Pinkster originated from the Dutch word Pinksteren meaning Pentecost. It developed in New Jersey and New Yor, originally New Netherland. Pinksteren was not just about the Apostles receiving the Holy Spirit, but a celebration of Spring. American slaves, free Blacks, as well as, slaves recently arrived from the shores of West Africa celebrated time off from work with family and friends. Pinkster raditions developed based on Dutch, English, and West African ethnic traditions.
Philipsburg Manor was one of the plantations of the Philipse Family, a Dutch-Anglo family, who were among the richest New Yorkers by the time of the Revolutionary War.
I have personally attended the Pinkster celebration and recommend this event! My ancestors were slaves in Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia at this time and it is nice to learn about the diverse lives sub-cultures of American slaves North versus South.
For more information on Pinkster read the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinkster. For tickets visit http://www.hudsonvalley.org.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12.00 to $16.00
Location: Philipsburg Manor, 318 North Broadwa, Sleepy Hollow