Festive Evening at the Town Clock Church
Sinterklaas, the Dutch giver of gifts at Christmastime, arrived on horseback at the Reformed Church on the cool and wet evening of Dec. 5, but the weather did not deter dozens of families from coming out to see the holy man, who rode on horseback up Main Street to North Broadway and on to the Reformed Church. Helping to make it a merry evening at the church were a choir and brass musicians. Hot beverages warmed hands, while carols warmed hearts. The porch decorations, featuring a seasonal Holland theme, were lighted. Later in the evening, inside the toasty-warm sanctuary, Sinterklaas told the story of the ancient Greek bishop, also known as St. Nicholas, who gave anonymous gifts and showed many kindnesses to children. He called the children to come forward to receive gold-wrapped chocolate coins and wrapped gifts. On the way out of the sanctuary, there were plenty of traditional mandarin oranges to pick up and take home.