Bird of Prey Day – Saturday, Sept. 29th

On Saturday, September 29, a very exciting and educational event is taking place at the Livingston Manor Central School from 9 am to 3 pm. Mr. Peter Chiavaro, a resident of
Livingston Manor, together with many other members of the New York State Falconry Association will be on hand to display their raptors – including falcons, hawks, owls and possibly some eagles at this spectacular event. School grounds will be hosting these magnificent birds of prey under a large tent. The ball field will be used for the raptors’ flight demonstrations. The gym will be utilized for lectures and displays of different types of raptors. Falconers will be on hand to answer questions while demonstrations are taking place and the raptors are displayed on their gauntlets. It is the mission of the Falconry Association to promote scientific study of the raptorial species, their care, welfare and training; Admission is $3.
Proceeds will be donated to the needy families of the Livingston Manor Central School District. The event is sponsored by the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce. Businesses will be open to support this community-wide, educational event.  For more information, contact Chamber President David Walton at david@willowandbrown.com or Peter Chiavaro with the Falconer’s Association at singsingii@aol.com.

Covered Bridge Day in Livingston Manor, NY

Welcome to the Covered Bridge Country! On Saturday, August 4, Livingston Manor celebrates its famous Covered Bridges with a car caravan to the historic Bendo/Willowemoc Covered Bridge, the Beaverkill Bridge and the Vantran Bridge.

Meeting at WaterWheel Junction on Main Street at 10 a.m. the event is free and local historian, Fred Fries, will explain each bridge’s colorful background. Fred Fries, part of the Sullivan County Historical Society and contributor to many online articles, also is a participant in the Johnny Darling Frolic where he relates real life tales from the Manor’s historical storyteller.

The scenic beauty in the Town of Rockland is enhanced by three covered bridges. The Bendo (Willowemoc) Covered Bridge is now the location of the Covered Bridge Campsite located upstream of Old Route 17 and crossing the Willowemoc Creek. Although the bridge was rebuilt and, as a result, is not considered historical, its setting is truly picturesque.

The Beaverkill Covered Bridge built by John Davidson in 1865 is set on a slight curve in the road inviting both hiking, camping and fishing; it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The 1860 Mott/Vantran Bridge, also built by John Davidson, has some of the best trout fishing that can be found in the area as the bridge shades the water beneath keeping its the temperatures cooler. The plaque found near the bridge is also a credit to John Mott, Livingston Manor’s founder of the YMCA. The final stop at the Vantran Bridge is our picnic stop… bring your own or we can provide a great box lunch for $10.

For Reservations for the caravan or to order a box lunch: call Shirley Fulton at 845-439-3938.