SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY — Washington Irving greeted visitors at his gravesite on Saturday, May 18, at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
The occasion was the Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest, the first in a series of events being held to celebrate 200 years since the publication of Irving’s most famous story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Lit Fest featured readings and book signings by authors at venues in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.
Irving was portrayed by 32-year-old Aaron Newcome of Nyack, an English teacher at Central High School in Bridgeport, Conn., who works part-time as a guide at the cemetery, which offers day and evening tours. Irving was born April 3, 1783, and passed away on Nov. 28, 1859, at age 76.
The bicentennial celebration will continue in the fall with the Sleepy Hollow Film Festival, Oct. 10-13 at the Tarrytown Music Hall, and a Legend of Sleepy Hollow musical at the Irvington Town Hall Theater on Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 24-26. For more information, visit headlesshorseman.org.
Tim Lamorte is an award-winning journalist who has spent more than two decades documenting life along the Hudson River.