The replica of Henry Hudson's ship, the Half Moon, will be in Yonkers from
October 16th through October 30th and will be the centerpiece of a
number of Yonkers downtown events
The Half Moon docked at the Yonkers Recreation Pier from October 16th through October 30th and was open for public tours on the weekends. (Photo courtesy of Jim Pinto).
Sunday, October 26th, noon to 4 PM:
Half Moon Harvest Fest
Owl Redman Intertribal Native American Group
(Photos below by Stephanie Reynoso)
"Hatrick" (Acoustic Pop/Rock Trio)
Halloween Pet Parade @ 2 PM: Bring your pets in costume! Prizes awarded!
Parade will take place from the Amphitheatre adjacent to the Yonkers Recreation Pier
(foot of Main Street) to the Sculpture Meadow and back.
Cable 12 reporter John Newsom interviews some of the furry participants of the Yonkers Downtown BID's Halloween pet parade. See more photos of the Halloween pet parade...
Pumpkins and Mums for sale ("Fly Me to the Moon" Florist)
"Fly Me to the Moon" Florist on the waterfront
October 25-26: Yonkers Public Tours. The Half Moon will open for public tours on Saturdays and Sundays in Yonkers, NY. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children above the age of twelve, and free for children twelve and younger. Area volunteers are invited to join us as docents.
October 20-24 & 27-31: Yonkers School Tours. From Monday through Friday, the Half Moon will be available for tours to pre-scheduled school groups from throughout New York City and Westchester County. Experienced docents are invited to contact us to help guide these tours.
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Some information about the Half Moon and its history:
The Half Moon is an 85-foot replica of the ship Henry Hudson sailed while exploring the Hudson River in 1609. It will be here in Yonkers from October 16th-October 30th.
The ship, which has a volunteer crew of 15, was built in Albany, N.Y. in 1989 to commemorate the Dutch role in exploring and colonizing America.
The original ship, called the "Halve Maen," was commissioned on March 25, 1609 for the Dutch East India Company. The company hired Hudson, an Englishman, to search for a passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He thought he had found that passageway when he sailed up the river that was later named for him.
In making his trip up the river, Hudson claimed the area for the Dutch and opened the land for settlers who followed. His voyage came 10 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
The ship's voyage to Yonkers has been underwritten by Peckham Industries. While here in Yonkers, the boat will be conducting guided tours to 4th grade students from the Yonkers Public Schools, as well as other Westchster County School Districts. The Mayor's Office, Parks Department, Downtown BID, Hudson River Museum & the Westchester Arts Council will be coordinating programs and special events on the weekends to attract people to the downtown and to tour the ship.
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