Current through November 25, 2016
Medical Aesthetics of the Hudson Valley
$2,500 - $4,999
Benson Frost Foundation
Thomas Thompson Trust
Albert Shahinian Gallery
Douglas Baz Photography
ENTA-Education Network for Teachers & Artists
Jeanne Fleming and Wonderworks
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
The Klock Foundation
M. Suzy Morris Costume Design
Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Richard Prouse Stage Scenery
Renee and Craig Snyder
Sunflower Natural Foods Market
Illiana Van Meeteren
Williams Lumber & Home Centers
Winter Sun & Summer Moon
$500 – $999
Rhinebeck Farmer's Market
Access International Properties
Carolyn Marks Blackwood
Charny & Associates
Simon Gisby and Nell Hanks
Sarah Drew and Dal LaMagna
Tricia and Foster Reed
Rhinebeck Village Place
Florence and A. Robert Rosen Family Foundation
Al Boutin and Lindy Wright
$250 – $499
Brian and Kimberly Orcutt
A.L Stickles Variety Store
Aroi Thai Restaurant
Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill
Atelier Renee Fine Framing
Raina Kattelson and Bob Butscher
Wally and Carla Carbone
Dr. Tom's Tonics
Mike and Cecily Frazier
Grand Cru Beer and Cheese Market
Jen and Ali Hammoud
Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Kingston's Opera House Office Building
LeClerc's Martial Arts
(The Galaxy continued)
Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods, LLC
Fr. Richard McKeon and Timothy Lewis
Micky Haggerty Attorney
Oblong Books and Music
Olde Rhinebeck Inn c. 1745
Oliver Kita Chocolates
Paula Redmond Real Estate
Rhinebeck Department Store
The Terranova Family
Julie and Louis Turpin
Leopold Quarrels Van Ufford
Vicki L. Haak, CFP
Village Center Complex
Waddle and Swaddle
Linda and Andy Weintraub
Wendy Bush Lyons, Esq.
Al and Aida Wilder
William Gottlieb Real Estate
$125 – $249
Sally and Mike Mazzarella
John, Suellen and Sam Pomichter
Andrea Loukin and Michael Kaye
Bailey Pottery Equipment
Betsy Jacaruso Studio
Nancy and David Boehm
Bogush & Grady, CPAS LLP
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
Susan B. Cummings-Findel
Dr. Victor Zelek
Edward J. Haas
Anne Moehle Ferrara
Ronnie Citron Fink and Ted Fink
Fraleigh & Rakow Insurance
Jill Welch and Paul Higgins
Ivy Ridge Asset Management LLC
Scott and Laurel Kemp
Liberty Public House
The Lynch Family
Gretchen & Mark Lytle
Evan and Diane Meltzer
Kate Karikassis & David Migdal
Roger and Cheryl Norton
Ed and Patty O’Connor
On the Hill Antiques
Peter Amendola and Jerry Pagliari
Rhinebeck Animal Hospital
Rhinebeck Convenience Stores
Rhinebeck Phone Repair
Rondout Savings Bank
Ryan & Ryan Insurance Brokers, Inc
Maggie Salamone and Meg
Smoky Rock BBQ
Staley Real Estate
Cricket Lengyel & Andrew Stewart
The Rondout Inn
Thomas F. Cingel, DDS
Twin Ponds Flowers
Van Norstrand & Hoolihan, CPA's, PC
Zimmer Brothers Jewelers
$75 – $124
Jill Lundquist and Doug Baz
Jeff Ackerly Real Estate
Milne Antiques and Interiors
The Pelosi Family
The Manor Road Halloween Dance Crew
Gail and Rich Bennek
Sarah Hill and Guillermo Fesser
Georgia and Jeff
Felicia Keesing and Family
Elaine Collandrea and Erik Kiviat
The Palmer-Nathan Family
The Quackenbush Family
Debbie and Hector Rodriguez
Christine Archambault and Mary Alice Scully
Amy Novatt and Ron Whitman
$20 – $74
The Buehler Family
Dennis and Valerie Conners
Dodd and Dorothy Crane
Linda and Ed Faber
Larry and Jane Garrick
Susan and Steven Gausepohl
Hudson Valley Pottery
Cynthia and Michael Keller
The Mahoney Family
Ann McGrath and Steve Mosto
The Phelan Family
Ed and Cathy Sullivan
Laureen and John Swanwick
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…
County Count Executive Mark Molinaro, Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson and Kirchhoff Construction for extraordinary support!
Village & Town The Village Board, Mayor Heath Tortarella 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! The Town Board, Elizabeth Spinizia, Supervisor, and the Town Recreation Committee for the Hoedown. The Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce
Partners The Rhinebeck Rotary and Interact Club for Puppeteers and Parade Marshals. Thank you, Rotarians! We can’t do it without you!
