Historic Hudson Valley Announces Upcoming Events
Irving’s ‘Rip Van Winkle’
Historic Hudson Valley library and headquarters, 639 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, N.Y. April 28-29. Accompanied by mandolin and strumstick, master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will regale young and old with a lively retelling of the story of Rip Van Winkle, America’s most famous snoozer. Admission for this hour-long performance is by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Four performances each day, beginning at 12:30 p.m., at Historic Hudson Valley’s new headquarters, just across the street from Stone Barns. Admission: $16; $12 for children under 18. $5 discount for members. Buy tickets online: www.hudsonvalley.org, 914-631-8200.
Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. May 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An African-American celebration of spring, Pinkster was held in the Hudson Valley as early as the 17th century. Filled with music, dance, food, and revelry, this cross-cultural festival re-creates the spring holiday with a rousing colonial-style celebration. Festivities include lively presentations of drumming and traditional dance, African folktales, and demonstrations of traditional African instruments and utilitarian wares. Pinkster is sponsored by Con Edison. Admission: $14; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17. Free for members and children under 3. Buy tickets online: www.hudsonvalley.org, 914-631-8200.
Heritage Weekend Open House
Montgomery Place, River Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. May 19-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In celebration of New York’s Heritage Weekend, tours of the Montgomery Place mansion will be free and available from 11-4pm, with the last tour at 3pm. View the rare 1797 map of Red Hook and Rhinebeck, on public display for the first time. Marvel at the stately public rooms, stroll the gardens, picnic on the broad lawns overlooking the Hudson. Take a self-directed hike through the West Meadow, the South Woods or down to the falls of the Sawkill. 845-758-1036.
Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. May 26, 8 p.m. Fire juggling and comedy troupe extraordinare A Different Spin will literally light up the night in a special one-evening-only performance. This fully choreographed, live display of fire arts features four flame-wielding, fire-eating performers twisting and turning, juggling and dancing, spinning and sword fighting, and much more. Perfect for audiences of all ages, the performance includes jaw-dropping stunts, knee-slapping humor, oodles of excitement, and just enough danger to create a spectacle guaranteed to have you talking about it long after the fire’s extinguished. Limited seating. Advance tickets required. Admission: $20; $15 for children 17 and under. Members receive a $5 per ticket discount. Buy tickets online:www.hudsonvalley.org, 914-631-8200.
Animals & Acrobats
Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. May 26-28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come one, come all! Experience a cavalcade of creativity. Animals & Acrobats is Westchester’s most exciting Memorial Day Weekend family event. Capturing the fun of an early American traveling circus, Ringmaster Jonathan Kruk leads a cast of clever characters on a stage in the round. The event includes continuous performances throughout the weekend. Performers include: fire-juggling acrobats A Different Spin, the conservation group Two by Two Zoo, and birds of prey demonstrations from Flight of the Raptor, Plus tumbling acrobats, tightrope walkers, mimes, and more! Animals & Acrobats is especially popular with children. Picnic fare, treats, and beverages will be available. Don't miss this exhibition of curiosities, daredevils, and beautiful creatures. Admission: $16; $14 for seniors; $12 for children 3-17. Free for members and children under 3. Buy tickets online: www.hudsonvalley.org, 914-631-8200.
Porch Party fund-raiser
Montgomery Place, River Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. June 2. 5:30-8 p.m. The community will have an opportunity to gather at Montgomery Place in support of its preservation and programs at this "Porch Party" fund-raiser. This is a ticketed special event featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music. Call 845-758-1036, ext. 11 to request an invitation.
