Adventure-packed event crowns the weekend

May 16, 2013 by  

Pinkster Fest is a traditional Dutch scavenger hunt and festival to crown the May King and Queen, who lead people spreading merriment from door to door to gather butter, bread, cream, sugar, coffee, candy and dyed eggs that will be used to enjoy a festival dinner, followed by a dance to welcome the return of summer.

Taking place this weekend, there will be a reading from the Pinkster Ode, which was composed on an early May morning in 1826 by William Wordsworth held at the Steuben House around 2:00 pm, with a brief history of the holiday to follow, presented by historian Kevin Wright.

At 2:30 pm, there will be dancing around the May Pole led by the Tricorne Ensemble with fiddle player Linda Russell and Ridley Enslow. Participants are invited to join in the dancing and enjoy the fun.

Children will enjoy a historical scavenger hunt, as well as a drill led by the Outwater’s Militia, which is a re-enactment group on the American Revolutionary War. Tours of Demarest House, which is displaying Jersey Dutch furniture, will be available, as well as colonial cooking demonstrations. Campbell Christie House will serve Pinkster doughnuts, cake, cream, strawberries, and lemonade. All in all, plenty to be promoted via locally-based print services.

The Pinkster Fest is being held this Sunday, May 19, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the seven acres of land located near the Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge, New Jersey, just down the road from North Arlington. To learn more, please visit the Bergen County History organization or call the Historical Society.