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Contact: Stefania Jozic, Innkeeper, 5180589-5560
“Rip Van Winkle” at Washington Irving Inn
HUNTER, NY—Step back in time and celebrate the Holiday Season amidst festive decorations and an 11 foot Christmas tree in the historic Washington Irving Inn, ca. 1890, on Sat., Dec. 13,2008. From 2-3 PM on that date, acclaimed painter and illustrator Thomas Locker will join forces with Windham storyteller Carol Spear to present a holiday presentation of Irving’s legendary “Rip Van Winkle.” After the story, Thomas Locker will be on hand to discuss his version of this world-renowned story, which is back in print by popular demand.
Thomas Locker is a renowned author and artist who has earned several distinctions for his children's books, including the Parent's Choice Award for Illustration, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. He is the illustrator of thirty books for children, many of which he also wrote, including Walking with Henry: Based on the Life and Works of Henry David Thoreau . His books have received many awards, including the John Burroughs Award, NCTE Notable Trade Books in the Language Arts, NSTA-CBS Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, the Christopher Award, and others. He makes his home in a small village at the edge of the Hudson River.
In his adaptation of Washington Irving's beloved story, acclaimed painter Thomas Locker takes one of America's favorite legends and combines it with the beauty of the rugged Catskill High Peaks. Rip Van Winkle, a poor farmer, is out hunting one day when he comes upon a strange group of gnome-like men playing ninepins. When Rip samples their brew, he falls into a deep sleep for 20 years, eventually awakening as a bearded old man in a very different world. This classic tale is brought to life through the unique artistry of Locker, who has made more than 20 trips to the Catskills to study and paint the magnificent landscape in which the story is set.