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Meet the 2012 tulip tiMe Queen & Court The theme of Pella’s 77th Annual Tulip Festival, “Celebrating Decades of Windmills” helps mark the 10th anniversary of the completion of the “Vermeer Windmill”, the tallest working windmill in the United States. We invite you to join us on May 3, 4 & 5 and take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of one of the great state of Iowa’s most impressive events.
Queen Alexa and her attendants are wearing costumes typical of West Friesland in the province of Noord Holland in the early 1800s. Our queen is wearing the Sunday dress, which depicts the prosperity of the wives and daughters of wealthy farmers and merchants during the Empire Period, the European fashion of the day, with long, slim sleeves and a slightly raised waistline.
Queen Alexa Zylstra It’s funny to see the combination of the two last names that my parents bring to the table. On one hand, my mom’s maiden name, Van Mersbergen implies a long line of farmers coming from the town of Genderen, in the fairly land-locked province of Noord Holland. On the other hand, Zylstra was used to describe people who lived by the water in West Friesland. On my mom’s side, my great-grandpa Gilbert Meinders was indeed Dutch through and through. Though both of his parents came from Holland, he was born and raised in Leighton, Iowa. He married Bernice Bruxvoort at her parents’ home in Sully. They had six children together including Marion, Marvin, Harold, Gene, my grandma Katherine and Dorothy. My great-grandpa Marius Van Mersbergen was born in Sully, Iowa, but he didn’t stay there. He traveled all over the world, serving his country in the war with Japan and doing mission work in Ecuador. He married Marjorie Vander Schaaf. I’m proud of how determined he was in spreading the gospel both far away and at home by being instrumental in sending Bibles to Japanese churches and by raising five children, my grandpa Derrel, Mary, Norman, Gary and Florene, in the faith. On my dad’s side, my great-grandpa Dick Van Weelden was born right in the “old country” in Lisse, The Netherlands in the province of Zuid Holland. When he was four, he moved to Buxton, Iowa to marry Anna Van Wyk of Sully, Iowa where they had Harley, Ronald, my grandma Verna, Dwight, Marsha, and Curtis. My great-grandpa Rienk Zylstra was used to big families! Not only was he one of twelve children, he also had twelve sons and daughters with Johanna Rolffs: Martin, Ludolph, Ivan, Robert, Quintin, Seymour, Cornelia, Bertha, Revena, Rolland, Linda, and my grandpa Arthur. Born in Sprang, The Netherlands in the province of Noord Brabant, my great-grandma Johanna made the big move from The Netherlands to Sully, Iowa when she was fourteen years old. My maternal grandpa, Derrel Van Mersbergen, had a passion for traveling and flying. He traveled around the country promoting the movie “The Cross and the Switchblade” for some time, had his own plane to fly around, and went on many vacations with his wife, my grandma Katherine Meinders. Together they had four children: my mom Patty, Stuart, Valerie, and Kimberly. After my grandpa’s death a little after Tulip Time nine years ago, my grandma Katherine moved close to downtown Pella. Since then our Tulip Time tradition is to hang out at her house between parades and watch all the visitors go by. My paternal grandpa, Arthur Zylstra was born in Newton, Iowa and has the reputation as one of the best bulldozer operators in Central Iowa. He married Verna Van Weelden and they had four children: my dad Todd, Angela, Ryan, and Gina. She claims to have had a crush on my grandpa since she was ten years old!
Each attendant is wearing a weekday costume, which features a pleasing combination of printed cotton fabrics. Their costumes are completed by traditional Dutch components, which include an apron, scarf, coral necklace and purse. The most impressive aspect of the West Friesland costume is the elaborate lace hat worn only on Sundays and special occasions.
She is a nurse at the Pella Regional Health Center. A few years ago they moved to Pella, almost in our backyard! My parents were high school sweethearts who went to college together and got married August 5, 1988. My dad is the youth pastor at Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Pella and my mom is the Public Information Director at the Christian Opportunity Center, known as COC. My brother is a freshman at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. I will be attending Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi this fall, hoping to major in chemistry. Looking at my ancestors has really given me a feel for where I came from, what my family has stood for, and how they still keep those beliefs. I am so blessed to have a Christian and Dutch heritage that I hope to pass along to my children someday. I’m honored to be chosen as the 2012 Tulip Queen and I cannot wait to “Celebrate Decades of Windmills” with the people of Pella.
Attendant Kelly Anderson I have both English and Swedish ancestors, but I am primarily Dutch. I trace my Swedish roots to my paternal grandfather, Norm Anderson. His mother, my great-grandmother Vera, came to America in 1910 when she was six years old. Her family settled on a farm in Mountain, Wisconsin. My great-grandmother met and married my great-grandfather, Dewie Anderson, in the States and had seven children, including my grandfather. My grandfather is mostly Swedish with a little English. My grandfather married my grandmother, Joan (Navis) Anderson, in 1961. My grandmother is 100 percent Dutch and her ancestors came from the province of Gelderland in The Netherlands. Eventually they found their way to the Alto area of Wisconsin, near Waupun, where my grandmother grew up on a dairy farm. My grandparents had three sons, one of which is my father, Tom Anderson. My maternal side is 100 percent Dutch. My great-great-grandparents all settled near Pella on farms after traveling from the provinces of Friesland and Gelderland in The Netherlands. My grandfather, Arnold Dykhuis, was a farmer and passed away in 1982. My grandmother, Geraldine (Veldhuizen) Dykhuis, still lives on the family farm north of Pella. My mother Deb and father Tom met while attending Central College in Pella. They were married in 1987 and lived in Des Moines for several years before moving back to Pella a few weeks after I was born. I have three siblings; an older sister Morgan, a younger sister Paige, and a younger brother Jack. Northwestern University is my destination next fall and I am unsure of my major. It is an honor to serve on the 2012 Tulip Time Royal Court, and I am excited to celebrate Pella’s unique Dutch heritage with you.
