ST. JOHNSVILLE — The traditional St. Nicholas Day celebration at Fort Klock Historic Restoration is scheduled for noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.
The tradition dates from the fourth century and Mohawk Valley Dutch and Palatine German pioneers brought the celebration to America during the colonial period.
December 6, the traditional St. Nicholas Day, was when children received their gifts. December 25, Christmas Day, was observed as a religious holiday.
St. Nicholas came on a white horse, bringing gifts and sweets for good children. The night before, they would place their wooden shoes on the hearth, filled with hay or a carrot for the horse. Bad children would find switches in their shoes and no treats the next morning.
St. Nicholas will be waiting to give each child a homemade wooden ornament. Fort Klock members and Young Pioneers will welcome all with holiday hospitality. Visitors may enjoy the warm fires, music, homemade cookies, mulled cider, hot chocolate and holiday memories. A storyteller will tell the tale of St. Nicholas to children.
In addition, the Tryon County Militia will drill and make the past come to life with their muskets.
Fort Klock is two miles east of St. Johnsville on state Route 5.