Croton on Hudson is a quiet river town with an artsy edge situated about 45 minutes north of Manhattan. Along with a bustling MTA railroad station that serves as one of the major hubs for the Hudson line railroad, Croton has also historically boasted a rich history of artists, writers, and musicians. The esteemed poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and actress Gloria Swanson were among those who chose to make the Croton-on-Hudson their homes. Even today there is something novel, unique and artistic about Croton. The scenic locale and the rich cultural heritage have made the village the perfect venue for a variety of local festivals and events. Whether they take place on the 504 acres of sprawling woodlands and beaches that comprise Croton-Point-park or in the midst of the old-world style village, they always make for a fantastic time.
Once a year the streets of Croton’s central business district are shut down for the purposed of allowing residents and visitors alike the opportunity to relish food, music and art. Rock and roll and oldies bands blast music in the streets. The most delicious sausage and peppers you’ve ever eaten are available from vendors, along with beer, cotton candy, and virtually any other festival treat you can imagine. Craft and antique vendors, as well as local fund raisers and artists throng to center of town to celebrate… what else? Summer!
Another annual occurence just outside the village itself is Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival. The music festival has been taking place for over 40 years, thanks Pete Seeger. He initially founded the Clearwater festival as a fundraiser to benefit the cleanup of the Hudson River. Decades later, crafts fairs, green living exhibitors and sailing trips aboard the sloop Clearwater and schooner Mystic Whaler still take place, surrounded by a backdrop of music on various stages throughout the sprawling parks terrain.
Another yearly event within Croton on Hudson is the Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger. The run takes place every fall and, according to their website, serves to ” focus attention on hunger and poverty issues and raise money for hunger relief both locally and overseas with a competitive 10K race and a community oriented Fun Run for children and families.” The run has been taking place since 1981 and has become a community highlight.
The diversity and individuality of Croton on Hudson really shines through in the events that are offered to and by its residents every year.