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Attendant Hanna Martin If a person simply were to hear my last name, Martin, they would know that I am most likely not Dutch and would conclude that I have a German ancestry. In fact, I am not one percent Dutch, but I am honored to claim all of my many different heritages, which dominantly include: German, Welsh, and Irish. My great-great-greatgreat-great-great-great-grand father on my paternal side, Daniel Davies, immigrated from Wales to Philadelphia during the year 1648. My great-great-grandfather on my maternal side, Johnny Blane, moved from Ireland to Petersburg, Illinois during the late 1800s. My great-grandfather on my paternal side, John Martin, married Leota Davis in June of 1928. They started a family in Barnsville, Ohio and together had four children, the youngest of which was my grandfather, Kenneth Martin. My grandmother, Carol, the daughter of Doris and Ross Main, was raised in Moravia. She was the sixth of seven children in her family. Ken and Carol met at Olivet Nazarene College. Ken was not looking to marry Carol, but was soon swept off his feet. The two were married in 1962. Together they raised a family in multiple places, as Ken was a pastor. Their family was comprised of four children: Kevin, David (my father), Lyndell, and Raechel. Johnny Blane, my great-great grandfather, married Mary who was from Germany. They had ten children, one of whom was my great-grandfather, Frank Blane. While Johnny Blane was ill, his caretaker was Harriette Leffler. Frank later married Harriette in August of 1924. The two moved to Peoria, Illinois and had three children, the second being my grandfather, Earl Blane. My grandmother, Maxine, was born to Lena and James Turner. She was the second of three children. Maxine and Earl met in Peoria, Illinois while working for Sealtest and were married in 1949. They had three daughters: Jan, Jill and Joy (my mother). My mom, Joy and my dad, David, met in Kansas City and were married in 1989. They worked on my great-grandmother’s farm in Moravia and moved to Pella when my brother Caleb was born in 1990. I was the final addition to the family in 1994. In the fall I plan to attend the University of Northern Iowa and major in communications. I am undeniably blessed to have such a unique heritage and I am overjoyed to have been selected to represent my family as well as my community as a part of Pella’s 2012 Royal Court.,
Attendant Sarah Van Maanen My last name, Van Maanen, comes from Manen, a small city in the Dutch province of Gelderland. Although my name comes from Gelderland, my ancestors were from several different Dutch provinces. On my paternal side are the Van Maanen and De Heus families. My great-great-grandmother, Pieternella Jacoba Willemina Van Maanen was born to Albertje and Nicholas Ten Bosh. She later married
Brandt Van Maanen. They were the grandparents of my grandfather, Brandt Van Maanen, born in 1934. Brandt married Vivian De Heus and later had eight children – all boys. My father, Sam, is the third oldest of the brothers. My great-great-grandfather, Peter De Heus, came to America from Strijen in the province of Zuid Holland in 1902. Shortly after settling in, he sent for a woman he had fallen in love with in Holland, Maria De Ruiter. She made the journey to America to join him and be his wife. They were married and farmed around Pella at the Walnut Grove farm. My great-grandfather, Arie was their third child. He married Mildred Clark and had two children, my grandmother, Vivian and her brother Marvin. On my maternal side are the Kuyper and De Cook families. The Kuyper family was from Charlois in Zuid Holland. In 1849, my great-great-great-greatgrandfather Arie Cornelius Kuyper took the 86-day journey with his wife Maria and their 11 children. This trip was no direct flight! It began with 43 days of traveling by sea from Holland to New York Harbor. From there, they took a river boat to Albany, a canal boat to Buffalo, a steamboat to Chicago, another canal boat to Indiana, a “Steamer” to Peoria, then finally rode in wagons and arrived in Pella. Arie and Maria were the great-grandparents of my greatgrandfather, Julian (Bob) Kuyper, who along with his father, A.N. Kuyper, owned Kuyper Lumber in Pella. He married Esther Perrine and had three daughters, the youngest being my grandmother, Kay De Cook. My great-great-great-grandpa Martinus Van Zee came to the United States from Gelderland with his 10 children in 1889. One of these 10 children was my great-great-grandma Maaika Van Zee, who married Aart De Kock. One of their sons was my greatgrandfather, John O. De Cook, who married Aletta Rus and later had my grandfather Mark. They changed their last name from De Kock to De Cook after moving to America. My grandfather married my grandmother Kay (Kuyper) De Cook and had three children, my mother Lisa and her two brothers. My parents, Sam and Lisa Van Maanen, met in Pella and married in 1989. I am the oldest of three children. My brother Aaron is a sophomore in high school and my brother Ryan is in seventh grade. Next fall I plan to attend the University of Northern Iowa and major in communicative disorders or speech therapy. I thank God for how He has shaped my family’s history. It is an honor and a blessing to be a part of the 2012 Tulip Court.
Attendant Taylor Van Woerkom If my last name has not already told you, I am 100% Dutch. My last name, Van Woerkom, means “from Woerkom”. Woerkom is actually the town of Woudrichem in the province of Friesland, but Woerkom is how it is pronounced. On my paternal side, my great-great-great-grandparents, Gysbert and Areka (De Kock) Van Woerkom, traveled from Holland to America for a better life.
Tulip Time 2012 They arrived with their six children on the ship, Zaandam, and received their citizenship on February 14, 1896. Religion was a very important aspect of my family’s life. When they reached Iowa, they founded the First Reformed Church in 1904 with several other families. Gysbert was one of the church’s first elders. One of their sons, John, is my great-great-grand father. John and Nellie Goematt were united in marriage and together they had two sons, Guysbert and Bastian. Bastian was born on May 30, 1905, and is my great-grandfather. In his early years, Bastian worked as a farm hand around the town of Oskaloosa. While Bastian was attending a night of catechism at his church, he met a young woman named Gertie. Later they were united in marriage at Gertie’s parents’ home in Leighton, Iowa. Together they had three children; their first is my grandfather, John E. Van Woerkom, born on February 8, 1931. When he was at church youth group, he met Louise Newendorp. They fell in love but when my grandpa was 20 years old he was drafted to serve in the Korean War. They wrote letters to each other as often as they could and two weeks following his return, they were married. John and Louise had six children, three girls and 3 boys, which included 2 sets of twins. Their youngest is my father, Jon Van Woerkom. On my maternal side, my great-great-grandfather, John Jansen, was born in Ede, in the province of Gelderland. When he was 25 in 1894, Art Van Roekel of Pella sponsored his trip to America so John could be his hired farm hand. While working as a farm hand, he met Jennie Plate. One year before his journey, she immigrated from the town of Ede. They were united in marriage in 1898 and then moved to a farm near Sully. They had nine children, only seven survived. Their fourth, Herman, is my great-grandfather. He married Bessie Fortuin of Sully and raised 5 children, their second my grandmother, Joyce, born on November 6, 1938. Herman spent 67 years of his life on the farm on which he was born. Joyce married Larry Van Wyk of Sully. Glenda, my mother, was their second child. My parents met at Pella Christian High School, were high school sweethearts, and were united in marriage on September 24, 1982, a year following their graduation. They are the owners of Pella Glass and Home Improvement Inc. and my dad is a volunteer fireman for the City of Pella. They were blessed with four daughters, me being the third. My oldest sister, Nicole is 25, Emily is 21, and my youngest sister, Brooke is 13 and a 7th grader at Pella Christian. I thank God for the honor of being able to serve the city of Pella by being part of the 2012 Tulip Time Royal Court. My future plans include attending Trinity Christian College and majoring in business communications. I consider it a blessing to have a Dutch heritage because of the Christian values it has taught me. I thank God for the honor of being able to serve the city of Pella by being a part of the 2012 Tulip Time Royal Court.
