It couldn't have been more perfect: beautiful flakes of snow started to fall just as Saint Nicolaas began his ride down Broadway, the stores twinkled with colorful lights...... but let our fearless leader take it from here:
Saint Nicolaas will be back next year! Thanks to the many good people who made this year’s St. Nicolaas (Sinterklaas) celebration a big success. We are already planning for his arrival next year.
In 2009 Schuylerville’s celebration of its Dutch heritage was more authentic than ever. Photos of our “Sinterklaas” festivities are showing up on the websites that carry news of Dutch cultural events around the country. As our celebration continues to evolve, it will surely fill its intended role as a unique enough event in our media market to boost the good name of our community to a higher awareness in the surrounding area. As such it joins our other three “signature” events, the Gardener’s Weekend/Lilac Festival, the Turning Point Parade, and, as of 2009 the Schuyler Skiff, specifically designed to raise awareness of the potential of our area.
A special thanks to the committee, Marie Foster, Lois Dudley, Susan Miller, Carol Hammer, Kate McMahon, Joanna Albertson, Mary Roberts and Deb Mathis. Thanks to Mary and Deb for the two beautiful Dutch villages, and to Mary for all the costumes. Thanks to Lorraine Thompson, Ralph Brooks, the Community Theater, and the Methodist Choir for the music; to Mayor Sherman and the Village crew for the new tree, the pole decorations, and the clean-up of the street and park; to the “over sixties” (Bob, Bob, Dave and Richard) who set up the bandstand; to the Garden Club for the beautiful wreaths and decorations; to the Lions Club for the children’s lanterns; to the Rotary Club for the coffee and coco; to Chris Tucker for the sound system; to the State Police and the Sheriff’s Office for the traffic control; to the merchants and businesses who stayed open and served treats and welcomed visitors; to our marching Burgermeisters John Sherman and Tom Wood; to all the great kids who served as “Piets”; to Karlene Bulson and her wonderful white horse “Dell”; and, of course to the Saint himself, Walter Grom.
Next year we would like to have many more activities for young people, especially the little ones. Please make your ideas and suggestions known – AND - if at all possible - volunteer for the committee.
Warm wishes for an early Spring,
The Schuylerville Area Chamber of Commerce
/ by David W. Roberts, President