From Day Tours to BlockBuster Events, Bannerman Island on the Hudson 2016 Season Showcases the Best of Hudson Valley Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Beacon, New York, January 16, 2016 – The popular tours of this historic, picturesque island in the Hudson River just south of Beacon and Newburgh, NY, kick-off April 30th with visits to the former Bannerman residence and castle. The island will host a series of concerts and other special events throughout the summer including two Hudson Valley Shakespeare Co. productions and the sixth annual Chef’s Farm Fresh Dinner. The Island also offers a unique opportunity for private functions/rentals.
The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc., in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, provides public tours of Bannerman Castle and Pollepel Island. Available tours consist of guided walking tours on the island with access either by passenger tour boat or as part of a guided kayak excursion. Tours depart from Beacon (kayak or passenger boat), Cold Spring (kayak), and Cornwall-on-Hudson (kayak). Reservations are required for all tours. Wear comfortable shoes as there is some rough terrain on the walking tours. Strollers cannot be accommodated. There is a 72-step climb from the dock to the start of the tour. Tours depart rain or shine.
Seasonal tours begin Sat April 30th run weekends through October 30th and depart at 11:00am from Beacon, NY. Bannerman Island Tour tickets are $35.00. Advance purchase required. There is a Metro North Train Package for the 1 day getaways through Metro North. Check availability and to buy tickets for Bannerman Island Cruise call Zerve at 1-800 979-3370- Beacon.
The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. is the official New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s (NYSOPRHP’s) “Friends” organization for Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island and a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. PO Box 843 Glenham, NY. 12527. Web: www.bannermancastle.org, Phone: (855) 256-4007
SEASONAL TOURS/SPECIAL EVENTS
THIRD SUNDAY MUSIC/PERFORMERS SELF-GUIDED TOURS
On the third Sunday of every month, The Bannerman Castle Trust presents a musical or theatrical performance as part of a special self-guided tour of the island. Along with hearing a wonderful band, singer or theatrical performer, an optional 20 minute history tour and a 15 minute hike to the summit are also offered. This is a great tour for photographers. It is also ideal for families with small children. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our Third Sunday Music/Performers Tours. Acts for these tours will be announced. Third Sunday Tour Dates: May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16 Tickets: Call Zerve (855) 256-4007 or book online at www.bannermancastle.org.
BANNERMAN ECO TOURS
Join the Taconic Outdoor Education Center and The Bannerman Castle Trust for an Eco and history tour of Bannerman Island. Your journey will take you to the summit on the island, where you will see some of the best views of the Hudson River. Schedule TBD of upcoming tours.
2016 Constellation Tours Continue
Please check your desired tour date for tour departure time.May-Oct. For tickets contact: www.BannermanCastle.org
Storm King Adventure Tours from Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
Tours include kayak guide, kayak equipment, a tour of Bannerman Island with a Bannerman Castle Trust historian. Approximately 3-4 hours. For kayak tours from Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY (on the west side of the Hudson River), please contact Storm King Adventure Tours at (845) 534-7800. www.stormkingadventuretours.com
Hudson River Expeditions from Cold Spring, NY
Tours include lunch, kayak equipment, kayak guide and a tour of Bannerman Island with a Bannerman Castle Trust historian.For kayak tours from Cold Spring, NY, please contact Hudson River Expeditions at (845) 809-5935.www.hudsonriverexpeditions.com
Mountain Tops from Beacon, NY:
Tours include kayak guide, kayak equipment, a tour of Bannerman Island with a Bannerman Castle Trust historian. Approximately 3-4 hours. For kayak tour information from Beacon call (845) 831-1997.
Bannerman Wine and Cheese Cruise Tour
June 10 enjoy wine, cheese, delectable wraps & salads catered by Loughran’s Irish Pub, cruise to Bannerman for a guided tour. We then cruise down river towards West Point. Tickets: $75 General; $70 Bannerman Castle Trust Member. Reservations contact Zerve: (855) 256-4007 or at www.bannermancastle.org ;
Special Guest Lecture. Eleanor Owen Sealand to talk about life growing up on Bannerman Island. Eleanor grew up on Bannerman Island from 1932 to 1943. June 18, July 16 and August 20. Bonus lecture part of the regular Bannerman Island tour.
Join us Sat July 16th for a Garden Party Celebration Honoring the late Harrison Libby. The program includes guest opera stars Lorraine Helvick and Danielle Davis performing Opera Favorites with refreshments catered by Pandorica Restaurant of Beacon. Guest will also be treated to a self- guided tour of the island. The Estuary Steward will depart from Beacon at 3:00pm.Tickets are: $50 Adults,$45 Children . Reservations contact Zerve: (855) 256-4007 or at www.bannermancastle.org ;
SIXTH ANNUAL CHEFS FARM FRESH DINNER ON BANNERMAN ISLAND
On September 10 (tentative) join Noah Sheetz and the Hudson Valley Chefs Consortium Farm Fresh Dinner on Bannerman Island. Enjoy a five-course gourmet meal prepared by five noted Hudson Valley chefs. Dine in Helen Bannerman’s Garden.Tickets: $135 General $125 Bannerman Castle Trust Member Reservations call Zerve: (855) 256-4007 or book online at www.bannermancastle.org
Theatrical Season on Bannerman Island:
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival returns with two powerhouse productions. Shakespeare’s MacBeth, will be re-imagined with an all female cast! July 23rd and 24th
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Conservancy, a company of young actors, will perform a comedy on August 14. Title to be announced. Great family show.
Just Off Broadway in cooperation with the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, returns to Bannerman Island for another outstanding concert of a Broadway show featuring Broadway actors. Artistic director, Joyce Presutti, has wowed our audiences with her versions of Godspell, Brigadoon and Man of LaMancha. This year Joyce returns with Lerner and Lowe’s Camelot. Sept 17th & 18th.
Theatre on the Road presents Poe’s Last Mystery. It’s 1849, and Edgar Allan Poe has agreed to perform from his Tales of Mystery Poe’s Last Mystery. Frank Marquette portrays Edgar Allan Poe.
October 1 Tickets are $65 per show which includes cruise to and from the island on The Estuary Steward and a Self- Guided Tour of the Island.
SAVE ON SEASON TICKETS Buy all four shows and save $20 for season subscription tickets: Call (845) 831-6346 for season tickets or purchase one show on Zerve. Web site: http://www.bannermancastle.org
The Trust is dedicated to preserving Bannerman Castle as an educational, cultural, historical, and recreational facility that promotes heritage tourism in the Hudson Valley. To that end, we aim to coordinate resources and funding to stabilize…