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Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration, Kingston, New York
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Sinterklaas! Send-Off Celebration in KINGSTON


Saturday, November 24, 2018, Kingston, New York

Sinterklaas departs from the historic Kingston Waterfront (aka “Spain”) after a full day of open houses, musical performances, workshops creating beautiful crowns and branches, and a Children’s Maritime Parade down Broadway, with stars and puppets galore. Kingston sends off Sinterklaas and his white horse on a tugboat across the river to his destination there. After his send off, there will be a Sinterklaas Soiree and plenty of specials at all of the local restaurants.

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2017 Kingston Sinterklaas Schedule

Kingston Library

11:00am — Parrots for Peace Meet the avian peace ambassadors


The festivities continue at The Rondout Waterfront…

Hudson River Maritime Museum Homeport Barn

11:00am-3:15pm — Crowns and Branches Workshop Doors close promptly at 3:15 in order to prepare for the parade
Noon-3:45pm — Photo Booth Make your Crowns and Branches then get your picture taken with them

”Ask Me” Tent

Mariners’ Harbor Outdoor Tent
Noon-4:00pm — Ornament decorating workshop, chocolate letters, stars, flags, elephant hugs and more!

New York Trolley Museum

12noon-3:30pm — Ride the Trolley

Arts Society of Kingston

97 Broadway
12:30pm — Karen Pillsworth Storytelling
1:30pm — Nancy Ruiz Salsa Dance Lessons
2:30pm — Mark Rust Musical Performance
3:30pm — Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine will rap the Rip Van Winkle story and lead Rip to the parade

Armadillo Restaurant

97 Abeel Street
1:30pm — Blessing of the Animals Bring your family’s honored animal to be blessed by Pastor Renee House of the Old Dutch Church

HRMM Boat Building School

50 Rondout Landing
Noon — Sean the Prankster Magician
1:00pm — Crazy Christine Balloons
2:00pm — Ivy Vine Puppets

Savona’s Outdoor Patio

11 Broadway
1:00pm-3:00pm — Green Palette Winter Solstice Puppet Show and Workshop

TR Gallo Park Gazebo

Kingston High School Elephant Silhouettes on display

2:30pm — Break the Elephant Piñata

Redstart Coffee

1 West Strand
3:00pm — Catskill Mountain Music Together Musical Workshop — dancing, singing, instrument play and more!

Mariner’s Harbor

1 Broadway

And for the Adults…
2:00pm — Caprice Rouge Balkan & Klezmer music. Come and Dance!
3:00pm — The Continentals Café music with accordion, mandolin, fiddle and guitar
5:30pm — Sinterklaas Soiree with The Gold Hope Duo After bidding adieu to Sinterklaas and his merry crew bring your stars and join the Grumpuses, Wild Women and The Elephant for our After Party.

Open Houses & Workshops Galore

Noon-4:00pm — Stop at these participating shops and get your card stamped to win a special prize of a large stuffed elephant and a restaurant gift certificate

Open House — Gift Shop at Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, 10% off on selected items
Open House — Trends Hair Design, 29 West Strand
Holiday cookie decorating Workshop and Open House — Enchanted Cakes, 23 West Strand
Open House — Next Boutique, 17 West Strand, 20% off for the day
Open House — Redstart Coffee, 1 West Strand
Open House — Jay Teske Leather Co., 25a Broadway, Make snowman marshmallow pops
Open House — South Manor, 25b Broadway
Open House — Vetere Real Estate, 37 Broadway
Open House — On the Hill Antiques, 41 Broadway, Cookies for the kids, 15% off selected items.
Mask & Painting Workshop — Kingston Artist Collective, 63 Broadway
Open House — Clove & Creek, 73 A Broadway, Free Hot Apple Cider for kids
Open House — Hops Petunia, 73 B Broadway. Natural greens head wreaths to wear in parade
Cookie Decorating Workshop — Milnes At Home Antiques, 81 Broadway,
Open House and the Gathering of the Grumpuses — Hetta Glogg, 85 Broadway 10% food and drink when you show the Sinterklaas program
Open House — Jane Bloodgood-Abrams Studio, 89 Broadway, 10% off original art and prints
Art Reception & Open House: The Storefront Gallery, 93 Broadway for The Honored Animal: The Elephant Exhibit

Children’s Maritime Parade

Broadway & Garraghan Dr.
4:00pm — Accompany Sinterklaas amid the Flock of Doves, a flotilla of boats, star lanterns, wWind wheels, and The Elephant (our honored animal). Follow along with your Crowns & Branches to the water’s edge and bid Adieu as Sinterklaas sets off for Holland