The public is invited to the opening day of Crailofest, a celebration of African culture in the New World, on April 2, 2016.
From 12:30 until 2 pm, Crailo will be open for self-guided exploration of a new exhibit A Dishonorable Trade: Human Trafficking in the Dutch Atlantic World and the permanent exhibit A Sweet and Alien Land.
Two more Crailofest days will take place on May 7 and June 4 with dramatic performances, poetry readings, stringed instrument performances, jazz, dance, art and food.
At 2 pm on April 2, the First Presbyterian Church, at 34 Broadway in Rensselaer will open its doors for a talk by Donald Hyman entitled “Land of the Blacks,” a dance performance and musical selections by the First Israel AME Choir and a Hip Hop artist who has performed in the Netherlands. Dutch inspired treats will be served at the church by culinary students from the Abrookin Career and Technical Center. Following the conclusion of the program at the church, Crailo will remain open until 4:30 pm for viewing the exhibit.
Once the Van Rensselaer family’s fortified home, Crailo State Historic Site is the museum of the colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley located at 9 ½ Riverside Avenue in Rensselaer. For information on this season’s special events, programs, exhibits and this year’s Saratoga-Capital District Regional Geocache Challenge find Crailo on the New York State Parks website, on Facebook, or by calling (518) 463-8738.
Admission to each day of the event is $6, children 12 and under $1. Tickets for all three days may be purchased for $15 per person, $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling (518) 463-8738.
Photo of Crailo Historic Site provided.