Monday, November 23, 2015

Sinterklaas Strikes Again!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Every year we at Chronogram write about the Sinterklaas events in Kingston and Rhinebeck. It embodies everything that’s great about the Hudson Valley: collaborative communities, art workshops, parades, history, and homegrown fun! For those who already familiar with it, and for those who are new to the land and looking for a little awesomeness, here are the details around Sinterklaas coming to town this time. So you can join the fun, carry a puppet, and thank the artists, businesses, families, and communities of the Hudson Valley for this sweet holiday tradition.

All month there were benefit artist fairs and free Crown & Branches workshops where children become Kings and Queens as they create their own crowns and staffs for wish-making. Catch the last of them this weekend at Primrose Hill School in Rhinebeck. Kids can work on their own creations or with master puppeteers, Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, on the giant puppets for the Rhinebeck parade.

On Saturday, November 28th, a whole day of festivities in Kingston are planned around Sinterklaas’ send-off. Parrots for Peace, balloon sculpting, storytelling, a puppet show, wine tasting, Music Together, and a chorus of traditional holiday songs will be happening all around the city. Plus, workshops all up and down the Rondout, like ornament making at Jay Teske Leather Co., Shrinky Dinks at Olivieri’s, and cookie decorating at Milne at Home Antiques, plus the Crown & Branches at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. The parade to launch Sinterklaas into the Rondout Creek and on his way to the Hudson River starts at 4p at the corner of Broadway and Garraghan Drive/Spring Street, just outside the Arts Society of Kingston.

On Saturday, December 5th, Sinterklaas arrives after his sail across the river in Rhinebeck to a festival of epic proportions. There are all kinds of shows like the teddy bear beauty contest at Samuel’s, dance performances at the Town Hall, children’s book author readings at Oblong Books, and more Crowns & Branches workshops at the Fire House. New this year is the Sinter Underground, a space for teens! Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The Children’s Starlight Parade starts at 6:00p in the Municipal Parking Lot and features two-story tall, animated puppets. It ends in dance parties all over town.

At both events, look for the honeybee activities, to celebrate this year’s Sinterklaas honored animal. From noon til 4p, kids can learn strange and fascinating things in the Secrets of the Hive at the Rose Garden on the corner of Broadway and Abeel Street in Kingston on November 28th. And on December 5th, if they enter The Hive decorated by Red Hook and Rhinebeck students, which awaits them in Foster’s Parking Lot in Rhinebeck from noon til 6p, they’ll hear secrets written by local writers and whispered by the Queen Bee.

From the whole story to the whole lineup, learn all about it at Sinterklaas Hudson Valley. And buy your honey bee-themed stars at one of the local shops to support the event.
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