Tulip Time Festival: May 7-14
Since 1929, the small city of Holland, Michigan has blossomed with literally hundreds of thousands of tulips — and an equal number of tulip lovers who attend our annual Tulip Time Festival. Tulip Time Festival started as a relatively small event, proposed by Miss Linda Rogers, a high school biology teacher, in 1927. Her proposal to the Women’s Literary Club was accepted, and in 1929, the City of Holland planted its first crop of 100,000 tulips. As spectator numbers soared from thousands to hundreds of thousands, the celebration lengthened by days; pageantry, costumes, parades and the popular Dutch Dancers were added to produce a week-long festival that is now over 80 years old!
Some Interesting Activities:
8th Street between River and College Ave. & 8th St. Marketplace, btwn Pine & Maple Fri, May 13 5pm – 7pm Come and experience a variety of performers as they strut their stuff throughout downtown Holland during this special two hour event. With the support of our Downtown Development Authority, the Tulip Time Festival is proud to offer this FREE event that is sure to engage
Parade Route: 8th St. btwn Columbia Ave. & Kollen Park Wed, May 11 - Streetscrubbing 1:15pm - Volksparade 2pm For over 80 years, Holland residents have been keeping with the “Dutch Cleanliness” tradition starting with the white glove inspection - located on the corner of 8th & Central, at 10:30am (approx. 20 min.). Later, watch hundreds of Dutch-costumed townspeople armed with brooms and pails scrub the parade route clean. Experience dozens of colorful bands, floats, and Dutch Dance groups as they “Klomp” along the route in their authentic costumes and real wooden shoes! Parade approx. 1-1½ hours.
Parade Route: 8th St. btwn Columbia Ave. & Kollen Park Thu, May 12--2pm This colorful parade gives over 7,000 area school children and local marching bands the opportunity to greet our welcomed visitors. Dressed in Dutch costumes, these children showcase Holland’s Dutch heritage with their creative use of props as they march with contagious enthusiasm. Parade approx. 1-1½ hours.
DeGraaf Nature Center
600 Graafschap Road 616-355-1057 www.degraaf.org Tue-Fri 9am-5pm Sat 10am-5pm Stroll scenic boardwalk trails. Enjoy native wildflowers along winding trails through woodland, field and streamside habitats. Wildlife viewing areas provided. Indoor exhibits and nature store. Open year-round. Trails open dawn to dusk seven days a week.
Herrick District Library
300 South River Avenue 616-355-3100 www.herrickdl.org Mon-Thu 9am-9pm Fri-Sat 9am-6pm Extensive Dutch genealogy collection, local information, past Tulip Time Festival posters, café and used bookstore.
Graafschap Heritage Center
5973 Church Street, Graafschap 616-396-5008 www.graafschapcrc.org Mon, Tue, Fri 8:30am-4pm Wed, Thu, Sat 8:30am-12pm An authentic presentation and display of the historic greater Holland, MI colony established in 1847 including a real log church, genealogy collection and local points of interest. Group tours by appointment.
Historic Pillar Church Events
Corner of 9th Street & College Avenue 616-392-8686 Historic Tour Tue, May 10 8:30am-4pm Wed, May 11 8:30am-12pm Thu, May 12 8:30am-12pm Fri, May 13 8:30am-4pm Sat, May 14 8:30-10:30am Historical lectures will be available starting on the half hour. Historical lecture reservations are available May 5, 6 and 9. Authentic Dutch Church Service Tue, May 10 3-3:30pm Fri, May 13 3-3:30pm Enjoy a traditional Dutch church service. Organ Concert Mon, May 9 7:30-8:30pm Featuring famous local organist.
Vintage Base Ball Game
Riverview Park 5th Street and Columbia Avenue Sat, May 7 2pm This match of base ball will feature two talented clubs: the South Haven Bark Peelers BBC against our own Douglas Dutchers BBC. Come watch these amazing players hurl and strike the horsehide as they attempt to tally as many aces as possible in a nine inning match. So come one, come all to enjoy this wonderful game of base ball.
Holland Area Arts Council Events
150 East 8th Street 616-396-3278 www.hollandarts.org Sat, May 7 10am-3pm Mon-Fri, May 9-13 10am-8pm Sat, May 14 10am-1pm The Holland Area Arts Council hosts multiple events showcasing local, national, and international works of professional and student artists. Special exhibit featuring Randy Schroeder’s tulip photographs. Plus, the Quilt Show listed on page 10. Holland Friends of Art Exhibit: May 7-May 28 Mon-Fri, May 9-13 10am-8pm Sat, May 7, 21, 28 10am-3pm Sat, May 14 10am-1pm An exhibit of visual arts by professional and amateur members from the Holland area. Holland Garden Club - “Sixty-five Years of Muziek & Flowers” 65th Annual Standard Flower Show Tue, May 10 2pm-8pm Wed, May 11 10am-8pm Thu, May 12 10am-8pm Fri, May 13 10am-5pm A standard flower show featuring cut flowers, potted houseplants, and creative floral designs.
Hope College Organ Recitals
Hope College, Dimnent Chapel 12th Street and College Avenue 616-395-7650, www.hope.edu Wed, May 11 10am-2pm Thu, May 12 10am-2pm Fri, May 13 10am-2pm Sat, May 14 10am-2pm Hear Hope College’s two beautiful pipe organs housed in its splendid Gothic chapel. See a two manual authentic Dutch organ imported from the Netherlands and a magnificent four manual E.M. Skinner organ (1929). Enjoy faculty and alumnae organists performing a series of recitals covering a wide variety of music in 20-minute recitals. Last recital begins at 1:30pm.
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