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Better than an audiobook: Start your Halloweekend with a listen to this retelling of ‘Sleepy Hollow’

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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Do your kids need to settle down before a sugar-infused round of trick-or-treating? Does your spooky drive down an abandoned road need a soundtrack? Do you just want to get into the Halloweekend mood?

A pleasing land of drowsy head it was. Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye; And of gay castles in the clouds that pass;Forever flushing round a summer sky. Castle of Indolence.

We have the perfect audio for you: excerpts from a dramatic retelling of the classic “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” from local historic interpreter, Anne Williams.

No, that does not mean Johnny Depp is involved. Nor those other folks at Disney or Fox. This is the real deal.

Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman, however, are just as entertaining in the story, originally written by American author Washington Irving and first published in 1820.

You should know that Williams, of Kirkwood, recites these stories from memory. You can find her reciting stories throughout the area during the Halloween season, at Christmastime and on Independence Day.

Listen to Part II of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," as told by local historical interpreter Anne Williams.

Happy Haunting!

“Cityscape” is produced by Mary EdwardsAlex Heuer, and Kelly Moffitt. The show is sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.    

Kelly Moffitt joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2015 as an online producer for St. Louis Public Radio's talk shows St. Louis on the Air.

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