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”


#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.

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

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 – 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”