Feesthouden Evening Stage Show Entertainment This year the Feesthouden evening stage shows at Tulip Time will feature quality entertainment that everyone should enjoy. The Thursday evening stage entertainment will feature the Central College Vocal Combo, a select group of singers and instrumentalists handpicked for their superior musical and vocal performance skills. Each spring, the group sets out on a statewide tour, performing for various schools and clubs, spreading their music and promoting the Central College Jazz Combo program. Most recently, the combo traveled to Merida, Mexico, touring the city and performing concerts. Friday evening will be Fred Gazzo and the Metropolitans. Fred Gazzo had the opportunity to work with various big bands and hotel shows in Las Vegas for ten years. He has always had a fondness of the Big Bands and the singers that came out
of them…Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, and Doris day. His performance will feature classics from the American Songbook in the Michael Buble-style. Following the Friday evening parade will be a street dance in front of the Tulip Toren with music of the ‘70s and ‘80s by the group Groove. Faith Sound will take the stage on Saturday evening. Faith Sound is an interdenominational contemporary musical group now in its 37th year. Members of the group are high school students from southwest Iowa and represent 9 churches from the area. Feesthouden begins on the Tulip Toren at 7 p.m. prior to the evening lighted Volk’s Parade and tickets are only $3. The community is encouraged to support the evening stage entertainment at Tulip Time with your attendance.
History of Tulip Time in Pella
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Midway in the 19th century, in August of 1847, a band of more than 700 Hollanders under the leadership of Dominie Hendrik Peter Scholte, sought a new home and religious freedom. With bag and baggage and their gold in a great brassbound chest, they crossed the Atlantic in four sailing vessels and landed in Baltimore, Md. They traveled inland by boat and barge down the Ohio to St. Louis, Mo., and up the Mississippi to Keokuk. From Keokuk they made their way by wagon and on foot to the site chosen by Scholte and named by him, “Pella,” meaning “City of Refuge”. Among these colonists were tradesmen, artisans, and farmers; together they built a substantial community that grew and prospered. Their reverence for God, their Dutch habits of industry and thrift, and their good citizenship won them the respect of the pioneers of Iowa. They established churches and good schools; in response to their invitation to the Baptists, Central University — now Central College — was founded in Pella in 1853. Pella’s founders encouraged the development of small enterprises, mills, and factories. From a desire to commemorate the sacrifices of the founding fathers and to keep alive the ideals which they cherished, the citizens of Pella came to celebrate Tulip Time. An operetta, presented by the students of Pella High School in April of 1935, was the direct inspiration for Pella’s annual festival. The colorful Dutch costumes and the delightful melodies of the production, “Tulip Time in Pella,” captured the imagination of the audience. Among the listeners were Lewis W. Hartley, business manager of the Pella Chronicle; A. B. Wormhoudt and Tunis Kempkes, clothiers and members of the Chamber of Commerce. Alert to opportunities for community promotion, the three men saw in the operetta a perfect “natural” for Pella
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with its background of Dutch ancestry and tradition. At a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce on April 25, 1935, plans were made for the first Tulip Time, a oneday affair to be held in May of 1935. Since Pella was not yet a tulip town, the planners commissioned George Heeren, a Pella cabinetmaker, to make wooden tulips — each three feet tall — for the initial Tulip Time Festival. However, it was resolved that in the Fall of 1935 thousands of tulip bulbs would be planted to provide natural color for future festivals. The historical first Tulip Time, though on a smaller scale, set the pattern for the festivals presented thereafter. The Town Crier appeared on the streets with his long Dutch pipe and handbell to open festivities. Citizens appeared on the scene wearing wooden shoes and Dutch costumes. Antique displays in the store windows attracted much attention from the crowds that jammed the streets. The formal program began early in the afternoon with a Maypole drill by the young people in Dutch costumes. This was followed by an address of welcome from the Burgemeester (Mayor), T.G. Fultz, a Dutch drill by school children, a dialogue in Dutch dialect, the singing of Dutch psalms by a choral group and duets in the Dutch language by two couples who were beautifully costumed in garments that had been brought from the Netherlands. The evening program, presented in the high school auditorium, consisted of the operetta, “Tulip Time in Pella”. In anticipation of Pella’s 1936 Tulip Time Festival, thousands of tulip bulbs were planted in the fall of 1935 in lanes along the curbs and in mass plantings in the parks. In February of 1936, John Res, a bulb grower and broker from the Netherlands, came to Pella to advise on the planting and care of tulips. Early in 1936, civic leaders, cognizant of the need for an organization to assist in the promotion and produc-
tion of Tulip Time, revived a dormant historical society. In 1936, huge crowds attended the Festival, which had been extended to five days. Features of the first day, designated as “History Day,” were the opening of the Historical Society’s Dutch Home and Miniature Dutch Village, the scrubbing of the streets, and the colorful Volks Parade welcoming Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and her provincial attendants (enacted by young women of Pella) to the city. Then came the coronation of the Tulip Queen, Lenora Gaass, great-granddaughter of Dominie Hendrik Peter Scholte, the founder of Pella. Her four attendants were Virginia Van Gorp, Martha In’tVeld, Betty Lankelma, and Ruth Heerema. The afternoon ended with an address by John Nollen, president of Grinnell College, and a grandson of Pella’s patriarch, Dominie Scholte. The evening’s highlight was the performance of the operetta, “Windmills of Holland”. The second day, “Church Day,” was given over to religious observances and choral programs which featured the singing of Dutch psalms. On the third day, “Neighbor Day,” musical groups and officials from neighboring towns brought greetings from their communities. The fourth day, “Central College Day,” included a pageant of Hansel and Gretel, given by the students and faculty of Central College. On the final day, “Pella Day,” trips were taken through the Tulip Lanes and the Dutch Village, school children paraded, Dutch and folk singers performed on the streets, and the festival concluded with a final presentation of “Windmills of Holland”. The outbreak of World War II brought with it rationing of gasoline and other restrictions. Consequently, plans for the 1942 Tulip Time were undertaken with some misgivings. However, a threeday festival was held, during which a patriotic pageant,
