People & Places

Meet & Greet: Frank Marquette

Meet & Greet: Frank Marquette

Frank Marquette, actor, re-enactor and re-creator of local history, might wear more costumes in a week than an entire preschool does on Halloween. It also could be argued that Marquette has made a place for himself in the community by stabbing people in the back. Is that a compliment?

Don’t lose your head: Attractions near the real Sleepy Hollow

Don’t lose your head: Attractions near the real Sleepy Hollow

By the time Washington Irving moved to Sunnyside, he was renowned on two continents as “the first American man of letters.” He had already written both of his most famous stories, “Legend” and “Rip Van Winkle”; covered Aaron Burr’s treason trial for a newspaper; co-founded the literary magazine Salmagundi; coined the phrase “the almighty dollar,” as well as the nicknames “Gotham” for New York City and “Knickerbocker” for one of its residents; spawned the fiction that Christopher Columbus’ contemporaries believed the Earth to be flat; and, with his accounts of traditional Yorkshire Yuletide celebrations in his Bracebridge Hall stories, planted the seed of inspiration in Charles Dickens that would soon lead to the writing of A Christmas Carol.