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Celebrate Pinkster: Colonial Dutch Slavery Pentecost Celebration May 18 ~Sleepy Hollow~

Experience a recreation of a colonial cross-cultural event known as Pinkster, first celebrated in the Hudson Valley in the 17th century.
Try a new dance step, move to an age-old rhythm, listen to the melodious strings of the kora, enjoy African folktales, and taste akkra (West African pea fritters). Visitors of all ages are invited to join the parade, dance step across the plank, elect next year’s Pinkster King or Queen, and make their own Adinkra stamped bookmarks. Throughout the historic site, learn about the accomplishments of the enslaved men, women, and children who lived and worked at Philipsburg Manor.

SOURCE: https://hudsonvalley.org

Location: Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow

DEAL

Go City – New York City Explorer Pass: Choose from 75+ Things to Do: Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Statue of Liberty, Museum, Ice Skating, Radio City $89

Writers Open Mic May 17 & 19 ~Sleepy Hollow~

Doors open at 7 pm for event starting at 7:30. Due to popular demand to participate, we’ve had to limit the amount of readers to 20. Due to popular demand, a second “no frills” Open Mic event on occasional Sunday mornings from 10 am – 12 noon.

SOUCRCE: Hudson Valley Writers Center

Location: Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow

DEAL

Go City – New York City Explorer Pass: Choose from 75+ Things to Do: Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Statue of Liberty, Museum, Ice Skating, Radio City $89

Open Write May 11 ~Sleepy Hollow~

Your hosts Melissa Ragsly and Natalie Mesnard will facilitate an evening of generative writing and community building at the Hudson Valley Writers Center. Prompts will be offered, refreshments served (that includes wine). Stories swapped.

SOUCRCE: Hudson Valley Writers Center

Location: Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow

DEAL

Go City – New York City Explorer Pass: Choose from 75+ Things to Do: Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Statue of Liberty, Museum, Ice Skating, Radio City $89

Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest May 18 ~Sleepy Hollow~

HVWC is proud to be a a partner and one of the sites for the first annual Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest. We will offer poetry, fiction, and nonfiction readings all day from 11am to 8:30 pm.

SOUCRCE: Hudson Valley Writers Center

Location: Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow

DEAL

Go City – New York City Explorer Pass: Choose from 75+ Things to Do: Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Statue of Liberty, Museum, Ice Skating, Radio City $89

An Anniversary Celebration of Alice James Books May 10 ~Sleepy Hollow~

Join Rachel Eliza Griffiths & Craig Morgan Teicher as they celebrate the 45th anniversary of Alice James Press with readings by:

Founded as a feminist press, Alice James Books is committed to collaborating with literary artists of excellence who might otherwise go unheard by producing, promoting, and distributing their work which often engages the public on important social issues.

SOUCRCE: Hudson Valley Writers Center

Location: Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow

DEAL

Go City – New York City Explorer Pass: Choose from 75+ Things to Do: Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Statue of Liberty, Museum, Ice Skating, Radio City $89

An Evening with Authors Idra Novey & Samantha Hunt May 3 ~Sleepy Hollow~

Idra Novey is the author of Those Who Knew, an Indie Next Pick and Best Book of 2018 with Kirkus, Esquire and O Magazine. Her first novel Ways to Disappear won the Sami Rohr Prize, Brooklyn Public Library Prize, and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction.

Samantha Hunt is the author of four books, The Dark Dark: Stories; Mr. Splitfoot a ghost story; The Invention of Everything Else about inventor Nikola Tesla; and The Seas, republished by Tin House Books in 2018.

SOUCRCE: Hudson Valley Writers Center

Location: Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow

DEAL

Go City – New York City Explorer Pass: Choose from 75+ Things to Do: Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Statue of Liberty, Museum, Ice Skating, Radio City $89

My Favorite Halloween Activities in New York City Metro

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Bane Haunted House Is the best haunted house experience in NYC Tri-State. You will be touched, you will be yelled at, you will slide down slides, be put in a box. You will be scared, you will laugh, you will be ENTERTAINED!! It’s an AMAZING experience. Plus Groupon has discounts!

Location: Bane, Livingston, NJ

Brighton Asylum This haunted house isn’t just Halloween, Brighton hosts Halloween all year round. It’s all live actors, they have interactive zombie shooting in some houses. If you wear a glow necklace they will enhance the haunting experience-scream in your face, touch you, all that fun stuff! My favorite haunted experience was Brighton’s Christmas Haunted House!

Location: Brighton Asylum, Passaic, NJ

Horseman’s Hollow is in the actual Sleepy Hollow, not to far down the road from Irvington, where Mr. Washington Irving himself lived. The event takes place on an actual plantation owned by one of America’s first wealthy families the Philipses. On regular days you can go and learn how the slaves who lived and worked on the plantation lived (well worth the trip for you American History fans). During the month of October experience the fright of the Headless Horseman on his giant black steed riding the grounds along with other 18th Century ghosts including Red Coats and Ichabod Crane! My favorite memory of this event was watching my mother and aunt throw my youngest brother straight into the Devil who resides in the barn. Hilarious!

Address: Plilipsburgh Manor, 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

The first time I went to Rye Playland’s Scared by the Sound was about a decade ago. Waiting in the dark at Rye Playland is creepy. Add to that the calm waves of the Long Island Sound as your background music and before you even enter the haunted portion of the amusement park you are freaked out. However once inside you realize you are going to be even more creeped out! People with chainsaws popping out, clowns, and having to walk through a grave yard where anyone can reach out and nearly touch someone (mainly you). My favorite memory of my first visit was a pitch white woman, with flaming red curly hair, walking stiff as a board, swiftly chase my screaming brothers from the grave yard down the boardwalk. Priceless!

Address: Rye Playland, 100 Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580

I ventured to Carmel, Putnam Valley, NY to Smalley’s Inn and Restaurant. Yes, it is actually haunted. My family and I have been honing our psychic skills for a couple of year, and before I even walked in the restaurant I felt immediately the spirit it was a woman. Mind you I knew nothing about the place and no one in my family mentioned to me the ghost was actually a woman! She even joined us during our meal (the air around the table became COLD), she was especially present when the owner charismatic and enthusiastic current owner Tony Porto came to our table and showed us picture ghost hunters professional and amateur had captured of the woman who haunts the restaurant. The pictures are downright creepy and confirmed what I felt about the resident spirit. Who according to my impressions of enjoys her celebrity status! Even if you are NOT a believer of spirits you have to visit Smalley’s for the incredible Halloween decor. The best I’ve ever seen! Think of any stereotypical monster, doll, clown, and vampire fright and it is on display. The atmosphere is literally to DIE FOR! Call ahead, I visited in late September when the Halloween crowds were not large. Mr. Porto says in October they bring in actors and the wait to be seated can be long.

Address: Smalley’s Inn and Restaurant, 57 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY 10512

Halloween Train Show at Lasdon Park takes place on the weekends in October. This is a cute Halloween activity for kids. I attended several years ago and my nephew had a blast! The main house is decorated for Halloween, inside are a variety of trains (including Thomas). In addition you can purchase plants and seasonal gifts at the Shop at Lasdon.

Address: Lasdon Park, 2610 New York 35, Katonah, NY 10563