Category Archives: History

What’s Up Peekskill? What do beer, underwear, mustard & lighthouses have in common?

Nothing really, but they all happen this weekend.
Oh, and your beer is under there!
Under where?
Haha, made you say underwear.

Thursday, August 4 – Happy Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

@ Gleason’s – 9:00 pm

• Open mic night
with host Jess Erick
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

Friday, August 5 – Happy International Beer Day & Happy Underwear Day

homey in his undies

Pat Collins (acoustic set)
@ The Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• Joe Duraes & The Skills
@ Birdsall House in the beer garden – 5:00 pm

@ Paramount Theater – 9:00 pm

• Peekskill Rhythm Revue
@ Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Salsa night with Cuboricua 
@ Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

Dylan Doyle Band
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

Jessi Mason
@ Peeksill Brewery – 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday, August 6 – Happy Mustard & Fresh Breath Day!


• Hudson Valley Exposition
@ Riverfront Green Park – 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Shlomo Franklin (acoustic)
@ The Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• Premik Russell Tubbs
@ Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Joe Adami
@ Birdsall House in the beer garden – 5:00 pm

• Dead on Live
@ Paramount Theater – 9:00 pm

The Sundown Band
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• The Squids
@ Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Sunday, August 7 – Happy LightHouse Day

Tarrytown lighthouse and the old Tappan Zee Bridge

Solo Sun (acoustic)
@ The Peekskill Coffee House – 1:00 pm

Local Markets and Other Recurring Events

Free Weekend Shuttle
From the Peekskill Train Station to the Downtown Gazebo
sponsord by GoPeeksill
Fridays – 5:00 pm to Midnight
Saturdays – 10:00 am to Midnight
Sundays – 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Hudson River Cruises
From the Dock at Peekskill Riverfront Green
@ Trinity Cruises

Bicycle Rentals
On Water Street, a block from the train station, next to the Peekskill Brewery.
@ Pedal Peekskill

Gleason’s Riverfront Outpost pizza, beer, wine!
50 Hudson Avenue (Dylan’s Wine Cellar, on the yellow brick road),
4 pm – Closing

The Peekskill Farmer’s Market outdoors on Bank Street,
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, every Saturday.

• The Marketplace @ The Flatz featuring some of the best regional goods, crafts, eats, and more.

What’s Up Peekskill? LinCon!

That is cool! – Abe


“We hear that you will not abide the election of a Republican president! In that event, you say you will destroy the Union; and then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! That is cool. A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, ‘Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you and then you will be a murderer!”
– Abe Lincoln, February 27, 1860

Thursday, February 18th

• Live Band Karaoke
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

• Karaoke Night
with host Tina Machete
@ Gleason’s – 9:00 pm

Friday, February 19th

• The Blues Buddha Big Band featuring the Lagond All Stars
@ The Hudson Room – 9:30 pm

• Hannah Papadakos
@ The Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• Harry Rios & the Nippy Thieves
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

Simon Boyar
• Simon Boyar
@ Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 20th


Lincoln Remembrance Day co-sponsored by The Lincoln Society & the Lincoln Depot Museum
• Parade and re-enactment Ceremony – 1:30 PM, at the Exedra on South Street, then parade to Lincoln Depot Museum
• Lincoln Speech reenactment – 2:00 PM at Museum
• Guest Speaker and program presentation – 2:30 PM at Museum
•  Lecture and Book Signing – 2:45
•  Pub Crawl begins at Peekskill Brewery – 4:00

• Open mic music (hosted by Andy Rice)
@ The Peekskill Coffee House – 7:00 pm

• The Blue Dogs (blues)
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Doug Smith (jazz)
@ Division Street Grill – 7:30 pm

The Conigliaro Consort
•The Conigliaro Consort
@ Beanrunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

• Positive Energy
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

Sunday, February 21st

• Pat Collins  (acoustic set)
@ The Peekskill Coffee House – 1:00 pm

Greg Westhoff’s Westchester Swing Band – 5:30 pm
@ 12 Grapes


What’s up Peekskill? Better Get Carving Those Jack-o-Lanterns!


