On the water in Newburgh

Since my wife discovered a couple of nurseries she likes in/around Newburgh we seem to have been going there quite a lot. The waterfront is very appealing with its various restaurants and wonderful views. The picture above looks South with (if I’m not mistaken) the Hudson Highlands on the left and Storm King State Park on the right.


The River Rose. I’ve posted about this boat before, both at dock (See: On the Newburgh Waterfront) and on the River (See: A Day in Beacon – On the Water to Bannerman’s Island. The River Rose) but a few more pictures won’t hurt.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Downing Park, Newburgh – Hudson View

This is a terrible picture of a spectacular view. It was taken in the vicinity of the two memorials (the path up to the Peace Pole can be seen in the foreground) in the preceding post. Unfortunately it was a very hot, humid and, most importantly, extremely hazy day. I include it as it gives a sense of some of the amazing views that can be seen from certain parts of Newburgh.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Downing Park, Newburgh – The “Polly” Pond

A view across the two and a half acre “Polly” pond, as this water feature is known with its fountain and the Shelter House on the right. Early in the 20th century people liked to skate here in Winter. Unfortunately pollution has taken its toll and made the water less able to fully freeze so ice skating is now banned.

According to an article on the New York History Blog it’s called “Polly” for “Pollywog Pond” (I’ve just learned that a “polliwog” is a tadpole).

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A short visit to New Hartford, Connecticut – Ski Sundown

According to NewEnglandSkiHistory.com:

Located northwest of Hartford, Ski Sundown is a popular regional facility for skiers of all abilities.

Ski Sundown’s lift…likely dates back to the 1963-64 season, when Satan’s Ridge ski area opened by Russell Smith and Frank Linnell. While it is possible that the area had a soft start on surface lifts in December or early January, the double chairlift to the summit did not open until Saturday, January 11, 1964. Night skiing and snowmaking were also installed for the debut season.

Over $100,000 was invested into the area for its second season, including trail improvements, more night skiing, and expanded snowmaking.

While additional improvements were made to a top to bottom trail for the 1966-67 season, Satan’s Ridge was running into trouble. The area closed after the 1967-68 season. The area, including the Mueller chairlift, Doppelmayr T-Bar, and a rope tow, headed to the auction block that August.

Butternut to the Rescue

After sitting idle for a season, Satan’s Ridge was brought back to life in 1969, when Channing Murdock of nearby Butternut Basin and his brother Robert Murdock purchased the 61 acre ski area from Harold Law, Russell Smith, and Frank Linnell. Shedding the Satanic name, the new ownership renamed the area Ski Sundown and quickly went to work on the snowmaking, lighting, and lifts for its reopening. In September of 1969, Richard Carter was named General Manager and Ski Sundown, Inc. was incorporated.

Operations were expanded to 7 days and 6 nights per week. To further enhance beginner offerings, a Pomalift was installed for the 1971-72 season. Two years later, Murdock made Carter part owner of the ski area.

Triple Chairlifts

The area’s first triple chairlift was installed in 1977, running next to the original double. Soon thereafter, Murdock transferred ownership of the area to Carter.

A second triple chairlift was installed in 1980, serving the new Sunnyside area. Seven years later, the original double chairlift was replaced with a new CTEC triple.

The Sunnyside complex was overhauled in 1994, when the Pomalift was replaced by the refurbished double chairlift. Two years later, an 8,000 square foot base lodge addition was constructed.

New Ownership

After owning Ski Sundown for nearly quarter of century, Richard Carter sold the area to General Manager and long time employee Robert Switzgable in 2002.

The Sunnyside complex was once again overhauled in 2013, when the Little Joe Double was replaced with a conveyor lift.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A short visit to New Hartford, Connecticut – Overview

For some reason when we go out we tend to go either North in New York State (e.g to Dutchess County and points farther North) or South in New York State (e.g. to Westchester County and New York City). From time to time we go West (e.g. to Rockland, Orange Counties etc.). What we don’t generally do is go East i.e. into Connecticut. This is a little strange as there are lots of great places to visit in Connecticut (CT) and they’re often closer than some of the places we go in New York. And it’s not as if we need a passport to go to CT.

The time, however, we ventured East as my wife wanted to pick up something she’d found on Facebook Marketplace. So off to New Hartford, CT we went.

What she wanted can be seen in the picture above: it’s the pyramidal structure (now in our garden). Apparently it’s called a “tuteur” and stuff (e.g. clematis, roses etc. grow up and around it).

While we were there we took a look at New Harford, which has a ski area, some interesting old buildings, outdoor sculpture and picturesque views of the Farmington River.

According to Connecticuthistory.org:

The town of New Hartford is located in eastern Litchfield County, in the northwest corner of the state. Settled in 1733 and incorporated in 1738, the town was part of the “Western Grant” given in 1686 to the proprietors of Hartford and Windsor. Early industry included farms and mills on the abundant waterways. The town is home to a portion of the Farmington River known as Satan’s Kingdom. In 1963 the Satan’s Ridge Ski Area opened and was later renamed Ski Sundown. The ski area is still in operation. New Hartford remains a quiet town, and the rural community consists of mostly homes and farms.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3.