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“Walks & Talks”: The Roscoe Conkling/Valley View Switchbacks – and a Picnic & Concert, too! CONTACT: Susan D. Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peter Falzarine (email@example.com) – Central New York Conservancy The South Woods Switchbacks Walking Tour & Lecture, catered picnic and music by The Rick Short Band • MONDAY, August 26 @ 6 P.M. • Walkers & picnic/concert-goers should meet at Roscoe Conkling/Valley View Pavilion – Parking on Valley View Drive or Golf Course Parking Lot • Picnic and concert attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets You’ve heard of them, perhaps even jogged them or run them to get in shape for the Boilermaker. But, do you know the real story behind the Roscoe Conkling/Valley View Switchbacks? Take a walk on the wilder side on Monday, August 26, when the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica and the Central New York Conservancy team up to host the final presentation of the 2013 “Walks and Talks” summer series and visit the Switchbacks! Join the Conservancy’s landscape design consultant, Katechen Cardamone, who will serve as the evening’s guide for a 1-hour jaunt along one of Utica’s “hidden gems” – the Roscoe Conkling/Valley View Switchbacks. Participants will meet at 6 p.m. at the Pavilion adjacent to Valley View Golf Course. Parking is available along Valley View Road or in the Valley View Golf Course parking lot. Also on the evening’s schedule are a Conservancy-sponsored picnic and concert at the Pavilion, which also begin at 6 p.m. The Switchbacks walk/talk, picnic and concert are free and open to the public. The picnic, catered by A Moveable Feast, is limited to the first 100 people to RSVP by August 19 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The concert features original rock music by The Rick Short Band. (Please note: The “Walks & Talks” lecture involves walking of moderate difficulty. There is also a short, uphill walk from Valley View Road and the Valley View Golf Course parking lot to the Pavilion.) Roscoe Conkling/Valley View, is the largest park in Utica’s historic Parks and Parkway System. The switchbacks contain trees, shrubs, bushes and plants that are very similar to those that were present when European settlers first colonized the Mohawk Valley. “In the switchbacks area, hikers and runners encounter native flora that the Indians would have used for cultural and medicinal practices,” says Cardamone. “Walk the switchbacks and you will see tree species such as basswood, sweet birch, ironwood, Canadian hemlock, and sugar maples. Shrubs like viburnums, witch-hazel, and colt’s foot still grow underfoot.” Cardamone also mentions an interesting footnote: many of the streets that intersect or run perpendicular to Valley View Road are named after the ancient trees that grow in the switchback area – Ironwood Road and Viburnum Drive are good examples. Founded in 2002, the Central New York Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that promotes stewardship, historic preservation and restoration, ecological health, beautification of public spaces, maintenance and management of sustainable practices and community partnerships. The magnificent Utica Parks and Parkway System was designed and created by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., in the early 1900s and was named to the NY State and National Registers of Historic Places in 2008. The System is comprised of F.T. Proctor Park, T.R. Proctor Park, and Roscoe Conkling/Valley View Park, along with the Memorial Parkway. All summertime “Walks and Talks” lectures, which are sponsored by the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica, are free to the public. For more information about the “Walks & Talks” series, find The Landmarks Society of Greater Utica on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Landmarks-Society-of-Greater-Utica/195304663370 Susan D. Smith Adjunct & Service Learning Liaison Mohawk Valley Community College Payne Hall 380-A 1101 Sherman Drive Utica, NY 13501 315.731.5708 email@example.com Input Learner Achiever Relator Developer The Landmarks Society of Greater Utica The Landmarks Society of Greater Utica was chartered by the State of New York on October 25, 1974, as a nonprofit educational corporation to preserve historic buildings and districts in the Greater Utica Area. Since its inception, Landmarks has been the leading voice for the preservation and restora...
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