Capture the castle: Bannerman Island Voices at the Falcon

Special guest Eleanor Owen Seeland, who grew up on the island (her parents, Wayne and Marian Owen, were the assistant superintendents from 1927 to 1942), will make a cameo appearance in Bannerman Island Voices and also be on hand to answer questions afterwards. (Bannerman Castle Trust archive)

Special guest Eleanor Owen Seeland, who grew up on the island (her parents, Wayne and Marian Owen, were the assistant superintendents from 1927 to 1942), will make a cameo appearance in Bannerman Island Voices and also be on hand to answer questions afterwards. (Bannerman Castle Trust archive)

A special “Live at the Falcon” brunch presentation on Saturday, April 23 will raise funds toward the preservation of Bannerman Castle, that threatened historical treasure sited on Bannerman/Pollepel Island in the Hudson River. Attendees will not only be fed and entertained, but they’ll also learn quite a bit of lore about the island, the castle and the Bannerman family.

The Bannerman Castle Trust and Theatre on the Road will perform a musical theatre piece, Bannerman Island Voices: Whispers from the Castle Keep, directed by Frank Marquette. Based on interviews from Bannerman family members and employees who lived and worked on the island, this multimedia readers’ theater play features music and lyrics by Tom Herman and additional songs by Neil Caplan. Special guest Eleanor Owen Seeland, who grew up on the island (her parents, Wayne and Marian Owen, were the assistant superintendents from 1927 to 1942), will make a cameo appearance in Bannerman Island Voices and also be on hand to answer questions afterwards.

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Jazz/rock/soul band Sheila Dee and the Dazzlers will open the show. A Silent Art Auction will feature works by Hudson Valley artists, including paintings by the late Jane Campbell Bannerman. The special brunch menu will include such goodies as apple/cinnamon French toast and chicken Marsala.

The Bannerman Island Voices fundraiser runs from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Tickets to this gala event cost $65 and $95, with proceeds helping the Bannerman Castle Trust to save crumbling walls on Bannerman Island, to open the family residence as a visitors’ center and to promote Bannerman Island Voices as an educational presentation for schools and organizations. To book your table, call (855) 256-4007 or visit www.zerve.com/bannerman. For more information about the restoration projects, call the Bannerman Castle Trust at (845) 831-6346 or visit www.bannermancastle.org. The Falcon is located at 1348 Route 9W in Marlboro.

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