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Fun in the Hudson River Valley

During this autumn season in the Hudson River Valley, we have a number of fun and intriguing events at site throughout the area. One of the first events coming up soon is at the St. James Episcopal Historic Graveyard, located at 4926 Albany Post Road. Visitors will have the spooky chance to meet the ghosts of those buried in the graveyard at this historic church in Hyde Park. Come and listen to hear their accounts of events dating back to the 1700s, how wealth and privilege bought a soldier substitute to fight for him in the Civil War and from one who died in the Battle of Gettysburg. The guided graveyard tours are on October 5, 12, 19 and 26 and November 2. Tours are at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. each date. Admission is $15 per adult while children 12 and under are free. For more information please call (845) 229-2820.

Another interesting upcoming event is on Sunday, October 12 from 6 to 9PM at Boscobel. (For those who are unaware of what Boscobel is, it’s a restored Federal-period house that was built in the early 1800s.) Boscobel is inviting everyone, family, friends and loved ones, to gather around for a traditional family bonfire night. Whether you’re in search of a spot to spark a romance, eager to cozy up with friends or even just a chance at some quality time with the kids, head out to Garrison on 1601 Route 9D and jump in on a roaring good time. There will be some seating will be provided; however, feel free to bring your own chair. There is a $12 fee for admission, but children under 10 are free, this fee includes marshmallows and toasting sticks, stargazing with Lisa DiMarzo, and live entertainment such as fireside songs performed by Rick Soedler on acoustic guitar. For more information please call (845) 265-3638.

Additionally at the Boscobel, there will be a Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival production. Get ready to spice up your Halloween and get spooked with The Turn of the Screw, which is a lusciously creepy ghost story by Henry James, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher for two actors. In this play, a young governess journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children and begins to see ghosts…or does she? This is sure to be an unforgettable evening of spine-tingling mystery and intrigue. Go ahead and purchase a ticket online at The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s website. 4 evenings at 7pm: Wednesday, October 29 through Saturday, November 1. All performances will take place in the grand entry hall of Boscobel and will be followed with a reception in the Carriage House. For more information please call (845) 265-3638.

Finally, on the Albany Institute of History & Art there will be a lecture and book signing of the novel The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo della Quercia. Join Albany historian and writer Giacomo Calabria (pen name, Jacopo della Quercia) on Sunday, October 5 from 2 to 3:30PM for a lively talk about his recently published historical novel that is part sci-fi, part action adventure, and part comedy fixed in a narrative based on careful research. The result is an eccentric secret history that lines up perfectly with national as well as the city of Albany historical record. Calabria is an educator and history writer whose work has been featured on BBC America, CNN Money, and the Huffington Post. The museum is located at 25 Washington Avenue in Albany. For more information please call (518) 463-4478.

-Rosemarie Martens

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