Bringing on the River

7 January 2016
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We bring the river to Bronxville students January 14th, and the Cold Spring students February 19th. Once they hear from us they’ll know why the Hudson flows both ways, who wrote Yankee Doodle along the river, and what imps do in the Highlands.

Here’s Rich & Jonathan with Cold Spring fourth graders in 2015
HRR @ Haldane 2015

Yankee Doodle Fourth of July

28 April 2015
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Kids step into the Revolutionary song "Soldier, Soldier" with the Ramblers at the New-York Historical Society July Fourth Celebration.

Kids step into a Revolutionary song “Soldier, Soldier” with the Hudson River Ramblers at the New-York Historical Society July Fourth Celebration.

Celebrate the Fourth of July!

Join us at the New-York Historical Society that Saturday, for an authentic fun family experience. Step into history with story & song!

◊ Get the story behind “Yankee Doodle” and sing too.  ◊Help tear down the statue of “King George” and find his horse’s tail. Learn about Washington’s Tantrum on Broadway. ◊Hear the story of the New York teen girl who out rode Paul Revere.◊Drink in “Revolutionary Tea”

 Feel proud of our country’s origins.

“America’s First River” in story & song – the Hudson River Ramblers

24 June 2013
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Crompond "Redcoat" kids at Encampment Day with Jonathan & Rich.

Crompond “Redcoat” kids at Encampment Day with Jonathan & Rich.

The Hudson River Ramblers, regaled fourth graders at Crompond Elementary with stories and songs of the American War for Independence.   Jonathan Kruk & Rich Bala told the meaning behind Yankee Doodle, getting the kids to sing too.  Students learned of the teen girl who out rode Paul Revere, and joned in on a battle song marking victory at Saratoga.  The kids also relished tales of Hessians with “four rows of teeth” and helped hail George Washington with (root beer) toast.

A lively learning time for all!

June ’13, Tunes ‘n Tales

2 June 2012
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The Hudson River Ramblers

twenty thirteen…

Summer Shows … 

Come listen to live local entertainment!

June 30th –   “PIRATE PICNIC” – Beacon, NY 
Fourth of July –  “New-York Historical Society Family Celebration” with Rich, Jonathan and Benj. Franklin
July 28th – “Cortlandt Manor’s 225th Anniversary Celebration”  
August 1st – “Spirits on the Hudson” Haunted history; imps, pirates and patriots
August 31st – “From Storm King, to Kaaterskill-The Hudson River School in Story & Song” Olana, Hudson, NY

Ramblin’ to Plattekill, Port Chester & Rye …

14 May 2012
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Why does the Hudson flow both ways?  What does the Hudson river have to do with Yankee Doodle, Why did Sloops once linger in Newburgh Bay?  The Hudson River Ramblers answer all these questions for fourth and fifth graders and more this Spring.

Visiting Plattekill and Port Chester Schools, they present “Once Upon the Hudson” “Once Upon the Hudson” Guide. It’s a lively performance journey showing how the Hudson became “America’s First River.”

Later, the Ramblers will visit Rye Brook with their new program addressing bullying with inspiration from the American Revolution. Don’t Tread on Me – Revolutionary Character. Timely tales tunes and a workshop!

Bala & Kruk Crossing the Delaware

24 April 2012
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WASHINGTON’S CROSSING, NJ –  April 27, 2012 – 11:30am & 1:30pm   

Local school children visiting the noted site where George Washington crossed the Delaware, Christmas 1776, will enjoy the Hudson River Ramblers, performing at the “Sheep to Shawl” festival.  Spinning stories and songs from good olde colonie days, the dashing duo plan to enchant kids into stepping back in time for a good time!

Hudson River Ramblers ~ Holidays | History Teachers Conference | School Shows 2012

2 August 2011
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Performing "Revolution on the River" at Van Wyck House, the Ramblers showed why Fishkill was important during the fight for Independence.

The Hudson Ramblers~Turn traditional songs, straight from the source stories,into engaging performances!

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Ramblers “paused”to offer traditional December holiday stories and songs, with a touch of the Hudson, at the Ruth Keeler Library, in North Salem, NY



Click here for our “Once Upon the Hudson” Performance Program –Teacher & Student Guide

Social Studies Teachers ~ Meet the Hudson River Ramblers–  December 9th, 2011 White Plains Westchester History Teachers Conference.

