###Calendar Listing and Schedule: November 21, 6-9pm Wreaths, Sweets & Dutch Treats Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction, Old Dutch Church, Wall and Main Streets, Uptown Kingston November 23, 12-4pm Crowns & Branches Workshop, A Night in Bloom Florist in the Shirt Factory, 77 Cornell St. November 29, 1-4pm Crowns & Branches Workshop, Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, (845) 338-0071 November 30, 10am-2:30pm, Crowns & Branches Workshop, Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, (845) 338-0071 November 30-Sinterklaas Kingston-Arrival Day :- A day of open houses, musical performances, workshops creating beautiful crowns and branches, a march down Broadway, a parade of stars, and puppets galore. Kingston sends off Sinterklaas and his white horse on a tugboat across the river to his destination there. After his send off, there will a Sinterklaas Soiree, Tree Lighting Ceremony and plenty of specials at all of the local restaurants. 11am to 6 pm- Arrival Day Schedule: 11:00am Old Dutch Church- Pastor Renee House kicks of the day with a Dutch Poem. Bex Calder-Roper then tells the Dutch story of The Three Sisters, followed by The St. Joseph's School Choir with solo by opera singer Kerry Henderson. Then the Maennerchor will sing and closing the program is an Indonesian Gamelan group that will parade down Broadway to the next stop in mid-town. 12:30pm- Mid-Town on the site of San Severina (Old Kings Inn) 615 Broadway -A Mariachi Band and Las Posadas Festivities. 11am-2pm- Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing- The Annual Mitten Tree Project - please donate new "warm & fuzzy" child-sized mittens, gloves, winter scarves and hats for children who wish to play outdoors at recess time and during after-school programs. Items delivered to area children week of December 16 12pm-1:30pm- Trolley Museum, 89 East Strand- Puppet Making Workshop 12pm-1:30pm- On the Kingston Corridor Shuttle Bus-Buskers for Bread (music group) 12:30 - 2:30pm- Kingston Home Port and Education Center, 50 Rondout Landing- Face Painting by Patti Gibbons 1:30pm- Trolley Museum, 89 East Strand, Karen Pillsworth Storytelling 2pm-3pm- Karmabee 73a Broadway- Nan's Art Playshop for Kids & Grownups 2:00pm-Pennsy 399 Historic Covered Barge docked @ The Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing- Parrots for Peace 2:30pm- Mint, 1 W Strand -Sol Sonado Duet performing Renaissance and Baroque music. 2:30-3:30pm- TR Gallo Park- The Wayfinder Experience, arts and education program, will run team based sword games with play-safe foam weapons through imaginative play and storytelling which incorporates fun, atheistic games such as capture the flag and improvisational duels. 3pm- Pennsy 399 Historic Covered Barge docked @ The Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing- Grian McGregor Puppets 4:15pm- Broadway and Garraghan Drive- Children's Maritime Parade Kicks Off 5:00pm- Visitors' Center, 20 Broadway- Tree Lighting 5:30-7pm- Pennsy 399 Historic Covered Barge docked @ The Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing-Dance Party-Music by the Old Double E Open Houses: 10am-4pm The Steel House Restaurant at 100 Rondout Landing-Holiday Craft Fair 12pm-4pm - Milne's at Home Antiques at 81 Broadwaypresents freshly baked cookies available for the children to decorate under the watchful eye of Mrs. Sinterklaas. 12pm-4pm-The Storefront Gallery, 93 Broadway-Art Exhibit-The Honored Animal: The Fox 12pm-4pm- Pirate Upholstery, 25 Broadway- Ornament Making Workshop 12pm-4pm- TheGreenSpace, 73B Broadway- Open House serving free hot chocolate with marshmallows! 12pm-4pm- Vetere Real Estate, 37 Broadway- Open House serving Dutch Treats What is Sinterklaas? We are honoring our Dutch heritage by recreating customs that the settlers from Holland brought to the Hudson Valley. The Dutch people who came to here over 300 years ago brought a celebration with them that was already a deeply rooted part of their traditions. The ritual was simple enough. Each year on December 6 (that's the Dutch tradition, ours begins the first Saturday after Thanksgiving as we bid farewell to Sinterklaas sailing off to the Netherlands from Spain), a town resident dressed up as Sinterklaas (that is, elegantly garbed in a bishop's tall hat, red cape, shiny ring, and jeweled staff). Mounted on a white steed, this Sinterklaas would ride through town knocking on doors late at night. He would be accompanied by his long-time sidekick, the Grumpus. Also known as Black Peter, the Grumpus - a wild looking half-man, half-beast character - rattled chains and threatened to steal away the naughtiest children in his big black bag. And for those "less bad" he had switches for exacting lesser punishments! And for the good children - Sinterklaas and the Grumpus would deliver a bag of goodies. Over the years, as towns developed and houses grew closer together, Sinterklaas' ride turned into a Parade that still happens in Holland to this day, and is the most popular of all Dutch holidays. What is the meaning of the Crowns and Branches that are made by and carried by the children in the Parade? Since St. Nicholas loved children so much, it makes sense on his name day that children, who at all other times of the year are the least authoritative people in society, are turned into the most powerful for just one day. Children are crowned kings and queens! The birch rod-the indispensable instrument of medieval education- is transformed by the power of imagination and art into a symbol of empowerment and love. The birch rod becomes the Royal Scepter, a symbol of creative power in the hands of today's children.
###Contact: Susan Linn 845-339-4280 Nancy Donskoj 845-338-8473