“Defenders of the Flag,” was presented each evening. In 1943 and 1944, despite war-time difficulties, oneday celebrations of Tulip Time were held. No festivals were held during 1945 or 1946. Instead, in 1946 a community auction was held in downtown Pella, the proceeds of which were devoted to the relief of the war-torn people of Holland. In recognition of Pella’s contribution of more than $100,000 in relief funds for the people of Holland during World War II, the Holland Flower Bulb Growers Association presented 25,000 tulip bulbs to the community which were used in the initial planting of the Formal Tulip Gardens located at Fair Haven. From all over the United States, thousands have journeyed to Pella’s Tulip Time. For a visitor, a day of Tulip Time begins in the morning with tours of the points of historic and local interest: Scholte House, The Historical Village, the formal Scholte Gardens, Sunken Garden Park with its wooden shoe-shaped reflecting pool and Dutch Windmill, the Central College campus, the Garden Club flower show, and the miniature Dutch Village. Downtown, the shop windows display antiques and historical items. At noon, the restaurants offer special foods prepared in the Dutch manner: snijboontjes (Dutch green beans), erwten soep (pea soup), boonen soep (bean soup), Pella bologna made from recipes unknown except to Pella bologna makers, Dutch “Letters,” a baked delicacy with almond paste filling, Dutch Sinterklaas Koekjes (Santa Claus Cookies), Dutch cocoa and more. The afternoon performances begin with the appearance of 400-500 Dutch Dancers dressed in Dutch costume and wooden shoes, performing intricate Dutch dancing routines. After the Dutch Dancers, the preceding year’s Tulip Queen, dressed in Dutch costume, approaches the Tulip Toren, along with the Burgemeester, dressed in a
colorful red and gold robe. They are followed by representatives of the 11 Dutch Provinces. Each of the provincial representatives is attired in the authentic dress of the respective province. The beautiful and varied provincial costumes include lace caps and gold head ornaments, waists and blouses ornamented with lovely embroidery and lace, colorful shawls, full skirts and knitted stockings. At the conclusion of the Parade of the Provinces, the sound of trumpets is heard. The Royal Court, all in colorful Dutch costumes, process to the Tulip Toren, preceded by uniformed heralds and pages. During the coronation ceremony, the Burgemeester places the crown upon the new queen’s head and presents to her a beautiful loving cup which will be hers for a year and upon which her name will be inscribed along with the names of the queens who have reigned before her. Following the coronation ceremony, the Burgemeester and De Stadtsraad (City Council) proceed to inspect the street for cleanliness. The Burgemeester declares that the street must be scrubbed so that not a particle of dirt will remain when the queen and her retinue pass in the parade. The Burgemeester calls for street scrubbers and
men, women, and children appear carrying large scrub brushes and yokes with pails. They scrub the pavement diligently until every inch of pavement has been washed thoroughly. Beautiful floats built by civic organizations, service and veteran’s clubs, churches, and schools appear in the parade. Behind them march the street scrubbers and all of the children of the schools, all in colorful costumes and wooden shoes. Uniformed bands give the parade a festive air. Parade characters such as De Kippenboer (chicken vendor), the organ grinder, De Schaarslijper (scissor grinder), De Kaasmaan (cheese vendors), and the wooden shoe maker delight the crowd. The entire parade and stage performances are again presented in the evening, with the floats beautifully illuminated to highlight their distinctive features. Tulip Time is many things: the brightly decorated costumes, wooden shoes, thousands and thousands of tulips, Dutch pastries and meats, Dutch singing and dancing, street scrubbers, windmills, and parades. Tulip Time is a time for celebration and reflecting; but above all, Tulip Time is a beautiful time in Pella. Join with us this May in celebrating Tulip Time.
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The Dutchesses: Pella’s Ambassadors
The Dutchesses are a select group of 16 girls chosen to serve as ambassadors for Pella. They work year-round to promote the activities and traditions of the City of Pella. Through Dutch songs and dances, they share the heritage of our community. The girls are chosen from both Pella Community High School and Pella Christian High School, upon recommendation from their music teachers. They are chosen based on music and rhythm abilities, as well as personality. The Dutchesses are dressed in authentic Dutch costumes from This year’s Dutchesses include Cailee Veenstra, Delaney Dugger, Betsy Van cities and provinces in the Haaften, Marlee Bokhoven, Leah Blankespoor, Mariah Eekhoff, Kayla Bentz, Netherlands. Half of the girls Theresa Lauritsen, Rachel Mueller, Sarah Muller, Madison Thingstad, Karyn wear boys’ costumes and half Vander Wal, Sarah De Wolf, Klaire De Vos, Rachel Ver Meer and Jessi Vos. wear girls’ costumes, giving a
more traditional look to the Dutch dances. The Dutchesses keep a busy schedule throughout the year, including performances at Jordan Creek Town Center in Des Moines, Blank Children’s Hospital, Younkers Rehab, nursing homes and retirement homes, ethnic festivals, and Elderhostel. During Tulip Time you can see the Dutchesses perform in Central Park each day at 10:30 a.m. and noon, on the Tulip Toren stage each afternoon before the parade, and at the Vermeer Windmill each evening at 6 p.m. The Dutchesses are also the center circle of the street dances each afternoon and evening.
