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Revolution on the Hudson! Living History Experience - Saturday, October 22

Revolutionary Westchester Presents
October 22 from noon to 5 p.m. at Pierson Park, Tarrytown, N.Y.

Revolution on the Hudson! will feature historical figures such as George Washington, Benedict Arnold, Major John André, Benjamin Franklin, and Patriot David Williams. Multiple military reenactor groups will be on-site, including a cavalry unit, the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons, with several of their military horses, and Alexander Hamilton’s militia unit, Hearts of Oak. There will be craft demonstrators including blacksmithing, demonstrations of Lenape technologies, colonial-period music, a military tent encampment and a marching/parade demonstration of more than 30 soldiers with musket firing. Theatrical performances will take place at intervals on the park’s outdoor stage—providing immersive, entertaining, and educational experiences.

This family-friendly event is FREE.

About Revolutionary Westchester 250

In July 2016 the Congress of the United States passed (and President Obama signed) Public Law 114-196, the “United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016.”

The law’s purpose was to establish a Commission to provide for the observance and commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and related events through local, State, national, and international activities planned, encouraged, developed, and coordinated by a national commission representative of appropriate public and private authorities and organization.

Revolutionary Westchester 250 (RW250) is a charitable not-for-profit corporation organized to further the purpose of the Semiquincentennial Commission by providing for the observance and commemoration of the pivotal role of Westchester County in the American Revolution, the founding of the United States and related events.

Since the summer of 2018, RW250 has organized a series of popular and well-attended programs and appeared at numerous events and meetings. We are thrilled with the enthusiasm expressed by both families and history buffs who have joined us. We are fully committed to a grass roots local effort and an engagement with the many diverse voices in Westchester County.


A Revolution of Her Own!
In her one-woman show, living history interpreter Judith Kalaora portrays Deborah Sampson—a young rebel who tied up her hair, bound her chest, and was the first woman to serve in the Continental army...near Tarrytown!

Rendezvous With Treason:
The André/Arnold Conspiracy
Educators Gary Petagine and Sean Grady portray Major John André and General Benedict Arnold—bringing to life the spy and the traitor’s side of the story that could have ended the cause for Independence.

Welcome and It Happened Here!
Constance M. Kehoe, President of RW250, joined by General Washington, French General Rochambeau, and soldiers from Sheldon’s Horse, welcomes you with “This is What Happened Here in 1781!” Mayor of Tarrytown Karen Brown welcomes all and introduces state, county and local officials and other special guests.

The General’s Parade
March with General Washington, his troops—Hamilton’s Hearts of Oak, the 5th New York Regiment, Sheldon’s Horse cavalry unit—and other living history guests.

The Capture of Major André
Historical interpreter Dr. Vic DeSanto as local Patriot David Williams, and Bonnie Dailey tell how three local patriots—John Paulding, Isaac Van Wart and Williams—captured the British Spy in 1780. General Washington will bestow a special honor on these Tarrytown heroes.

Revolutionary Songs and Stories with Joy Kelly
Join Joy in French, Dutch and African American well as old favorites like Yankee Doodle, plus a tale or two about Major André and life along the Hudson Valley in 1780.

Balladeer Linda Russell
The “capture” comes to life in song and music with The Ballad of André and other tunes from Revolutionary wartime. In period dress, Linda plays guitar and mountain dulcimer, and delights all ages with her limberjacks (wooden puppets!)

Colonial Music and Dance
Join in the dance! Erik Lichack on flute, Eric Paul on fiddle and Eliza Lichack as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton lead and demonstrate dance steps for all to follow along! Grab a partner or we have one for you.

The Last Huzzah! Grand Finale Parade
One last march around the park with all the pomp and fanfare we can muster. Follow our living history interpreters as we say goodbye and step closer to the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution in 2026.

For more information and many other events scheduled in Westchester County visit Revolutionary Westchester 250 online:  

updated: 1 month ago


Tribes Hill Gatherings Return

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A Tribes Hill Gathering

Although the traditional first Monday gatherings had been suspended, due in part to Covid, the opportunity to host an impromptu gathering of the host's design, any day of the week, is encouraged now.

In the past, Tribes Hill held monthly gatherings that included a song circle on the first Monday of every month. Sometimes we would change the date to accommodate holidays. They began at 6:30 with dinner prep and music. We served our traditional pasta and salad dinner with potluck additions at 7 pm. After dinner, music would continue until about 10:30 with a collaborative song share with our friends.

Email Rick Rock at or phone him at (914) 564-9212 if interested in hosting a gathering.

updated: 5 months ago