Rhinebeck, New York…..Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley, now in its 10th year, announced today that The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band will headline the December 2nd event. The band, which only performs as a group a few times annually, includes Ungar, Mason, Jay’s daughter Ruth Ungar, and her husband Mike Merenda. Performances, are free of charge and open to the public and will take place at the Methodist Church (83 East Market St., Rhinebeck) during Sinterklaas at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm.
Says Molly Mason, “what makes performing at this year’s Sinterklaas so special is that we have heard about the event for years, and now we get to experience the magic as attendees and get to really be a part of it as performers.”
As the two generations and four musicians collaborate onstage, attendees can expect “lively fiddle middles, heartwarming harmonies, and some original winter songs and tunes during warm up for the three performances,” added Mason. The family band will feature 7 different instruments and music for people of all ages.
Ungar continued, “on another note, my longtime love for elephants makes this event extra-special for me as it is this year’s honored animal at Sinterklaas.”
Jeanne Fleming, Hudson Valley Community Productions, who coordinates Sinterklaas every year (and is widely known as the artistic and producing director of the famous New York Village Halloween Parade), said “mastadons are an important part of our region’s history. Right in Columbia County, a Dutch farmer discovered the tooth of an elephant in 1705; other remains have also been located in nearby Orange County, and story has it that George Washington developed profound interest in the species after spending time in Newburgh in the late 1700s.”
Sinterklaas is a non-denominational event inspired by the Hudson Valley’s Dutch heritage. The festival will take place from 10am to 10pm on December 2nd throughout the village of Rhinebeck; in addition to the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band performances, the event will feature other entertainment/shows, workshops, and a Children’s Starlight Parade.
About Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley
A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season.
“…just a smile away from Whoville with a hint of It’s a Wonderful Life.”