Briefly noted in Kingston (12/08/21)


High school students who are members of the Saugerties Skating Club perform in front of the crowd. They include Callin Piper, Aurora Freeman, Emma Hendricks, Alayna Van Nosdall, and Lillian Vinskey.

New Paltz resident Tom Loughlin and his three-year-old twin daughters Claire and Charlotte.

Santa Claus entering the ice rink while greeting everyone.

Kingston’s new ice rink opens at Ole Savannah’s restaurant

Ole Savannah Restaurant on the Rondout in Kingston hosted a dedication ceremony for Kingston’s new ice rink on Thursday evening, December 2. Ole Savannah owner David Amato was on hand, along with members of the Skating Club of Saugerties, Michael Dell and other singers, Santa Claus, the Bruderhof High School Marching Band and a laser show that wowed everyone the world. The ice rink will be open to the public until February 2022 and skate rental is available. For more information contact

Rabbi Itkin lights the menorah. (Photo by Phyllis McCabe)

Menorah Lighting in Kingston

On Friday afternoon December 3, the Ulster County Chabad sponsored a menorah lighting at the end of Wall Street in Uptown Kingston. Rabbi Avrohom Boruch Itkin lit the menorah for the fifth day of Chanukah as members sang and then celebrated with latkes and sweet buns.

Left to right: Zora Davison, 3, from Red Hook, and her sisters, Ailyn, 10, and Wilder, 5, enjoying the festival. (Photo by Phyllis McCabe)

Kingston Snowflake Festival

The annual Kingston Snowflake Festival took place on Friday evening, December 3 in Uptown with an array of entertainment including a band on stilts, a hip-hop juggler, flame eater, ice sculptures, singers from Christmas, campfire s’mores, bike raffle prizes, a stage filled with local children’s songs, dances, carriage rides, free treats and refreshments and more. Santa Claus and Mrs. Noel arrived in a vintage fire truck, all adorned with Christmas lights.

Films with Spirit screens Lost christmas December 18

The BBC movie Lost christmas, a heartwarming urban fairy tale of love, loss and second chance, is the next screening of Movies with Spirit, taking place on December 18 at 7 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church, located at 35, Pearl Street in Kingston. The tale – with nuances of It’s a wonderful life, A Christmas Carol and Oliver twist – immerses us in the life of a ten-year-old boy, Goose (Larry Mills), who causes a series of heartbreaking losses for his seemingly innocent action.

The 2011 film won an International Emmy Award for Best Made for Children’s Television produced and shown outside of the United States. The trailer for the film is available on YouTube at

The screening will be followed by a lively discussion and refreshments will be served. Participants over 12 are asked to contribute $ 10 per person. Film screenings with Spirit comply with all federal, state and local health and safety protocols, including those at the screening locations.

The monthly Movies with Spirit series is curated by Gerry Harrington of Kingston. For more information on Lost christmas and the rest of the series, contact Harrington at (845) 389-9201 or [email protected].

Mass of fools by the Dzieci Theater Troupe at Old Dutch Church in Kingston

Actors playing medieval “village idiots” will occupy Old Dutch Church in Kingston to perform their own Christmas mass. The theater group Dzieci (in Polish for “children”) will present their emblematic creation, Mass of fools, Sunday December 12 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This absolutely unique theatrical experience has been embraced by theatergoers and a range of spiritual communities, spanning a multitude of paths and practices, across the country. The play celebrates the sacred, the miracle of life and the enigma of death, with lovely choral songs, comedic buffoonery, and extraordinary dramatic invention that literally draws the audience into the drama.

A conversation with the actors will follow the performance. Admission is by voluntary offering.

The church is located at 272 Wall Street in Kingston. For more information call (845) 338-6759 or email [email protected].

Living nativity scene at Grace Church on Katrine Lake

Grace Community Evangelical Free Church is hosting its fifth annual live nativity scene on Saturday, December 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, located at 160 Seremma Court in Lake Katrine. It will be a touchless, drive-thru production that you can watch from the safety of your car. Guests will hear a narration on the radio as they walk through nearly a dozen sets telling the story of Christ’s birth. (The narration written in English and Spanish will also be distributed to each car.)

The event will feature:

• A stable with live animals and costumed characters, including angels, shepherds, wise men and more.

• A Victorian choir with members dressed in period clothing.

• A choir of children’s angels.

• Refreshments, Free Bibles for all ages and Christmas Comics.

“There is a lot of stress this time of year. Our Living Nativity is a great opportunity for families to leave commercialism behind for a night and find some peace and joy in remembering that first Christmas, ”said Donna Albright, one of the organizers of the event. ‘event. “There will be a lot of animals for the children: a donkey and sheep and maybe even a llama. It will be a wonderful time for the whole family.


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