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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Halloween/Birthday Giveaway!

Greetings everyone!

Sorry it's been a while since my last post, but it's been a busy autumn so far. I've attended a few weddings, began work on Desires of a Dark Lord and Ashes of Reckoning (Book 3 in the Mythic Series).

Since Halloween is quickly approaching, I thought to giveaway a very interesting prize. Halloween happens to by my birthday as well, so call it a double celebration for a lucky winner. ;)

The last wedding I attended took place in upstate New York. During the drive to the destination, I noticed signs pointing toward the famous Village of Sleepy Hollow. If you're not familiar, you need to read Washington Irving's classic horror tale (and a very good read) or watch the Johnny Depp movie for additional eye candy, but nothing is more satisfying than the original tale.

I'm not sure why the location of Sleepy Hollow slipped my mind, seeing as it tops the list of places I'd like to visit. So, on the way back from the wedding, I managed to convince my husband to take a small excursion to the town of the Headless Horseman and the schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane.

Upon entry into the village town, it looked like any other small town I've visited in the tri-state area. A main street where neighborhood shops and boutiques are decorated for Halloween, beckoning patrons inside their doors to browse their selction of offerings, a modern middle/high school, animal hospital, restaurants, pubs and an auto repair shop. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Though the fact that the Headless Horseman is the official symbol for the Sleepy Hollow Chamber of Commerce earned a chuckle.

Further down the main road, the area's historic landmarks came into view. First, I entered the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. I really wish I had more time for this as I would've loved to have located Washington Irvin's tombstone, but when the tombstones date back to the 1600s, you can imagine that this cemetery is the size of a small town. A rather quiet small town, if you know what I mean.

Then there's the Old Dutch Church, referenced in Irving's story that still stands today. Some of these landmarks really are breathtaking and if you appreciate the visual aspect of some of your favorite stories, Sleepy Hollow is a place to visit. And if you decide to do so, plan ahead. I'll definitely return more informed. Next stop...SALEM!

If you can't make the visit to the popular town, you're in luck! For Halloween/my birthday, I'm giving away a cauldron that contains a paperback copy of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, a Headless Horseman Sleepy Hollow magnet acquired during my trip, a few post cards of landmarks in the town, candy/treats, and some autographed swag from yours truly.

How to enter: Comment telling me either your favorite Halloween destination or one you've always wanted to visit during Halloween and why. Good Luck to all of the commenters. Contest ends at midnight EST (New York time) on November 1st.


Moira said...

arI've always wanted to go to Salam, Mass. I think at halloween the town would be decorated fantastic and the history of the withch trails have always been somethig I've read, even some of the new scientific reports about a diasease in the corn causing Halloseginic reactions.

bn100 said...

Happy birthday! I'd like to visit New Orleans for Halloween.


Pyper541 said...

Good call ladies have to agree with both and add Winchester mystery house, London England, and also Alcatraz on Halloween, or just in general.

Hope you have a wonderful birthday Jae, thanks for the giveaway and pics of Sleepy Hollow, I'd definately like to visit there too. Might be moving to Illinois in March so I'm going to have to visit Winchester and Alcatraz before I leave the West coast and work on Salem, Sleepy Hollow and another trip to NOLA after the move.

Mai said...

Oohhh I would have to agree with Moira. I'm a scaredy cat so I don't do scary movies, houses, trips, ect. but I would love to experience the witch trails outside of the books.

Happy birthday to you Jae, and happy Halloween! You must have had the best birthday parties on the 31st, jealous lol :-)


Teresa K. said...

Oh Jae Lynne,
You so know where I go for Halloween. I love being in New Orleans that time of year. The city is so full of vibe and you can feel the mystery and mysterious in the air.
While your there make sure you take the Haunted City tour and the Vampire tour. You can definitely understand it's a must to be there at Halloween.
Don't forget to take the cementary tours also. Some of those graves are so old. Especially Marie Leveau grave.

Happy Birthday Jae Lynne and Happy Halloween!

Teresa K.

Sandy said...

3rd time is a charm.
SALEM!! Did I hear someone scream road trip? That would be awesome! Always wanted to go to SALEM during the Halloween. I know I am scared of my own shadow but with supportive friends it can be fun.
New Orleans all year around is awesome. During Halloween is amazing!
A hay ride is sleep hallow is cool this time of year. Just driving around the area and walking around town is amazing.
Happy Birthday!

Jae Lynne Davies said...

Sorry so late in posting this everyone! Hurricane Sandy and now Nor'Easter Athena are really throwing a kink into my plans.

Anyhow, the winner of the Sleepy Hollow giveaway is...Teresa K.!

Did I mention there's a bottle of HARD pumpkin apple cider in the cauldron? YUM!

Thanks for playing!