Kingston, N.Y. - On Saturday, November 29, 2014, the famed Sinterklaas Celebration that has drawn thousands to Rhinebeck once again goes bi-coastal. For the fourth year, Kingston 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 Hummingbird) and the great Hudson River itself will travel down Broadway to bring the beloved holiday story to life. Come to the historic Rondout District in Kingston to discover this enchanting blend of tradition and modern day merriment.
The festive kick-off event will be held on Friday, November 21st at The Old Dutch Church (corner of Wall and Main Streets, Uptown Kingston) at 6pm. 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. Attendees may bid on decorated wreaths, trees, gift baskets and more to welcome the holiday season.
Leading up to the November 29th Arrival Day Celebration, workshops will be held to make the Crowns and Branches carried by children in the Sinterklaas procession. A full schedule of events and locations will be provided in coming weeks.
For more information or to make a contribution or volunteer for the Sinterklaas events, please call 845.339.4280 or visit www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com.
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."