Film about Esopus Creek streaming for a limited time

Water Keeps Time, a documentary about the Esopus Creek directed by Katie Cokinos and Guy Reed, is available to view on the Shout Out Saugerties website (and below) through December 31, 2020.

About 30 minutes long, the film details the history and ecology of the lower portion of the creek, with a focus on Saugerties, where the Esopus meets the Hudson. Sweeping overhead shots of the creek and surrounding woodlands, as well as historic postcards and paintings, help illustrate interviews with a dozen or so local historians, artists, naturalists, and others whose lives and work have brought them into contact with and contemplation of the creek.


There are 6 comments

  1. Bill H

    Just watched it. It’s a really nice short film about the Esopus in Saugerties. Interesting history and information about efforts to support the ecology today. Great shots of the creek and our town!

  2. Bobby Swingle

    I grew up in Saugerties, in what was known as, Barkley Heights, and called what is now the Esopus Bend Preserve, my personal backyard. In fact, I am sure that, my older siblings, friends, and I, were the original trail blazers of many of the trails that now make up this wonderful preserve. I also was a schoolmate and friend of Angie Gaffney-Smith, and think her mural is beautiful, and the beach was one of my first life memories of being a Saugertisian. I spent everyday in those woods. We would swim across to the beach, or point too swim with our friends from the village. Oh the memories and stories I have of this almost, if not, magical stretch of the Esopus Creek. My brothers and I would fish the upper and lower creeks, catching bass, perch, and many, many sunnies and pickeral. In the fall, hunting for ducks along the Hudson, by the Falling Waters Preseve. The buildings that were the industrial part of the southern bend of the lower creek, were, a young boy’s exploring dream land, in the spring watching hundreds of herring swim into the paper mill spillway, from the dam, where you could catch them by hand, there were so many. I also learned how too swim, at the Saugerties beach, and having too swim with Mrs. Bogart to the point and back, as your final exam, so you could pass her course. We played hockey in the winter, when the creek was frozen over, and ice fished the lower creek. I had friends who lived on the lower creek, and they took me boating on the Hudson, and I got to go schad fishing, with a local area fisherman and ecologist, several times, for a unique experience. Every Fourth of July, my family spent on the upper creek at the Briethaupt’s, for the biggest gathering of the year, for us. I honestly could go on, and on about my childhood growing up in Saugerties, on the Esopus Creek, however, I will save you from such. So, my point, this great little film, the Esopus preserve, Falling Waters Preserve, and all those who, as I do, hold this special waterway very close to my heart; Thank you.


    The Esopus Creek is indeed was my backyard as a child. Our fenceline was right on the beach at 47 S Partition St. Mom and Dad had the junk food stand right there connected to the beach property. I think I spent more time on that beach than at home. That little town had the best parades back then. After a day of marching in the 4th of July parade, I recall the Kingston Indians after a good cooling down in the water would play a few tunes. We use to ice fish out in the cove. We swam and jumped off what the locals called the point. Watched some of the great oldtimers fishermen like ( Pete Carney Snookie Krom ) smelt fishing just below the dam near what they called the snow dump. So many memories of this creek. Thank you for sharing this with us all

  4. Peg

    Beautifully done. Somewhere in the mid to latter 1980s – at 13:42 in the film, I had the job of doing a pre-rehab cleanout of the “second” floor of that building. Thank you, to whomever it was that hired me.

  5. Judith Kuppersmith

    Thanks so much to those of you that made this charming, instructive and beautiful
    video/film. It combines so many important historic elements of today’s life in the
    Hudson Valley—and brings us to the present moment with such good intentions for
    the kind of future we need in our Hudson River communities.

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