The Sleepy Hollow Experience – Immersive Theater at its Best

Imagine this: we’ve stepped back in time, onto the streets of a small village on the banks of the Hudson River, sometime during the Revolutionary War. On a crisp fall evening, with a breeze blowing off the river and the stars overhead, we meet some of the local people and step directly into their story. Lushly dressed in the clothing of the times, they are funny, flirty, and immediately engaging. A few of these locals you may recognize- Brom Van Brunt, Katrina Van Tassel, and of course, Ichabod Crane. 

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Their story unfolds as we walk with them from place to place along the grounds of Sunnyside, an estate dating back, in part, to the 1600s. They lead us from the back porch of the cottage on the banks of the river, along lantern-lit paths to an old stone building – the schoolhouse – where sparks start to fly. Next, we are invited to join them at a party on the Van Tassel estate, complete with live music, dancing, and ultimately, ghost stories. Flirtations unfold, jealousies flare, and tensions build.

This is immersive theater at its best. 

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My family and I took this trip back in time last night, and we were all spellbound. Every detail of the evening was simply beautiful. The unique lighting on the grounds of Sunnyside added a surprising level of interest to the setting, with just the right touch of eeriness. The staging, particularly the party scene, was gorgeous. A stage in-the-round on a hillside beneath the trees made guests feel wholly immersed in a fantastical event. The cast was incredibly talented, striking the perfect balance between light comedy and spooky storytelling, while also smoothly and spontaneously interacting with guests throughout the evening. Spoiler alert: there was a big, scary ending!

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The Sleepy Hollow Experience is my new favorite fall event. 

The show was created by Brian Clowdus, who has produced the event in various venues for the past seven years. It was surreal to watch the story unfold on the grounds of Sunnyside, the very place author Washington Irving conceived the story while he called it home. Historic Hudson Valley brought the show to Sunnyside and, with any luck, the show will be back next year. 

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Historic Hudson Valley is a Westchester gem, bringing cultural events to our local community all year long. Keep up to date with all the events they offer at

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Dealing in Good at D.I.G. Farm

Since early 2018, Happy Day, Westchester has been regularly contributing to Organic Hudson Valley Magazine– a beautifully-produced print and online magazine with a positive mission and a strong focus on our Hudson Valley region. The magazine seeks to connect readers with local farms, the agricultural community, non-profits, artists, and small businesses throughout the Valley.

In the latest issue, you’ll find my feature article on D.I.G. Farm and founding farmer Allison Turcan. Allison and her farm have a fascinating story that starts at a local Starbucks, winds its way through the French countryside, and ultimately leads to a dream-fulfilled on a picturesque farm in North Salem.

To read more about D.I.G. Farm, please pick up a copy of Organic Hudson Valley Magazine. Here in Westchester, find the magazine at local merchants such as Bedford Gourmet, Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant & Inn, Rivermarket Bar and Kitchen, Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, Good Choice Kitchen, and Teatown Lake Reservation. These are just a sampling- you’ll find the magazine at markets, farms, orchards, and restaurants all over the Hudson Valley.

The magazine is also available by subscription. To subscribe, read this article online, or check out the entire latest issue, visit the OHV website at or visit them on Facebook. Follow the link below… and happy reading!



Allison Turcan

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Daffodil Hill!

If all the joyful newness of springtime could be captured in just one location-


If all the vibrant bursts of color and light could be cornered-


If all the giddy exuberance of this new season, with its sunshine, warm breezes, budding blooms, and unfurling leaves could be crystallized into just one magical place-


That place would be Daffodil Hill.


Right now, for a just a short time, there are 670,000 daffodils spreading their gorgeous colors across the hill at the New York Botanical Garden. (Yes! 670,000!)


Some of these daffodils have been blooming in this very spot for over one hundred years, and they are blooming again, right now.


You should go! 


PS – There are many other gorgeous specimens in bloom too.

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