Date(s) - 12/06/2019
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Uptown Stockade District
Uptown Kingston will usher in the holiday season with its annual Snowflake Festival on Friday December 6th. This year promises to dazzle guests of all ages with an array of holiday-themed performances, exhibitions, entertainment and open stores offering treats and warm beverages to all visitors. The Snowflake Festival will start at 6pm thru 8pm with both indoor and outdoor attractions throughout the Historic Stockade District.
The Snowflake Festival is organized by the Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA). Visitors are encouraged to explore Uptown’s charming, historic streets as they are decorated and filled with live entertainers including magicians, horse-drawn carriages, fire torch jugglers, carolers, ice sculptures and much more. The Festival will have a main stage with live performances as well as a special Bike Raffle. And the highlight of the evening will be the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Clause on an antique fire truck along with their elves and the lighting of the tree on Wall and North Front Streets. Santa will then settle-in on the Senate House grounds to listen to children who wish to meet him and Mrs. Claus.
According to this year’s Snowflake Festival co-chair Julie Jordan, “Uptown will really sparkle this year with all the planned events and activities. We have something for everyone planned –it’s a not-to-be-missed event of the season!” For additional information about the event, a full list of activities and events, and sponsors and hosts, visit kingstonuptown.org.
Presenting Sponsors: – Mainetti and Mainetti PC and Ulster Savings Bank
SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT
New for 2019 Snowflake Festival
Bond Street Stilt Band:
Bond Street Theatre’s Shinbone Alley Stilt Band from NYC has energized festivals around the world since 1982. With dynamic stilting and an eclectic repertoire of holiday tunes, the Stilt Band has delighted audiences in Japan, China, Turkey, Brazil, Israel and across Europe and the USA.
Most of their 5-player gigs have 3 or 4 on stilts with instrumentation generally being drums, trumpet, trombone, and 2 saxophones. For the Snowflake Festival they will be costumed in their Cozmic Jazz fashion featuring seasonal tunes such as Santa is Coming to Town, Here comes Santa Claus, Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph, Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree and so much more.
The Stilt Band will be strolling the Uptown streets throughout the festival.
Paris the Hip Hop Juggler
Paris, given the nickname “The Hip Hop Juggler” by Al Roker himself, has been dazzling audiences with his brand of juggling for over a decade. His combination of style, interactive stunts, witty comedy, and world class juggling talent is sure thing to make the Snowflake Festival a hit. In addition to bringing his talents to the The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Sesame Street, and The White House, Paris has also gained critical acclaim for his juggling instruction, teaching at hundreds at conventions, corporations, and training world famous illusionist David Blaine for his “Electrified” stunt that was performed live in New York City. You can even catch him juggling in the 2018 global hit music video “No Me Acuerdo” with latin music sensations Thalía and Natti Natasha. Paris is constantly traveling the nation performing his act for corporate, colleges, state fairs, and special events.
Paris will be performing at the Old Dutch Church at 6:30, 7pm, 7:30pm
Hudson Valley Strawberry Fiddlers
The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers are teens from the Hudson Valley. They are string students from local schools, who come together to learn, arrange, rehearse and perform traditional tunes. The program is sponsored by Stringendo, a community music school for strings.
The fiddlers who are classically trained, meet weekly during the school year. They learn tunes of many genres, and in addition, do some singing and clogging. Stringendo’s traditional music program is dedicated to community service, and committed to passing tunes on to the next generation. The fiddlers perform often for concert series, community events, school groups and seniors in the Hudson Valley.
The “Strawberries” have made several music tours, sharing their music in Scotland, England, Nova Scotia, Louisiana, Missouri, Minnesota, and New England states. Their Music Director is chelsea Needham and they will be performing at 7pm in the Senate Garage.
Key of Q Chorus
Key of Q is a small, friendly group of LGBTQ and allied singers who travel from all corners of the Hudson Valley to blend their voices and perform beautiful a cappella music together. Formed at the beginning of 2016, they focus on mostly-modern secular music in four-part harmony. They will be performing in Citizens Bank on Wall Street.
Snowflake Festival QR Code Scavenger Hunt
To get started, participants download a QR Code Reader app onto their mobile phones (no wifi necessary). Then they start hunting to find the QR codes that have been put on display throughout the festival. They will follow the hints to get to the next clue. When the scavenger hunt is completed correctly, all participants can collect their special prize at the Information Tent located on the corner of Wall and North Front Streets.
The Ice Man will be carving a GIANT Snowflake right in front of our eyes at the festival. In addition there will be an ice selfie area and interactive snowflake toss game.
Back Again by Popular Demand:
Festival of Lights
Located at the historic site of the Senate House Grounds and sponsored by the Friends of the Senate House the Festival of Lights will be a wonderland of dancing lights. Chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be greeting children in the barn. The highly anticipating traditional horse and carriage ride through the streets of uptown will be waiting for you to board at the corner of John and Fair Streets.
Main Stage Performers:
Bard College Dancers
KHS Brass Ensemble
Uptown Vintage Jazz Dancers
NYCA Victorian Carolers
The NYCA Victorian Carolers, led by Carnegie-Mellon University Vocal Music graduate, Douglas Farrell,have been the featured performers at premiere openings for Disney Company, Ford Foundation for Social Justice, New York City’s Central Park, ABC, NBC, Mohonk Mountain House, Brotherhood Winery, Woodstock Holiday Open House and private parties. They will be strolling the Uptown streets during the festival dressed in period costumes singing traditional favorites.
The Heat Miser will be on North Front Street juggling fire torches and eating flames…a crowd favorite!
Fireman’s Hall & Museum Open House
Families can tour the museum and see the fire trucks on display while munching on specialty cookies and hot chocolate.
Coach House Players
They will be dressed in period costumes entertaining families in the lobby of Ulster Savings Bank while the children get their faces painted.
Broadway Photo Booth
To capture your special memories of the Snowflake Festival, the photo booth and all of its props will be stationed on Wall St.
Nina Mars & Will Play
This duo will be performing its holiday folk music at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center on Wall St.
Snowflake Festival Bike Raffle
26 bikes will be given away starting at 7:45pm. Raffle winners will be notified in advance. Bike raffle registration available at Kingston Candy Bar, Mid-town Center, Rondout Center, YMCA and Boys and Girls Club (registration closes 11/25/19). YMCA and Bike Friendly Kingston will be donating helmets and locks for all the bikes.