The History of the Dutch Market Though the tulips take center stage during Pella’s annual Tulip Time, the Dutch Market is a draw for many people attending the festival. While none of the people involved in this year’s market were absolutely certain of its history, many shared their memories of the market and its evolution. In years past, vendors pitched tents in people’s yards until the city put a halt to it. After that, they pitched tents in the parking lot behind White Way Auto (the area that is now the Molengracht, as it is understood.) Nobody was quite certain of the number of vendors there were, nor of the year the market moved to its present location at West Market Park. The Pella Business Women’s club has been spearheading the Dutch Market for the past several years. As with any successful venture, preparation for the event begins immediately after the current Tulip Time ends. Vendors receive applications for the following year’s market in their check-in package at the start of this year’s market. Current vendors have first right of refusal for the following year until September, when the application process opens up to all potential vendors. Vendors at this year’s market will be arriving from 16 states: Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The
logistics involved in getting their trailers here, unloaded and put away for the duration of the show causes a few headaches for the committee members. But, in true Dutch style, organization is king and good pre-planning results in all vendors being unloaded, set up and ready to go in time for their first customers. For many years, the late Kathy Bandstra had a vision of filling the Molengracht with vendors in addition to the vendors in the Dutch Market. As a tribute to her, the Steering Committee asked the Pella Business Women to write a proposal for the city council. As a result, Kathy’s dream became a reality last year with the creation of the Molengracht Market. While the Dutch Market features a wide assortment of handmade and manufactured items, the Molengracht Market is a juried venue for artisans, featuring items as diverse as marionettes, welded lawn ornaments, pressed flower art and much more. All vendors in the Molengracht Market will be displaying and selling handcrafted items. The Dutch Market doesn’t just “come together” without plenty of help from many organizations around town. The Boy Scouts cut all the ground cover to size and help vendors unload. The Central College men’s and women’s soccer teams lay all of the ground cover (64,460 sq. ft. of it, held down by 5,980 staples!) Pella’s
auxiliary police assist with vendor set-up and the Marion County Sheriff’s Auxiliary handles nighttime security. Ron Helm provides the sound system at the park. Pella Christian High Girls’ Soccer team cleans the park after everybody has left on Saturday night. And, of course, the City of Pella Streets department and the City of Pella Parks department work throughout the year and during Tulip Time to make the city and the event safe, attractive and fun for everybody. Plan to spend some time wandering around West Market Park, poking into your choice of 132 booths and admiring (and buying) the assortment of wares you’ll encounter. And don’t forget a trip to the Molengracht where you’ll see the replica Dutch canal and drawbridge, a glorious array of tulips and 18 artisans displaying – and selling – their handcrafted items.
Some of the many items available this year at the Dutch Market include jewelry, lawn ornaments, fudge, clothing, nitro ice cream, hand-crafted furniture, roasted nuts, kettle corn and purses. At the Molengracht, look for marionettes, Dutch letters, Gouda cheese, pottery, ceramics, glass-blown jewelry, hand-crafted furniture and much more! Don’t forget to stroll around town and admire the beautiful gardens. Watch the street washers as they prepare for the parade, then sit back and enjoy the show. Grab a bite to eat at one of Pella’s restaurants, or sample some Dutch treats at one of the food booths scattered throughout town. Take in a show at the Opera House or buy a ticket for the Grandstand and see what’s going on at the Tulip Touren. There’s plenty to do and see at Tulip Time, so get your wooden shoes aKlompen’ – and enjoy!
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Central College tiMeline Central College has survived difficult times since the school opened its doors in 1853. The college withstood financial shortfalls, the death of nearly 20 percent of male students during the Civil War, a strong challenge from a rival college in nearby Des Moines, the Great Depression and two world wars. As part of the 1998 inauguration ceremonies for President David Roe, Jim McMillan, former associate professor of history at Central, gathered some of the most significant dates in Central’s history., 1853 Opens as a Baptist Church affiliated academy for students in grades 9-12 with Emmanuel Scarff as principal. 1857 Gains collegiate standing with Elihu Gunn as president. Gunn ushers through the first graduating class of six but spends much of his personal savings to keep the school afloat. The original Central College building still stands along Washington Street. 1861 Emmanuel Scarff becomes acting president and says, “I’m a teacher, not a president.” He remains acting president for the next ten years. 1871 Louis Dunn becomes president for the first of two tenures. 1881 George Gardner becomes president and places the college on firmer financial ground, but he resigns after three years due to ill health. 1884 Robert Tripp is named acting president for one year. 1885 Daniel Reed becomes president and is called “the Benedict Arnold in Central’s history.” He favors the idea of establishing a single Baptist Church college in Iowa, based as Des Moines College, which was founded in 1865. When the Central College Board of Trustees rejects this plan, Reed resigns. 1886 Louis Dunn resumes the presidency. He is the only Central president to die in office, passing away on Thanksgiving Day, 1888. 1888 S.J. Axtell, a Central Latin professor, is named president. 1890 John Stuart, pastor of a Baptist Church in Pella, becomes president. He oversees the college’s first building boom as the Cotton Hall women’s dormitory goes up in 1891 and work begins on a combination auditorium, library and gymnasium in 1893. 1895 Arthur Chafee becomes president. He encourages dropping the name Central University of Iowa for the more accurate Central College. 1899 A.B. Bush serves one year as interim president. 1900 Lemeul A. Garrison, an 1896 graduate of Central, is named president. The college’s oldest building still in use, Jordan Hall, is built in 1905. 1909 John Beyl becomes president and continues to fight off efforts to close Central in favor of Des Moines College. 1914 John Bailey is named president. He steers Central through the move from a Baptist institution to one operated by the Reformed Church in America. Central officially becomes a Reformed Church in America school Jan. 3, 1916. 1917 M.J. Hoffman begins an eight-year term as president. Graham Hall is built in 1918, and the old library and old gymnasium are also built. 1925 John Wesselink, pastor of the First Reformed Church in Pella, becomes president. He presides over the opening of Central Hall and ceases operation of the preparatory academy. 1934 Irwin J. Lubbers becomes president. Douwstra Chapel is built during his reign in 1940, and Central finally is accredited in 1942.
