‘Sparkle at Boscobel’

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20, mark your last chance to see Boscobel during “Sparkle! 2014” when the gardens and grounds showcase lighting displays, setting the stage for charming holiday attractions. Returning this year are Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus in the enhanced Sparkle Garden, the Sparkle Queen Stilt Walker, Ice Carving Demonstrations, The Taghkanic Chorale and the Manhattanville Sound. Among the new additions are acoustic guitar soloist Rick Soedler, a light-up magic show with Margaret Steele and illuminated hoop dancing performances with the Sparkle Spinners.

But at the very heart of “Sparkle” is the turn-of-the-19th-century mansion itself, elegantly decorated for receiving visitors, Awash in the soft glow of candlelight, guided Twilight Tours are led by docents who share Federal-era entertaining customs.

Says Boscobel Executive Director Steve Miller: “Boscobel’s board, staff and volunteers are delighted to welcome visitors from near and far to its second annual ‘Sparkle!’ event. These festive, family-focused evenings celebrate the season of goodwill, plus all that is special about one of America’s great historic mansions. From our breathtaking exterior views to our lavish 1800s interiors, there is nothing quite as magical as Boscobel at the holidays.”

This year, “Sparkle!” offers a new selection of foods for purchase on-site from Hudson Hil’s Café & Market of Cold Spring.

There are two ticket levels available – Grounds Only and Grounds Plus, which includes a Twilight Tour. (Twilight Tours are by advance reservation only. Space is limited.) “Sparkle!” attractions are ongoing from 5 to 9 p.m., with occasional breaks in-between.

This is an all-weather event, with no refunds. However, in the case of severe weather, Boscobel may choose to cancel or reschedule the show.

Boscobel House and Gardens is located on Route 9D in Garrison one mile south of Cold Spring and directly across the river from West Point. Boscobel is open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. December hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last tour at 3 p.m. For more, or call 845-265-3638 or visit Boscobel.org.

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