If legend and lore get your imagination churning, you won’t want to miss a trip to Sleepy Hollow to see the Sleepy Hollow Light House (http://www.villageofsleepyhollow.org/) and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (http://www.sleepyhollowcemetery.com/). You can also visit Washington Irving's Sunnyside (http://www.hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/washington-irvings-sunnyside) in Tarrytown. Other excellent sites include the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers (http://www.hrm.org/) and the Jay Heritage Center in Rye (http://www.jaycenter.org/).
Are you a Revolutionary War buff? Then brace yourself for a rich slice of history within walking distance!
The White Plains National Battlefield and Battle Hill are a short walk from the hotel, and there ought to be something going on over there while NINC is in town. After all, the Battle of White Plains began on October 28, 1776—how’s that for a great coincidence?—when General George Washington’s army of American patriots was licking its wounds and retreating north from Long Island and Manhattan. Although the American colonists did not win the battle—it’s generally considered to have been a draw—it’s considered a turning point because the Continental Army succeeded in frustrating the advances of British forces led by General Sir William Howe. After the battle, General Howe returned to Manhattan and captured Fort Washington. General Washington retreated to Morristown, New Jersey, from which he famously led his troops across the Delaware River two months later. Make sure to visit another historically significant place right in White Plains: the Jacob Purdy House, (http://www.whiteplainshistory.org/JacobPurdyHouse.html), which was George Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of White Plains.
Other historical sites in the region that you might want to see include the Sparta Cemetery in Ossining; the Square House Museum in Rye (http://ryehistory.org/square-house-museum/history/); the Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow (http://www.hudsonvalley.org/node/425); and Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, (http://www.nps.gov/sapa) in Mt. Vernon. The church was used as a hospital during the Revolutionary War.
The African American Heritage Trail offers insight into the historical contributions to Westchester County made by people of African descent. A brochure identifying the sites along the trail is available for download at http://www.visitwestchesterny.com/images/pdfs/Heritagetrailbrochure.pdf. If your tastes run to entertainment more modern, check out the calendar of events at the Tarrytown Music Hall (http://www.tarrytownmusichall.org/), in Tarrytown. On October 26, The Machine performs Pink Floyd. On October 27, Dar Williams and Loudon Wainwright III will be performing, and multiple Grammy winner Keb' Mo' will be performing on October 28.
A night of Haydn, Beethoven, and Korngold is slated for October 27 at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah. The evening will feature Pamela Frank, Artistic Director and violin; Peter Wiley, cello; Gary Graffman, piano, Ben Beilman, violin; Nikki Chooi, violin; and Jeong Hyoun Christine Lee, cello. On October 28, the same performers will present works by Mozart, Schnittke, and Dvorak.
The White Plains-based Fort Hill Players will present Paul Rudnik’s fresh-from-Broadway Regrets Only, described as a “modern day social comedy of Manhattan manners” on October 26 and 27.
Celebrate Halloween a bit early by taking a nighttime stroll through the 4,000 hand-carved, illuminated jack o’lanterns that will be on display at the Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson October 25 through 31.
Don’t miss the chance to see the last work created by Henri Matisse before his death in 1954: the breathtaking rose window in the Union Church of Pocantico Hills in Tarrytown (http://www.hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/union-church-pocantico-hills). The church also boasts nine (nine!) glorious stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall.
Nature-lovers in the mood to see some spectacular autumn color must check out the