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Celebrate Irvington on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, 2017
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*photo by Stephen Beech

A Day of Fun, History, Music & Food in the Historic Village of Irvington.

Bring dads, friends and the whole family to the annual Celebrate Irvington community festival where the Irvington Historic Main Street District comes alive with activities for all ages (adults, teens, children).

Free old-fashioned Historic Trolley Tour, Classic car meet-up with photo ops, free Guided History walks, free Vintage Village Film in Historic Town Hall Theater, plus tours of McVickar House and the restored Tiffany Reading Room.  Music and performances on Main and Astor Streets.  Street food, pizza, BBQ and Father's Day brunches.   Farmers' Market.   Two waterfront parks.   Face painting and balloon fun for kids.

New!    Descendants of Irvington's Founding Fathers tell true local tales of the Odell family's Patriot guides, Captain Dutcher and George Washington's 'Secret Militia'.  Tips for Geneology researchers.

Daytime, Sunset and Evening waterfront and Main Street dining and drinking.  No car needed. Free Main Street shuttle.   A great day trip to the Hudson Valley via Metro North.

Rain or shine.  Free parking.




Details
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*photo by Stephen Beech

Location:    Irvington Village Hall and Vicinity
                   85 Main Street, Irvington NY 10533
                   County: Westchester
                   Date: June 18, 2017
                    9:00 am – 4:30 pm (various activities)

Additional Information:

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



June 18, 2017 Schedule (Tentative)
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*photo by Stephen Beech

Visit www.irvingtonny.gov for updates, locations and additions to the schedule or pick up a printed schedule, eateries list or Historic District map in the lobby of Village Hall (85 Main Street). 

9:00 – 1:30 Visit the Irvington Farmers Market for farm-fresh produce and prepared food.  Live music. Special Father’s Day focus.  Parking lot Main Street School, at intersection of the Old Croton Aqueduct (110 Main St.)

9:00 am - 1:00pm Music at the Farmers Market. Listen while you shop your favorite vendors.

FREE ACTIVITIES:

10:00 – 4:30 Street Fair: Eateries, sidewalk displays, hands-on activities & entertainment; Main Street District (Astor Street to Broadway).  Shuttle:   MetroNorth station to Broadway with stops along Main Street.

9:00 am Start Time - Community Sidewalk Chalk-Art ExperienceJoin in the creation of the Magical Wandering River, a sidewalk chalk art project for the whole community. Adults and kids of all ages welcome. Under 12 needs parent or guardian. Meet Nina Rossi in front of MSS. Bring non-toxic chalk or use our limited supply. Weather Dependent. On-going project throughout the day up and down Main Street.    Sponsors: IUFSD, Found and Riverkeeper (https://www.riverkeeper.org/).   Email with subject “Sidewalk Chalk-Art” to receive updated details and tentative sign-ups.

Music in front of Sunnyside Federal (56 Main St.) provided by Irvington School District’s talented musician: Jagger Clark (keyboard soloist).

Professional musicians along Main Street.  Curtis Becraft on accordion.  Fred Gillen, Jr. on guitar.

Visit with local artists: Jennifer Orkin Lewis (www.augustwren.com) and Emily Kotchen

12:30 – 1:30  Paint-a-Card.  Tips, encouragement, paper and paint provided by professional artist Jennifer Orkin Lewis.  Limit one card per person.  Hands-on experience for young, old or in-between aspiring artists.  Jennifer is the creator of our Whimsical Main Street drawing.  (corner of North Dutcher & Main Streets – rain location inside 8 North Dutcher)

Community group table displays.

Abbott House.   Respect and Dignity Works for Everyone!   Learn about Abbott House, meet staff, and find out how you can help.   (https://www.abbotthouse.net/)   Time and Location TBD

Outdoor cafe dining choices on the Waterfront, on Main Street and vicinity.  See Eateries list & map (http://www.irvingtonny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6321). Support our eclectic small-town businesses.

10:30 – 12:30pm     Girl Scouts      5th grade Girl Scout troops from Main Street School Present Pedestrian safety program.  Cookies for sale.   (sidewalk near Rec Dept, 71 Main Street)

10:30 – 4:30pm     Classic Car Meet-up   Bring dad and entire family for photo ops  (Library parking lot, 12 South Astor Street)

10:30 – 4:30pm   Learn about Fisher Found, LifeWork and Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute   (TBD)

11:00– 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 inside the Irvington Public Library Program Room (12 S. Astor Street)  Main Street to McVickar House with a stop in the Tiffany Room/Village Hall. See aqueduct.org for full description.

Additional stops in the Irvington Historic District include the historic train station (café) and porch visits on private historic homes, as available.

Scattered on Main Street, between commercial properties, and on the intersecting grid of narrow side streets, are many charming, modest historic homes, originally owned by the shopkeepers, tradesmen and workers that served the needs of the surrounding estates.   Several current owners will be available to share some short tales about their homes.