Thursday, Oct 22

• Sessions. The MAGIC happens here.
with JP Patrick & Friends, and featuring Johnny Feds on guitar
@12 Grapes – 8:30 PM

• Fred Gillen Jr.
@Birdsall – 9:00 PM

• Karaoke
karaoke cats
@Gleasons – 9:00 PM

• The David August Trio
@Hudson Room – 8:00 PM

Friday, Oct 23

• Come Fly with Me!
A celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday
with Greg Westhoff, and featuring vocalist Joe Carpentieri
frankie baby
@12 Grapes – 9:30 PM

• Frank Migliorelli & the Dirt Nappers
CD Release Party
@Beanrunner – 8:00 PM

• Over The Top
@Hudson Room – 10:00 PM

• Gino Vannelli
@Paramount – 8:00 PM

Saturday, Oct 24

• GA3
Amazing horn-driven Blues/Funk/Soul
featuring, Glenn Alexander, Tom Seguso, Chris Anderson, Steve Count, Rob Susman and Tony Orbach
@12 Grapes – 9:30 PM

Magnets, with Kim Clarke, Rob Scheps-sax, Bryan Carrot-vibraphone, Special guest-drums
@Beanrunner – 8:00 PM

• The Force
@Hudson Room – 10:00 PM

• The Garcia Project
@Paramount – 8:00 PM

• Austin Charnis
@Peekskill Coffee

Sunday, Oct 25

• Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
@Paramount – 7:00 PM

Embark Fall Foliage Cruise and Fundraiser 2015
@Trinity Cruises at Waterfront – 2:30 PM

• A special night of acoustic song!
with Leo Harmonay & Friends
@12 Grapes – 6:00 PM

Simpatico: Simply Pat Tomasso & Company
@Beanrunner – 4:00 PM

Underground Railroad Tour this Saturday!

We just got word that there will be an engaging and educational (engagucational?) tour of the parts of the Underground railroad in Peekskill:

A guided tour to the various sites that runaway slaves hid and found refuge in Peekskill. Re-enactors will bring to life the African-American slave struggle to be free and the important role Peekskill played in their quest for freedom. Visit the different sections of the Underground railroad, including the home of Henry Ward Beecher, a Preacher and Abolitionist, who had his summer home in Peekskill in which he constructed a tunnel to harbor and hide runaway slaves.

The cost is $20/person and reservations are highly recommended. You can do so by calling LaFern Joseph at 914-382-9226. (LaFern is the proprietor of the wonderful Fern Tree in downtown Peekskill.)

The tour begins at 1pm at the Lincoln Train Station and will go to 3pm or so. Sneakers and long pants are suggested as you will be walking in the woods.

A bit of Peekskill’s Revolutionary War History

Another installment of our semi-non-regular history lessons for Peekskill.

Found this nice write up on the battle of Fort Hill and the preservation efforts for the historic site on the Peekskill NY in Pictures Facebook page.

Peekskill’s Fort Hill Revolutionary War Battle Site.

‘Cause Peekskill Rocks!

Peekskill Summer Activities

Peekskill is a friendly town, and there’s lots to do if you’re looking for summer activities. Here are a few we think are worth a mention:

  • Hike or bike the Blue Mountain Reservation
    This 1,538-acre park right in Peekskill proper features miles of trails for mountain biking, strolling and nature study, and offers challenging hikes to the tops of two large peaks, Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain.
  • Take in a summer show or just chill by the water at Riverfront Green Park.  A great place to river watch, check out some cool sculptures, enjoy a picnic or bring the kids to the playground. There are nearby restaurants, bars, delis and an ice cream shop, so you don’t have to trek back to town.
  • Enjoy Peekskill and the Hudson Valley by getting out on the water for a relaxing cruise.
    trinity_1Trinity Cruise Company offers cruises from Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park through the Hudson Highlands.  Check their calendar for their regular schedule and special events such as the monthly Wine Tasting Cruise with Dylan’s Wine Cellar and the Brews & Blues Cruise with Peekskill Brewery growlers.
  • Stop by to watch an evening basketball game or enjoy the spray pool on a hot summer day. Main St. Peekskill.
  • Take a tour of Peekskill points of interest on “Stella” the Peekskill Trolly.