Caped Wonders Keepers of the Flame George and Phebe Banta! Holders of the Flame 2016 The Hewitt Family: Jesse, Bridget and their lineage: The Cruikshanks 2015! The Stickles, 2014
Stamina! Elena Erber who designed ALL our graphics, including this beautiful book!
Endurance: After 9 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, and Nancy Donskoj who kept the fires burning all year long.
Heart & Soul Doug and Jill — we want you back with us soon.
“WE can end this right now” Lindy over the top hat! ! 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.
Habitation and a Stage! Richard Prouse, Barry Cohen and Roberto Rossi!
Magic when you need it! The fine Sarah Bissonnette-Adler and her MOM Susan!
Girl with a truck! Becky Holt
Our newest sister! Nancy Karimi! Welcome to the club!
She never stops dancin’ The indefatigable Martha Tobias!!
Those same old Kids on the Block! Peter Criswell, Matthew Fass and Terrance McCorry.
The Swap Team! Lindy Wright, Jill Lundquist, Mel Dean, Nancy Karimi, Debby Franke Ogg, Diana Devlin, Dorna Schroeter and Joanne Gelb.
Hoot! Hoot!….. Bea Lambert for the fantastic and truly magical OWLS! And Lauree Ostrofsky, our Gorgeous Crescent Moon!
All the helpers at the Crowns and Branches Workshop! Joanna Hess, Coordinator, The Incredible Crowns & Branches assistants: Jeniece Schroeter, Maribeth Feinberg, Karen Hinderstein, Becky Holt, Cait Johnson, Kate Kennedy, Colleen Lalonde, Gretchen Lytle, Linda McAteer, Mary Yankjitis, Joanne Mrstik, Faith Palmer, Carole Schaad & Granddaughters, Tina Stanton, Mia Tsang and Gagana Yaskhi
Bear Up! Thanks to Steven Michael Pague for stepping up to the paws were not put on pause. And his trainers Kate Brehm and Roseanne Fox and Major Ursa! Julia Haines, his accompanist.
Talons! Thanks to the amazing and skilled Laurie Schumacher of Talons! for the beautiful birds who flew to music in the sacred space. And her go-between, Dorna Schroeter and her able assistant, Matthew Rymkiewicz.
Up in the air! It’s a bird! Thanks to the Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market for bringing TALONS! and the amazing Flying Owls to our children!
Birds of a feather: To those who swoop in at the end and make it work: The Rhinebeck Rotary and Daytop.
OWL=Wisdom Sally Mazzarella, Howie Traudt, Scott Cruikshank, Jordan Matthews, Lila Pague, and Father Richard McKeon, Nancy Kelly, Louis Turpin, Barbara Kraft, and Robert J. Johnson.
The joy of cooking! Colleen Bloxham, yes!!!!
The COO COO CLOCK! Special thanks for Paul O’Connor for the creation of our centerpiece—The Clock! And Jordan Matthews for the soundscape!
The Owlettes!! Leighann Kowalsky Choreographer and the precious Owlettes themselves: Cooper Foraker, Mia Goodwin, Riley Goodwin, Drew Sweeney-Cuyler, Maura Sweeney-Cuyler, Magnolia Kondrat-Wilson and Grace Leedy (big sister Owlette)
Queen for a Lifetime… Our Queen Bee! Lila Pague
Our Owl Queen of the Night and her companion Mouse Cait Johnson and Terry O’Keefe. You show us we can all get together and love one another right now.
Location, Location, Location!! Celebration Spaces: 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. Phoebe Melley of Foster’s 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.
Our address: We thank Connie Bathrick and the Courtyard for a home for the Coo Coo Clock.
A clean, well lighted space Our greatest gratitude to the United Methodist Church and Pastor Nikki Hutt Edleman for our Celebration Space, Workshop, Sinter Underground and beautiful environs for the Owls and Sweet Music!
Now we can rest Great SPECIAL thanks to Pat D’Antonio and thegallery@rhinebeck for our wonderful Green Room and Window on the world. Thanks to your hospitality, we settled in!
READ ALL ABOUT IT! Suzanna Hermanns of Oblong Books for her excellent contribution to the program!
Our Paparazzi Doug Baz for his 28 years of wonderful photographs that make it possible for us to tell the story.
Sinterklaas Craft Fair presented by the spirited and joyful Gelbs, David and Joanne, and all the artists, crafts people, bakers and helpers for the Fair! Special thanks to Lindy Wright and Dorna Schroeter.
The Wish Ladies Women of Wisdom and Delight.
The Pocket Lady and her Pal Liza Jane Norman who created the magnificent costume and Carla Carbone who gave it life!
