Weekend Planner: Turtles at Westmoreland, Pirates of the Hudson, American Roots Festival

Find Independence Day festivities and much more in Peekskill, Cortlandt and around the Hudson Valley this weekend.

Click  for fireworks and Fourth of July celebrations around your town plus more picks below for your weekend ahead.

Turtle Monitoring for All Ages

When/Where:  Saturday, June 30, July 14, August 11 and September 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at

Why Go: Each spring and summer, the sanctuary staff searches for, traps and releases turtles as part of their on-going turtle monitoring project. Learn about and take part in their effort to collect data from the painted and snapping turtles living in Bechtel Lake and the Box Turtles that live in their Wildlife management Area.

Price: Suggested donation $5/person non-members.  Please dress in long pants and close toed shoes. Each program will range from 1-2 hours in length and will be canceled in the event of severe weather.


Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies

When/Where:  Saturday, June 30, 2 p.m. at 

Why Go:  Come enjoy a story, craft, and snack and watch the release some beautiful butterflies into the garden.

Price:  Free, for all ages. Registration is required: 914-666-8041


Pirates of the Hudson

When/Where:  Pirates of the Hudson. Saturday, June 30-Sunday, July 1 and July 4-8. 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 5 and 6 p.m. (timed entry) at 

Why Go: Gangs of blackbeards and beauties will swashbuckle their way through Philipsburg Manor at this raucously fun festival. Ahoy maties! Grab your brood and bring 'em to Philipsburg Manor for the most fun this side of the Caribbean. Watch pirates lay anchor in the Hudson and storm Sleepy Hollow. Musical pirates, gypsy sword dancers, and scallywags of all sorts will roam the grounds, ready to make you smile while secretly stealin’ yer gold. Kids can take part in the Pieces of Eight treasure hunt, wiggle their way into a pirate shipwreck, trade barbs with a clever, talkative parrot, and learn to speak and act like a bloody pirate.  Enjoy a pint or two of beer from Pleasantville's Captain Lawrence Brewery.

Price:  Admission: $16; $12 for children 17 and under. Members receive a $5 per ticket discount.


American Roots Music Festival

When/Where:  Saturday, June 30, 12:30 p.m. at 

Why Go:  American Roots refers to the broad musical traditions unique to the American experience. Join in for a peaceful and relaxing Saturday enjoying echoes of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, string band, New Orleans soul, gospel and jazz. Bring the family, a blanket or chairs and pack a picnic or purchase food on site.

Daytime (12:30-6pm) features swinging rhythms of Eilen Jewell and her band, Red Molly’s folk, gospel, bluegrass inspired three part harmonies, southern style ‘steamboat soul’ from Roosevelt Dime, banjo songster Old Man Luedecke and the inventive alt/trad string band Spuyten Duyvil. Location: General Lawn Seating, Friends' Field, and the Sunken Garden.

Evening Performers (7:30pm-10 p.m.): Hot Tuna Acoustic – with the legendary Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and Barry Mitterhoff – and David Bromberg Quartet, led by acoustic guitar master David Bromberg, dominate the evening with performances in the majestic Venetian Theater.

Price: Day-Only Tickets: Excludes evening performers; (12:30-6:00pm): $25, Kids 16 and under half-price! Full-Festival Tickets (12:30-10:00pm): $35, $45, $55


Yorktown Lions Club Summer Concert Series & Performers

When/Where:  Sunday, July 1, 6 p.m. at  in Yorktown Heights

Why Go: For more great outdoor music in the summer, enjoy the “Simply Diamond” – Neil Diamond Tribute as part of the annual Yorktown Lions Club Concert Series.

Price:  Free


Circa 1986: Redux R.M. Fischer

When/Where:  At the , the exhibition will be on view June 24 - July 29.

From HVCCA:  The center is pleased to present this exciting selection of the artist R.M. Fischer's work from the past five years.  Breaking with the functionalism of his earlier industrial assemblages and public sculpture, R. M. Fischer's new combinations of hard and soft forms turn utilitarian character on its head with the artist's additions of baroque fetish-like figures. These new amalgamations of soft organic shapes are crafted out of colorful vinyl, felt, and upholstery; sewn together with thread and stuffed into large appendages. These appendages are fastened to Fischer’s familiar, machine-like constructions, crafted out of steel, aluminum and brass. The artist’s imagery evokes the work of Claes Oldenburg and Yayoi Kusama in its playfulness, anthropomorphic quality and underlying sexuality.

Price:  $5


Wii Game Day

When/Where:   Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the

Why Go: Enjoy some Wii fun, for grades three and up.

Price:  Free 


Summer Storywalk Begins: Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big

When/Where: Sunday, July 1 and continuing through Friday, August 31 at the 

Why Go: Be inspired to follow your dreams as you follow this Storywalk on a stroll at The Library. The Storywalk is based on the book entitled, Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big by written by Chris Paul and illustrated by Frank Morrison. The Storywalk is open to families with children in grades 1 – 6.

Price:  Free


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