REVOLUTION on the RIVER! -Garden City Middle School  LI.  December 13th

How did George Washington save the new nation by putting on his spectacles? The Ramblers can tell you.

How can singing “Yankee Doodle” help stop bullying?           Let the Rich & Jonathan show you.


The Ramblers know why the Hudson flows both ways. But they don't know how to crop this photo on wordpress!










(L.I.) SOUND songs & stories – Mamaroneck Harbor Festival, NYHIMA Conference

16 May 2011
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JUNE 5th – The famed family friendly Mamaroneck Harbor Festival features your
Hudson River Ramblers at 3, 4, & 5pm. Performing local lore, sea shanties you can singalong and haul away to, a skit, a plus a roystering and real pirate song about Captain Kidd! Click “festival for info, and come out for some fun!
The W.E. Cottle School, Eastchester – will reward their hard working test taking fourth graders with a show by the Hudson River Ramblers. Once Upon the River – Songs and Stories of the magical Hudson!

JUNE 6thN.Y.H.I.M.A. conference at the Rye, NY Hilton features the Ramblers! We highlight the historic Hudson Valley in a specially tailored performance.

Read about Ramblers 2010 Wrap-Up…

29 December 2010
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Our top 5 highlights! New Programs! Discount News!
2010 HRR Wrap up

Singing a shanty!

REVOLUTIONARY CHARACTER – Action, Bullying, & Character – our new workshop

13 September 2010
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Dear Teachers,
A revelation on the river came to the Hudson River Ramblers at our summer workshop for NYSDEC’s annual “Teaching the Hudson Valley” conference. Discussing ways to better show the Hudson River’s role in the American Revolution, teacher’s suggested we show character. We agree.

What can the American Revolution teach students? Is there something for them beyond the names and dates? How about character, leadership and how to deal with bullies?

Introducing, Revolutionary Character – finding inspiration in the stories and songs of those who fought for American Independence along the Hudson River. A new workshop for students by The Hudson River Ramblers.
It’s our noted performance program (based on our award winning CD Revolution on the River) followed up by our “A.B.C.” Workshop.
Revolution on the River – is an interactive performance in story and song of the American Revolution along the Hudson River. The Ramblers introduce students to New York’s tea parties. They dramatize what mocking meaning behind “Yankee Doodle” showing how it was written on the banks of the Hudson. Students will sing along on the choruses of battle songs from Stony Point to Saratoga. They’ll meet the teen girl who out rode Paul Revere. They’ll learn how George Washington “made a spectacle of himself” along the Hudson to hold together the new nation.
For a quick preview of some possible performance selections click here.
The “A.B.C.” Workshop
A = Action. What actions do you take to rise to a demanding occasion, to even become a leader? Following Sybil Ludington’s Ride.
B = Bullies. How do you deal with them? Look at how “Yankee Doodle” addressed British bullying.
C = Character. What kind of character did it take to create an independent country? Look at the character of George Washington, Benedict Arnold, Margret “Molly Pitcher” Corbin, and even your local heroic character.

Workshop Details
This workshop meets and exceeds NYS social studies and and arts in education standards, especially for fourth and seventh grade students.
45 minutes for one or two classes
$125. per workshop, up to three a day. The workshop must follow up on our assembly performance, Revolution on the River.

A preparatory activity guide, tailored to your interests, is provided.

Workshop Activities
Ask the experts, the Hudson River Ramblers –
Q & A with Jonathan and Rich

Creative Drama Skit
“British Bullies or Patriot Pleasers? Students in two groups role play British Tories taunting American Patriots with “Yankee Doodle.” Key vocabulary is explained. Students brainstorm responses to the bullying, and compare and contrast with actual song verses.

British – (sing in a teasing voice)
Yankee Doodle went to town, for to buy a fire lock.
We will tar and feather him likewise we will John Hancock!

American – (hopeful or sassy)
Father and I went down to camp, along with Captain Gooding.
There we saw the men and boys as thick as hasty pudding.
We will tar and him likewise we will John Hancock.

Partner Problem Solving
Sybil get up and ride! Two students partner and do a skit on what it would really be like at home if your parents wanted you to go out on a special errand. How would you persuade Sybil to ride?

Role Model Washington
– What Would George Do? The Ramblers share a few very short true tales about Washington. Students are guided to write on how they act like George.

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