Kites to soar at Washington’s Headquarters on Saturday, September 28

By Sarah Marren
Posted 9/25/19

“Let’s go fly a kite! Up to the highest height!” As part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble series, you and your kids are invited to do just that at the 30th annual “Kites Over …

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Kites to soar at Washington’s Headquarters on Saturday, September 28

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“Let’s go fly a kite! Up to the highest height!” As part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble series, you and your kids are invited to do just that at the 30th annual “Kites Over the Hudson” at the Washington’s Headquarters Historic Site from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 28. Come meet new people and enjoy the fresh air as your kite catches the breeze over the Hudson River.

Mel Johnson, the former Historic Site Assistant for the Washington Headquarters State Historic Site, originally started the “Kites Over the Hudson” event in the late 1980s. The event was started as a way to get families together and active, as well as help kids make new friends. This year will be the 30th for Kites Over the Hudson but the mission remains the same, bringing kids together to enjoy the same activity that kids from Washington’s time enjoyed as well.

This event gets quite the turnout with over 150 attendees, and free kites given out to the first 150 kids. “By the time the day ends we’re completely, out of kites. We get people calling months in advance to ask about Kites Over the Hudson,” says Paul Banks, Interpretive program assistant at Washington’s Headquarters.

The kites are provided by Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Valley, a nonprofit organization founded to benefit three New York State Historic Sites, Washington’s Headquarters, New Windsor Cantonment, & Knox’s Headquarters. Other companies also chip in to help make this day as fun as possible for the kids and families. Gillette Creamery and Dairy Queen will be serving ice cream, and admission to the Hasbrouck House is free for the day, sponsored by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation.

Kites Over the Hudson is part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble series. The Hudson Valley River Ramble Series is an annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities and trails throughout the region. Holding an event at Washington’s Headquarters to fly kites over the Hudson River fits perfectly with the mission of the Hudson Valley River Ramble. Folks get to enjoy a beautiful view of the Hudson River Valley and experience a part of its history at the Historic Site.

After you’re done flying kites, take a guided tour of the historic Hasbrouck House at Washington’s Headquarters. Tour the newly restored Tower of victory and climb up into the belvedere, where you can get a perfect view of the kites sailing above the trees. Explore the Museum’s over 1,300 artifacts and see the efforts of the Historical Society to preserve the life of those who came before us. Access to the Tower may be limited based on staffing and weather conditions.

This event is part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble. For more information call 845-562-1195 or contact Historic Site Elyse B. Goldberg at elyse.goldberg@parks.ny.gov.

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