Jay has his own September day

September 12, 2013 by  

Driving less than an hour from Danbury, history aficionados can be part of the continuing Hudson River Ramble by attending Jay Day later this month.

This event is a family-oriented historic adventure back to the Revolutionary War days of John Jay, one of our nation’s founding fathers and our first Chief Justice. Along with pony rides, balloon art, a petting zoo, and face painting, visitors can listen to master storyteller Jonathan Kruk depicting the troubled times that shaped America’s history.

Jugglers and demonstrations of falconry will also entertain the crowds, while a farmers’ market will offer free pumpkins to children. Cheese tasting and cider are the bill of fare. Period-costumed guides will be available to head tours through the historic mansion, and music will be provided by the Hudson River Ramblers – a duo comprising storyteller Kruk and Rick Bala.

Jay Day is presented by the Jay Heritage Center Preservationists, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of John Jay’s boyhood home. The structure, a National Historic Landmark, is a Greek revival mansion built in 1838. Another building of interest is the Van Norden Carriage House built in 1907. Twenty-three acres of the original 400-acre estate are also part of the park, offering a scenic view of Long Island Sound—a great opportunity for photos and postcard printing.

The date is Sunday, September 22, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Jay Heritage Center, 210 Boston Post Road, Rye NY. Family tickets are $30 while individual tickets are $10.