Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration in Kingston

Date(s) - 11/25/2017
11:00 am-6:00 pm

Downtown Rondout Business District


On Saturday, November 25, 2017, the Kingston Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration, in its seventh year, will celebrate a little bit of its Dutch heritage and reprise its starring role as Spain in the story of Sinterklaas’ arrival in the Hudson Valley. A festive procession of giant puppets, stars, fish, flags, this year’s honored animal (the Elephant) and the great Hudson River itself will travel down Broadway to bring the beloved holiday story to life.

Leading up to the Send-Off Celebration Day, workshops will be held to make the Crowns and Branches that will be carried by children in the procession. In the workshops hundreds of handsome branches will be laid out alongside lots of beautiful and fanciful materials—jewels, ribbons, glitter, lace, streamers, — with which the children can create their Royal garb! The first Crowns & Branches workshop will be held at the Kingston Library on November 18 from 11am-3pm, then on Friday November 24 at the Hudson River Maritime Museum from 1-4pm.

On November 25, the Send-Off Celebration begins at 11am with the final Crowns & Branches Workshop at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. The children will then become Kings and Queens that day with their handmade decorated crowns and royalty with their branches representing the Royal Scepter.
Performances throughout the day begin at the Kingston Library at Noon with a special event featuring Parrots for Peace followed by open houses at many of the Waterfront businesses and a full schedule of events from storytelling, puppet shows to musical performances that will please both the young and old.
This year we introduce a new event, the Blessing of the Animals. Bring your pet to the Armadillo Restaurant patio and have your family’s honored animal blessed by Pastor Renee House of the Old Dutch Church. Although normally set aside for October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we know that Sinterklaas was also a caretaker of children and animals. Join us for this new tradition. (See attached schedule)

Don’t forget to participate in the Sinter Stroll, where strollers can visit merchants with special offers. Get your pass stamped to enter the drawing for a special prize of a large stuffed elephant and a restaurant gift certificate. Many of the businesses will have special events and offerings, tastings and sweet treats. The Storefront Galley will have an art exhibition featuring the honored animal, and look for the paintings and creations displayed up and down Broadway, created in Maria Lazo’s workshops at the Kingston Artists Collective and Café, My Kingston Kids and the Kingston High School art classes.

A tent in the garden next to Mariners’ Harbor will house the “Ask Me” table, elephant mask making area, ornament making to decorate the downtown tree, and the “Sinter” store with star lanterns, “Sinter” flags, chocolate letters and more. There will be face painting and carolers and the young ones can take a “whack” at the elephant piñata in the gazebo in Gallo Park. In addition to Sinterklaas, a colorful cast of characters will roam through Downtown all afternoon and the Trolley will run all day. Children and families will delight in seeing the Pocket Lady (a fanciful dowager who allows children to pick little surprises from the pocket of her coat), a group of roving Grumpuses (the wild men who guard Sinterklaas), Rip Van Winkle, the Man with Bells, Sinterella, the Mid-Hudson Juggling Club, WDST Radio Woodstock and more!

As the light begins to dim, the Children’s Maritime Parade will start their march down Broadway to the Rondout Creek, and as the crowd waves goodbye to Sinterklaas, he boards a tugboat that will deliver him to Spain (Rhinebeck). The evening culminates with a tugboat lighting ceremony in the yard of the Maritime Museum followed by the Sinterklaas Soiree at Mariners’ Harbor where we will dance to the music of the Gold Hope Duo.

November 25 Schedule
Kingston Library
11am Parrots for Peace

Arts Society of Kingston
12:30 Karen Pillsworth storytelling
1:30 Nancy Ruiz Salsa Dance Lessons
2:30 Mark Rust
3:30 Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine

Armadillo Restaurant
1:30pm Blessing of the Animals

Hudson River Maritime Museum Homeport Barn
11am-3:15pm Crowns and Branches Workshop
Doors close promptly at 3:15 in order to prepare for the parade

HRMM Boat Building School
12noon Sean the Prankster Magician
1pm Crazy Christine Balloons
2pm Ivy Vine Puppets

Gallo Park Gazebo
Break the Piñata

And for the Adults
Mariners’ Harbor
2pm Caprice Rouge
3pm Peter Halverson

New York Trolley Musem
12noon-3:30pm Ride the Trolley

Open Houses 12noon-4pm
”Ask Me” Tent Mariners’ Harbor Yard
Clove & Creek
Enchanted Cakes Cupcake Decorating
Hops Petunia
Jay Teske Leather
Karen Vetere Realty
Kingston Artist Collective- Puppet Show time tba
Milnes Cookie Decorating
On the Hill Antiques
Redstart Coffee
Savona’s Outdoor Patio Face Painting
The Storefront Gallery

And more!


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