November 22, 2019 - In This Issue:
A Message From Mayor Steve Noble:

Dear Friends,

We have extended the comment period on a group of  important projects that will improve and protect the Kingston Waterfront.  We want the community to be involved in creating a vision and design for these projects, so we hope you'll take a look either online or in person and let us know your thoughts.

We are also looking for nominations for our second  Distinguished Artist Awards.  We're excited to see who will be nominated next, and encourage our community to participate in the process. 

There are so many special holiday events in the next few weeks, we have just a few listed here. Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving in advance! 

City Service Changes Next Week

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. Thursday's trash and recycling pick-up will be delayed one day to Friday. Yard waste (leaves only) will be picked up on Saturday, November 30.
Comment Period Extended for Waterfront Projects

The public comment period for several waterfront revitalization projects has been extended. The City and design consultant firms hosted the Weaving the Waterfront event on October 26, where 29 posterboards with preliminary designs were displayed. The posterboards are now available for viewing in-person at the Kingston Library and digitally on the City's website . The survey for public comment will remain open until Monday, December 16.
The designs for which we are seeking public comment include four major projects that will improve and protect the Kingston Waterfront:
Additional project designs displayed at the event include the   Kingston Point Rail Trail Phase 2, Hudson Landing Promenade,   and   TR Gallo Park Improvements . The City is asking for the public's feedback via an  online survey

Nominations Open for CoK Distinguished Artist Award

The Arts Commission is requesting nominations for the second City of Kingston Distinguished Artist Award.
Nominees must be Kingston residents for at least two years. Artists in any discipline may be nominated: music, theatre, dance, literary, visual, or media arts. Finalists will be chosen based upon the level of their artistry, commitment to the art form, commitment to the community, and recognition in the field locally, nationally or internationally. The award recipient should be willing to serve for two years and perform two public community projects such as a performance, lecture, exhibition, reading, workshop, etc. 
Submission forms can be found at and must include a one-page narrative highlighting the nominee's qualifications, and must be submitted to the Arts Commission at [email protected] by Monday, December 23, 2019. Recipients will be selected by a panel of arts professionals. Award winners will be recognized by Mayor Noble at a reception and ceremony on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at City Hall.

2018 Distringuished Artist Winners Peter Wetzler and Julie Hendrick. Photo by  Tola Brennan
KPFA  Annual Tree Lighting

Sinterklaas on Saturday, November 30

Sinterklaas, the traditional Dutch holiday festival now in its eighth year, will celebrate on  Saturday, November 30, 2019 starting at 11am. 

There will be  open houses at many of the Rondout businesses,  and lots of fun events like a crown-creating workshop,  storytelling, face painting, cookie decorating, magic shows and ornament-making for the kids.  At the Arts Society of Kingston, dance lessons will be offered by Vanaver Caravan, and the Catskill Mountain Music Together troupe will conduct a musical workshop for kids.  For adults, there will be wine and glogg tastings and holiday musical performances. The evening will cap with Sabor , a Latin Jazz Trio, at Mariners Harbor .

A special Blessing of the Animals, sponsored by Ulster County SPCA, will take place at TR Gallo Park at 12 noon. Scenic Hudson is sponsoring a unique program on this year's honored animal, the sturgeon, at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. At the Kingston Artist Collective, there will be a group show of Hudson Valley artists displaying their original artwork honoring the sturgeon.
The parade  down Broadway   will begin at 4pm. Sinterklaas will be sent across the river on the Solaris, followed by a tree lighting ceremony at the Ulster County Visitor's Center.   All events are free and open to all. Find the full schedule  and info at  

Made in Kingston on Thursday, December 5  

Mondays with the Mayor is Back! 

Mondays with the Mayor is back on the air at Radio Kingston! The show is live from 3:30-4:00pm on Monday afternoons, and can be heard live on the radio, streaming at or now via Facebook. Click the video below to hear the latest episode, in which Christine Hein and I discuss all the good work she's doing over at People's Place, helping to feed folks in need for the holidays. 

Kingston Happenings
The City of Kingston often receives requests to share upcoming events happening in our community. Our partners at  do an excellent job of centralizing this community information. So while our website is the best resource to gain information about City of Kingston sponsored events and important municipal information, Kingston Happenings can give you a greater preview of community events. Check them out today!
Sent on behalf of:
Mayor Steven T. Noble
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