A new myth & video from Troy, with Enjoy Troy Co. & this podcast.
NEW: ENJOY TROY DAY VIDEO 2020
Any Old Shoe Will Do, And Oh So Many Crows!
In anticipation of our annual celebration to start the New Year in Troy, this year on Enjoy Troy Day (eve), Enjoy Troy Co. writer-in-residence, Duncan Crary and his team of mirth makers has created a new custom out-of-old. Have a watch and join us this Sunday Jan. 5, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Footsy Magoo's, 17 First St. in Downtown Troy.
MODERN MYTH OF TROY
A Small American City
There is a small American City way up the Hudson River that was not always named Troy.
Before it had this name it had another and another.
Until one night, many years ago, when on the evening of January the Fifth, the people of this place met at a tavern — as they often did and still do today — and decided upon a new name, but yet a very old name from far far away.
And on that eve and on the evening of every January the fifth from that day on, anyone living in this place who leaves a shoe outside their door, any old shoe will do, will find it full of most wondrous tchotchkes and coins as they awake the next morning.
These gifts are left by The Forest Folk, who come in many guises and have many names around the world, in places new and old. In this place, now known as Troy, they come down from the hills, followed closely by the crows. And who can forget the crows? Oh so many crows!
So long as the people continue to gather in taverns and agree to the name, this place shall forever be known as TROY and any shoes ‘twas left out the night before will be filled with bounty to enjoy in Troy on January the Sixth.
[Please note: The Forest Folk fill shoes in exactly the same manner as your stockings are filled by Santa, also a native of Troy, NY.]
Story by Duncan Crary
Narration by Steve Ridler
Emily Menn - Forest Folk 1
Neil Wahab - Forest Folk 2
Anasha Cummings - Forest Folk 3
Costumes by Emily Menn, Golden Bough Design
Photography by Erin Pihlaja
Video Editing by Anasha Cummings, ACDC Static