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Celebrate Pinkster

April 22, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Once a Dutch holiday commemorating Pentecost, Pinkster became a distinctly African American holiday in the Hudson River Valley during the colonial era. During the 17th and 18th centuries, enslaved and free African Americans transformed Pinkster from a Dutch religious observance into a spring festival and a celebration of African cultural traditions. Festivities include presentations and demonstrations by The Children of Dahomey, an educational and performance group specializing in the historical experiences of enslaved Africans and African-Americans in colonial New York. Visitors can participate in The Children of Dahomey’s traditional Pinkster dances and theatrical demonstrations, take part in an instrument-making workshop, and listen in on a storytelling session. In Crailo’s cellar kitchen, culinary historian and hearth cooking specialist Lavada Nahon will be preparing food over the open hearth and interpreting historic African and African-American foodways.

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Date:
April 22, 2017
Time:
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Venue

Crailo State Historic Site
9 1/2 Riverside Avenue
Rensselaer, NY 12180 United States
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Phone:
518-463-8783
Website:
https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/30/details.aspx