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Lightscapes Takes Over Van Cortlandt Manor
By Jackson Harrower

May 27, 2016
The Historic Hudson Valley is presenting the exhibit Lightscapes at the historic Van Cortlandt Manor. Lightscapes is an artistic wonderland of brilliantly illuminated larger-than-life flora and fauna. The colorful artwork is created from recycled materials and features the work of Hudson Valley artists. 

The experimental music engineered by Steve Pollak and Charlie de Saint Phalle constantly shifts as the viewer walks through the forest sections, tastefully enhancing the experience. The exhibits are accompanied by informational boards telling the stories of the creatures featured along with tidbits of Hudson Valley history. This beautiful and semi-psychedelic exhibit is an excellent event for the whole family. Lightscapes will be open through June 26.

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Brighter than ever, LIGHTSCAPES opens April 29 in Croton
Expanded by popular demand to 20 nights; ideal for all ages
April 7, 2016
Enormous ‘’Live’’ Luna Moths, a 40-foot-long centipede, and a pulsating River of Light are some of the new artistic elements visitors will encounter when LIGHTSCAPES returns for its third year to historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
From the creators of The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, this otherworldly experience of awe-inspiring illumination and all-original sculpture opens April 29 and runs for 20 evenings, Thursday through Sunday, plus Memorial Day: April 29-30, May 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-30. The first entry is 8:15pm (8:30pm the final three weekends) and the last entry is 9:30.
Ideal for all ages, LIGHTSCAPES is a walk-through, land-art experience. Visitors enter through a pulsating-light Bubble Tunnel and emerge into a world of wonder spread throughout a historic landscape.
Marvels waiting to be discovered include an interactive Shadow Wall, the mesmerizing Colorwheel Castle, and a gathering of garden fairies casting a spell in the form of a light show. Larger-than-life elements like a Frog Prince and a giant praying mantis join more than 7,500 smaller sculptures, including lightning bugs, butterflies, and flowers of all colors, sizes, and shapes.
Along the way visitors will find recycled and upcycled elements such as beach balls, bowling pins, and milk jugs, which serve as eco-friendly building blocks for intergalactic flora and friendly woodland creatures.
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Phish collaborator and songwriter Steve Pollak, AKA “The Dude of Life,” and Charles de Saint Phalle join together to add five brand-new tracks to their supersonic musical soundscape created especially for LIGHTSCAPES.
In the decorated hospitality tent, visitors can enjoy spring-themed sweets including organic sorbet from Blue Pig of Croton and homemade candy and baked goods (plus savories!) from Geordane’s of Irvington.
LIGHTSCAPES takes place rain or shine and admission is by timed ticket only. Time slots and dates will sell out, so Historic Hudson Valley strongly recommends buying in advance online, where ticket prices are $20 for adults ($25 Saturdays), $16 for children 3-17 ($20 Saturdays), and free for children under 3 and Historic Hudson Valley members. Tickets are $2 more when purchased on site or over the phone. Van Cortlandt Manor is at 525 South Riverside Ave. in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, just off Route 9. Tickets and info: 914-366-6900,
LIGHTSCAPES is the newest large-scale public event from Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based non-profit educational and cultural organization which owns and operates Van Cortlandt Manor and other historic sites, and all proceeds support the organization’s education programs. The same team creates the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, a Halloween themed event which has gained national recognition and drew more than 130,000 visitors last year.

Historic Hudson Valley Rams
Fiber to Fashion, Sheering to Weaving with Historic Hudson Valley

March 29, 2016
Philipsburg Manor's Sheep-to-Shawl festival celebrates all wooly things. This year's event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, rain or shine. Families of all ages are welcome to explore the process of turning wool into cloth using 18th-century techniques. Watch the Scottish Border Collies herd the sheep (and ducks too).

Then there’s sheep shearing and weaving the wool into cloth with hands-on activities which include picking and carding the wool, spinning, dyeing, and weaving. Kids can also try on reproductions of high-style and working class 18th-century clothing. Visitors are invited to enjoy a fashion show complete with critiques from Historic Hudson Valley’s own expert costume designer.

Join master storyteller Jonathan Kruk for some entertaining and lively tales.

In the Visitor Center auditorium, discover the exhibit Art of the Reproductions -- Recreating Period Textiles, which is a perfect companion to the Manor House exhibit, Wearable Wealth: The Value of Cloth and Clothing in the 18th Century. Historic Hudson Valley experts will present a series of textile-focused talks and workshops.

For visitors who work up an appetite, Geordane’s of Irvington will serve some fresh options of shepherd’s pie and veggie chili. For those who prefer sweet treats, the Blue Pig of Croton will dish up locally sourced homemade ice cream.

Admission is $14 for the general public, $12 for seniors, and $8 for children 3-17. Admission is free for Historic Hudson Valley members and children under 3. There is a $2 surcharge for tickets purchased onsite or by phone. Tickets can be purchased online at

Philipsburg Manor, owned and operated by Historic Hudson Valley, is located at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., two miles north of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Information: 914-366-6900,

The Sheep-to-Shawl festival at Philipsburg Manor kicks off the spring season of Historic Hudson Valley’s Network of National Historic Landmarks. Philipsburg Manor; Washington Irving’s Sunnyside; and Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate, will open to the public for general tours beginning Sunday May 1. Union Church of Pocantico Hills opens Friday April 1, and Van Cortlandt Manor on Friday July 1.

In 1750, Philipsburg Manor, which includes a working water-powered gristmill and new world Dutch barn, was home to 23 enslaved individuals known to have lived and labored there. It is the country’s only living history museum that focuses on the history of northern slavery.

The Historic Hudson Valley
celebrates and commemorates the history, architecture, landscape, and material culture of the Hudson Valley, thereby advancing its importance and ensuring its preservation.

The Historic Hudson Valley is a not-for-profit educational organization, which owns, restores, preserves, interprets, and promotes Hudson Valley landmarks of national significance for the public’s benefit and enjoyment. These sites possess documented historical integrity, architectural distinction, excellent decorative and fine arts collections, and exceptional landscape and setting.

The Hudson Valley contains a multitude of historic sites including buildings, landscapes, and collections. In order to achieve its mission, Historic Hudson Valley seeks to create programming that responds to the interests of its visitors and is welcoming to all members of the community.

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