
parking in the neighborhood.
The Inwood Community Coalition & North Manhattan Parks & invites everyone to

come and enjoy a relaxing Sunday at the Shad Festival in Inwood Hill Park. 
And try the Shad, it's delicious! If you need further information about the 
Shad Festival, please contact 212-795-1388 The Fort Tryon Cottage.

Homer Young-Kennedy, III

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