Crailo State Historic Site has announced that the historic Yankee Doodle Band will be performing in Crailo’s riverside park in Rensselaer, NY on July 10 at 7:00 pm. Bring chairs or blankets and a picnic dinner and join us for the patriotic and stirring songs of the Yankee Doodle Band as the sun sets over the Hudson River. This event is free to the public.
Organized in 1928 the Yankee Doodle Band has played all over the country from Miami to New Orleans to Hawaii. Members of the band range in age from their teens to their 90’s and will play a blend of Sousa marches, Broadway show tunes, popular hit songs, and music from the movies.
Yankee Doodle has a long association with Crailo. According to a family legend the poem that became the song “Yankee Doodle” was written by Dr. Richard Shuckburgh in 1758 while he was visiting the house during the military buildup for General James Abercrombie’s attack on Fort Carillon (Fort Ticonderoga) during the French and Indian War. Shuckburgh observed some American militia training and penned a poem mocking them. Eventually the poem’s words and meaning changed and, set to the old tune “Polly Lost Her Pocket”, became the patriotic song we all know today.
Crailo is located at 9 ½ Riverside Avenue in Rensselaer, New York. Once the Van Rensselaer family’s fortified home, Crailo State Historic Site is the museum of the colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley and is one of 35 historic sites and 176 parks administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. For more information visit www.nysparks.com or www.facebook.com/CrailoStateHistoricSite or call (518)463-8738