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Puppet Theater Tells Story Of Henry Hudson

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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With its “million dollar view” of the Hudson River, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site has been a prime point for observing this year’s events celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploratory trip up one of America’s most important rivers.   

Earlier this summer, a flotilla of ships including the replica of Hudson’s  historic Half Moon passed by Bard Rock, a particularly popular viewing area on the Vanderbilt estate.  On alternate Wednesday evenings, the park grounds are filled with picnickers enjoying the sounds of the community-sponsored “Music in the Parks” concerts.

The front lawn of the mansion provided a beautiful setting for a performance of “Mutual Strangers: Henry Hudson & the River that Discovered Him” by Arm of the Sea puppet theater on July 18th. Combining stunning visuals and live music, this performance used multiple points of view to tell the story of Hudson’s world-changing voyage, appealing to both children and adults.  Earlier that day, the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association hosted author Hudson Talbott at the Pavilion Museum Shop to speak with visitors and sign his new children’s book, The Hudson – River of Dreams.

As the summer continues and autumn approaches, the Vanderbilt estate will continue as a venue for concerts, hikes, walks and river viewings.  The grounds of Vanderbilt Mansion truly are at the center of the Hudson Quadricentennial celebration.


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