Sinterklaas Cancels Arrivel by Boat On November 27th~ 2010
Rhinebeck, NY — Sinterklaas, the award-winning winter holiday celebration in Rhinebeck, is experiencing a serious downturn in fundraising this year. Yesterday, the volunteer committee made the difficult decision to CANCEL the Thanksgiving weekend “Arrival of Sinterklaas” in Rhinecliff, NY, originally slated for Saturday, November 27th. This smaller arrival event has been cut to save funds for the bigger all-day event on Sinterklaas Day on Saturday, December 4th.
“We’ve had to make some very difficult decisions this year,” said Jeanne Fleming, producer of the popular holiday event. “And, we’re not out of the woods yet.” The main event, Sinterklaas Day, will take place on December 4th in Rhinebeck, but the committee acknowledges that they are still a few thousand dollars short of their planned budget. “We found ways to cut the budget by a third, but we”re still coming up short at this point,” added Ms. Fleming.
Sinterklaas has traditionally begun on Thanksgiving weekend with the Sinterklaas character arriving by boat on the docks of Rhinecliff. He mounts his white horse and leads a procession of hundreds of folks, to a celebration at the Rhinecliff Hotel. The Sinterklaas Week culminates with an all-day festival in the streets of Rhinebeck on December 4th, entertaining thousands with dance, music, theatre, storytelling and a circus in the restaurants, hotels, theatres, church spaces and town hall of Rhinebeck. The day ends with a sensational Starlight Parade with 20′ tall puppets, star lanterns, bands, dancers, fire-eaters, jugglers, and Sinterklaas on his white horse, leading the parade. All events and activities are free and open to the public.
“We have all the elements in place to go,” said Ms. Fleming, “and we’re just a few weeks away. We need the people who love Sinterklaas to really step up now, help out just a little and let us know we can go for it!”