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Posted on: May 22, 2009

[ARCHIVED] River Day - June 6 and 7

Come for RIVER FRONT Front view of the flotilla and festivites marking the historic 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery voyage of the Hudson River.

RIVER DAY • JUNE 6, 2009

The historic Village of Irvington, named for America’s great literary figure Washington Irving, will mark the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery voyage on River Day, June 6, 2009, in our waterfront Scenic Hudson Park between 2 and 5 pm. Scenic Hudson Park affords one of the most pleasant, safe and family-friendly viewing sites along the Hudson. At dusk, fireworks from Tarrytown and Nyack will be visible from Matthiessen Park. The Park will remain open for residents with park permits and their guests to view the display.

Residents and visitors can watch the flotilla of historic boats – led by the replica of Hudson’s Half Moon – against the background of the dramatic Palisades and Tallman Mountain Sate Park across the river, the New York City skyline to the South, and the Tappan Zee Bridge to the North. Registered village boat owners and kayakers will join the flotilla with Village elected officials aboard as honored guests.


View the Flotilla: Scenic Hudson Park is ideally located for up-close viewing with over ¼ mile of unobstructed waterfront. This sunny, spacious park is free and open to all. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs.
Photographers click away! You may set up tripods if needed in specified areas.

History: Meet re-enactors playing Henry Hudson and Native Americans who saw him sail by in 1609. Experience made possible by friends and members of the Irvington Historical Society and the Irvington Public Library. Ask-an-Historian: Volunteers will answer questions about Hudson, area Native Americans (the Weckquaeskeck tribe), Dutch traders and settlers, and related topics.

Music: A Music by the River Concert behind the Senior Center featuring a line-up of great local talent spanning folk, jazz, rock and blues - between 2:00 pm to 4:30pm.

Food: Limited refreshments will be available in the park, but many local establishments are in walking distance. Visitors may buy or prepare and bring food to the park. Lists of / directions to local cafes, restaurants, pizzerias, and delis will be available. Look for balloons and $16.09 specials. Some require reservations. Check the Village website or for details.

Shopping and Historic Buildings: Volunteers will provide info and directions to waterfront businesses and historic Main Street where balloons will decorate participating stores and businesses. Bridge Street Properties, north of Scenic Hudson Park, is a unique development containing several restaurants at the historic Lord and Burnham greenhouse factory bldgs.

Hiking and Biking: Volunteers can provide directions to the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park, which crosses Main Street at Aqueduct Lane. Go to All may walk, hike or bike on this lovely trail at no charge.

If you come
· BY TRAIN: Irvington is a local stop on the Metro North Hudson Line. Scenic Hudson Park is located
at the south end of Bridge Street in Irvington, on the west side of the southbound MTA train tracks, a short walk from the Irvington station. There is a passage under the tracks at the north end of the station platform.
· BY CAR: Some parking is available in Scenic Hudson Park. Please Read the signs and ask police, park staff, or volunteers. Parking is permitted on weekends at no charge in the station commuter areas.
· BY FOOT OR BICYCLE: Walk or bike down Main Street, Irvington. On foot, you can take the passageway under the railroad tracks. If on bike, take the bridge over the tracks onto Bridge Street, follow all the way south.

NOTES: Bicycles may be driven to, but not ridden in Scenic Hudson Park. Matthiessen Park, at the railroad track bridge, is for the use of Irvington resident permit holders and guests. Scenic Hudson Park, 29 Bridge Street, Irvington, NY 10533

RIVER DAY 2 • JUNE 7, 2009

The historic Village of Irvington, named for America’s great literary figure Washington Irving, will continue our celebration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery voyage on River Day 2: June 7, 2009 from 10 to 5 pm at the Lyndhurst Hudson River Fest 2009 on the grounds of that historic gothic castle and estate.

The Village will provide FREE shuttle bus service from noon to 5 pm from Irvington to Lyndhurst with stops at the train station, the Recreation Center at Main and Eckar Streets, and the McVicker House (Historical Society) near Broadway and Main. Visitors and residents can participate in the Lyndhurst activities and have a chance to shop, dine, and stroll along Irvington’s charming Main Street and the redeveloped Bridge Street riverfront area.


Interactive displays: Environmental, arts, and educational groups will have a wide variety of displays ranging from floatable trash, to a live grey wolf, to raptors, to vintage clothing from the era of the 1909 Hudson River Centennial.

Outdoor Market: Featuring locally grown produce, Hudson Valley wineries and cheese makers

Hudson River Quest: Family fun in a scavenger hunt for clues, riddles, etc about 400 years of Hudson River History.

Music: 100% solar-powered music from the group Solar Punch. Performances by the Irvington High School Jazz Ensemble, folklorist Jerry Silverman, and the duo Bob and Norm.

Lyndhurst Historic Rose Garden: The garden will be in full bloom for viewing and smelling pleasure. Tours provided.

Speakers: Presentations by a wide range of well-known historians, scientists, authors and folklorists. Get to KNOW the amazing Hudson River, the valley and its history.

Admission: There is a suggested $5 per person (over 12) donation for admission to RiverFest

For more information: Visit or call (914) 631-4481 ext. 43222 or (914) 666-4258.

If you come
· BY TRAIN: Irvington is a local stop on the Metro-North Hudson Line. The FREE Irvington shuttle will pick up and return visitors, offering a ride through historic Irvington to Lyndhurst…and later, back.

· BY CAR: Parking is available at Lyndhurst. Overflow parking is at the adjacent Kraft Foods Research Center.

· BY FOOT OR BICYCLE: Walk or bike the Old Aqueduct State Park Trial north from Irvington towards Tarrytown. The Aqueduct trail runs right through the beautiful Lyndhurst property.

Lyndhurst is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, located at the south end of Tarrytown, (closer to Irvington village and train station), at 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown. Tel 914-631-4481

Irvington is an historic lower Hudson River village on the Hudson River’s east bank. It is named for Washington Irving, America’s first major literary figure, whose home Sunnyside sits at the village’s north end. IN the late 1800s and early 1900s Irvington was the site of splendorous ‘country’ homes and estates for many of America’s richest, most powerful families. The village proudly maintains small town character and charm while situated only 20 miles north of Manhattan.

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