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Brighter than ever, LIGHTSCAPES opens April 29 in Croton

Brighter than ever, LIGHTSCAPES opens April 29 in Croton

                     Expanded by popular demand to 20 nights; ideal for all ages

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY (April 5, 2016) — Enormous ‘’Live’’ Luna Moths, a 40-foot-long centipede, and a pulsating River of Light are some of the new artistic elements visitors will encounter when LIGHTSCAPES returns for its third year to historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

     From the creators of The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, this otherworldly experience of awe-inspiring illumination and all-original sculpture opens April 29 and runs for 20 evenings, Thursday through Sunday, plus Memorial Day: April 29-30, May 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-30. The first entry is 8:15pm (8:30pm the final three weekends) and the last entry is 9:30.

     Ideal for all ages, LIGHTSCAPES is a walk-through, land-art experience. Visitors enter through a pulsating-light Bubble Tunnel and emerge into a world of wonder spread throughout a historic landscape.

     Marvels waiting to be discovered include an interactive Shadow Wall, the mesmerizing Colorwheel Castle, and a gathering of garden fairies casting a spell in the form of a light show. Larger-than-life elements like a Frog Prince and a giant praying mantis join more than 7,500 smaller sculptures, including lightning bugs, butterflies, and flowers of all colors, sizes, and shapes.

     Along the way visitors will find recycled and upcycled elements such as beach balls, bowling pins, and milk jugs, which serve as eco-friendly building blocks for intergalactic flora and friendly woodland creatures. (More info here:

     Phish collaborator and songwriter Steve Pollak, AKA “The Dude of Life,” and Charles de Saint Phalle join together to add five brand-new tracks to their supersonic musical soundscape created especially for LIGHTSCAPES.

     In the decorated hospitality tent, visitors can enjoy spring-themed sweets including organic sorbet from Blue Pig of Croton and homemade candy and baked goods (plus savories!) from Geordane’s of Irvington.

     LIGHTSCAPES takes place rain or shine and admission is by timed ticket only. Time slots and dates will sell out, so Historic Hudson Valley strongly recommends buying in advance online, where ticket prices are $20 for adults ($25 Saturdays), $16 for children 3-17 ($20 Saturdays), and free for children under 3 and Historic Hudson Valley members. Tickets are $2 more when purchased on site or over the phone. Van Cortlandt Manor is at 525 South Riverside Ave. in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, just off Route 9. Tickets and info: 914-366-6900,

     LIGHTSCAPES is the newest large-scale public event from Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based non-profit educational and cultural organization which owns and operates Van Cortlandt Manor and other historic sites, and all proceeds support the organization’s education programs. The same team creates the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, a Halloween themed event which has gained national recognition and drew more than 130,000 visitors last year.

You can find Historic Hudson Valley and #LIGHTSCAPES on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest (username: HHValley), and Instagram and YouTube (username: InTheValley1)

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