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Current through December 30, 2017
Medical Aesthetics of the Hudson Valley
Frost Memorial Fund
The Thomas Thompson Trust
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
Foster’s Coach House Tavern
Douglas Baz Photography
Sarah Bissonette-Adler Stage Management
Colleen & Mike Bloxham
ENTA-Education Network for Teachers and Artists
Jeanne Fleming and Wonderworks
The Klock Foundation
Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
M. Suzy Morris Costume Design
Northern Dutchess Hospital
Richard Prouse Stage Scenery
Foster & Tricia Reed
Albert Shahinian Gallery
Renee & Craig Snyder
Ulster Savings Bank
Illiana Van Meeteran
Winter Sun & Summer Moon
$500 – $999
Arts Mid Hudson
Consigli Construction NY
Dal La Magna
The Art of Building
The Beekman Arms
Carolyn Marks Blackwood
John Lyons & Joanne Gray
Margaret C. Howe
Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market
Rondout Savings Bank
Florence & A. Robert Rosen Family Foundation
Willow Glen Productions
$250 – $499
A.L Sitckle Variety Store
Aroi Thai Restaurant
Atelier Renee Fine Framing
Back Yard to Table
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hudson Valley Properties
Friends of Kevin Cahill
CH Energy Group, Inc.
Charny & Wheeler
Liz Mazzarella & Al Decotis
The Forsyth B&B
Mike & Cecily Frazier
The Gallery Inn
Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market
Vicki L. Haak, CFP
Jennifer & Ali Hammoud
Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley
Heermance Farm sponsored by William Gottlieb Real Estate
Hudson Valley Ceremonies
(The Galaxy continued)
Doug Baz & Jill Lundquist
Sheila & Greg Lynch
Wendy Bush Lyons, Esq.
Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods
The Rev. Richard McKeon & Timmothy Lewis, Messiah Church
Cheryl & Roger Norton
Oblong Books and Music
Olde Rhinebck Inn c 1745
Jamie O’Neil, LCSW-R
Paula Redmond Real Estate, Inc
R&F Handmade Paints
Rhinebeck Architecture and Planning PC
Rickert’s Auto Body Inc.
Rondout Savings Bank
The Storefront Gallery
The Toranova Family
Louis & Julie Turpin
Linda & Andy Weintraub
Al & Aida Wilder
Woodstock School of Art
$125 – $249
Acacia Design Corporation
Bailey Pottery Equipment Corp.
Betsy Jacaruso Gallery
Dennis & Valerie Connors
DF Craft Construction
Anne Marie Ferrara
Fraleigh & Rakow Insurance
Law Office of Edward A. Haas
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Hudson Valley Pottery
Hudson Valley Vintage LLC
Kathy Malaga & Steve Jenkins
JSA Financial Group
Scott & Laura Kemp
Christine & Matthew Kurlander
Liberty Public House
Gretchen & Mark Lytle
Frank Guido’s Little Italy & Mariner’s Harbor
Sally & Mike Mazzarella
The Mezzanine Ltd.
Migliorelli Farm LLC
Oliver Kita Artisan Chocolate
On the Hill Antiques
Brian & Kimberly Orcutt
Peter Amendola & Jerry Pagliari
The Palmer–Nathan Family
Periwinkles at Rhinebeck
Georgia Dent and Jeff Perry
Rhinebeck Animal Hospital
Rhinebeck Convenience Stores
Rhinebeck Department Store
Martin & Carol Rosenblum
Ryan and Ryan Insurance Brokers
Abby & James Saxon
Smoky Rock BBQ
Cricket Lengel & Andrew Stewart
Jay Teske Leather
Twin Ponds Flowers
VanNorstrand & Hoolihan, CPA’s, PC
Vetere Real Estate
Bob Wills Architects
Waddle and Swaddle
Amy Novatt & Ron Whitmont
$75 – $124
The Basile–Del Pizzo Family
Gale & Rich Bennek
Nancy & David Boehm
Art Carlson & Julia Crowley
Jamie Kibel & Michael DaCola
The D’Albertis–Gadsby Family
Linda & Ed Faber
Sarah Hill & Guillermo Fesser
Elaine Colandrea & Erik Kiviat
Ed & Patty O’Connor
Susan J. Phillips
Lisa May Quackenbush
Debbie & Hector Rodriguez
Samuel’s Sweet Shop
Ana Sanjuan & Ben Senterfit
Joanna Hess & Albert Shahinian
Staley Real Estate LLC
Marybeth, Charlie, Maura & Drew Sweeney
The Tourtelot Family
Leopoldo Quarles Von Ufford
$20 – $74
Doreen Tignanelli & James Beretta
Steven G. Fischer
Lawrence Garrick Associates Design and Planning
Susan & Patrick Gausepohl
The Kelly Family
Roy & Amy Kulick
Jennifer Lavenhar Consulting
Patrick & Cindy Mahoney & Family
Ann McGrath & Steve Mosto
Neville Bean Designs
Gennaro Pasquale, Esq.
