Sinterklaas Festival Day
Rhinebeck, New York
"...just a smile away from Whoville with a hint of It's a Wonderful Life."
—Huffington Post

Category: Event

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 and free of charge; donations are welcome. Children & adults welcome. Lots of fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

CROWNS & BRANCHES Workshops

LOCATION: 3 Mulberry St.  In the gym in the former Father Brogan Center and Good Shepherd Rectory

SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, November 29   2:30-6pm

Thursday, November 30       2:30 – 6 PM

Quiet Time

In the spirit of inclusivity, we have a large space (a gym) with areas that can be dedicated to neuro-divergent children and children with other special needs.

Consider Volunteering?

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

PUPPETMAKING WORKSHOPS

Join Sinterklaas puppeteers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles for workday sessions to restore, remake, and create puppets for the Starlight Parade!

Help us make this year’s honored animal, the ANT! Bring color back to the Turtle! Give luster to the Peace Dove!

Workshops are geared towards adults and teens, and older children working with an adult are welcome!

Workshop space and exact times TBD

SCHEDULE

11:00am – 4:00pm

Spots are limited and registration is required! To register for the puppet workshops, email processionalarts@gmail.com and we will be in touch.

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

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JOIN US ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 2, 2023, RHINEBECK, NEW YORK

Sinterklaas is 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 Queen’s Court, the Dancing Ants!! 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.

Sinterklaas Is Rain or Shine!!!

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. Disabled Parking is at 47 W. Market Street.

 

Program Booklet

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.

In the meantime get a jump start on your plan for the day!!!

 

Schedule at a Glance

 

10am-4pm

CROWNS & BRANCHES Children are at the heart of the Sinterklaas story! They are KINGS & QUEENS of the Day and we honor them in the Parade and the Pageant. Make sure they get a chance to make their crowns and adorn their branches for the evening events!

10:00 AM

SAMUEL’S SWEET SHOP: Bear Beauty Contest

12:00 PM

BEEKMAN ARMS OPENING CEREMONY with Jeanne Fleming, Creator of Sinterklaas! It will be dramatic, even operatic! See the Sinterklaas story come alive when you meet all of its characters in person. Special treats and lots of fanfare!!!

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents “Paris, the Hip Hop Juggler”

OPEN GATE COFFEE HOUSE: In-Joy

12:30 PM

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents Rob Lok & Miss Jane

1:00 PM

THE QUEEN’S COURT: See the Ants Dance. Get a Missive and Treat from the Queen

OPEN GATE COFFEE HOUSE: Betty and the Baby Boomers singing Hey Little Ant

1:30 PM

FOSTER’S PARKING LOT PRESENTED BY THE BINDLESTIFF CIRKUS: Homespun Merry Go Round and Michael Rosman Tight Rope

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents “Paris, the Hip Hop Juggler”

1:30 – 5:30 PM

STARTING AT THE ASK ME LADIES TABLE AND AROUND TOWN The Ant’s Spyglass Scavenger Hunt.

COURTYARD AND AROUND TOWN: DANTCE-A-THON dancing ANTS of all sorts

WINTER SUN AND SUMMER MOON and RHINEBECK MERCANTILE: The Museums of Antiquities & Modern Ant

ALL AROUND TOWN

1:45 PM

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents Rob Lok & Miss Jane

2:00 PM

REFORMED CHURCH: Into the Light with the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater

METHODIST CHURCH: Brasskill Brass Band

OPEN GATE COFFEE HOUSE: Vassar Devils

2:30 PM

METHODIST CHURCH: Honk Family Band

WINTER SUN AND SUMMER MOON and RHINEBECK MERCANTILE: The Museums Of Antiquities & Modern Ant Guide Tour

3:00 PM

REFORMED CHURCH: Into the Light with the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater

METHODIST CHURCH: Funkrust Brass Band

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents “Paris, the Hip Hop Juggler”

OPEN GATE COFFEE HOUSE: Story Telling for Kids: with Matoaka Little Eagle

3:15 PM

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents Rob Lok & Miss Jane

3:30 PM

METHODIST CHURCH: Hungry March Band

4:00 PM

REFORMED CHURCH: Into the Light with the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater

CROWNS & BRANCHES: Peace Dove

METHODIST CHURCH: Bard College Georgian Choir

5:00 PM

REFORMED CHURCH: The Living Nativity is back!

5:30 PM

DAPSON-CHESTNEY PARKING LOT: Havdalah! A Candlelit Tradition

6:00 PM

CHILDREN’S STARLIGHT PARADE & PAGEANT including the Children’s STAR CEREMONY

 

Artisan Craft Fair

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WHAT: Annual benefit for Sinterklaas!

WHEN: Sunday, November 24, 2019 | 10am–4pm

WHERE: Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 Market St. Rhinebeck, NY

SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS

The Annual Sinterklaas Craft Fair featuring 25 high quality craft artists and all the proceeds go to Sinterklaas!

Get your Holiday gift shopping done before Thanksgiving. Find something special for yourself!
The 2019 Artists showing include: Christina Baal, Martha Belardo, Morag Benepe, Karen Berelowitz, Kary Broffman, Elena Carey, Miani Carnevale, Rayna P. Clarke, Chrissy Cunningham, Pricilla DeConti, Deb Highly, Jeep Johnson, Nicole Jurain, Laura Kellar, Nia LaBonte, Evy Leonard, Robbie Puglisi, Sally Rothchild, Doreen Rymiewicz, Dorna Schroeder, Carla Shapiro, Susan Spivak, Barbara Tepper Levy and Phyliss West.

JewelryKnitsPhotographyPottery  •  WoodworkersCards Glass Prints  • Baskets 50/50 Raffle • AND So Much MORE!

Plus SINTERKLAAS!

Illuminated Stars HandCrafted Sturgeon! • Flags

Follow the Craft Fair on Facebook for info on the artisans who will be there!

Love It or Swap It

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WHEN: Sunday May 15, 2016, noon-4pm

WHAT: Love It or Swap It! Fundraiser Clothing Swap

WHERE: Primrose Hill School 6571 Springbrook Ave. (GPS) Rte 9, Rhinebeck (across from the Fair Grounds)

 

Here’s how it works…

Swap the same number of items you bring (max 20).

Swap items women’s clothes, accessories, jewelry, handbags and shoes! Plus small re-gift items: candles, soaps, perfume (unopened), etc.

Items must be in very good condition, delivered on hangers.

Swap Items Drop Off your swap items the day before (5/14, 2-4pm) at the Primrose Hill School or on the day of the event (5/15).

 

SinterStore

where we sell merchandise and gift certificates at GREATLY reduced prices, is going to be fabulous!

• Prada shoes size 6. Cinderella anyone?

• Armani, Ralph Lauren & Eileen Fisher

• Gift certificates to Face Stockholm & Izlind  Integrative Wellness Center

• Handbags from Henri Bendel & others

 

Please share this invitation with your friends. Bring your friends. The more the merrier!