June 30, July 1, July 4-8
Pirates of the Hudson: The Siege of Sleepy Hollow
Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. June 30, July 1, July 4-8, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gangs of blackbeards and beauties will be swashbuckling their way through Philipsburg Manor at this rollicking event brought to you by the team that produces Horseman's Hollow. Join us as boisterous pirates lay anchor in the Hudson and storm Sleepy Hollow. Musical pirates, gypsy sword dancers, and scallywags of all sorts will roam the grounds, ready to make you smile while secretly stealin’ yer gold. Kids can take part in the Pieces of Eight treasure hunt, wiggle their way into a pirate shipwreck, and learn to speak and act like a bloody pirate! These pillagers are able and exotic fishermen…Come gawk at their captivating catch of not just one mermaid, but a pair…behold this most amazing sight, times two! Wander through Dr. Grymm's Museum of Oddities and get scarred for life (well, for a day at least) at Lady Molly Roger's Tattoo Shoppe. Test your cannon shot capabilities and help take out the British in Davy Jones’ Revenge! Seize some booty in the Thieves Market, but watch out for the blimey pickpockets lest ye be buying your own back for twice the price! Feast on fabulous foods prepared by Tastefully Yours, and down pints of grog created by Captain Lawrence Brewery. Yo-ho-ho me hearties…It's going to be a festival like none other…Aarrrgh! All admissions are by timed ticket only. Buy in advance online at www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-631-8200.
Red Hook Community Day
Montgomery Place, River Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. July 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Journey back in time on the beautiful grounds of Montgomery Place, enjoying demonstrations, displays, performances and hands-on activities celebrating Red Hook’s rural heritage from 1812 to the present. At day’s end, join in a magical “portrait in procession” of giant puppets (4 p.m. start). Free admission. 845-758-1036.
From a Child’s Perspective
Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 89 West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, N.Y. Thursdays in July and August, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents and children are invited to travel back to the 19th century and explore the home of Washington Irving through a child’s eyes. Play games, hear stories, race through a scavenger hunt, and participate in hands-on-activities, including a new craft each week. Explore Sunnyside as a family home, specially set with period toys and children’s clothing, and bring a picnic to enjoy a full day in the life of estate’s youngest residents. Admission: $12; $10 for seniors; $6 for children 3-17. Free for members and children under 3. 914-631-8200.
West Point Band Concert
Montgomery Place, River Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. August 11, 6:30-8pm. Performing for the first time ever in Red Hook, the U.S. Military Academy West Point Band will give a rousing riverbank concert at historic Montgomery Place. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Pack a picnic and come early. Stroll the gardens, hike the trails, and enjoy the beautiful views. Grounds open at 9 a.m. Free admission. 845-758-1036.
Green Corn Festival
Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Sept. 1-3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Green Corn Festival explores the history and culture of the area’s Native American residents. Enjoy folk tales, song, and storytelling, and a participatory presentation of traditional Native American dance, plus open-hearth cooking demonstrations, games, live music, and hands-on craft activities for children. Susan McLellan Plaisted will demonstrate Native American cooking and medicine making. Arthur Kermss returns with demonstrations of wampum-making and treenware (wooden bowls and utensils). Geordanes of Irvington will provide picnic food. Admission: $14; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17. Free for members and children under 3. Buy tickets online: www.hudsonvalley.org, 914-631-8200.
Children’s Book Day
Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 89 West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, N.Y. September 15, noon to 6 p.m. Washington Irving’s Sunnyside is the storybook setting for one of Historic Hudson Valley’s most popular events, a day-long festival for young readers, families, and friends, who can meet more than fifty of their favorite authors and illustrators. A complete list of authors and illustrators who will be attending will be posted at www.hudsonvalley.org several weeks prior to the event. This event is sponsored by Sunnyside Federal Savings and Loan. Admission: $14; $12 for seniors; $8 for children 3-17. Free for members and children under 3. Buy tickets online: www.hudsonvalley.org, 914-631-8200.
Antique Car Show
Montgomery Place, River Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. September 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique cars will be tooling around the grounds of Montgomery Place at this special event that will delight automobile enthusiasts of all ages. Show admission: $5 ($5 additional for house tour). 845-758-5461.