Dr. & Mrs. Edward T. Sullivan
Each year hundreds of people help create this spectacular community-wide event. How can you be part of it?
It takes a whole HOST of folks to come together in a beautiful way to make Sinterklaas happen. It includes everyone, those who donated time and money for sure and all those who sat in meetings, answered millions of questions, made extraordinary suggestions, cut a branch, served up tea, and everyone who comes to the event. Sinterklaas forms a close and sweet community as it gathers steam throughout the year. We thank all of you who form this creative community! Here are some who deserve special mention! We thank…
To Chief Henry Campbell of the Rhinebeck Fire Department. The last time we saw you, you stuck up for us! And then you were taken away. We miss you!
County Executive Mark Molinaro, Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson and Conisgli Construction for extraordinary support!
The Village Board, Mayor Gary Bassett for all you do! Howie Traudt and Scott Cruikshank for true advice and extraordinary help. Sgt. Pete Dunn for his conscientious, caring and good work! And the Rhinebeck Fire Department for inviting us into your home! Kyle and Crissy Eghmy! The Town Board, Elizabeth Spinizia, Supervisor, and the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce
The Rhinebeck Rotary and Interact Club for Puppeteers and Parade Marshals. Thank you, Rotarians! We can’t do it without you!
Keepers of the Flame George and Phebe Banta! Holders of the Flame 2017 The Hoolihan/Kruger Family—Tim, Lorrie, Tori, Ken, Kylie, Garrett, and Owen. And their lineage: The Hewitt Family 2016! The Cruikshanks 2015! The Stickles, 2014!
Elena Erber who designed ALL our graphics, including this website!
After 10 years: The Madwomen of the Sinterklaas Committee: Endless energy, the extraordinary TEAM: Lila Pague, Pat Sexton, Elena Erber, Lindy Wright, Sarah Bissonnette-Adler, Martha Tobias, Joanna Hess, Tricia Reed, Jill Lundquist, Joanne Gelb, Suzy Morris, Dorna Schroeter, Joanna Hess, Colleen Bloxham and Nancy Donskoj who kept the fires burning all year long.
Our own Andy Weintraub since the beginning 30 years ago!
The Amazing, multi-talented Great Leader of the Crowns and Branches Workshop and wearer of many hats and so much more: the thoughtful and committed, Joanna Hess.
Richard Prouse, Barry Cohen and Roberto Rossi!
She can do anything, the fine Sarah Bissonnette-Adler.
Becky Holt holds the power!
Laura D’Atrorie Her dedicated, always costumed assistant, Jeniece Schroeter and the Branch Manager, Sharon Rushton.
The indefatigable Martha Tobias!!
Heather Hetherington for the Decade Anniversay Quilt
Peter Criswell, Matthew Fass, Kevin Muth and Riley.
Lindy Wright, Jill Lundquist, Linda Helbing, Nancy Karimi, Debby Franke Ogg, Diana Devlin, Dorna Schroeter, Suzy Morris and Joanne Gelb.
Bea Lambert for the fantastic and truly magical Elephants! And Lauree Ostrofsky, our Gorgeous Crescent Moon!
Our Queen Bee! Lila Pague
Joanna Hess, Coordinator, The Incredibly Creative Crowns & Branches assistants: Jean DiMarco, Karen Hinderstein, Becky Holt, Anna Kaselis, Kate Kennedy, Melisca Klisanin, Shuchee Madhu, Joanne Mrstik, Sarah Olson, Dorna Schroeter, Loretta Spence, Steve & Sarah Miller, and Tina Stanton.
Welcome Jason!!!! The Fox and the Bear—Roseanne Fox, that is! And Major Ursa! Julia Haines, his accompanist.
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The Rhinebeck Rotary and Daytop.
Sally Mazzarella, Howie Traudt, Scott Cruikshank, Jordan Matthews, Lila Pague, and Father Richard McKeon.
Colleen Bloxham, yes!!!
Special thanks for Paul O’Connor for the creation of our centerpiece—The Giant Elephant Theatre.
Teri Hall, The African Elephant and Julie Leon, the Indian Elephant and their musicians, Amadou Diallo on Drums and Steve Gorn on Bamboo Flute.
Cait Johnson and Terry O’Keefe. You show us we can all get together and love one another right now.