All those wild Grumpuses! Happy Birthday Wally! Mike Bloxham, Wally Carbone , Kurt Fisher, Chris Gilbert, Clifford Hart, Jamyang Lodoe, Robby Long, Bruce Lubman, Harlan Matthews, Terrance McCorry, Steven Pague, Mark Perez, Stephen Robin, John Schmitz, Andy Weintraub, Bob Wills, and Steven Young. And Grumpus Emeritus: Dod Crane, David Gelb, , Richard Prouse, Richard Kopyscianski, Arun Lahiri, Heinz Sauer and Ricky Aldrich. And their illustrious choreographer, Martha Tobias, who tamed and trained the wild beasts!
The hootin’ of the owls! And Super HOOT to the 500 kids in the Chancellor Livingston School who made Owl pictures !
The Wild Women! Abby Saxon, the Wildest!
The Ask Me Ladies Dorna Schroeter, Queen! Diana Devlin, Laureen Swanwick, Jill Lundquist, Joanna Hess, Gwen Bardon, Karen Graham, Aida Wilder, Ana SanJuan, Kiki Steele, Mary Burns, Joanne Leffeld, Sarah Olson, Marianne Neifeld, Karil Davidson, Kari Feuer, Jen LaBelle, Cecily Frazier, Marie Dynes, Karil Davidson, Barbara Kahles, Gillian Eames, and Susan Bissonnette.
Bear Beauty for the Bear Beauty Contest. 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.
Crowns and Branches! Becky Holt, Sharon Rushton and their courageous crew.
The Book The stellar team who made the Illuminated Book: Nadine Robbins, Molly Ahearn, Grace Gunning, Richard Prouse, Andy Neal and James Gurney!
The Art Teachers at Rhinebeck High School, Cynthia Baer and Kathy Giles and the Art Students for their gorgeous and original paintings.
Snow King, Queen, and Star Child Our Royalty! Emily Houpt, Victor Zelek and Louisa Zelek.
All dressed up! 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 and all the rest! And her co-conspirator Bea Lambert.
Holy Holly! Mother Holly! Rebecca Singer and William Eadie and Cait Johnson, Ania Aldrich, Terry O’Keefe.
Staging! 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. And the Village of Red Hook for the loaner!
He’ll always be the Drone of Distinction David Gelb. We will let him live! And his Noble Queen Joanne Gelb!
Just call him Al Al Boutin…Lindy’s wingman.
Travellers (to MFTA) Lindy Wright, Suzy Morris, Joanne and David Gelb
Kingston Crew! 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, Feeney’s Shipyard, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston Library, Old Dutch Church, Savonna’s Trattoria, Ulster County Tourism, Walmart, WDST and the City of Kingston.
The Churches 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 William Ryan Starkweather, and Anna Pavord, Liz Irwin and the every gracious and generous Bonnie Reyero.
Yasha Koah 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 Living Nativity! The Reformed Church gives it life!
Beekman Arms and it’s legs Brenda Catalano and Gail Haskins who climbed up on the chairs--and the Bantas for keeping the Hearth burning.
Collection agent! Welcome back Johanna Bard!
YUM! 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! Aroi Thai Restaurant, Rhinebeck Bagel, Bread Alone, Bubby’s Burritos, Cinnamon, CJ’s Italian Restorante, 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, Sunflower Natural Foods Market, Terrapin Restaurant, The Rhinecliff, Warren Kitchen & Cutlery.
The Starr Library for its warm welcome to creatures great and small, human and puppet! Steven Cook and the Board of Trustees.
Maskers! 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 500 beautiful owl masks for the children!
Re-Sounding Praise! Omega Institute’s Ken Kuter and Skip Backus for letting us hear! And JTD Productions for the same in the venues!
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.
Our own special Sinterklaas! In Kingston: Henk Dijk who returns from Holland each year to join us! And in Rhinebeck: Scott Cruikshank, local hero!
The Puppeteers 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…and now the OWLS!
Parade Volunteers All those who animated puppets! Now you are 300 strong!!
And all the artists and performers!
As always to Ania Aldrich and Gigi Alvare for the original work and setting us on the path. And special thanks to Gigi for channeling the Blessing of the Owl. We know it was not easy.
To my son Jordan who is alive and well and very funny and becoming a man.
And especially to our patient, long-standing, and supportive husbands: 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.
Sinterklaas is 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.
The world is in a sorry state these days in so many ways, sometimes one wonders how to go on..what is the right thing to do? On Halloween night a friend told me that the Dalai Lama was very recently asked “what can we do to make the world a better place?” He lit up and immediately answered “Festivals! They bring people together in joyous celebration.”
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!