We Quizz the Public Strolling Through Downing Park

By Matthew Colon

I surveyed a total of 100 visitors to Newburgh’s memorial Downing Park for a good reason: while researching a topic to write about or develop into a presentation, I seek insight. Whether that be insight into a time period, an object or person, I look through many sources for commonalities to thread into a narrative. It doesn’t hurt to consider the topic’s historiography; regarding how historians have researched or written about a topic. Over time, interests begin to expand, narrow or change altogether. Then there is the audience to consider. What have they chosen to read, listen in on or remember? Continue reading

Picture Gallery: Newburgh’s Heated Game of Croquet

It was hot and humid the day of the annual croquet tournament. Some of the volunteers had arrived to Downing Park at 9:30 that Sunday morning to start setting up the croquet courts. The tournament is a favorite event among the volunteers. Who could blame them considering most of the time is spent outside in a beautiful park. The heat was expected. It was August. However, it wasn’t expected to that degree. Looking around at each of the volunteers’ foreheads and sweat sat suspended between their skin and the moisture in the air. By the time the registration table opened, the setup crew with their rope guides, tape measures and mallets assembled 11 courts. Continue reading