From 2 to 6 pm, the museum will be surrounded by hands-on experiences taken from daily life of the 18th Century. Visitors will be able to sample all kinds of activities, attend polite tea parties, hear a speech by George Washington, learn Palatine cooking and see a musket firing demonstration by Revolutionary War re-enactors, as well as a chance to meet Martha Washington.
Afterward, from 7 to 10 pm, the grounds will be alive with the tunes of Sideshow Willie, until the evening is capped off with a view of the Saugerties fireworks over the Hudson River.
Hot food will be available for sale from the Jennings-Willets American Legion Post #346, Sweet Central Express, The Lunch Box and Farmers & Chefs Hudson Valley Food Trucks.
It’s a full day of activities for only $12 per vehicle or $10 for Friends of Clermont.
In honor of Clermont’s important Revolutionary War history, Clermont staff and volunteers will be dressed in historic costume while they demonstrate the skills and chores of 18th century life. Visitors can sit down with Clermont’s most famous matriarch Margaret Beekman Livingston for a polite tea party, or watch a seamstress at work. Children can even try on historic costume or try their hand at a period inspired craft. Storyteller Tom Hanford will delight children with his interactive musical experience, including richly-painted puppets and opportunities for children to participate on stage!
The mansion will be open for free self-guided tours, from 2 to 6 pm. Children’s contests start at 5:15 and will include a three-legged race, cherry pit spitting, and Grinning for Cheese. A live reading of the Declaration of Independence at 6:00, will complete the 18th century demonstration.
When evening arrives, Clermont’s grounds will be alive with the classic rock stylings of Sideshow Willie. Guests can spread out their picnic blankets to await a spectacular view of the Saugerties fireworks after sunset. With hot food close at hand by the Lunch Box and Farmers & Chefs Hudson Valley Food Trucks, ice cream from Sweet Central Express, plenty of room to run, and easy-out parking, this is a great venue for families to see the fireworks show. Music begins at 7 pm. The site will close its gates when parking is full, so the public is encouraged to come early to ensure access to a spot.
For more information, call Geoff at (518) 537-4240.
Photo of Tom Hanford at a previous Clermont event provided.