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Yorktown 250 Debuts This Man’s A Spy! Free Family Show at Railroad Park

August 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

FREE

On Saturday, August 6, between 11am-12pm, the Yorktown Heritage Preservation Commission (YHPC) / Yorktown 250 and Revolutionary Westchester 250/This Man’s A Spy! will commemorate the role of Yorktown in the American Revolution with the debut of a family-friendly program of history through songs.  Inspired by the fateful encounter between two of the American Revolution’s most intriguing characters, American General Benedict Arnold and British Major John André, the This Man’s a Spy! show will be performed in Railroad Park by local award-winning duo, Carla Lynne Hall and Jim Keyes.  Carla and Keyes will introduce the André / Arnold story in an interactive discussion with the audience, introducing the characters through music.  This free program of songs is appropriate for children ages 6+ and history enthusiasts as well.  Should the weather be inclement, the program will be held on August 13, 11am.

Revolutionary Westchester 250 (RW250, https:rw250.org/), under the leadership of President Constance Kehoe, is active across Westchester County building awareness and excitement about the local events, people, ideas and places associated with the American Revolution in Westchester.  The United States Semiquincentennial (250th) Commission Act of 2016 and the New York State 250th Commemoration Act, passed in 2022, and RW250, all recognize the importance of 2026, the year that will mark the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution and the founding of the United States.

In support of this effort, RW250 launched an aptly named initiative – This Man’s A Spy! – about the nationally famous attempted treason of General Benedict Arnold / Major John André.  This initiative is co-chaired by Lynn Briggs and Bob Fetonti.  The YHPC / Yorktown 250, also chaired by Lynn Briggs, is hosting the This Man’s A Spy! show for families, one of several Revolutionary War programs in Yorktown this year.

Carla and Keyes perform in costume will be available afterwards for questions, discussion and photographs.   The lyrics tell the story of the plot to deliver West Point to the British. The importance of the Arnold and André plot is remembered to this day. Had their plan succeeded, the British could have won the Revolutionary War.

The songs introduce other important players of the story, Peggy Shippen, Benedict Arnold’s wife, local Patriot militiaman, John “Jack” Peterson, a free African-American man who helped thwart Major André’s escape back to the British lines and the three patriot militiamen, Isaac Van Wart, David Williams, and John Paulding, who captured Andre in Tarrytown.

“This musical presentation is the continuation of many events and commemorations,” said Commission Chair, Lynn Briggs. “Carla and Keyes have created a new perspective of the Arnold and André story that we are excited to share with Yorktown families.” 

The YHPC is partnering with the Town of Yorktown, Yorktown Parks and Recreation, Yorktown Small Business Association, Yorktown Historical Society, and the Yorktown Arts + Culture Committee. While admission is free, donations are welcomed.

The Yorktown Heritage Preservation Commission thanks the Town of Yorktown for providing this location for the concert.  Railroad Park is located at 1826 Commerce Street, with parking available nearby.

For more information on the Yorktown Heritage Preservation Commission, our Landmarks and our Homes of Historic Distinction Programs, please visit our Facebook page and/or our webpage (https://www.yorktownny.org/hpc).

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Date:
August 6
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
FREE
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Website:
https://www.yorktownny.org/hpc

Venue

Railroad Park
1826 Commerce Street
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
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