With pleasant weather forecast this weekend, four events promise to draw crowds to Peekskill and Croton-on-Hudson and Cortlandt -- a horse show, Irish festival, fall festival and community swap event and furniture drive.
The Rotary Club of Peekskill hosts its 42nd annual Horse Show & Country Fair on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, rain or shine.
There will be pony and hay rides, live music, bounce and slide rides, a food tent, Masonic child ID program, arts and crafts, pumpkins, pies, apples and more.
The 4th Annual Hudson Valley Irish Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, rain or shine, at the Peekskill Riverfront Park. A free trolley shuttle will be available from the Rotary horse show and downtown Peekskill from 1:30 to 6 p.m.
For those planning to take the train, the festival site is conveniently next to the Metro-North Peekskill Station.
The lineup this year includes Black 47, Jameson's Revenge, Girsa, Peekskill's Tim Murphy, and Just2 from Ireland. There will be traditional Irish music, dance, art, crafts and song, massed pipe bands, a kids activity area and more.
A $10 donation is recommended; kids under 12 years old are admitted free.
For information, go to www.hudsonvalleyirishfest.com
The Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the Croton Business Council also are hosting and afternoon and evening of fun, food, music, a movie and loads of goodies and treats. The Fun Fall Festival will be held at Old Post Road and Vassallo Park on Saturday, Sept. 22. The street fair runs from 3 to 7 p.m. at Old Post Road. The Fabulous Sixties Band performs from 4 to 6 p.m. at Vassallo Park and a screening of the movie "Rudy" starts at 6:45 p.m. at Vassallo Park.
The Town of Cortlandt's Community Swap Event and Furniture Drive runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Muriel H. Morabito Community Center, 29 Westbrook Dr., Cortlandt Manor.
The swap event is an opportunity to find new homes for items you no longer need and pick up items you can use. All items are free. Participants are asked to bring clean, reusable, portable items to share, except clothing. Items to donate or share include books, housewares, toys and games, media items, CDs and DVDs, arts and crafts, sports good and pet supplies.
Participants can drop off items from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday or from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.