Pella celebrates 77 years of Dutch Klompen “Klompen” is the Dutch word for wooden shoes. Ancient records make reference to wooden shoes and it is written that the first guild of wooden shoemakers was as early as 1429. Also mentioned were cobblers, skate and last (leather) shoemakers. People in Pella no longer wear wooden shoes except at Tulip Time when we try to recreate a Dutch atmosphere. A few of our Dutch citizens wear them while washing their cars or for working in their gardens. Although wooden shoes were once a high commodity item in The Netherlands, their production was never in the high profit bracket. “Klompen” makers were often on the rolls of the needy. Worn most often in wet lowland regions, wooden shoes were not uniquely Dutch. Peasants in France and Belgium wore “sabots” or clogs. Records of these shoes are found from the Middle Ages. Wooden shoes are good insulators when worn with heavy wool stockings and they are watertight. Wooden shoes were also carved to use as skates with the blade portion being part of the shoe. It was soon found that this type of skate soon stuck to the ice. An innovation was to insert a metal blade into the shoes. Wooden shoes with spikes in them were used for
walking on ice. One finds many painted wooden shoes, some designating the province or village from which the wearer comes. Wooden shoes are made during Tulip Time by individual workmen or on our century-old wooden shoemaking machine which can be seen in the “werkplaats” at the Historical Museum. Many are used for ornaments in the home or outside. Wooden shoes make wonderful receptacles, with an addition of soil, for a flower planter. It is interesting to know that the word sabotage comes from a French word for wooden shoes — “sabots.” The sabotage originally was when a French peasant threw his “sabot” into the machinery to protest and stop production. In the early days in Pella, about 1850, a shipment of 500 pairs of wooden shoes, shipped to America and stored in a warehouse at the confluence of the Mississippi and Des Moines Rivers, floated down the Mississippi when the warehouse was flooded. The fate of the wooden shoes, each pair tied with twine, is unknown, but it is amusing to imagine the surprise of the fishermen downstream when they saw a flotilla of wooden shoes!
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1945 Longtime dean H.W. Pietenpol begins one-year interim term as president. 1946 Gerrit T. Vander Lugt assumes the presidency. Under his watch, a language building and Gaass Hall are built. 1960 At the age of 29, Arend D. Lubbers, son of Irwin Lubbers, becomes the youngest college president in the country. Under the young Lubbers, Central experiences extraordinary growth with enrollment reaching 1,355, and international programs open in Austria, France, Spain and Mexico. He also brings the pond and bridge to Central. 1969 James Graham serves briefly as interim president. 1969 Kenneth J. Weller begins the longest executive tenure as Central president. Many of the buildings currently making up Central’s campus are constructed during his time as president, and he expands the international programs to include Wales, England, Holland and China. 1990 William Wiebenga becomes president. He guides construction of the Maytag Student Center and watches over the early building stages of The Central Market. The endowment grows to $30 million during his watch. 1997 Thomas Iverson serves as acting president. 1998 David Roe becomes Central’s 20th president with formal inauguration ceremonies Oct. 2. 1999 The Campaign for Central kicks off July 1, 1999, and runs through June 30, 2005. Central raises over $52.5 million and rolls into Phase II of the Campaign for Central. New projects include an education and psychology building and a new track and football field. 2003 With a $20-million renovation, the Vermeer Science Center becomes the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-rated building in Iowa. The new “Pods” residence building at 1203 Independence is built. 2004 Central’s enrollment swells to 1,750 students, the second highest in school history. 2006 Central’s endowment grows to $72 million. The “Pods” become the first LEED-certified residences hall in Iowa, receiving a gold rating. 2007 President David Roe signs the Talloires Declaration of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, an action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities. 2008 Central breaks ground in the spring with the construction of the new education and psychology building on the corner of University Street and West 3rd Street. 2009 The Roe Center, which opened in the fall and houses education, psychology, communication studies departments, as well as community-based learning and the center for global sustainability, received the highest LEED rating, platinum. 2010 Mark Putnam becomes the 21st president of Central College and the college celebrates by holding a host of events for the inaugural year Horizons of Opportunity. 2011 The plaza entryway and the Central College signs on the corners of campus are constructed. The journey symbol, a centerpiece of the architecture, speaks to the collective journey of life, regardless of where it begins.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tulip Time 2012
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Scholte Christian Church
The church was built by Dominie Scholte at the same time that his home north of garden square was built. It was known as the Scholte Church. In less than five months after Scholte came to Pella, the church was ready to be occupied according to Leonora Scholte’s book, “The Stranger in a Strange Land”. The chairs were made from native lumber and the seats woven from elm bark. Small square foot stoves also had to be made, as the only other heat in the church came from an open fireplace. The sexton would come early, build a big fire, and when the wood was burned to charcoal, his work was to fill each metal box in the foot stoves with hot coals. “People can endure a great deal of cold if their feet are warm,” said the script. Dominie Scholte thought nothing of preaching two hours. The women would pass peppermints in small silver boxes or pass a silver box which contained cologne on a sponge. This was to keep them awake, should they become drowsy. The men when drowsy, would stand up until sleep passed away. Often 10 or 12 would be standing at one time. Only psalms were sung in the church. On those days they had no organ. A man who had perfect pitch was chosen to lead the singing. He was called the
A photo of the Old Scholte Church that once stood at 707 West First St. just across the street from the old Jaarsma Bakery. “voorzinger." He would take his place in front of the pulpit and sing the first note and as his voice reached the back of the church, all would be singing that note. Leaving them, he would start the next note and the audience would follow. Since all the notes of the Dutch Psalms are whole- and half-notes, the roll of voices was like the echoing and reechoing of a grand organ. The church was patterned after the design of the old church at Ulrum in the Netherlands, where Scholte had often preached. It had a very tall spire, at the base of which was
painted in large black letters, this motto in Latin: “In Deo Spes Nostra Refugium” — “In God is Our Hope and Refuge”. The Old Church was still standing in 1913, but it was not used for Rev. H. services. Dykhuizen was the pastor about 1911. A Pella resident can recall a roller skating party held there at about this time. The building was then being rented for school parties and social events. Many people have expressed regrets for allowing the building to be razed. It was truly one of Pella’s most historical landmarks and should have been preserved.
