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HVWC Hosts History Guide for Tourists

The Hudson Valley Writers Center welcomed patrons of the National Geographic Expeditions cruise aboard the Sea Lion cruise as they made their stop in Sleepy Hollow, New York on October 19, October 26 and November 2. Though only docked for one day, the village prepared a wide variety of events that reflect the local Hudson Valley literary experience. The work could not have been a success without the help of the Center’s community partners.

The program was held over the course of three consecutive Wednesdays, each week offering some new variation to the experience. The Center hosted readings by local Hudson Valley authors throughout the three days before the village tour commenced. Authors Vincent Bell, Marion Brown, Susana Case, Mervyn Taylor, Sean Singer, Sarah Bracey White, Iain Haley Pollock, Suzanne Cleary, all contributed to the making of this event.

The Historical Society of Sleepy Hollow & Tarrytown guided participants in a walking tour from the Philipse Manor Train Station to the Old Dutch Church. While treading along the village, the Historical Society focused conversation on the area’s history, including a background on the Philipse family.

At the Old Dutch Church, professional storyteller David Neilsen performed an abridged retelling of Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This segment repeated on all three tour dates, as well as a walk-through tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Each Wednesday group, approximately 50 people accordingly, moored for the night just off the Washington Irving Boat Club before returning to New York City.