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go to holland Michigan's tulip festival May 3 - 10 2014 Holland State Park; Saugatuck State Park

Unique area attractions, points of interest & free performances during Tulip Time in the Holland, Michigan area.

Nelis’ Dutch Village Family Theme Park  & Wooden Shoe FactoryStep back into the Netherlands of over 100 years ago, complete with authentic Dutch architecture, flowering gardens, canals and windmills. The history and culture of the Dutch come to life as our associates, dressed in native costumes including wooden shoes, demonstrate the crafts and life in those olden days. The kids will have a blast sliding down the giant wooden shoe, feeding farm animals, riding the Dutch Swing ride or the “Petal Pumper Carts.”http://www.dutchvillage.com/

Windmill Island GardensA beautiful oasis on the edge of downtown Holland, Windmill Island Gardens features 36 acres of manicured gardens, home to over 150,000 tulips, dikes, canals and walking paths. Featuring a nearly 250 year old working Dutch windmill, “De Zwaan.” Dutch folk dancing, the Posthouse museum, an antique Dutch carousel and Amsterdam street organ offer more highlights of cultural history.http://www.windmillisland.org

Veldheer’s Tulip Gardens & DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft FactoryFind acres of beautiful blooms each May at Holland’s only Tulip Farm. With over 5 million tulips, it’s a great opportunity to see fields of beautiful flowers. At the Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory, you can talk with the artists as they hand carve your very own wooden shoes or handpaint blue and white delftware.http://www.veldheer.com/

Holland Museum & Dutch GalleriesOpen the doors to one of the best collections of Dutch Masters in the country at the Holland Museum. The collection houses the history of America’s Holland – from the settlement of Van Raalte’s pioneers, through the devastating fire of 1871, how Tulip Time began and what makes us “so happy” today. Another must-see are the museum’s Dutch Galleries which house 17th, 18th, and 19th century Dutch art and furniture, including Rembrandt’s “Seated Beggar.”

Cappon House & Settlers HouseWalk into life as we used to know it. Witness the life of the early settlers of 1867 in the restored home of an immigrant family. A few doors down visit the stately home of Holland’s first mayor – Isaac Cappon. In touring each authentic home experience, visitors are surrounded by artifacts from the museum’s collection and can reflect on the progress and history of Holland.www.hollandmuseum.org

The Holland Area Arts CouncilThe Holland Area Arts Council hosts multiple events showcasing local, national, and international work of professional and student artists. Special features during Tulip Time are the Quilt Show, Holland Garden Club’s Flower Show, a Plein Air event with an exhibit and auction, Dutch folk story puppet theatre, Dutch cooking demonstrations, children’s art projects, free dance performance and more.www.hollandarts.org

Graafschap Heritage CenterAn 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.www.graafschapheritagecenter.org

Historic Pillar ChurchFounded by the Reverend Albertus VanRaalte, Pillar Church was dedicated in 1856. This Greek Revival building is listed on the National Historic Register.

Historical lectures available starting on the half hour (free to attend)Tuesday, May 6 – Friday, May 9, 2014: 8:30am – 12:00pmSaturday, May 10, 2014: 8:30am-10:30am

Organ concert performed by the West Michigan renowned organist David Schout (free to attend)Monday, May 5, 2014 – 7:45-8:30pm

Hope College Dimnent Chapel Organ RecitalsHear 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 alumni organists perform a series of pieces covering a wide variety of music in 20-minute recitals. Last recital begins at 1:30pm. (Free to attend)

Wed, May 7 – 10am-2pmThu, May 8 – 10am-2pmFri, May 9 – 10am-2pmSat, May 10 – 10am-2pmwww.hope.edu

27th Annual Handbell Concert – First United Methodist ChurchFriday, May 9 at 7:30 p   (free to attend)www.fumcholland.org

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