Tulip Time 2012
Annual Pella Quilt Show is Pella’s Other Colorful Event Where better to rest up from the crowds and weather of Tulip Time than amidst the splendor of colorful and unique quilts at the Pella Area Quilt Guild annual Tulip Time Quilt Show? The show opens on Wednesday, May 2 and continues through Saturday, May 5, at the historic Pella Opera House, conveniently located along the parade route at 611 Franklin Street in downtown Pella. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission to the show is $3 for adults, children 12 and under may attend free with a parent. The Grand Ballroom on the ground floor of the Opera House provides an elegant backdrop for dozens of colorful quilts. You will find bed quilts of all sizes, baby quilts, wall quilts, miniature quilts, love quilts for charities, plus other smaller quilted items on display for your enjoyment. Each year the show is a completely new display of quilts, all made by the members of the Pella guild. Everyone attending the show may vote for favorite quilts to receive the Viewer's Choice Awards. There will also be a gift nook offering quilted items made by members of the guild. This year’s 86"x 96" raffle quilt entitled "Evening Bloom" was made in traditional delft blue and white colors by members of the Pella Area Quilt Guild, chaired by Genelle Morgan. The pattern, “Sherman’s March”, and fabrics used in this quilt are available at Vande Lune Fabrics in Pella. The white background, framed by a solid blue triangular inner border and blue on white flowered outer border, allows the blue squares and tulips to pop. Tickets for the raffle quilt are $1 each or 6 for $5 and can be purchased at Vande Lune Fabrics, Quilting Corner, Quilts by Kelly or from a quilt guild member prior to the show or at the quilt show.
The drawing will be held at the close of the show on Saturday. You need not be present to win. The Pella Area Quilt Guild is a very active group with members joining together from many surrounding communities. Proceeds from the show help support the guild's focus on making love quilts for charities. Last year over 50 quilts were made by guild members for distribution to various causes including Teen Challenge, Comfort House, Quilts for Kids & Angel Tree. This year the guild will be making quilts for Teen Challenge of the Midlands, The Angel Tree Project and Quilts for Kids. Past projects included quilts for Pella Hospice Comfort House, the Chemo/Dialysis Department of the Pella Regional Health Center, Freedom Quilts, Quilts of Valor, baby quilts for deployed new parents and tote bags for Ronald McDonald House clients. The guild meets on the first Tuesday of the month, with the exceptions of July and September, in Room 101 of Third Reformed Church at 7 p.m. Guests, visitors and new members of all quilting levels or interest in quilting are always welcome to join our group. Please plan to show your support to this active group of quilters by attending the quilt show in Pella, May 2-5 in conjunction with Pella's Tulip Time Festivities.
Credits for materials:
• Murt Kooi, “Pella Past” • Loren Vander Zyl of Pella & the late “Buck” Buerkens • Pella Historical Society (Patsy Sadler) • Pella Chamber of Commerce • Pella Historical Archives • Designer Images of Pella • Jacki Craver and Phyllis Zylstra
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tulip Time 2012
First editorial in Pella’s first paper told about Dutch colony’s founding This is the first editorial to appear in a Pella newspaper. It was published on Feb. 1, 1855, in The Pella Gazette’s first issue. The paper was published by the Rev. H. P. Scholte and Edwin H. Grant. It was a predecessor of the Pella ChronicleAdvertiser. Our readers must not think it strange that we give in our first number, a short history of the place where our paper is printed. Owing to the various and somewhat erroneous reports which have been circulated in different quarters we deem this our duty. Pella is the center of a beautiful country, in the interior of Iowa, about half way between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, on the great thoroughfare from Keokuk, Burlington, and Muscatine to Fort Des Moines and Council Bluffs. Seven years ago last August the claims of the first settlers, numbering over 40 families, between the Des Moines and Skunk river–six miles wide, east and west, were bought, partly on account of a colony of Hollanders, who had emigrated from the old world, with the purpose of making their home in the United States. At that time the place where Pella now stands was an open prairie, bordered on the north side with some timber, and having an enclosed field and two log houses. In the same month the first company of Hollanders came upon the ground, and from that time till now, they have made this part of Iowa one of the most valuable portions of the state. Everyone who comes here is surprised to find in the interior, such a place as Pella. From the beginning, the Hollanders have given evidence that their desire was to become identified with the nation under which they preferred to make their permanent residence. Occupying almost two townships, and the original settlers having sold out and left, there were not Americans enough to fill the ordinary township offices. Therefore the new settlers presented a petition to the legislative assembly, asking for a special act to organize the two geographical townships, in one precinct and to give the inhabitants thereof the power and privilege to elect their township officers, so that order could be maintained in accordance with the laws of the state and the union. That petition was granted and an act passed to that effect. By so doing the Hollanders have given evidence that, notwithstanding they were not native American, they were determined to become identified with the American Nation. In accordance there-
with, they made, in a body, the first declaration required by the Constitution and were imitated with a very few exceptions by others who came afterwards, and in due time they became full citizens according to law. By a glance at the state census of last year, published in another column, everyone will see that Marion County has, on comparison with other counties, only a small number of aliens, and only a part of that number are Hollanders who have not been here long enough to become citizens. At the beginning of the settlement there was only one small store. The majority of the Hollanders being poor, the first two years of settlement were attended with many difficulties and trials. After that, however, a new addition from Holland gave a fresh start. American citizens began to remark the advantages of our location and to settle in Pella and the vicinity. Several stores were opened and very soon Pella began to attract the business of the country. It is not very uncommon to see in Pella, people who have come 20, yes 40 miles to transact their business. The Baptists in Iowa selected in 1853, Pella as the place for the Central University of Iowa, and that has induced many American citizens from abroad to buy property in and around Pella, and make this their home. The consequence is that at present the native American population in and around the town has become about equal to the number of the foreign born and naturalized citizens. In the schools the English language is predominant and the Sabbath school is taught in English. This, together with intermarriage between native and foreign born citizens, will leave in a few years, but little difference between Pella and other more exclusive American towns. But we hope that the renowned industry, order, honesty and piety of the Holland character will show for ages their marks, in the increasing neatness of town and county, in the goodness of roads and highways, in the most scientific cultivation of the soil, in the scarcity of lawyers and law suits, in the increasing of schools and other institutions of learning and in the multiplication of the houses of religious worship. We feel confident that Pella will become one of the most attractive places in the state, where honest and industrious families can enjoy life and liberty, without necessity of defending; acquire and pos-
