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Sinterklaas Festival Day in RHINEBECK

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Join us on Saturday December 4, 2021, 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 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.

 

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.

Program

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.

 

Map


 

SCHEDULE BY TIME

 

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!!!

HOULIHAN LAWRENCE ~ House Building Fun for Kids

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

12:30 PM

ALL DAY YOU WILL SEE PERFORMERS OUTDOORS, ALL AROUND TOWN ~ First out: Pokingbrook Morris Dancers

FIREHOUSE/TOY THEATER ~ Chinese Theater Works and Great Small Works

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents Allez-OOPs!

1:30 PM

MORE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES ALL AROUND TOWN ~ Bond St. Stilt Band, Demolition Brass Band, Mother Holly, The Pocket Lady, Roger the Jester

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”

1:45 PM

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents Allez-OOPs!

2:00 PM

MORE PERFORMERS ALL AROUND TOWN ~ Mother Holly and the Pocket Lady, Chinelos, Hungry March Band, Mortal Beasts and Deities Stilt Walkers, Ole’ Factory Brass Band, The Polar Bear, Batala

CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH ~ Into the Light with the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater

FIREHOUSE/TOY THEATER ~ Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater and Great Small Works

METHODIST CHURCH ~ A GRAND CELEBRATION! of Froggy and Miss Mousey!

REFORMED CHURCH ~ T McCann Band

2:30 PM

LUTHERAN CHURCH ~ Caprice Rouge

METHODIST CHURCH ~ B2’s

REFORMED CHURCH ~ Giglio Band

3:00 PM

OUTDOOR PERFORMERS are joined by ~ Brasskill Brass Band

CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH ~ Into the Light with the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater

LUTHERAN CHURCH ~ Vassar Devils Singers

METHODIST CHURCH:A GRAND CELEBRATION! of Froggy and Miss Mousey!

REFORMED CHURCH ~ Demolition Brass Band

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

3:15 PM

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents Allez-OOPs!

3:30 PM

AROUND TOWN ~ Giglio Band

FIREHOUSE/TOY THEATER ~ Chinese Theater Works and Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater

LUTHERAN CHURCH ~ Julia Haines, harp, sings Songs of the Wild!

METHODIST CHURCH:Betty and the Baby Boomers

REFORMED CHURCH:Hungry March Band

4:00 PM

CHURCH OF THE MESSIAH ~ Into the Light with the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater

CROWNS & BRANCHES ~ Peace Dove

LUTHERAN CHURCH ~ Guzmango Sax Quartet

METHODIST CHURCH:A GRAND CELEBRATION! of Froggy and Miss Mousey!

REFORMED CHURCH ~ Ole’ Factory Brass Band

4:30 PM

METHODIST CHURCH ~ Bard College Georgian Choir

5:00 PM

FIREHOUSE/TOY THEATER:Chinese Theater Works and Great Small Works

METHODIST CHURCH ~ A GRAND CELEBRATION! of Froggy and Miss Mousey!

5:30 PM

DAPSON-CHESTNEY PARKING LOT ~ The Havdalah! A Candlelit Tradition

6:00 PM

PARADE & PAGEANT

SCHEDULE BY LOCATION

Around Town

12:30 PM ~ ~ Pokingbrook Morris Team

1:30 PM ~ ~ Bond St. Stilt Band

1:30 PM ~ ~ Demolition Brass Band

1:30 PM ~ ~ Drummers - Amadou & Nfarma

1:30 PM ~ ~ Mother Holly

1:30 PM ~ ~ Pocket Lady

1:30 PM ~ ~ Roger the Jester

2:00 PM ~ ~ Batala NYC

2:00 PM ~ ~ Chinelos, Chinelos Minder

2:00 PM ~ ~ Hungry March Band

2:00 PM ~ ~ Mortal Beasts and Deities

2:00 PM ~ ~ Ole' Factory Brass Band

2:00 PM ~ ~ Polar Bear - Jason

3:00 PM ~ ~ Brasskill Brass Band

3:30 PM ~ ~ Giglio Band

Beekman Arms

12:00 PM ~ ~ Pocket Lady, Polar Bear - Jason, Polar Bear Musician, Jonathan Kruk Storyteller, Holders of the Flame, Opera Singer, Julia Haines, HORSE Handler, Mother Holly

Church of the Messiah

Time TBD ~ ~

2:00 PM ~ ~ Vanaver Caravan-Arm of the Sea-Into the Light

3:00 PM ~ ~ Vanaver Caravan-Arm of the Sea-Into the Light

4:00 PM ~ ~ Vanaver Caravan-Arm of the Sea-Into the Light

Crowns & Branches

Firehouse

12:30 PM ~ ~ Chinese Theater Works

12:30 PM ~ ~ Great Small Works

2:00 PM ~ ~ Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater

2:00 PM ~ ~ Great Small Works

3:30 PM ~ ~ Chinese Theater Works

3:30 PM ~ ~ Goat on a Boat Puppet Theater

5:00 PM ~ ~ Chinese Theater Works

5:00 PM ~ ~ Great Small Works

Foster’s Parking Lot

1:30 PM ~ ~ Homespun Merry Go Round

1:30 PM ~ ~ Michael Rosman Tight Rope

Lutheran Church

2:30 PM ~ ~ Caprice Rouge

3:00 PM ~ ~ Vassar Devils

3:30 PM ~ ~ Guzmango Sax Quartet

4:00 PM ~ ~ Julia Haines

Methodist Church

2:00 PM ~ ~ Froggie Went A Courtin' Dance, Reggie Harris, Betty and the Baby Boomers

2:30 PM ~ ~ B2's

3:00 PM ~ ~ Froggie Went A Courtin' Dance, Reggie Harris, Betty and the Baby Boomers

3:30 PM ~ ~ Betty and the Baby Boomers

4:00 PM ~ ~ Froggie Went A Courtin' Dance, Betty and the Baby Boomers, Reggie Harris

4:30 PM ~ ~ Bard College Georgian Choir

5:00 PM ~ ~ Froggie Went A Courtin' Dance, Betty and the Baby Boomers, Reggie Harris

Pageant Stage

6:30 PM ~ ~ Dona Nobis

6:30 PM ~ ~ Peter Muste

Reformed Church

2:00 PM ~ ~ T McCann Band

2:30 PM ~ ~ Giglio Band

3:00 PM ~ ~ Demolition Brass Band

3:30 PM ~ ~ Hungry March Band

4:00 PM ~ ~ Ole' Factory Brass Band

Samuel’s Sweet Shop

10:00 AM ~ ~ Bear Beauty Contest

Upstate Films

12:00 PM ~ ~ Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, "Paris, the Hip Hop Juggler"

12:30 PM ~ ~ Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Allez-OOPs!

1:30 PM ~ ~ Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, "Paris, the Hip Hop Juggler"

1:45 PM ~ ~ Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Allez-OOPs!

3:00 PM ~ ~ Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, "Paris, the Hip Hop Juggler"

3:15 PM ~ ~ Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Allez-OOPs!