Friday, January 6, 2023

Of Interest

The Gilded Age, the time in American history from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the 20th century, is described by Britannica as "a period of gross materialism and blatant political corruption." It apparently also was the time when ice skating became popular in the United States.

Ice skating on Underhill Pond
On Tuesday, January 24, at 6:00 p.m., Maria Reynolds, curator at Staatsburg State Park and an avid ice skater, will talk about the history of ice skating in a lecture titled "Ice Skating in the Gilded Age." The Zoom event is presented by Columbia County Libraries Association. To register and receive the Zoom link, send an email to

1 comment:

  1. Skating, walking/sliding/playing on, ice fishing, even just the sight of a frozen lake -- all something to do outdoors and refreshing to see or do on Oakdale Lake. This year, however, it's not as likely, and not just because of the warm weather. When it did get cold enough for ice a few weeks ago, you may have noticed 4 large areas along the middle of the lake where was no ice or thin ice - just bubbling water from the bubblers recently placed in the lake to oxygenate the sick lake. So even if it were cold enough for 4 inches of solid ice on portions of the lake, you wouldn't catch me out there -- no way. Not with oxygenators making for thin or no ice all over the place. Just a bad idea and the wrong time of year to do it and disrespectful to all of us who love to be on ice. Dangerous, too! Did you see how many ice fishermen there were on the lake last year when the bubblers WERE NOT installed? I could be wrong, but I think we have the so-called Friends of Oakdale Lake to thank for the wintertime bubblers preventing ice from properly forming on the lake. Some friends! BOO!!!!