Sleepy Hollow S4 Ruminations

Sleepy Hollow S4 has me thinking in a way it never has before. The writers, who wrote these episodes long before the November elections, have displayed prescience concerning current events in the real America. I’m probably reading too much into it, but after episode 11, the Way of the Gun, I can’t look away. Up until this episode, the writers have been carefully crafting a difficult but plausible transition necessitated by the loss of Abbie Mills at the end of S3, which moved the action of the play from my beloved Sleepy Hollow to Washington, D.C. (But make no mistake, this relocation did not diminish the memory of Abbie who remains very much on the minds of Ichabod and Jenny throughout the whole season thus far.) The writers took the remnants of the original story to a location we all have our eyes on right now- the capitol of our nation.


I don’t need to rehash the story because the people who will read this have already watched and re-watched each episode at least once or twice. But last Friday night, when Ichabod Crane took a magic bullet for Agent Thomas, and our champion of democracy was turned into the Horseman of War, I just lost it. My genre story suddenly became an allegory. This little story started with a grade school play about Valley Forge, a place where great sacrifices were made, and where soldiers were molded into an Army inspired by the vision and words of General Washington, a true leader. Cut to the final scene and we see a would-be leader, Malcolm Dreyfus, with the assistance of his demonic companion, Jobe, point his weapon and hit the wrong target, Witness Crane, who begins his transformation into the very being he has been called to destroy – The Horseman of War. Before our very eyes we watch as Tom Mison masterfully uses word and expression and voice to show Crane trying to resist, but finally overcome – “I have become war!” Who didn’t feel a wave of hopelessness at that declaration.ichabod war

Before this year, my twitter feed was mostly Sleepy Hollow. But gradually my feed has become post after post of a president making decisions that are dragging a lot of us in a direction as far away from the principles of democracy as Crane now finds himself. At the agency of another, Crane is turned into a thing he has raged against. And every time I check twitter or the news media I feel the same about our nation. At the agency of our current president,  we are become War!

This is just my reflection. But it reminds me of how important genre shows are. They can be stories or allegories. They can play with the past, present, and future. Fact, fiction, and legend can exist together.  You can spend your time wondering what will happen next week, or you can reflect on a single moment that seems to reach out at you and shake you from your complacency. Sleepy Hollow has had a tough 4 seasons, but for those of us who have stuck with it, we continue to be enthralled as the writers explore the value of our democracy through the life and times of Ichabod Crane.

Photos – Fox






#SleepyClaus Ornament Raffle to Celebrate Sleepy Hollow S4

Sleimg_1547epy Hollow was a little spooky for a 4th Sunday in Advent. The snowfall yesterday, combined with warm temperatures today caused a mysterious mist to rise and float across the burying ground at the Old Dutch Church, playing a game of hide and seek with the ancient headstones. For a moment, it appeared that the Headless Horseman was going to come roaring out of the fog and push Sinterklaas out of his position of primacy. But the spirit of the season prevailed and our galloping Hessian continues his winter hibernation. But the Legend is always on our minds in Sleepy Hollow and a quick peak into Bella’s Boutique in Tarrytown after Sunday service revealed this little ornament, limited edition, from a local artist. It combines two of img_1548Washington Irving’s creations – the Headless Horseman and Santa Claus.

SleepyAddicts (Christine Piccolo) and I used to have a lot of fun running SleepyTrivia the first 3 seasons of the show. In the spirit of the season and in anticipation of the Headless Horseman making a S4 comeback, I’d like to raffle off 1 of these ornaments.

To play, respond to the tweet with the hashtags #SleepyClaus #SleepyHollow and I will enter you into the drawing. Drawing closes at 10pm EDT, Monday, Dec 19th. I will mail out the ornament on Tuesday, Dec. 20th.

Mele Kalikimaka!


PS -Mailing to US, PR addresses only.

Tweeting Sleepy Hollow

As the docent for the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, NY, I remind visitors that during the American Revolution, this historic church sat in the middle of an area known as “Neutral Ground”. While Americans may have been waging a revolution against Great Britain, in places like this, they were in fact, waging civil war. Continue reading “Tweeting Sleepy Hollow”

A Fitting Resting Place for Abbie Mills in Sleepy Hollow

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The Soul Effigy on a colonial headstone indicates the ascension of the soul after death

It’s been a week since Abbie Mills died and I’m still uncomfortable with the ending. That scene with Ichabod in front of her tombstone with the missing first name “Grace” – a name that has so much significance to her family history. And the simple epitaph that said what she did, but not who she was, or what she meant to others. Continue reading “A Fitting Resting Place for Abbie Mills in Sleepy Hollow”

The Last Black Woman in Sleepy Hollow

Lyndie Greenwood in “Mama”

Can we talk for a moment about Lyndie Greenwood? I’m having a real hard time understanding the shade being thrown her way. Of the original cast, she and Tom Mison appear to be the only ones who’ve made it through 3 seasons of Sleepy Hollow. (There should be a special Emmy award just for that.) Fox Execs have killed or disappeared more residents of Sleepy Hollow than the Headless Horseman. Continue reading “The Last Black Woman in Sleepy Hollow”

Doing the Lord’s Work in Sleepy Hollow

Abbie Mills and her partner, Ichabod Crane

My #HollowHangout girls are falling apart. Chrissy, @SleepyAddicts, had surgery yesterday; Christine, @SpotonLI, brought her doggy home with a “cone-of-shame” and knows way too many cocktail recipes; Linda @Gentlegale, took to her bed with back pains; Darla, @OriginalDBubble, Regina, @clement_regina and Michelle @MichelleEdd83 are still crying and trying to find the answer to the question, “What just happened?”; and I’ve just come home from the doctor after getting 20 cortisone shots in my leg and foot because of a psoriasis outbreak. Continue reading “Doing the Lord’s Work in Sleepy Hollow”

Miss Havisham in Sleepy Hollow

Helena Bonham-Carter as Miss Havisham

I took a break today from social media and attended to family affairs. My daughter, a budding writer and director of audio books came to visit and I shared my Sleepy Hollow news with her. Continue reading “Miss Havisham in Sleepy Hollow”

Sleepy Hollow Could Have Been Hamilton

Orlando Jones, Nicole Beharie, Tom Mison

Full Disclosure

I am a 61 year old SleepySister and prospective first-time grandmother. I was a sitting Deacon at the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns, which includes the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, NY for S2 & S3 of Sleepy Hollow (Fox). Continue reading “Sleepy Hollow Could Have Been Hamilton”