Bannerman Castle Seasonal Tours and Special Events

In addition to Melissa McGill’s Constellation, Bannerman Island, also known as Pollepel, will host a series of concerts and other special events throughout the summer through Oct. 31. The island is also available for private functions/rentals.

The Bannerman Castle Trust Inc., in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, provides public tours of Bannerman Castle and Pollepel Island. Available tours consist of guided walking tours on the island with access either by passenger boat or as part of a guided kayak excursion.

Tours depart from Beacon (kayak or passenger boat), Cold Spring (kayak) and Cornwall-on-Hudson (kayak). Reservations are required for all tours. Wear comfortable shoes, as there is some rough terrain on the walking tours (and a 72-step climb). Strollers cannot be accommodated. Tours depart rain or shine.

Seasonal boat tours run weekends through Oct. 31 and depart at 11 a.m. from Beacon. Tickets are $35, with advance purchase required.

Special Events Schedule

July 4: Picnic Bash departs Beacon at noon. Entertainment features DaProf N Starr, combining Celtic old-time, original tunes and humor. $75. Menu includes fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers, corn bread, pasta salad, potato salad, veggie burgers, green salad, dessert, etc.

July 19: Mezzo-soprano and soprano Lorraine Helvick and Danielle Davis, Sultry Sirens. Operatic arias from the stage and screen to the gardens of Bannerman Island.

Aug. 8, 9: Broadway Concert on Bannerman Island, Man of La Mancha. Departs Beacon at 3 and again at 4:15 p.m.

Aug. 16: Storyteller Jonathan Kruk, Lore of the Hudson Highlands — Mysteries, Histories and Spirits.

Aug. 22, 23: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company presents the OBIE award-winning play An Iliad, by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, starring Kurt Rhoads. Departs Beacon at 3 and again at 4:15 p.m.

Sept. 12: Bannerman Island Chefs fundraising Farm Fresh Dinner. Mid-Hudson Chefs Consortium cooks up a gourmet dinner. Enjoy a five-course meal served up from local farm-fresh ingredients, cooked by five noted Hudson Valley chefs. $135. Departs Beacon at 3 and again at 4:15 p.m.

Sept. 20: The Costellos

Oct. 18: Back by popular demand, the King’s Highlanders Bagpipes Band. Join Peter Walker and the King’s Highlanders as they recreate the field music of the Highland Regiments of the 18th century.

For tickets and more information for all events as well as cruises, visit, or call 855-256-4007 or their ticketing agency, Zerve, at 800-979-3370.

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