The story says the man died many years ago during the American revolutionary war. His head was shot off. Every night he rises from his burial place, jumps on his horse and rides through the valley looking for his lost head.
by Washington Irving
The village had a small school. And one teacher, named Ichabod Crane. Ichabod Crane was a good name for him, because he looked like a tall bird, a crane. He was tall and thin like a crane. His shoulders were small, joined two long arms. His head was small, too, and flat on top. He had big ears, large glassy green eyes and a long nose.
Ichabod did not make much money as a teacher. And although he was tall and thin, he ate like a fat man.
Ichabod [atop his horse about] the hills that surround Tarry Town … had never felt so lonely in his life … he came close to the tree where a man had been killed years ago by rebels.
He thought he saw something white move in the tree. But no, it was only the moonlight shining and moving on the tree … There, in the dark woods on the side of the river where the bushes grow low, stood an ugly thing. Big and black. It did not move, but seemed ready to jump like a giant monster.
His shaking voice broke the silent valley … “Who are you?” The thing did not answer … Side by side they moved, slowly at first. And not a word was said.
Ichabod felt his heart sink. Up a hill they moved above the shadow of the trees. For a moment the moon shown down and to Ichabod’s horror he saw it was a horse. And it had a rider. But the rider’s head was not on his body. It was in front of the rider, resting on the horse.
Ichabod kicked and hit his old horse with all his power. Away they rushed through bushes and trees across the valley of Sleepy Hollow. Up ahead was the old church bridge where the headless horseman stops and returns to his burial place.
… The horse jumped on to the bridge and raced over it like the sound of thunder. Ichabod looked back to see if the headless man had stopped. He saw the man pick up his head and throw it with a powerful force. The head hit Ichabod in the face and knocked him off his horse to the dirt below.
They found Ichabod’s horse the next day peacefully eating grass. They could not find Ichabod.
They walked all across the valley. They saw the foot marks of Ichabod’s horse as it had raced through the valley. They even found Ichabod’s old hat in the dust near the bridge. But they did not find Ichabod. The only other thing they found was lying near Ichabod’s hat.
It was the broken pieces of a round orange pumpkin.
The town people talked about Ichabod for many weeks. They remembered the frightening stories of the valley. And finally they came to believe that the headless horseman had carried Ichabod away.
Autumn in New York. Foliage, farms, wineries, horseback riding, antiques, art and romance all in the Hudson Valley.
Take a cooking class at the Culinary Institute of America. Go horseback riding at the Western Riding Stables. Fill up a basket of apples at a nearby farm. Bring a good book and just relax out on the veranda.
Hilltop House Bed & Breakfast is right off the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Mountain bikes are avaialbe at the inn, bike trails are just down the hill!
Here are a few events listed from Hudson Valley Magazine scheduled for Fall 2011 http://hvmag.com .
Sunday, September 11
Hudson Valley Food & Wine Festival
Hundreds of wines from New York and around the world — as well as food samples from some of the Valley’s best restaurants — await festivalgoers during this weekend-long event at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds (www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com)
Friday, September 16
Lend Me a Tenor
When a famous tenor agrees to sing at a gala fund-raiser, then fails to show up, the show must go on. Dressed as the tenor, a disguised assistant fools everyone, including the tenor’s wife. Chaos and hilarity ensue at this musical in Rhinebeck (www.centerforperformingarts.org).
Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery Noted marine biologist, illustrator, and onetime Kingston resident Anton Otto Fischer — who illustrated dozens of covers for the Saturday Evening Post — has his stunning seascapes on view (www.fohk.org)
Sunday, September 18
Taste of New Paltz With tons of food from new and established local chefs and entertainment for adults and children, the 20th edition of this event should please the whole family (www.newpaltzchamber.org)
Saturday, September 24
International Wine Showcase Oenophiles and philanthropists alike enjoy wine tastings, live blues music, a silent auction, and a four-course dinner while supporting therapy programs for people with disabilities at this fund-raiser (www.greystoneprograms.org)
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival A Valley favorite, this tribute to the pungent bulb attracts more than 40,000 people. The two-day festival features five stages of local entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and thousands of garlic-infused dishes (www.hudsonvalleygarlic.com)
Sunday, September 25
Woodstock Film Festival
Check out the work of local and international filmmakers during this celebration of independent cinema. Attend screenings of more than 100 films, concerts, workshops, panel discussions, and parties (www.woodstockfilmfestival.com)
Friday, September 30
Jim Gaffigan This actor/comedian brings his award-winning food-based comedy act — with jokes about common products like bacon and Hot Pockets — to the Bardavon (www.bardavon.org)
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams’s semiautobiographical drama deals with emotional hardship, the failure of family structures, and broken promises (www.centerforperformingarts.org)
