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'Animals & Acrobats' returns to Van Cortlandt Manor for Three Big Shows

May 24, 2007

A Juggler performs for the audience, interpreting an act performed by 18th century itinerant entertainers, at the Animals & Acrobats Festival at Van Cortlandt Manor.

Gather the family ‘round to see fourteen-foot tall puppets, birds of prey demonstrations, and acrobatic feats of fancy (plus more!) at Van Cortlandt Manor during the annual “Animals & Acrobats,” program on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 26th through 28th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 in Croton-on-Hudson.

As part of the festivities, Superior Concept Monsters, the official puppeteers for New York’s Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, will be demonstrating their larger than life puppets at the event, including a towering Jack O’Lantern puppet in homage to Van Cortlandt Manor’s Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, which takes place in October. Besides a super-sized pumpkin puppet, Superior Concept will be bringing flying sheep, ravens, and other animal-themed puppets.

Also making their first appearance at Animals & Acrobats is Flight of the Raptor, comprised of Ray and Jennifer Pena, a father/daughter team from New Paltz, N.Y., who will be demonstrating the power and grace of their birds of prey menagerie. Also new this year is the Acrobrats, a four-person team performing acrobatic feats throughout the day, including tumbling, pyramids, stilt dancing, hand balancing, and contortion. They will be joined by slack rope walker Dikki Ellis and Chris Yerlig as Hoopoe the Mime, both new additions to Animals & Acrobats.

Animals & Acrobats is held rain or shine. Admission to the event is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $6 for children 5-17; and free for children under 5 and Historic Hudson Valley members. Van Cortlandt Manor is at 525 South Riverside Avenue (off Route 9) in Croton-on-Hudson. the Croton Point Avenue exit from Route 9 and follow the signs. For information, please call 914-271-8981or visit


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