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Kinderhook, New York
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3 December 2015 02:38AM

Annual Winter Celebration at Lindenwald to Feature Poinsettias and also Joel Poinsett

The annual celebration of the winter season as well as Martin Van Buren’s birthday will take place at Lindenwald Saturday afternoon December 5, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm . The National Park Service historic site will be dressed up for the occasion with the help of the talented members of the Kinderhook Garden Club. The afternoon hours offer enough light to see the decorations festooning the mansion, concluding in time for guests to attend the popular Winter Walk in Hudson that evening.

This year the Kinderhook Garden Club will base their creations around the theme of President Van Buren’s friend and his Secretary of War Joel Poinsett of South Carolina, who visited Lindenwald in 1851. Poinsett was a fascinating politician, scientist, diplomat and adventurer. While he served as Minister to Mexico in the 1820′s for President John Quincy Adams, Poinsett popularized the beautiful scarlet Mexican “Christmas flower” in the United States. That flower came to be known in the U.S. as the Poinsettia.

To complement Winter Celebration this year, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site will work with the Ichabod Crane School District to create children’s activities featuring the legend of the Mexican Christmas flower. Park staff will introduce students to the Mexican folk story associated with the flower in both English and Spanish. The children will be asked to create artwork to illustrate the message of humility and charity the story carries.

After visitors explore the charm of the old house decorated for the season, they will be able to view a display about Poinsett’s life and the artwork created by the children who took part in the storytelling activity.

Admission to the house is free, but reservations for seating times are required. Seatings will be offered every half hour beginning at 12:00pm. The last seating is at 4:00pm. Reservations can be made on line and may be made any time by going to http://lindenwaldwinter2015.eventbrite.com. Reservations may also be made by phone by calling 518-758-9689, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Upon arriving for their seating guests should go to the park visitor center to check in and enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of Lindenwald who also provide staffing assistance for the event.

The event coincides with President Van Buren’s birthday which also falls on December 5. Earlier on Saturday the Village of Kinderhook, students from the Ichabod Crane Primary School, an honor guard from the Palmer Engine and Hose Companythe and the Friends of Lindenwald along with local officials, and park personnel will fete Kinderhook’s most famous native son. The ceremony celebrating the 233rd anniversary of his birth will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Kinderhook Reformed Cemetery located on Albany Avenue in the Village of Kinderhook.

Remember, reservations are required and this popular event fills up rapidly. The regular visitor season at Lindenwald has ended, but the park grounds are open year round from 7:00 a.m. until sunset. Tours will resume on May 23, 2016. The site is located on Route 9H, two miles south of the village of Kinderhook, New York. For reservations or additional information go to http://lindenwaldwinter2015.eventbrite.com. Please contact us by e-mail at mava_info@nps.gov or call 518-758-9689.

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