|Author and storyteller Jonathan Kruk
photo by Todd Atteberry
Listen in to Fieldstone Common this week as host Marian Pierre-Louis talks to Jonathan Kruk, author of Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley.
Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the best-known works of American literature. But what other myths lie hidden behind the landscape of New York’s Hudson Valley? Imps cause mischief on the Hudson River; a white lady haunts Raven Rock, Major Andre’s ghost seeks redemption and real headless Hessians search for their severed skulls. Storyteller Jonathan Kruk tells these and other tales of the lore of the Hudson Valley–the stories that have created an atmosphere of mystery that helped inspire Irving’s legend.
Studying English, and educational theater, Kruk earned a B.A. from Holy Cross College, and a M.A. from New York University. He performed Ritual Urban Theater with Gabrielle Roth, and entertained at over 1000 children’s birthday parties. The Freeport Schools on Long Island made him storyteller in residence. Now, he enchants children every year at hundreds of schools, libraries, historic sites and festivals performing finger fables, story theater and New York lore.
His book Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley was published in 2011 by The History Press. He has keynoted for New York State reading teachers, environmental educators, national native plants conference, and the Hudson River Quadricentennial, and American Revolution’s 225th anniversary.