Featuring this year’s honored animal the FROG! Each package includes a star, an illumination unit and instructions for assembling.
We wonder: If you take away the amazing music, if you take away all the beautiful artwork, the performers, the creatures, the Grumpus, the Wild Women, the Toy Theater, the Puppets, the Parade and the Pageant… and if you take away the folks mingling happily in the open streets– ALL of it, actually– Is there still a Sinterklaas? This little Star, and all the Stars together, form a constellation that hangs suspended in the firmament of our collective memories, shared rituals, and love of one another and devotion to our community and its children. This year–with all that we have endured, the Stars – YOUR STAR – still shines brightly and will continue to shine as we move forward together. It contains within it the deepest wish of Sinterklaas–the Dona Nobis Pacem–may there be peace in the world for all humankind. You hold the whole world in your hands. So, hold your Star aloft & let it shine, let it shine, let it shine… Till we meet again! and…hint! This star will also be relating to NEXT year..so you must have BOTH for 2021!!!
join hundreds of your neighbors, friends, and family — carry your star in the Children’s Maritime Parade in Kingston on the last Saturday in November and on the first Saturday in December on the Sinterklaas Festival in the Children’s Starlight Parade that culminates in an illuminated pageant in the very heart of Rhinebeck.
Perhaps close to your chest and cradled with care, or held aloft dangling freely in the winter breeze. A gathering constellation will light the path for the many children who, bedecked in crowns and branches of their own creation, are the honored Kings and Queens of the Day.
At the end of the Pageant that is the culmination of the entire Festival, everyone will gather for the final ritual, the moment you and your star have been waiting for. The Master of Ceremonies will call upon all those present to honor our children, our hope for the future, our joy of today. He will ask you to bow down on one knee to the children. At that moment, you will bow down and hold your STAR at the children’s waist level — elevating them, for a brief moment, on a sea of stars above everyone in the community. Then, you will be asked to stand again and raise your star above your heads — thus placing you, the children and the entire community in its proper place in the firmament — all of us as one and at peace under the stars.
After the evening’s festivities are over, you take your star home with you to grace your hearth throughout the dark winter with the vivid memory–like a burning ember — of when we all came together to celebrate our children, our community, our lives and each other.