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Art, Light Event 'LIGHTSCAPES' Returns To Croton For Second Year

"LIGHTSCAPES" begins Friday.
"LIGHTSCAPES" begins Friday. Photo Credit: Tom Nycz

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – “LIGHTSCAPES,” a family friendly walk-through experience featuring sculpture, light, music and special effects, returns for its second year to Van Cortlandt Manor starting Friday and will be open on all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in May.

Ideal for all ages, “LIGHTSCAPES” is a walk-through, land-art experience. Recycled elements serve as eco-friendly building blocks for intergalactic flora and friendly woodland creatures. Otherworldly mushrooms, immense insects and brilliant butterflies are among the thousands of treasures attendees will find. Path elements to explore include the new Colorwheel Castle and enormous Caterpillar Cavern. Larger-than-life elements such as a massive mayfly and giant praying mantis join more than 7,500 smaller sculptures including dragonflies, ladybugs and an avalanche of pinwheels.

This year, thanks to the LIGHTSCAPES 2015 Artist Project made possible by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, Historic Hudson Valley and Collaborative Concepts commissioned six local artists to create new event sculptures, including a deft bunny, frog prince and five-lined skink.

New this year, Phish collaborator and songwriter Steve Pollak, “The Dude of Life,” and Charles de Saint Phalle join together to create all-original music and sound effects for “LIGHTSCAPES.”

In the clear-top, decorated “LIGHTSCAPES” hospitality tent, visitors can enjoy spring-themed sweets including organic sorbet from Blue Pig of Croton and homemade candy and baked goods from Geordane’s of Irvington.

“LIGHTSCAPES” takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings rain or shine through May 31. The first entry is 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. the final three weekends. Admission is by timed ticket only. Time slots and dates will sell out, so Historic Hudson Valley strongly recommends buying in advance online, where ticket prices are $16 for adults, $12 for children 3-17 and free for children under age 3 and Historic Hudson Valley members. Prices are $2 more on site and over the phone.

Click here to order tickets, or call (914)-366-6900.

Van Cortlandt Manor is at 525 S. Riverside Ave. in Croton-On-Hudson. 

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