RHINEBECK — The Dutch Heritage Festival sponsored by The Rhinebeck Reformed Church will be held Oct. 5-7.
The festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 with a three-course dinner at the Beekman Arms Tavern with special guest speaker The Honorable Al Rosenblatt, former judge on New York’s high court to talk about Dutch Heritage in the Hudson Valley. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, complimentary glass of bubbles, and a cash bar while perusing interesting items of our Dutch Heritage in the Hudson River Valley while listening to Dutch classical music courtesy of The Hudson River Consort musicians. Tickets are $50. Seating is limited. Reservations required.
Festivities continue 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 6 with the annual Apple Festival at the Old Dutch Reformed Church. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. offering Dutch-inspired dishes, freshly made apple pies for sale made from local apples, crafts, bake sale of many Dutch-inspired treats and other vendors. All-access tours on the half hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. of the church and its grounds which include the cemetery, including a peek inside the famous clock tower to see its inner workings, and explore the basement below the pulpit to see the graves of those still lying in rest underneath the church, one of them rumored to be Henry Beekman himself, and step inside the historic 1892 Roosevelt pipe organ as it is played to explore its inner workings. Tours are free with the last one starting at 12:30 p.m.
The event continues in the sanctuary at 1 p.m., with storyteller Joe Doolittle accompanied by the ensemble from The Hudson River Consort, and music played on our historic organ. Free. Donations accepted.
Finally, at 10 a.m. Oct. 7 enjoy the friendly confines of the Old Dutch Reformed Church with the service conducted in both Dutch and English. Afterwards, enjoy the hospitality of coffee hour with light refreshments provided by members, and go on one last tour of the church and its grounds.
The three-day event is sponsored by the Old Dutch Reformed Church of Rhinebeck to celebrate the history and contributions of the Dutch in the Hudson Valley. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Beekman/Livingston/Perez Scholarship Fund and the maintenance and care of the historic structure that is the Old Dutch Reformed Church, an integral part of the historic village of Rhinebeck and the home of the Rhinebeck Community Nursery School and meeting place for numerous organizations.
To make a dinner reservation or for more information, https://www.rhinebeckreformed.org.