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Rip Van Winkle Awakens…..Again! …..

  • Mountaintop Historical Society 5132 Rt. 23A Haines Falls, NY (map)

The Mountain Top Historical Society will celebrate the second annual Local History Day/Open House on Saturday, August 20, with the help of several historical societies and museums. It will feature presentations and other activities for all to enjoy.

The program will feature the legend of Rip Van Winkle, the iconic character created by early 19th century author Washington Irving. Sleepy Rip will awaken to take part in the festivities centering on his famous story and will preside over a real game of Nine Pins! 

Black Dome Press has produced a new edition of Rip’s tale that will be ready for signing by the old man himself. Jim Planck is preparing an illustrated talk about the influence of the legend of Rip Van Winkle on tourism in the Catskills. Prints related to Rip will be on display in the U & D Train Station. The ever-popular Rip Van Winkle puppet show will be a special part of the day for children. Storyteller Carol Spear will add her special embellishments to Rip's tale for the young and the young at heart. Paul Misko will present a local history quiz to challenge what you know about Mountain Top History and Rip. And he will loan us a 16-foot handcrafted bowling alley, providing fun for the entire family.

New this year is a Book Tent. Several local authors will sell and sign books, including Johanna and Robert Titus (The Catskills, A Geological Guide, 4th edition), Larry  Tompkins (Out Windham Way), David and Wanda Dorpfeld (Legendary Locals of Greene County) and Dede Thorpe and Cyndi LaPierre (Around Hunter). Steve Hoare/Black Dome Press will also be in the Book Tent with a wide selection of local history books.

Once again representatives of local history organizations will fill the Red Barn with colorful displays related to the history of several Mountain Top towns. The Windham Historical Society, the Lexington Historical Society, the Pratt Museum, the Eastkill Valley Historical Association, the Empire State Railway Museum, Old Edwardsville Preservation Society, the Haines Family Association and the Catskill Center are among the participants. The Visitors’ Center and Archives Room will be open.

There will be music, food and fun for the whole family. Check our website,, for additional details as they become available. The day starts at 11:00 a.m. and will end at 5:00 p.m. Please join us as we share our history and our beautiful campus.