When: 05/12/2015, 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Location: Rhinebeck, NY
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Bindlestiff brings extended Cirkus Family to Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in Rhinebeck, NY.

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Performance Times between 11 am and 4:00 pm
Event time: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Locations: Upstate Films 6415 Montgomery Street in Rhinebeck and Foster’s Coach House parking lot 6411 Montgomery Street Rhinebeck
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The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus brings four special live experiences to share at Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in Rhinebeck. In addition to annual “Sinter Cirkus” performances, Bindlestiff was asked by Sinterklaas founder and director Jeanne Fleming to bring additional Cirkus stars to make the day sparkle. First-time Bindlestiff performer at Sinterklaas this year will be Justin “Wacky” Weber, with a yo-yo show in Upstate Films’ Little Theater.  Returning favorites are Al Gori with his magical rideable recycled treasure, the Homespun Merry-Go-Round, and daredevil comic Michael Rosman.

The historic former Vaudeville theater at Upstate Films houses Bindlestiff’s Sinter Cirkus, a duo variety show featuring Bindlestiff founders Mr. Pennygaff and Ringmistress Philomena. Witness circus skills, vaudeville classics, and sideshow thrills as Mr. Pennygaff, one of 70 living sword swallowers in the world, drops 24″ of shining steel into his gullet! Led by whip-cracking Ringmistress Philomena.  Showtimes: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Next door, in Upstate Films’ Little Theater, Bindlestiff presents Justin “Wacky” Weber, a world-traveled yo-yo performer, skill toy demonstrator, and circus artist. He has competed in over 30 regional, national, and international yo-yo competitions, won the Yomega World Yoyo Contest in Las Vegas, and was the reigning Mid-Atlantic Regional Champion four years in a row. He has also performed in Canada, the UK, and Japan! A visual artist by nature, his performances evoke a sense of imagination and vaudevillian variety – warm, fuzzy nostalgia and purely good, family fun. Showtimes 1:30, 2:30, 3:30pm

Next door, in Foster’s Coach House parking lot, at the corner of Montgomery and Market streets, look for a hand-made, solar-powered, monkey-decorated, bubble-blowing mini-carousel.

Al Gori originally built his Homespun Merry-Go-Round as part of his senior thesis while studying kinetic sculpture at Mason Gross School of the ARts of Rutgers University. Over the years, he’s re-built, refined, and redecorated the Homespun Merry-Go-Round many times- adding mechanical monkeys, birds, and a bubble-blower to it. Built on the rear axle of a 1968 Dodge Dart, and powered by a washing machine motor, Al calls his Homespun Merry-Go-Round “Savage Salvage” : the art of finding new and fun uses for old junk, or, getting something for nothing. The Homespun Merry-Go-Round will be operating between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, rides are free, and young and old alike are welcome to sit and whirl.

Merely steps away, you’ll find another amazing attraction- between 12:30pm and 4:00 pm, Michael Rosman lights up the crowd with his one-of-a-kind performance. His comedic entertainment  appeals to adults and youth. His skills include tight-wire walking, juggling, magic, balancing stunts and unicycling – and plenty of audience participation.  Michael’s daredevil array of props includes bowling balls, blenders, knives, giant unicycles and tiny tiny bicycles. His skills will amaze and amuse all!

All Sinterklaas! a Dutch Tradition in Rhinebeck events on Saturday, December 6 are free, open to the community, and offer many opportunities for participation.  Many fun activities for all ages and all family members will occur throughout the day. Please visit for more information.