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2001-06-07 / Other News

Wyckoff House Celebrates "Pinkster" With Food, Fun And Frolic

Wyckoff House Celebrates "Pinkster" With Food, Fun And Frolic

Wyckoff House Celebrates "Pinkster" With Food, Fun And Frolic

Park Ranger Kim Acevedo demonstrated how waffles were cooked over an open fire in the 1600s. Photos by Marsha Sereno

By Marsha Sereno

Food, fun and frolic were the order of the day at Sunday’s Pinkster celebration at the Wyckoff House Museum at 5816 Clarendon Road at Ralph Avenue. The old Dutch homestead was the perfect location for the Dutch Colonial Pentecost holiday celebration.

Guests enjoyed homemade treats and a variety of cold fruit drinks. They also had an opportunity to watch waffles being prepared over an open fire as they were in colonial times.

Tours of the Wyckoff House Museum gave young and old alike an education about the life that was lead by the Wyckoff family during the years that they inhabited the family homestead The sweet melodic voice of balladeer Linda Russell singing colonial songs as she performed on a Mountain Dulcimer created a warm reminiscent feeling of days gone by.

Children of every age enjoy playing, and the boys and girls visiting the Wyckoff House museum were no different. They seemed to enjoy learning the games that were popular so very long ago: lawn bowling, wooden shoe races, egg and wooden spoon races, Graces, (catching a ribbon bedecked - wooden ring on a long stick) and learning to dance around the maypole.

One of the highlights of the day was a traditional Pinkster egg eating contest. Contestants were divided into two groups according to age range and were given a two minute limit to consume as many hard boiled eggs as they could within that time frame. The younger group had a time limit of a minute-and-a-half. Winners of the "Senior Division" were Arnold Messing and Henry Parker. The two shared a $25 cash prize. Eight-year-old Danielle Weingand, first place winner in the Junior Division, won a Wyckoff House Museum tee shirt

The Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House Museum offers New Yorkers (and tourists from all over the globe) an opportunity to, as their ad proclaims, "Take a ride in Brooklyn’s time machine" to "explore New York’s Dutch heritage and Life of Brooklyn today." It is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Admission: $2.00 for Adults and $1.00 for Students and Seniors. Groups require an appointment. For further information, call: (718) 629-5400.

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