HVSF to Hold “WillFest” on April 22

Free performances, screenings, workshops in Cold Spring

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will host its annual celebration of World Shakespeare Day on Saturday, April 22 with free performances, movie screenings, workshops and activities in Cold Spring.

WillFest events will take place at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, the Old VFW Hall, and at HVSF’s offices on Main Street.

Students from NYU’s Goddard Residential College Service Learning Program, led by Cold Spring resident and Our Town actor Megan Shea, will assist, and a number of businesses will offer discounts for WillFest participants.

For more information visit hvshakespeare.org.

WillFest Presenting Partners include the Cold Spring Film Society, Story Screen Beacon, Cold Spring Farmers’ Market, Garrison Union Free School, Haldane High School, United States Military Academy at West Point, The Middle Company, and Boscobel House and Gardens.

Free Performances

Noon – 3 p.m. at Cold Spring’s Waterfront featuring students from Garrison Union Free School, cadets from West Point’s Academy  Idol monologue competition and actors from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival company.

Free Workshops

3 – 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church Parish Hall including Stage Combat with fight choreographer Michael Irish featuring students from Haldane High School, Shakespeare Shakedown with The Middle Company and a family-friendly workshop with Lisa DiMarzo, Boscobel’s Museum Educator

Free Screenings

Shakespeare in Love, 3 p.m. at Old VFW Hall hosted by Story Screen Beacon, with pre-show trivia

Chimes at Midnight, 7 p.m. at Old VFW Hall hosted by Cold Spring Film Society, with pre-show discussion

Free Activities

9:30 -11 a.m. at HVSF Costume Photo Booth at Cold Spring Farmers’ Market (St. Mary’s Church)

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at HVSF office on Main Street – WillFest information and art making for all ages, plus information about HVSF’s summer season and tickets.

One thought on “HVSF to Hold “WillFest” on April 22

  1. It’s really too bad that they couldn’t have involved the merchants of Main Street in this endeavor. As usual, we are ignored even though it is our shops and eateries that bring in the tourists. There are many ways we could have collaborated but obviously, nobody from HVSF was interested.

    Here’s another idea that I suggested last year — how about having a parade to celebrate World Shakespeare Day? With all the talent that they have assembled, a wonderful parade with music and costumes would be easy to produce. It would be nice to see our local talent on display on Main Street.

    I will never understand why there is such a disconnect between certain groups in town and the merchants who support the Cold Spring economy.