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Sinterklaas Bazaar

December 5, 2015

DSCN1742 BRC Installation_2014.12.14 098 DSCN1719 DSCN1720Once again, the pre-Christmas Dutch country fair with the funny name comes to Montgomery.
Early in the Christian era, probably the 3rd century, a bishop named Nicholas, near Antioch in what is today Turkey, gave his substantial fortune away to the poor as part of his conversion mission.   Quite a legend developed around this early church leader.   He was eventually added to the pantheon of early church saints and is still revered in many Greek and other Eastern Orthodox flavors of the Christian church.   As the faith migrated through Europe, the legend took hold in various forms.   By the 18th century, people in the Netherlands were celebrating the Feast of Sinterklaas – derived from Saint Nicholas.  It was a day to exchange gifts in the season of Christmas.   The festival migrated here with early Dutch settlers, and the Dutch name evolved through common usage to Santa Claus.

At the old Dutch church in Blawenburg, known these days as the Blawenburg Church, the old Dutch festival is remembered, this year on Saturday, December 5th, at the church on Route 518 from 9am to 2pm.

Sinterklaas is an opportunity to find genuine homemade treasures, great decorations and gifts for the Christmas season.   There are homemade soups, sold frozen, and very handy for winter meals.   Lots of baked goods are on hand.   And some of the best local crafts in the area are available…Christmas tree ornaments, table runners, lap quilts and more.

Handmade baskets, and artwork by local artists will be on sale.   A favorite part of Sinterklaas will be a “white elephant” sale featuring some gently used treasures…vintage jewelry, china, and lots of collectables.   And stay for lunch featuring some of those delicious homemade soups.

All proceeds will go to the Blawenburg Church’s missions, and there will be a special opportunity to contribute to the Heifer Mission project to help the hungry feed themselves.   It’s a great alternative opportunity for gift-giving.

For information on how you can help, read the article on the November Beacon!


December 5, 2015
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