Saturday, October 1
Poughkeepsie Regatta Relive the glory days of the Hudson as crews from five colleges (including Marist) reenact the 130-year-old Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta — previously held on the river for 40 consecutive years. The four-mile race ends at the Walkway Over the Hudson (www.goredfoxes.com)
This two-day event, taking place on the Walkway Over the Hudson and the Poughkeepsie Waterfront, provides hands-on fun and interactive educational activities for children and their families (www.kids-expo.org)
Sunday, October 2
Thomas Cole Historic Site
A self-taught artist, Robert S. Duncanson is the first landscape painter of African descent to gain international recognition. The first East Coast exhibit of his work takes place at the onetime home of Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole, who influenced Duncanson to become a landscape painter (www.thomascole.org)
Saturday, October 8
Rhinebeck Antiques Fair Now in its 35th year, this indoor antiques show promises to offer “something for everyone’s pocketbook.” Dozens of vendors show off American and European furniture, artwork, porcelain, and accessories of all kinds (www.rhinebeckantiquesfair.com)
Horseman’s Hollow Ready to be scared out of your wits? With creatures lurking in the shadows and creepy special effects, you’ll need your bravest face when you check out this twist on a haunted house at Philipsburg Manor (www.hudsonvalley.org)
Saturday, October 15
Hudson Valley Philharmonic The Phil presents “Viva Vivaldi!” — a concert spotlighting compositions by the well-loved Italian composer, as well as by Mozart and Liszt — at the Bardavon (www.bardavon.org)
Pumpkin Festival Celebrate fall’s best-loved crop with pumpkin rolling, pumpkin painting, and a guess-the-weight-of-the-pumpkin contest at Orange County’s Hill-Hold Museum (www.hillholdandbrickhouse.org)
Sunday, October 16
Westchester Fine Craft Show Formerly known as the Westchester Craft Show, this annual juried event showcases contemporary American designs from a carefully selected group of artists from throughout the country (www.craftsamericashows.com)
Friday, October 21
The Gibson Brothers This bluegrass duo — whose CD Ring the Bell won two International Bluegrass Music Awards — returns to upstate New York to perform at the Emelin Theatre (www.emelin.org)
Andrew Bird This young musician sets himself apart with his intricately crafted pop songs about the laments of modern man. Catch him at the Tarrytown Music Hall (www.tarrytownmusichall.org)
Saturday, October 22
Christine Lavin This spontaneous songstress’s observations on everyday life, presented with empathy and humor, are sure to bring laughter to audiences at the Towne Crier Cafe (www.townecrier.com)
Sunday, October 23
New Deal for Youth Mounted in conjunction with the Roosevelt Historic Site in Hyde Park, this exhibit of furniture, pewter, textiles, photographs, documents, and videos helps explain the development of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill Industries, and the craft center she helped create in Woodstock (www.woodstockschoolofart.org)
Friday, October 28
La Cage Aux Folles What happens when the son of a gay couple brings his fiancée’s ultraconservative parents home to meet his family? The answer: mistaken identity, chaos, and lots of laughs all around at Proctors (www.proctors.org)
Saturday, October 29
Audra McDonald This Tony and Grammy Award-winning chanteuse comes to Purchase to showcase her multifaceted talents as she sings songs from her new solo album (www.artscenter.org)
Sunday, October 30
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze If one carved pumpkin isn’t enough for your Halloween celebration, how about more than 4,000 of them? This event at Van Cortlandt Manor has dinosaurs, ghosts, spider webs, fish, flowers, and more — all made from jack-o’-lanterns (www.hudsonvalley.org)
Saturday, November 5
CCS Bard Conceived as a complementary show to the Blinky Palermo exhibit (see Sept. 9 listing), “If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home by Now” examines the “life” of an art object as influenced by the context in which it is viewed (www.bard.edu/ccs)
Sunday, November 6
Chappaqua Antiques and Design Show More than 50 East Coast antiques dealers offer their treasures — while a certified antiques appraiser and two interior design consultants give advice about incorporating antiques into the home (www.newcastlehistoricalsociety.org)
Friday, November 11
Woodstock Chamber Orchestra
The orchestra presents the second concert in its Music Director Search series at Olin Hall at Bard College with pieces by Mozart, Grieg, and others (www.wco-online.com)
Saturday, November 12
Moscow Ballet Pirouette into the holiday season with the “Great Russian Nutcracker” at the Palace Theatre. This holiday classic features 40 Russian dancers interpreting Tchaikovsky’s famous score in front of hand-painted sets with 3-D effects (www.palacealbany.com)
Tom Rush Credited by Rolling Stone with “ushering in the era of the singer/songwriter,” this American folk music sensation comes to the Emelin Theatre to play songs that have shaped the genre for more than 40 years (www.emelin.org)
Sunday, November 13
Nominated for 21 Emmys, this TV host is known for pushing the boundaries of political commentary. Catch his unflinchingly honest — but always humorous — take on politics and society at UPAC (www.upac.org)
Saturday, November 19
A former Hudson Valley Troubadour (and a member of the first crew of the Sloop Clearwater), McLean returns to his home turf to perform his signature song, “American Pie,” along with other classic hits from his 40-plus-year career (www.tarrytownmusichall.org)