April 16, 2012

Holland's Tulip Time is Ahead of Schedule for 2012

Photo courtesy of Tulip Time Festival brochure
Holland, Michigan celebrates their Dutch Heritage every year in the week leading up to Mother's Day.  The city plants thousands of tulips throughout town, lining six miles of city streets.

The unexpected warm weather has accelerated the blooming of tulips, resulting in a blitz of media attention to announce that the tulips are ready!  When Tulip Festival has no tulips, local residents call it "stem fest". 

Of course, the festival celebrates more than just the flowers themselves.  The Klompen Dancers are one of the main attractions, as over a thousand Dutch Dancers perform throughout the week.  Wearing the classic wooden shoes and attire patterned after the traditional attire of Dutch provinces, the dancers have been an intregal part of the festival for over fifty years.

Throughout the week-long festival, there are wooden shoe carving demonstrations, traditional Dutch foods to sample, tulip planting & care tips, Dutch style decor, hats and of course, wooden shoes to take home.

If you would like to see the tulips this April or enjoy the festivities at Tulip Time, keep in mind that South Haven is only a thirty-five minute drive from Holland.   This year's festival begins on Saturday, May 5th through Saturday, May 12th.  If you need accommodations for a group of gals or a family, consider a cottage rental from the Victoria Resort.  The rooms in the bed and breakfast are ideal for couples, with cozy fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.  Reservations can be made through the website http://www.victoriaresort.com/ or by calling 1-800-473-7376.