By the time you read this, it’ll be almost time for the sainted bishop Nikolaos of Myra – still looking remarkably well-preserved, in spite of having been born in the fourth century – to make his long-awaited Dutchess County landfall and ride in a grand procession up to the Rhinecliff Hotel. Being the patron saint of sailors (as well as of merchants, archers, thieves, children and students), Nikolaos the Wonderworker – a/k/a Saint Nicholas – will be arriving by tugboat from the Rondout in Kingston this Saturday afternoon, November 26, amidst festivities described in detail in last week’s edition of Alm@nac (you can read that piece online at: http://bit.ly/t32zTG or just look at page 2 of last week’s paper).
But the main event in Rhinebeck’s annual Sinterklaas Celebration takes place a week later, on Saturday, December 3. Or I should say “events,” since the list of activities going on all over town is mind-boggling and might necessitate planning ahead. Some stuff is going on all day long, so you can stop by in between the other activities on your must-do list: the Illuminated Book on display at the Beekman Arms, for example, which was created by Nadine Robbins, Grace Gunning and Molly Ahearn with help from James Gurney (yes, the Dinotopia guy), Richard Prouse and Andy Neal.