10:00 to dusk Enjoy Irvington’s Waterfront Parks with views of the Palisades and the Manhattan Skyline. Walking paths in Scenic Hudson Park and special visitor’s day at Matthiessen Park.

11:00 – 4:00 Historic Trolley Tour sponsored by Sunnyside Federal Savings and Loan.  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 - Home to Irvington Historical Society. Docent Tour of McVickar Restoration.  Dress up in period clothing, take photos on the steps of McVickar and enjoy cupcakes. See exhibits, photo contest display.  (131 Main St.) 

11:00 -1:00 Main Street School 4th and 5th graders Showcase of Art. Drawings, paintings, clay and found-object structures. MSS art teacher Nina Rossi and a dedicated group of students will greet viewers and speak about their creative works. (In front of MSS, 101 Main St.)

11:00 - 3:00  Genealogy fun at DoctorMac, 64 Main Street (www.doctormac.com)   Tips on family history using ancestry.com.  Descendants of Irvington’s Founding Fathers tell true local tales of the Odell family’s Patriot guides, Captain Dutcher and George Washington’s “Secret Militia”.  Representatives of DAR in costume.

12:00 – 4:00   Learn about and support our local Slow Down Irvington & Walk Safe Irvington campaign. 

PSA VIDEO FESTIVAL: Walk Safe Irvington   Student winners announced by Mayor Brian Smith. (Village Hall lobby).  See SlowDownIrvington on Facebook for contest info.

12PM   Awards ceremony.

12:30PM-4PM   screening of festival reel.

11:30 – 3:30 Tours of the Tiffany Reading Room in 1902 Landmark Village Hall   (85 Main Street)     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. View the slide show of the new Irvington - Hudson Valley Tiffany Trail (tiffanytrail.com), with photos and information on visiting Tiffany windows from The Bronx to Briarcliff Manor.   (www.irvingtonlibrary.org/tiffany-reading-room/)

12:00 noon & 2:00 pm tours of the historic Irvington Town Hall Theater in Village Hall (85 Main Street)

12:00 - 3:00 pm  Vintage Film     See IRVINGTON as it was 44 years ago!  Watch a special 20 minute, HD COLOR film from Irvington's 1972 Centennial Celebration.  See Main Street, Astor Street, and Broadway as they once were … Catch the period outfits, the cars, even a glimpse of President Nixon campaigning! The film will be shown on a continuous loop.     Historic Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main Street; entrance on S. Ferris Street) 

1:00, 1:30 & 2:00: Live Professional Theater, "The Friend Strong Musical, It’s Easy!” song selections performed by See The Wish/Onstage. Front steps (or inside) of the Irvington Public Library, 2 S. Astor St.

Musical selections that will leave you singing about the power of friendship and what to do about bullying! Performances by professional theater kids. Sneak preview of the full-length family musical to open its 10-show run at the Irvington Town Hall Theater on September 16th. For more information, www.seethewish.com. Great for families with kids

2:00 - 3:30 Designers for the Millionaires of the Gilded Age: Louis Comfort Tiffany guided walk with Irvington Historical Society Trustee, Sara Kelsey.  Historical walking tour starts inside the McVickar House (131 Main Street) down Main Street to the historic Waterfront district with a stop in the Tiffany Room/Village Hall. See aqueduct.org for full description.

Additional stops in the Irvington Historic District include the historic train station (café) and porch visits on private historic homes, as available.

Scattered on Main Street, between commercial properties, and on the intersecting grid of narrow side streets, are many charming, modest historic homes, originally owned by the shopkeepers, tradesmen and workers that served the needs of the surrounding estates.   Several current owners will be available to share some short tales about their homes.

Face painting and balloon fun at Brrzaar located at 7 North Astor Street.  For more information, please contact Michelle at 274-8118 or .   Fee charged for face painting.


Workshop at Seasons on the Hudson located at 45 Main Street.    Contact Miko at 591-7377  or 
.  Fee charged for this activity.

Complimentary Raspberry Lemonade for Main Street walkers, 12 – 3PM at Chutney Masala, 76 Main Street (www.chutneymasala.com).  Open from 11:30Am to 9:30PM with special brunch buffet from 11:30AM to 9:30PM.

Gift card special ($15 bonus with $100 gift card) at Sambal.  4 West Main Street.  Waterfront  (www.sambalny.com).  Open 11:30AM to 9:30PM.

River City Grill (www.rivercitygrille.com)  Open 11AM to 8:45PM with brunch from 11AM to 3PM.

Black Cat  (www.blackcatchef.com)  Full brunch menu on Father’s Day from 8:30AM to 2:30PM.  Music after 11AM.  Free refreshing lemon water for all visitors.

Free coffee with any purchase at Lambros Service station.  Open 24/7.    (www.lambrosservice.com)