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'Lightscapes' Returns To Croton With Sculptures, Lights, Music

Mushrooms at "Lightscapes." Photo Credit: www.hudsonvalley.org
A praying mantis sculpture by local artist Herman Roggeman. Photo Credit: www.hudsonvalley.org

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. 

"Lightscapes," created by the Historic Hudson Valley team that produces "The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze," begins Friday, May 1, and is open for all Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in May. 

Visitors enter through a rainbow and emerge from a bubbly haze into a dreamland of curiosities spread throughout a historic landscape. Recycled elements serve as eco-friendly building blocks for intergalactic flora and friendly woodland creatures.

Other worldly mushrooms, insects, and butterflies are among the thousands of treasures you’ll find. Path elements to explore include the new Colorwheel Castle and enormous Caterpillar Cavern. Larger-than-life elements, like 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, www.hudsonvalley.org/lightscapes-artist-project, Historic Hudson Valley and Collaborative Concepts commissioned six local artists to create new event sculptures, including a delft bunny, frog prince, and five-lined skink.

New this year, Phish collaborator and songwriter Steve Pollak and Charles de Saint Phalle join together to create all-original music and sound effects for Lightscapes. More information on the music can be found at www.hudsonvalley.org/lightscapes-music

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 May 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, and 29-31. The first entry is at 8:15 p.m. (8:30 p.m. the final three weekends). Lightscapes takes place, rain or shine, and admission is by timed ticket only.

Time slots and dates will sell out so Historic Hudson Valley recommends buying in advance online, where ticket prices are $16 for adults, $12 for children 3-17 and free for children under 3 and Historic Hudson Valley members. Those prices are $2 more on-site and by phone.

Van Cortlandt Manor is at 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson, just off Route 9. Tickets and information can be found by calling (914) 366-6900 or visiting www.hudsonvalley.org.

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