KEYSER - Getting a start on Halloween comes on the heels of the Apple Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 5. Literally, on the heels, as the headless horseman will be chasing down Ichabod Crane at Sleepy Hollow, just up the road from Burlington.

KEYSER - Getting a start on Halloween comes on the heels of the Apple Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 5. Literally, on the heels, as the headless horseman will be chasing down Ichabod Crane at Sleepy Hollow, just up the road from Burlington.
Starting at dusk, about 6:30 p.m. – a half- hour before sunset, parents and children are invited to take in a live performance of Washington Irving's “Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
An adaptation of the story will be brought to life in an Indie On Main production at Flying Squirrel Ranch & Farm located at 134 Rada Road in Purgitsville – about half way to Morefield from either Romney or Keyser.
The event is a fund-raiser for The Indie On Main Charitable Trust, which promotes and supports artists and the arts by lowering barriers to participation and affordability.
The adaptation of Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman will be brought to life by Hayden Davis (Ichabod Crane) and Maggie Villeneuve (Headless Horseman)
Ichabod Crane, the principal character of the story, is a strict schoolmaster with just a few quirks. You and your children will be part of the classroom instruction that evening, as class meets in the barn at 6:30 p.m. sharp! Discipline will be enforced as Master Crane gives a short lesson in arithmetic and reading –nothing too hard as he knows “children are not very smart.”
He then will proceed to tell his pupils about his encounter with the very scary headless horseman which occurred upon his last visit with the Van Tassel family just down the hill in Sleepy Hollow.
The story is abruptly interrupted by a messenger serving an invitation to Ichabod Crane and his entire class to join the Van Tassels once again for a small celebration.
The group will board the hay wagon and head down the hill near the pond. There they will take a short path through the bog, while Ichabod continues with the legend. Following a torch-lit pathway through the field, the group encounters a number of curious creatures and characters –none too scary, but fun-like witches and goblins and your run-of-the-mill white-sheeted ghosts. On the way round the pond, suddenly out will charge the headless horseman on his mighty steed. Missing his head, he has a lit jack-o’-lantern in his hand. He takes chase after Ichabod. But don’t be alarmed! There is an escape. Ichabod will beg his class to quickly board the waiting hay wagon, taking all back up the hill to the safety of the barn. There, all safe and accounted for, everyone is invited to taste some fresh squeezed sweet sorghum juice and have a dipped caramel apple.
The event is open to the public, and especially families with younger children. Space is limited and reservations are suggested,
Flying Squirrel Ranch & Farm is located at 134 Rada Road in Purgitsville – about half way to Morefield from either Romney or Keyser just off of Route 220.
A suggested donation at the door of $10 a family will help benefit The Indie On Main Charitable Trust for its upcoming performance year.
For more information, please call 304-359-4254 or see the events posting on Facebook. No fee required when making a reservation online. Visit www.flyingsquirrelranch.com.