Pinkster

Pinkster celebration at Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Photo © 2015 Tom Nycz

Step into the rhythms and get swept up in this springtime holiday featuring continuous performances of African drumming, dancing, and storytelling. Experience a recreation of a colonial cross-cultural event known as Pinkster, first celebrated in the Hudson Valley in the 17th century.

The Pinkster celebration is filled with music and folklore. Master drummers mix traditional and contemporary African instruments while performers share the lively history of Pinkster through theater and song. Try a new dance step, move to an age-old rhythm, listen to the melodious strings of the kora, enjoy African folktales, and taste akkra (West African pea fritters). Children of all ages are invited to join the drummer’s parade, dance step across the plank, elect next year’s Pinkster King or Queen, and make their own Adinkra stamped bookmarks. Throughout the historic site, learn about the accomplishments of the enslaved men, women, and children who lived and worked at Philipsburg Manor.

Philipsburg Manor began celebrating Pinkster in 1977, making this event the longest-running authentic recreation of Pinkster in North America. This year’s celebration honors dancer and choreographer Pearl Primus and Master Drummer Chief Bey.

When: May 19, 2018; 10 am to 5 pm.
Online tickets: Adults, $14; seniors $12; children 3-17, $8. Free for Historic Hudson Valley members and children under 3.
Onsite tickets: Adults, $16; seniors $14; children 3-17, $10. Free for Historic Hudson Valley members and children under 3.
For info and reservations: www.hudsonvalley.org or 914-366-6900.