Pirates of the Hudson event returns to Sleepy Hollow
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Forget walking the plank. Action-packed adventures await the entire family at Pirates of the Hudson: The Siege of Sleepy Hollow, a pirate-themed festival that returns to Philipsburg Manor this weekend.
Produced by Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown nonprofit educational organization that owns and operates Philipsburg Manor, the weeklong festival features a myriad attractions including gypsy sword dancers, live pirate music and a treasure hunt. There's also a Museum of Oddities featuring two captured mermaids and a thieves market, where festivalgoers can buy pirate merchandise.
"There is literally something for everyone to enjoy," said Rob Schweitzer, the director of public relations for Historic Hudson Valley. "Kids love learning to act like a pirate. I suspect adults enjoy the same."
Kids will do more than act like a pirate. Once they've learned to sword-fight, they'll be able to explore the pint-size shipwreck, get a temporary glitter tattoo by a professional artist, communicate with a clever, talkative parrot and try to sink a ship in the Davy Jones Revenge game.
After all of the activity, little swashbucklers and their parents will likely be hungry. Tastefully Yours in Briarcliff Manor will provide pirate-themed food and Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford will provide beer, available at an additional cost.
Now in its second year, the festival brought in close to 5,000 people in last year's three-day, sold-out event. Schweitzer hopes that with the expanded seven-day schedule, the fest will bring in about 10,000 people. Tickets are available on the hour beginning 2 p.m. and the last admission is at 6 p.m. (with the site closing at 8 p.m.). Proceeds from the event benefit Historic Hudson Valley.
IF YOU GO
What: Pirates of the Hudson: The Siege of Sleepy Hollow
When: On the hour from 1-5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, July 4-7
Tickets: $16 for adults, $12 for children under 18, free for children under 3; Historic Hudson Valley members receive a $5 discount per ticket