Seven Sundays of Music

You can be taken by surprise when you walk through the doors of the Old Dutch Church during our unique program “Seven Sundays: A Celebration of Music in Worship”. I certainly was when we were gifted with a performance by two members of Taiko-Masala along with four of their many drums. Continue reading “Seven Sundays of Music”

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Flat Andre Crosses the Tappan Zee

crossingthetappanzeeI usually stick to my side of the Hudson. I’m familiar with the river towns and of course my beloved Old Dutch Church and my spiritual family at the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, but I decided today was the day to take Flat Andre across the river to face the Second Act of the story of his capture and death. Our destination – the Tappan Historical District.   Continue reading “Flat Andre Crosses the Tappan Zee”

Flat Andre Visits the Old Dutch Church Part 2

I can’t resist adding a second part to my original post. The most incredible thing happened yesterday at the Old Dutch. For the first time any of us can remember, we had a Hessian visit the church. Now when we tell the story of the Headless Horseman, we also touch on the role that Hessian mercenaries played in the American Revolution, especially in the area around the Old Dutch Church and Sleepy Hollow. Let us take a moment to remember this grievance against King George the III as it is enumerated in the Declaration of Independence: Continue reading “Flat Andre Visits the Old Dutch Church Part 2”

Flat Andre Visits The Old Dutch Church

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British actor JJ Feild as Major John Andre in the AMC production TURN.

We are used to having fans of the first internationally acclaimed American writer, Washington Irving, visit The Old Dutch Church and Burial Ground. Followers of the various television and film adaptations of his story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” are always on site looking for tell-tale signs of the Headless Horseman. But we have a new fandom visiting us – followers of the AMC series TURN, Continue reading “Flat Andre Visits The Old Dutch Church”

Weekends at the Old Dutch Church – Annual Dutch Fest – October Weekends

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Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, Sleepy Hollow, NY

The roads around Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown are packed this time of year as folks from all over make the trek to these river towns in search of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I wonder if Washington Irving knew that this place he described as “drowsy” and  “dreamy” would become the destination of choice Continue reading “Weekends at the Old Dutch Church – Annual Dutch Fest – October Weekends”

Sundays at the Old Dutch Church- August 14th, 2016

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Erin Hill and Harp at the Old Dutch

If the organ is the “King of Instruments”, I propose the harp is it’s Queen. The final performance in our series of Seven Sundays Celebrating Music in Worship was beautifully executed by Ms Erin Hill. Continue reading “Sundays at the Old Dutch Church- August 14th, 2016”

Sundays at the Old Dutch Church – August 7th, 2016

I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area during the Cold War. I remember learning how to “Duck and Cover” in the hallway of my elementary school, in case of nuclear attack. I took Russian Language, Russian Literature, and the Politics and Economics of the Soviet Union in high school. I continued this line of study into college when I decided to declare a Russian Studies major. At the end of my sophomore year I transferred to the Institute of Soviet and East European Studies at a Canadian University.  Having enough credits to complete the major, I decided to double-major in Religious Studies. I thought that if more people understood the language, history and literature of a people, we could make peace, even if our governments failed us. Continue reading “Sundays at the Old Dutch Church – August 7th, 2016”

Sundays at the Old Dutch Church – July 31st, 2016

On April 21, 1697, the first child was baptized at the Old Dutch Church. Her name was Rebecca, daughter of Jan and Maria Heyert. Thus, began the cycle of baptisms, marriages, and deaths up to this, our 331st year as a church community. Continue reading “Sundays at the Old Dutch Church – July 31st, 2016”

Saturdays at the Old Dutch Church – July 30th, 2016

old dutch frontOn Saturdays, the folks that make their way up the hill towards the Old Dutch Church do so with various intentions – or no intentions at all. Some find themselves walking through the church doors not really knowing why they came. They know nothing of Irving, The Legend, the Dutch, or the history, but they show up, as if answering a summons from On High. Continue reading “Saturdays at the Old Dutch Church – July 30th, 2016”

Saturdays at the Old Dutch Church, July 16, 2016

The 21st and 17th centuries collided today at the Old Dutch in the form of Hamilton and Pokemon Go. Yes, we had a Hamilton in the house – a descendant of that same man Lin-Manuel Miranda has immortalized in the award-winning Broadway phenomenon. My first question was, “Have you seen the show?” and he has and he likes it! Continue reading “Saturdays at the Old Dutch Church, July 16, 2016”