Sinterklaas Workshop for Crowns & Branches is now open!

Sinterklaas Workshop for Crowns & Branches is now open in the Rhinebeck Courtyard in the storefront between Bread Alone and Bumble & Hive. 

Our current hours are:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm – 5pm. 

If we get some more volunteers we can open earlier on Saturdays and Sundays.  We will be there for the whole month of November, including Thanksgiving weekend.   So beat the rush on Sinterklaas Day (Dec. 3rd) and make your Crown & Branch now!
Puppet building workshop will open November 17th at Ruge’s Subaru showroom at the corner of Chestnut St. and Rt. 9 in the center of Rhinebeck.  We will be there Thursdays – Sundays.  Afternoon and early evening hours — exact times will be posted soon. 
We are still looking for volunteers for all kinds of activities — sitting the workshops, helping to move things (people with vans & trucks), helping on November 26th (Arrival Day in Rhinecliff) and on December 3rd (Sinterklaas Day).  
WE ALSO NEED:  Branches!  There are lots of them down and if you could even gather a handful or two and bring them to the workshop on the weekends, that would be great!  AND — if you have a truck and can bring us a truckload, please contact Pat Sexton and we will let you know where to deliver them.  Branches should be about 3′ tall or shorter and have a few “arms” on them.  (Not just straight sticks).
WE ALSO NEED:  Baubles, beads, laces, ribbons, etc. etc. for Crowns & Branches.  If you want to donate your sewing notions (buttons, beads, ribbon, lace, decals, etc.), artificial flowers, holiday decor (nothing glass or breakable please), wrapping papers, wrapping ribbon.  Anything that is small and fun, anything shiny, sparkly, eye-catching. 
Saturday, November 26th — Departure of Sinterklaas from Kingston!  For the first time ever, Sinterklaas will make an appearance in Kingston’s Rondout and the Tugboat Cornell will carry our Sinterklaas across the Hudson to Rhinecliff.  Afternoon activities, merchant open houses, entertainment and a small parade to send off Sinterklaas!  Exact times TBD and will post soon.
Saturday, November 26th — Arrival Day in Rhinecliff — 4pm (arrive early!!)  As in years’ past, Sinterklaas will arrive in Rhinecliff and a big party at the Rhinecliff Hotel will take place.  Entertainment from Vanaver Caravan, St. George & Dragon troupe, carolling from Rhinebeck Choral Club.  Great fun for families and the perfect Thanksgiving weekend community get-together.
Saturday, December 3rd — Sinterklaas Day in Rhinebeck  –10am – 10pm  Streets will be filled with bands and colorful sights!  Every venue in town — town hall, church spaces, Upstate Films, Beekman Arms, etc.  will host performances all afternoon.  AND — The STARLIGHT Parade will step off at twilight!  Sinterklaas — an Old Dutch Tradition with a Hudson Valley twist! 
AND — if you could make a small donation, that is very much needed and appreciated.  This is a FREE event that is open to the public, but it does cost thousands to create.  Insurance, materials & art supplies, artist fees, all add up and we depend on the generosity of the people who enjoy it all.  IF you love Sinterklaas, please consider making a donation and let us know what it means to you!  See our website to donate online or send a check to HVCP (Hudson Valley Community Productions) at 118 La Bergerie Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571.      THANK YOU!!
Follow us on Facebook — Sinterklaas Rhinebeck — or visit our website to volunteer, donate or get more information. 
And, you can always write me here or at
Sinterklaas Season has begun!  Please join us and get in on all the fun. 

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