Westchester's only pirate festival expands this year to seven days Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. - Rollicking bands of pirates will be swashbuckling through Sleepy Hollow at Philipsburg Manor's July Fourth week-long festival, "Pirates of the Hudson: The Siege of Sleepy Hollow." This family friendly event produced by Historic Hudson Valley takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, and Wednesday through Sunday, July 4-8, from 2-8pm, and will feature a mother lode of activity including gypsy sword dancers, live pirate music courtesy of the Brigands and the Rogue Blades, and other entertaining scallywags, who will interact with visitors and skirmish amongst themselves throughout the day. Dr. Grymm is curating a Museum of Oddities featuring sea mysteries including not one but two ‘real-life' captured mermaids. Adults and kids alike can trade barbs with a clever, talkative parrot and test their aim while trying to sink a ship in the game of Davy Jones' Revenge. Kids can get a temporary glitter tattoo in Molly Rogers Tattoo Hut from a professional artist, take part in Princess Marina's treasure hunt, wiggle their way through a huge pirate shipwreck, and learn to act and mix it up like a pirate. Those brave enough to commit to a pirate's life begin their training by "going on the account" and pledging to live forever more as a pirate. Once "branded" a pirate, recruits get to practice proper pirate behavior. A blacksmith will handcraft tools of the pirate trade like grappling hooks and boarding axes. Produced by the same team that creates the haunted October blockbuster Horseman's Hollow, Pirates of the Hudson showcases the merchant history of Philipsburg Manor - originally the seat of a 52,000-acre commercial empire - through the lens of a hearty pirate festival. "As merchants heavily involved in the trans-Atlantic trade, the Philipse family had extensive dealings with pirates and privateers," said Thom Thacker, Philipsburg Manor site director. "This event is a fun way to celebrate that history and make those connections for visitors in a festival atmosphere." Draft brews from event sponsor Captain Lawrence Brewing Company of Elmsford will be available, as well as a multitude of pirate-themed culinary creations from Tastefully Yours of Briarcliff Manor. The Thieves Market gives visitors the opportunity to bag exclusive Pirates of the Hudson booty including t-shirts, mugs, place mats, postcards, and magnets, as well as classic pirate accessories such as eye patches, hooks, swords, jewelry, and bandannas. Other offerings include pirate chests, pirate watches, pirate cookies, pirate flags, huge octopus and colorful blowfish stuffed animals, and a comprehensive selection of books for all ages. Event admission is by advance timed ticket and all experiences are continuous throughout the afternoon. Tickets are available on the hour beginning at 2 p.m each day. The last admission is at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $16 for adults and $12 for children under 18. Members of Historic Hudson Valley receive a $5 discount per ticket. Pirates of the Hudson is held rain or shine. Proceeds benefit Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based non-profit educational organization which owns and operates Philipsburg Manor. You can follow the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PiratesHudson and on Twitter www.twitter.com/HHValley using hashtag #PiratesHudson Philipsburg Manor is at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. For information and tickets: 914-631-8200, http://www.hudsonvalley.org/.