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Celebrate Irvington: Historic Hudson River Village

Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities, to “Celebrate Irvington” a small, walkable nationally recognized historic village on the Hudson River.  Guided walks in town, on the waterfront and on The Old Croton Aqueduct National Historic Park; free & kid-friendly trolley rides. Local docents will describe the past and present life in this small rivertown community known for its magnificent Main Street views of the Hudson; tours of the (Louis Comfort) Tiffany Reading Room in the landmark 1902 Village Hall, fresh & prepared foods at the Irvington Farmers Market, open shops on Main Street; music, waterfront parks with views of the Palisades, photo ops in period costumes at the 1853 McVickar House. Choose casual or up-scale restaurants or take-out for outdoor picnics.  Walk to all activities.  Rain or shine.   www.irvingtonny.gov.


Details

Event type: Festivals, free admission, guided tour, Open House, Special Event, Walk

Interests: Art and Culture, Canals and Transportation, Innovation and Commerce, Natural History

Location:      Irvington Village Hall and Vicinity
                   85 Main Street, Irvington NY 10533
                   County: Westchester
                   Date: June 21,2015
                   10:00 am – 4:30 pm (various activities)

Contact Information:   http://irvingtonny.gov or   (914-591-4358)

Additional Information:
  • Free Parking on Weekends at MetroNorth train station and on some local streets (observe signs). 
  • Festival accessible by public transportation (MetroNorth or Bee-Line Bus) and by walking/biking trail (Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park). 
  • Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Trolley not handicapped accessible. 
  • Some street entertainment may be moved indoors or cancelled due to weather conditions. 

Schedule

9:00 – 3:00 visit the Irvington Farmers Market for farm-fresh produce and prepared food. Music. Market tours.  Main Street School Parking Lot, at the intersection of the Old Croton Aqueduct and Main Street. (101 Main St.)

10:00 – 12:30 Designers for the Millionaires of the Gilded Age:  Lord & Burnham and Louis Comfort Tiffany guided walk with Irvington Historical Society Trustee, Sara Kelsey.  Historical walking tour starts in front of the Scenic Hudson Park Senior Center (29 Bridge St.) to Main Street to Tiffany Room/Village Hall. See Path Through History entry for full description

10:30 – 4:30 Enjoy Irvington’s Waterfront Parks with views of the Palisades and the Manhattan Skyline. Walking paths in Scenic Hudson Park and special visitors day at Matthiessen Park.

11:00 – 4:00 Free Historic Trolley Tour Sponsored by Sunnyside Federal.  Old-fashioned, jump-on, jump-off trolley ride highlights Irvington’s rich history including the Historic Main Street District, pointing out significant locations throughout the Village, early founders and more.  Trolley loops every 45 minutes, starting at McVickar House. (131 Main St.)

11:00 – 4:00 Celebrate McVickar House 10th Anniversary as Home to Irvington Historical Society.  Free Birthday cake, Docent Tour of McVickar Restoration.  Dress up in period clothing and take photos on the steps of McVickar.  On-going exhibit: Irvington Unfolds: A Village History in Maps exhibit tells the intriguing history of the village from the 1600s to the present day through an array of old and rare maps, postcards, photographs and artifacts.  (131 Main St.)

11:30 – 3:30 Free Tours of the Tiffany Reading Room in 1902 Landmark Village Hall Docents will guide visitors through the award-winning restored Louis Comfort Tiffany Reading Room with a stunning turtleback chandelier and blue-green opalescent wall tiles.  (85 Main St.). 

11:30– 4:30 Sidewalk displays, sales & entertainment; Main Street District (Astor Street to Broadway). Music on Main Street provided by the Irvington School District’s Music Department.  Community groups and retail stores will feature outdoor displays, sales and entertainment. Enjoy free popcorn from Sunnyside Federal Savings. (56 Main Street)

2:00 Meandering among the Historic Millionaires’ Mansions Guided Walk with Sara Kelsey.  Historical walking tour from Irvington to Lyndhurst and back, past architectural landmarks and Hudson River views, while learning the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Meet at Village Hall (85 Main St.) See Path Through History entry for full description.