Every October, thousands of brave souls are drawn to Philipsburg Manor, New York in the heart of Sleepy Hollow Country, made world famous by Washington Irving. Visitors come from far and wide to meet the wailing ghosts and witches of the Hudson Valley, resurrected each year during a classic Halloween celebration, Legend Weekend.
Once the sunlight fades and darkness takes hold, Legend Weekend’s chief spirit, “that of a headless Hessian galloping through the countryside,” rides through Philipsburg Manor, thrilling and chilling all who dare face him.
Now, enjoy Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in a dramatic reading by Historic Hudson Valley’s master storyteller, Jonathan Kruk. Unabridged and complete with musical special effects, this lively performance will enchant and delight you.
Jonathan Kruk, the Hudson Valley’s busiest storyteller, is known for his theatrical, interactive performances. His CD with Rich Bala, Revolution on the River, won the “Best of the Valley” award. Schoolchildren call his performance of The Rainbow Dragon “awesome,” while The New York Times describes Jonathan’s work as “intrepid,” and The Wall Street Journal notes his Sleepy Hollow performances are “thrilling” and “a crowd favorite” at Legend Weekend. For information and booking info: www.jonathankruk.net, 800.578.4859.
Historic Hudson Valley, which preserves six museums of history, celebrates an extraordinary American legacy. Supported by generous contributions from foundations, individuals, corporations, government agencies, and by revenue contributed by thousands of individual visitors, the non-profit organization owns and operates Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, the Union Church of Pocantico Hills, and Montgomery Place. It operates public programming at Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate, a property of the National Trust. For information: www.hudsonvalley.org.
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