381 N. Broadway (Route 9)
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Description: Feast on a bounty of corn-centric delicacies, take part in a bevy of hands-on, corn-related activities, and traverse a kid-sized mini maize maze during the Hudson Valley's first-ever corn festival.
Play games like Konk-a-Crow and Ring-a-Cob in the CORNival area. Compete in corn shucking races and learn how to make a corn husk doll. Enjoy both historic and modern cooking demonstrations (using corn as the main ingredient, of course), and discover the irresistible charm of English country dancing in the barn. Traverse a kid-sized mini maize maze and design a one-of-a-kind scarecrow. Tour the 18th-century Manor House and Mill, and watch the grinding of corn on a quern stone.
Enjoy live bluegrass and folk music courtesy of Tappan Cowboys and The Ebony Hillbillies, who will alternate sets all day on a centrally-located stage.
All visitors get a free bag popcorn as they enter! Other maize-inspired food selections include cornbread, corn salsa and chips, and corn chili from Tastefully Yours, sweet corn ice cream from the Blue Pig, and draft beers and draft root beer from Captain Lawrence Brewery.
Demonstrations of coopering (barrel-making) and milling will also take place all day. Visitors can purchase cornmeal ground on site, which will include recipes for some of the items being prepared at CORNucopia.
Tickets are available online at hudsonvalley.org.
Venue Description: Visit Philipsburg Manor, where in the 1700s, the Philipsburg family of Anglo-Dutch merchants in the upheld a farming, mining, and trading center with the help of 23 enslaved Africans. You may tour the gardens and many of the historic houses on your own, but guided tours are available throughout the day.
Wander among cows, sheep, chickens, and oxen alongside your outfitted tour guide and witness all the hard work that went into running such a colossal complex. The story of Caesar, an enslaved African miller, will enable you to explore and understand the working gristmill that is on the grounds. Next you can learn the skills of a riverboat pilot through the stories of the slave Diamond. When you enter the 300-year-old manor house, you will tour the dairy, kitchens, bedchambers, warehouse rooms, and parlor.
Also learn the art of textile production at the Activity Center and take a peek into the medicinal practices of the time. Try your hand in shelling beans, making flax into linen, and producing a tray of ship biscuits. Then, enter the New World Dutch barn and thresh some wheat, or help groom the oxen.