We thank the Rhinebeck Fire Department for their generosity for the Crowns and Branches space! We thank Primrose Hill School and the United Methodist Church for the SWAP! And the Bantas for our Star Party at the Beekman Arms. Betsy Jacaruso Gallery for the Grumpus Hideout! Connie Bathrick and the Courtyard for the Clock! Liberty Public House for our fabulous After Party! And Ruby Star for the bird’s eye views. Foster’s Coach House for opening the heart of our Village (the White Corner!) and forging an ephemeral Town Green for all our performers and folks to gather. Our Vaudeville House and Cirkus Tent: DeDe Leiber and Upstate Films.
We thank Connie Bathrick and the Courtyard for a home for the Pachyderm Palace.
Our greatest gratitude to the United Methodist Church and Pastor Nikki Hutt Edleman for our Celebration Space, Workshop, Toy Theater and beautiful environs Family Bands!
Great SPECIAL thanks to Patricia Panarella and Liberty for our wonderful Green Room. Thanks to your hospitality, we settled in!
Doug Baz for his 31 years of wonderful photographs that make it possible for us to tell the story.
presented by the spirited and joyful Gelbs, David and Joanne, and all the artists and crafts people participating in the Fair! Special thanks to Dorna Schroeter and her helpers and Bobby Fitzpatrick.
Women of Wisdom and Delight.
Liza Jane Norman who created the magnificent costume, Carla Carbone who gave it life and Dani Reuben her pal!
Mike Bloxham, Wally Carbone, Matthew Gelfer, Kurt Fisher, Clifford Hart, Richard Kopyscianski, Jamyang Lodoe, Robby Long, Harlan Matthews, Woody Peoples, Mark Perez, Stephen Robin, John Schmitz, Bob Wills, and Steven Young. And Grumpus Emeritus: Ricky Aldrich, Dodd Crane, David Gelb, Chris Gilbert, Arun Lahiri, Bruce Lubman, Terrance McCorry, Steven Pague, Richard Prouse, Heinz Sauer, and Andy Weintraub. And their illustrious choreographer, Martha Tobias, who tamed and trained the wild beasts!
The 500 kids in the Chancellor Livingston School who made Elephant pictures !
Abby Saxon, the Wildest! Thanks to June and Charlie Schrek for their beautiful work decorating the Wild Women sound cart!
Dorna Schroeter, Queen! Diana Devlin, Laureen Swanwick, Jill Lundquist, Joanna Hess, Gwen Bardon, Karen Graham, Ana Sanjuan, Kiki Steele, Mary Burns, Sarah Olson, Marianne Neifeld, Karil Davidson, Kari Feuer, Jen LaBelle, Cecily Frazier, Marie Dynes, Karil Davidson, Barbara Kahles, Gillian Eames, and Susan Bissonnette.
We could not BEAR to lose you! Samuel’s John Traver, keeping up the tradition begun by Sarah Chaneles and Kathy Varadi. In memory of our dear Ira Gutner.
The stellar team who made the Illuminated Book: Nadine Robbins, Molly Ahearn, Grace Gunning, Richard Prouse, Andy Neal and James Gurney!
at Rhinebeck High School, Cynthia Baer and Kathy Giles and the Art Students for their gorgeous and original paintings.
the Snow King, Queen, and Star Child Emily Houpt, Victor Zelek and Louisa Zelek.
The utterly talented and relentless Suzy Morris creator of the Snow King, Snow Queen, Star Child, the Owlettes, the Owl Queen of the Night and her Mouse, the NEW gorgeous Sinterklaas Robe, those crazy Kukeri, African and Indian Elephants, MOMand all the rest!
you know who you are!
Rebecca Singer and William Eadie and Cait Johnson, Ania Aldrich, Terry O’Keefe.
The immensely talented Richard Prouse whose staging gives to our airy nothing a local habitation and a name. And Barry Cohen who makes sense of it all. Hal Hahn who lends a hand. And the Village of Red Hook for the loaner!
David Gelb. We will let him live! And his Noble Queen Joanne Gelb!
Al Boutin…Lindy’s wingman.
(self-described) Harlan Matthews.
Martha Tobias, Tuba Skinny, Tricia and Foster Reed, Doug Baz and Jill Lundquist, Elena Erber, Dave Leonard, Sarah, Kenna, Patrick, Ben, Melisca Klisanin, Tom, Woody and Hal. Fabulous Food: Sloop Brewing, Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods, Colleen Bloxham.
