Sunday, October 30, 2005

Legend of Sleepy Holland.

Friday night we packed up the family and headed north to New York. We went to Sleepy Hollow. Yes, there is actually a spot called 'Sleepy Hollow' where Washington Irving wrote his famous“Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
Christian and I have been the past two years to the festivities. It brings anticipation for Halloween, and I must admit I like it more then my children.
This year we were joined by our friends the Holland’s. Matt and Paige Holland and their children. (Jake, Mitzti, Gracie, and Daniel) They moved to Princeton on a year teaching sabbatical. We met them at the ‘Horsemen Diner’ for some less than average grub.
We then headed to the Irving estate where the gravel path that leads around the perimeter is led by thousands of carved pumpkins. Ghosts roam around and scare the children, Storytellers recreate Icabod’s ghostly tale. Pirates serenade us with quirky songs and stories, and a graveyard filled with spooks saunter around (some playing fiddles).
Claire’s favorite spot of the event happens to be a barn full of square-dancing ghosts under a black light that accentuates their white robes and shadowy circles painted around their eyes.
But the reason we go is to see the headless horseman. He rides swiftly around the grounds like a black shadow scaring children and adults alike. His black cape billows in the wind as he sits atop his black stallion that is both stunning and eerie.
Jake was really intrigued by the Headless horsemen, yet quite hesitant to actually see him, as were we all.

Matt lovingly called Paige “Pagie-ee” throughout the night. It was quite endearing. Matt seems like he 10 feet tall, and we could always find him in the crowds of people.
Paige and I chatted the whole night. Matt backpacked Daniel on his back and took Jane from me time to time so Paige and I could catch up on living in New Jersey. Christian had Oliver and Claire. The other kids followed the group around.
We stayed until they kicked us out.
On the trudge back to the car, we inquired about Elder Holland (he being Matt’s father). I am sure they are sick of people talking to them about that, but I loved his last conference talk and I had to compliment. Matt told us things about his father I will never forget. I will always love Elder Holland. He truly is a miraculous man.
Happy Halloween, from us back in the Eeeeeeast.