On Saturday, June 4, 2022, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site will host a Pinkster celebration featuring music, dance, performance, demonstrations, activities and much more. Family friendly event that is free to the public.
Once a Dutch holiday commemorating Pentecost, Pinkster was shaped over the 18th century by cultural traditions originally brought to the Hudson River Valley by enslaved West and Central Africans and further developed by their descendants. What was a former Dutch religious observance evolved into a spring festival at which enslaved men and women reunited with loved ones and celebrated with new forms of tradition, including storytelling, music, dance, food, and the selection of the Pinkster King.
Please join us at Schuyler Mansion, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in commemorating the historic Pinkster, while celebrating the modern. The day’s festivities will include music performances by Melody Africa and the Pinkster Players, performance by D. Colin, participatory dance, live music, indigo-dyeing and other activities, crafts, an instrument – making workshop, games, and food. The mansion will be open for Open House (self-guided) tours.
Schuyler Mansion, located at 32 Catherine Street in Albany’s historic South End, was once the home of Revolutionary War Major-General Philip Schuyler (1732-1804) and his family. The site is open for general visitation mid-May through October, with tours available by reservation. For more information about this and other programs and events at the site, please visit us at www.parks.ny.gov. Also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.