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Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration, Kingston, New York
Sinterklaas Festival Day, Rhinebeck, New York

Sinterklaas Festival Day in RHINEBECK

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Saturday December 1, 2018, 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.

Flip through the pages of the 2018 program guide:

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. Or download a copy right here.

 

Parking Info:

Read all the parking regulations here.
Be aware of Rhinebeck parking regulations as posted on the village streets. As of 2pm Parking is suspended on both sides of East and West Market Streets from Center Street to Oak Street
and both sides of Route 9 from Chestnut Street to South Street.

FIND parking lots at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 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.

 

2018 Sinterklaas Rhinebeck Schedule


BEGIN your Sinterklaas Day . . .

10:00am

Samuels: Bear Beauty Contest


12:00 -2:00pm

Beekman Arms: Opening Ceremony — Words Before All Else
with Jeanne Fleming, Creator of Sinterklaas,  with the Migrating Monarch and Her Caterpillar, the Pocket Lady, the Polar Bear and Mother Holly and featuring a brief appearance of the Frog…some singing and the Song/Story of the Metamorphosis of the Monarch Butterfly.  And, then, our silent partner speaks!   The Voice of the Butterfly—Julia Haines on Harp. Storytelling by famed storyteller Jonathan Kruk. Hear the legend of St. Nicholas and Dutch New York, Hanukkah Stories, and Butterfly Tales.


1:00-5:00pm

Methodist Parish Hall: Toy Theater
Continual performances all afternoon
• Jonathan Kruk Storyteller
• Leela Puppet Theater
• A Couple of Puppets Theater
• Modern Times Theater
• Chinese Theater Works


ALL AFTERNOON in VENUES ALL AROUND TOWN

 

Foster’s Parking, center of town: The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents

Comic Daredevil Michael Rosman(look for showtimes posted in the lot)

The Home Spun Merry-Go-Round

Roaming the streets for your entertainment… and from 2:00pm on in the THOROUGH FAIR* find

• Batala • Mother Holly • The Wandering Monarch • ALL The Brass Bands: Ol’factory Brass Band, Giglio Band, Hungry March Band, Funkrust Brass BandThe Second Line Brass Band • Verbal Ase • Roger the Jester • Grumpuses • Pokingbrook Morris Dancers • The Polar Bear with his trainer • Pocahontas 1859 Hand Pump Fire Truck • The Pocket Lady • Chinelos • Bond Street Stilt Band

PLUS…
The Polar Bear with his Trainer & Musical Sidekick Sing a song & watch the bear transform.
The Pocket Lady Sinterklaas’ Symbol of Generosity. Find her with her “Pocket Lady Pal” just about anywhere around town. Go inside her beautiful cape and see what secret surprise she has in store just for you!
Mother Holly Become a member of the Butterfly Tribe. Hear stories of creatures large & small.
Our Own Grumpuses Dancing all around town.
The Chinelos Traditional dancers in spectacular costumes from the state of Morelos, Mexico.

*From 2pm on music & street performances fill East Market Street(between Rt 9 to Center St.) closes to traffic and becomes a parade ground


1:00-5:00pm

Methodist Parish Hall: Toy Theater
Continual performances all afternoon
• Jonathan Kruk Storyteller
• Leela Puppet Theater
• A Couple of Puppets Theater
• Modern Times Theater
• Chinese Theater Works

The Courtyard: List the Monarchs! DON’T MISS the King and Queen! Get a special surprise! And hear the Voice of the Butterfly.


12:30pm

Upstate Films: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents Paris the Hip Hop Juggler


1:00pm

Upstate Films: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents Jack Frost’s Snow Day
Church of the Messiah: Orchestra Now


1:45pm

Upstate Films: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents: Paris the Hip Hop Juggler


2:00pm

Church of the Messiah: Into the Light presented by the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater. A Holiday story of a young girl’s journey throughout the world searching for the light. Features giant puppets and international music and dance!
Lutheran Church: Caprice Rouge
Reformed Church: Key of Q
Town Hall: Mid-Hudson Mexican Folkloric Group
Methodist Church: Ol’factory Brass Band
Liberty Public House Bar: T McCann Band


2:30pm

Lutheran Church: Bard College Georgian Choir
Upstate Films: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents Jack Frost’s Snow Day
Methodist Church: Giglio Band
Town Hall: Roger the Jester
Reformed Church: Souls United Interfaith Gospel Choir


2:50pm

Town Hall: Uptown Lowdown Night Stars


3:00pm

Church of the Messiah: INTO THE LIGHT presented by the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater. A Holiday story of a young girl’s journey throughout the world searching for the light. Features giant puppets and international music and dance!
Liberty Public House Bar: Caprice Rouge
Town Hall: Dog on Fleas
Lutheran Church: Hudson Valley Gamelan
Methodist Church: Hungry March Band
Oblong Books: Storytime Reading & Book Signing with author-illustrator Daniel Salmieri: BEAR AND WOLF
Reformed Church: Vassar Devils


3:15pm

Upstate Films: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents Paris the Hip Hop Juggler


3:30pm

Reformed Church: Reggie Harris, Betty and the Baby Boomers
Methodist Church: Funkrust Brass Band
Lutheran Church: Grumpus Magic
Town Hall: T McCann Band


4:00pm

Town Hall: School of Rock
Church of the Messiah: INTO THE LIGHT presented by the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater. A Holiday story of a young girl’s journey throughout the world searching for the light. Features giant puppets and international music and dance!
Upstate Films: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents Jack Frost’s Snow Day
Lutheran Church: Raspberry Hill Players
Methodist Church: The Second Line Brass Band


5:00pm

Reformed Church: Living Nativity


5:30pm

Dapson-Chestney Parking Lot: Havdalah Candle Lighting


6:00pm

CHILDREN’S STARLIGHT PARADE

Bring your Crowns & Branches, STARS & Flags!!!!
Parade begins on West Market St. and proceeds through the Village & continues to the Municipal Lot for the Star Pageant. See the map for the route.

EVERYONE Follow the Parade to the Pageant Bring your Stars!

The PAGEANT including the Children’s STAR CEREMONY

In the Municipal Parking Lot immediately following the Parade. Completion of the Day … Join together at the end of the Parade and be a part of the Children’s Star Ceremony. See all the members of the parade plus Fire Juggling, the Grumpus Dance, the Blessing of the Butterfly, live music, sing along, The Peace Dove, and more.

 

*Please Note: The schedule may be modified subject to weather or unanticipated changes.