Scions of Patria Reenactors of 17th Century Dutch CultureKingston, N.Y. - On Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Senate House State Historic Site joins in Timefest, the city-wide celebration of Kingston's history, offering free music, historical interpretation, tours, activities for kids and more. The Senate House events are free, open to the public, and occur rain or shine.  On Saturday, June 5, Senate House highlights the Dutch Colonial history of our area. Living history presenters will inhabit the site, performing the tasks, crafts and pastimes of Dutch New York.  Children can make their own "Dutch, Delft-like" tile to bring home. The Bells & Motley Consort of Olden Music performs lively tunes at 1:00 and 3:00, and throughout the event they display their collection of musical instruments. Early Hudson Valley Cooking demonstrationOn Sunday, June 6, an encampment by historical re-enactors from the First New York offers visitors a taste of military life during the Revolutionary era, and will also feature performances of military and popular music of the age.  Kids can "enlist," drill with fellow soldiers, and take part in a hands-on activity while learning about Kingston's role in the Revolution.  The Headless Horsemen Fife & Drum Corps will perform throughout the day as well. On both days, free tours of Senate House and admission to the site's museum are available from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm, thanks to the support of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program, administered by the Hudson River Valley Greenway.  All of the free, special programming on this weekend is supported by the Friends of Senate House and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. A "history jitney" will stop at the site throughout the day to bring visitors to otherBells & Motley Consort of Olden Music Timefest events in the Midtown and Downtown neighborhoods.  This event is a great way to indulge in some free and educational family fun.  For more information about Timefest, please call (800) 331-1518. Senate House State Historic Site is located in Kingston's historic uptown Stockade district, at 296 Fair Street, Kingston, NY, 12401.  For more information about public programs, please call (845) 338-2786, or visit Senate House State Historic Site is part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, which administers 28 parks, parkways, and historic sites for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in New York as well as the Palisades Interstate Park and parkway in New Jersey. For more information about New York State parks and historic sites, please visit , for information about the New Jersey section of the PIPC please visit , and for more information about the Palisades Parks Conservancy and the Palisades Interstate Park parks and historic sites, please visit


Contact: Pam Malcolm (845) 338-2786