Lindy Wright, Suzy Morris, Joanne and David Gelb
Susie Linn, Nancy Donskoj, B.C. Gee, Kevin Godbey, Linda Harrington, Deborah Mills Thackerey, Rob Sweeney, Gloria Waslyn, Ann Loeding, A.S.K., Color Page, Robert Iannucci & Sonia Ewers, Historic Kingston Waterfront for the TUG BOAT, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston Library, Old Dutch Church, Savonna’s Trattoria, Ulster County Tourism, WDST and the City of Kingston.
The United Methodist Church, The Church of the Messiah, the Reformed Church of Rhinebeck and the Third Evangelical Lutheran Church — folks filled with love and generosity in their hearts: Pastor Nikki Hutt Edleman, Rev. Richard McKeon Jr., Fr. Luis Perez and Pastor James Miller and Anna Pavord, Liz Irwin and the ever gracious and generous Bonnie Reyero.
The Jewish Alliance of Northern Dutchess, Rabbi Yael Romer, Kimba Baker and Temple Emanuel for a beautiful and moving Havdalah. And the Dapson/Chestney Funeral Home for hosting this meaningful ceremony.
The Reformed Church gives it life!
Brenda Catalano and the Bantas for keeping the Hearth burning. Plus Erin Winters, Kristopher Hallinan, Crystal Christiansen, Preston Faust
All those who donated food for the hundreds of performers and volunteers. Thank you to Colleen Bloxham and Johanna Bard for keeping this army running with good food! The Amsterdam, Aroi Thai Restaurant, Rhinebeck Bagel, Bread Alone, Bubby’s Burritos, Buns, Bangers, Cinnamon, CJ’s Italian Ristorante, Foster’s Coach House Tavern, Gaby’s Café,Grand Cru, Le Petit Bistro, Liberty Public House, Matchbox Café, Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods, Osaka Japanese Restaurant, Pete’s Famous Restaurant, Pizzeria Posto, Village Pizza of Rhinebeck, Smoky Rock BBQ, Samuel’s Sweet Shop, Aba’s Falafel, Migliorelli’s, Tops, Sunflower Natural Foods Market, Terrapin Restaurant,The Rhinecliff, Warren Kitchen & Cutlery.
for its warm welcome to creatures great and small, human and puppet! Stephen Cook and the Board of Trustees, Brooke Stevens, Dave Wanzer, Ed & Veronica Schroeder and Bobby Fitzpatrick.
And to Nan Jackson at the Starr Library for the Coloring Workshops and Joanne Gelb for putting it all together. Thanks to all who colored the 700 beautiful elephant masks for the children!
Cara Silvernail, Cindy Kubick, Stephen Kurowski, Jeff Newman, Tom Dressel, Peter Muste, Mark Schyler, Susan Bissonette, Grace Schultz, Grace Schultz, Becky Holt, Carlos Abreu, Barry Cohen, and Kirsten Horn.
Omega Institute’s Ken Kuter and Skip Backus for letting us hear! And JTD Productions for the same in the venues! And Joe Tobin for the headliners. The Real Deal Jonkheer Leopold Quarles von Ufford for giving us authenticity and connecting us to our heritage. And to Mr. Briggs. Love you always.
In Kingston: Henk Dijk who returns from Holland each year to join us! And in Rhinebeck: Scott Cruikshank, local hero!
Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles whose vision and dedication to the work is unmatched anywhere, who hosted the workshop and taught so many in the skills of pageant puppetry and who made that magnificent Horse and the Fox, Crow, Bear, Goose, Turtle, Hummingbird, the Bees, the Owls …and now the ELEPHANTS!
All those who animated puppets! Now you are 300 strong!!
Ania Aldrich and Gigi Alvare for the original work and setting us on the path.
Jordan who is alive and well and very funny and has become a man.
Al Boutin, Steven Michael Pague, Bernard Greenwald, Peter Muste, David Gelb, Doug Baz, Donald Corrin, Albert Shahinian, Foster Reed and Harlan Matthews who play greater roles than anyone could ever imagine. Some of them are now demanding titles and we are not so sure about THAT!
Who could have imagined it! Well, we ALL did! We imagined it minute by minute and idea by idea. Sinterklaas continues to be an ever astonishing achievement and shows what a community can do working and dreaming together. Thank you again to the greater Rhinebeck community for the privilege of being allowed to do the work.
At a time when it is harder and harder to folks to see each other’s point of view—like the Blind Men in the poem—each saying it’s a wall, it’s a snake, it’s leaf—it’s truly a wonderful opportunity to work together to make Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas can come in and simply point out the obvious—
it’s an elephant—and we can all enjoy it and each other! We are so lucky to be alive and be able to celebrate our community together!!!
May our Sinterklaas festival serve to bring peace and joy to the world!
—Jeanne Fleming, Designer and Coordinator, SPEAKING FOR All of US at Sinterklaas!