Category: Event

Love It or Swap It!

We hope you and those close to you are safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
We offer you something special to look forward to when our lives return to normal.

Love It or Swap It save the date


Where & When…

Sunday, October 25, 2020 — 12-4 pm, Rhinebeck Methodist Church

Fellowship Hall, 83 East Market St, Rhinebeck, New York

Here’s how it works…

FIRST: Gather up your Swap items: women’s clothes, accessories, jewelry, handbags and shoes
Items must be in very good condition, delivered on hangers

THEN: Drop off your swap items the day before (date and time to be announced) at the Church’s Fellowship Hall or bring on the day of the event.

ON October 25: Come to the Swap, bring your family and friends.
$25 Donation All proceeds go to Sinterklaas! our annual community-wide winter celebration!

Visit the SinterStore…

Located inside the Swap you’ll find the store filled with special items for sale: accessories, gifts, jewelry, EILEEN FISHER, designer clothes, and gift certificates.

Questions? Ask us:

Grumpus Making Workshops


Join us in making  jumbo cardboard Grumpus heads for the annual Sinterklaas Send-Off parade that takes place on November 26th in Kingston this year.  If  you love creating imaginary works out of cardboard, paint, glue, and  shellac, this is the right place for you. 

July 9, 10 am-2 pm (during the Kingston Farmer’s Market)

July 16, 10 am-2 pm (during the Kingston Farmer’s Market)

July 23, 10 am-2 pm (during the Kingston Farmer’s Market)

July 30, 10 am-2 pm (during the Kingston Farmer’s Market)

The Old Dutch Church in uptown Kingston, NY. Free.


Sinterklaas Star Party

WHAT: The Star Party, Annual Fundraiser & Celebration

WHEN: Saturday November 9, 2019 — 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: The Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck, New York


The annual Sinterklaas Kick-off Party is scheduled for Saturday November 9 and you are invited!

There is something fishy about the Illustrious Star Party this year! Our most elegant gathering of the year at which the Snow King and Queen Bring the Celestial Flame to light the First Star that is presented by the Star Child to the Keepers of the Flame; the announcement of the new Family who act as Holders of the Flame for the Sinter Season. Stories, dances, live music, prizes and much, much more! Libations and Hors d’oeuvres are served. Our biggest fundraiser of the year! All welcome! Donation: $50

Purchase your tickets today.

Prefer to order by mail?

Make your check payable to: HVCP (Hudson Valley Community Productions)
and mail to:
HVCP, 118 La Bergerie Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571


Can you do more?

To donate more than the “Star Party” amount please visit our Donation Page.

Kingston Crowns & Branches Workshops



When: Saturday, November 18, 1:00-4:00pm

Where: Kingston Library, 55 Franklin St., Kingston

Where every child becomes a King or Queen as they create their 
own crowns and branches and make their wishes.
For children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult) 
The workshops are free, but donations are welcome.

Children create their own Crowns and Branches to carry in the Parade on Sinterklaas Day when  the children become Kings and Queens with their handmade decorated crowns and royalty with their branches representing the Royal Scepter. 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 can create their Royal garb!

Sinterklaas Crown Workshop at FiberFlame

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WHEN: Sunday, November 23, 2014 — 1:00-5:00pm

WHERE: Fiberflame in Rhinebeck: 18B East Market St.(845.516.5123)

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Dad fits a newly made crown!

Stop by Fiberflame for this drop-in workshop where kids can make SINTERKLAAS CROWNS to wear on the festival days. Parents and children are invited to co-create (the kids may need your help with some of the materials and tools!) crowns.

Crowns are a traditional part of the Hudson Valley Sinterklaas Celebration where children are elevated to royalty and the adults have the opportunity to honor our most precious ones!

Sinterklaas Celebration Space: Crowns & Branches Plus Puppet Workshops

Open to the community

Each year we begin the preparations for Sinterklaas Festival Day with fun activities for all. Crowns & Branches as well as the Puppet Workshop are open to the community. Children & adults welcome. Lots of fun. Please remember that children must be accompanied by an adult.



Opens on November 16, 2019
Thanks to the generosity of the Rhinebeck Methodist Church this season Sinterklaas will once again offer a place for the community to come together to make Crowns & Branches for the parade.
Work with artists-in-residence to create GIANT PUPPETS for the Parade! Led by Master Puppeteers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles.


Crowns & Branches happens in the Sinterklaas Celebration Space

The Celebration Space
Rhinebeck Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
83 E Market St
Village of Rhinebeck

Consider Volunteering?

If you are interested and willing to help run the Celebration Space please contact Joanna Hess (845-505-6397) or sign up online.


Please check here to confirm before you head on over!


Saturday, November 16: 11:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, November 17: Noon-5:00pm

Saturday, November 23: 11:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, November 24: Noon-5:00pm

Friday, November 29: 11:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, November 30: 11:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, December 1: Noon-5:00pm


Sturgeon puppet workshops are geared towards adults and older kids.

Saturday, November 16: 11:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, November 17: Noon-5:00pm

Friday, November 29: 11:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, November 30: CLOSED (Join us for Sinterklaas KINGSTON in the afternoon)
Sunday, December 1: noon-5:00pm


Stars & Flags

Crowns & Branches is another location for purchasing Sinterklaas Stars and flags. Or purchase online.

Wreaths, Sweets, and Dutch Treats

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WHEN: Friday November 17, 2017, 5:30pm—8:00pm

WHERE: The Old Dutch Church, Uptown Kingston (corner of Wall and Main Streets)

WHAT: A Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction Fundraiser for Sinterklaas

Featuring hors d’oeuvres, wine & spirits, entertainment; a silent auction with holiday wreaths decorated by local artists, great gift certificates, and more!

Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 at the door.

Purchase your tickets here.

No. of Tickets @ $30/each

Sinterklaas Festival Day in RHINEBECK



Sadly, Sinterklaas is cancelled this year of 2020 due to the Pandemic.

Join us on Saturday December 4, 2021, Rhinebeck, New York

A day-long, colorful celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at 6:00 pm, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight. A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season.

Be sure to grab a program booklet when you arrive so you know the whole story of Sinterklaas in the Mid-Hudson Valley. It will make for an even richer experience! Visit the ASK ME Ladies’ table in the center of town by the Beekman Arms. You can download a copy of the 2019 program here.


Parking Info:

Read all the parking regulations here. Be aware of Rhinebeck parking regulations as posted on the village streets. More detail about parking and street closings here.

FIND parking lots at the Northern Dutchess Hospital, at the Rhinebeck High School, at the Highway Department (W. Market St., 0.3 miles west of the Starr Library), and behind the Starr Library.