Date(s) - 11/17/2017
5:30 pm-8:30 pm
Old Dutch Church
A fundraiser for Sinterklass. Dutch appetizers, signature cocktail, wreaths by local forists and artists, silent auction and much more. $35 per person. 845-339-4280
The Sinterklaas Celebration in the Hudson Valley once again begins in Kingston!
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.
The festive kick-off event will be held on Friday, November 17 at The Old Dutch Church (corner of Wall and Main Streets, Uptown Kingston) at 5:30pm. On that evening, a “Wreaths, Sweets & Dutch Treats” cocktail reception and silent auction will feature delicious food and beverages (beer, wine, signature cocktails) with a Dutch theme. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. (Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com/wreaths-sweets-and-dutch-treats/ or by calling 845-339-4280.)
Attendees may bid on wreaths decorated by local artists, florists and shops, table top trees, and gift baskets to welcome the holiday season. Auction items include gift certificates, overnight stays at downtown and uptown B&Bs, dinners at fine Kingston restaurants, and much, much more.
Leading up to the Send-Off Celebration Day, a series of workshops will be held to make the masks and Crowns & Branches that will be carried by children in the procession. The first Mask workshop will be held on November 4th, 1-4pm at the Lace Mill on Cornell Street in conjunction with MyKingstonKids.com. In the Crowns & Branches 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. Performers include Kingston Storyteller Laureate Karen Pillsworth, Ivy Vine Players, Sean the Prankster Magician, musician Mark Rust in a family concert and much, much more.
A tent in the garden next to Mariners’ Harbor will house the “Ask Me” table, elephant mask making area and the “Sinter” store. In addition to Sinterklaas, a colorful cast of characters will roam through Downtown all afternoon. 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), The Man with Bells, Sinterella, 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.
For information, call 845-339-4280 or visit sinterklaashudsonvalley.com or Facebook/SinterklaasKingston.
About Sinterklaas in the Hudson Valley
Drawing on the Hudson Valley’s Dutch roots, Sinterklaas in the Hudson Valley is entering the seventh year of our unique, community-built cultural event. In Holland, the birthplace of our colonial settlers, the event, “Sinterklaas” has ushered in the season of joy and sharing and created childhood memories for centuries. And in colonial times, it was the one shared celebration that took place annually in New Amsterdam (now New York). The character of Sinterklaas, based on a 4th century bishop who rescued orphans of all races and religions, has traditionally been at the center of the activities. The elements we bring together in our own Sinterklaas celebrate tolerance and diversity through varied performances and activities, while honoring children and the many talents of our local artists. Now taking place over two weekends in Kingston and Rhinebeck, NY, Sinterklaas supports an inclusive, shared society at the holiday time among our area’s diverse populations, placing the emphasis on “community.”