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sess property without necessity of protecting, except by commodious and ornamental wire fences against increasing stock of cattle; and feel grateful to a Kind Providence who cast their lot in such a good place, where safety and happiness are felt and enjoyed with our necessity of first pursuing and obtaining. We have never made much noise about our place. We shall be very glad when we have advanced so as to burn gas in our streets, but have always considered bad policy to generate gas for abroad and remain destitute of improvement at home. Two years ago we petitioned to have the state capitol located in Pella, and if the offer which accompanied that request had been accepted, the state house would have been built by this time. We still feel confident that Pella is the best location for the state at large, but notwithstanding that, we will be glad when the question of a permanent seat of the state government is settled, provided it is only located at some point where the members of the state government and of the legislative assembly will not be in danger of having their sojourn at the Capitol rendered obnoxious by fever and ague and kindred diseases, which are the ordinary companions in some localities to
persons who have not become acclimated. We must finally make one remark about the Hollanders. Commonly they are considered as Germans. That is not only untrue, but in several instances it is considered by the Hollanders as an insult, about in the same manner as if one would consider a native of England as an Irishman. Perhaps there cannot be found on the globe one nation who is naturally more apt to become perfectly identified with the American nation than Hollanders. The Empire State of the Union has given indubitable proof of our assertion, as there is no fear that the descendants of a people who held out against Spain, when it was in its full blaze of glory, who drove Louis XIV from their soil, where he had already, by the mismanagement of their own momentary magistrates, penetrated with his armies in the heart of their country, and whose Republican heroes burnt the royal ships of Britain in the sight of London, will be a detriment to the American nation. On the contrary when Holland solidity is united with American inquisitiveness and enterprise, which will endure the severest trials, and prove to be a benefit to the state, the union and the world.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tulip Time 2012
SChedule of eventS Wednesday Early Bird Previews
7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Annual Exhibition of Young Artists 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Vermeer Corporation Museum Tours, Vermeer Road 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rolscreen Museum Tours Historical Village/Vermeer Mill Tours (until 5 p.m.) 9:00 a.m. Pella City Tours (until 5 p.m.) Quilt Show (until 6 p.m.) 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Scholte Home Tours Kids Fun Run 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Klompen Classic 5K Run/Walk,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Morning
7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Fly – In Breakfast Saturday Only 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Annual Exhibition of Young Artists Vermeer Corporation Museum Tours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thurs./Fri.; 9 8:00 a.m. a.m. – 1 p.m. Tulip Time Sat. only) Rolscreen Museum Tours (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ) 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dutch Masters Antique Auto Display (8:30 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.) Pella City Tours (8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.) 9:00 a.m. Historical Village / Vermeer Mill Tours (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) Scholte House Tours (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) Pella Garden Club 50th Annual Flower Show (9 am- 6 pm) Want to have your own flower show? Order your tulip bulbs today! Dutch Craft Market (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.) Molengracht Market (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.) Craft show applications www.pellabusinesswomen.com Antique Implement Display (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.) Quilt Show (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 10:00 a.m. Kids Corner (Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) Golf Cart Shuttle (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) 10:30 a.m. Duchesses perform – Central Park 11:00 a.m. Inflatable Rides (Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.) 11:30 a.m. Pella High Orchestra Strolling Strings (11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
12:00 p.m. Dutch Organ Recital Second Reformed Church Kids Corner (Friday 12 – 8 p.m.) Dutchesses – Franklin & Broadway streets Old Fire Station Tour (12 - 2 p.m.) 12:30 p.m. Bob Ralston Theatre Organ Concert (Thursday, Pella Opera House) The Gentleman Doc Holliday (Saturday, Pella Opera House) Grandstand Show * The show includes Dutch Cheese Market reen1:00 p.m. actment, street and stage entertainment, Queen coronation (Thurs.), presentation of royal court (Fri. & Sat.), Dutch Dancers, Street Scrubbers, and the best view of the Volks Parade! Reserved grandstand seating – $5; park area (inside gates) - $4. 2:30 p.m. Volks Parade (2:30 – 4 p.m.) Enjoy our afternoon parade with floats, bands, and many Dutch specialty attractions. 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday Kids Corner Northeast corner of Central Park) 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday Kids Corner Northeast corner of Central Park)
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday Kids Corner Northeast corner of Central Park. Children of all ages will enjoy games, crafts and activities in Central Park. A small fee is charged for some games. 4:00 p.m. Golf Car Shuttle (4 – 7 p.m.) Pella City Tours Resume (4 – 6 p.m.) Old Fire Station Tour (4 – 8 p.m.) 4:30 p.m. Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier (Thursday, Pella Opera House) Bob Ralston Theatre Organ Concert (Friday, Pella Opera House) Central College Flying Pans (Saturday, Pella Opera House) 5:00 p.m. Tractor Rodeo West side of square on Main Street. Watch drivers test their skills and abilities on new and antique tractors at speed accuracy, balancing and precision driving.
Dutchesses perform – Vermeer Mill 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier (Thursday, Pella Opera House) Bob Ralston Theatre Organ Concert (Friday, Pella Opera House) Central College Flying Pans (Saturday, Pella Opera House) Grandstand Show (7 – 8:30 p.m.) *Also know as Feesthouden, 7:00 p.m. includes nightly entertainment and the following: fun-filled family program, street and stage Entertainment, street scrubbers, Dutch dancers and best view of lighted Volks Parade. General admission grandstand seating: $3 per person. Feesthouden Program Highlights Thursday - Central College Vocal Combo (7:30 p.m.) The Central College Swat Combo is a select group of singers and instrumentalists, handpicked for their superior musical and vocal performance skills. Members of the Swat Combo perform a variety of musical styles including, but not limited to, pop, jazz, rock, gospel, and country. Each spring, the group sets out on a statewide tour. In May of 2007, the Swat Combo took its music even further, traveling with the Central College Jazz Band to Europe, touring around the cities of London and Paris. Most recently, the Combo traveled to Merida, Mexico, touring the city and performing three concerts during their visit. Friday – Fred Gazzo Band (7:30 p.m.) Fred Gazzo is a Des Moines native that learned his vocal craft in Las Vegas singing with various big bands and hotel shows. His Vegas-style songbook with rhythm and horn section will guarantee to entertain you. If you like the styles of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Michael Buble, you will enjoy Fred Gazzo. Saturday – Faith Sound (7:30 p.m.) Faith Sound is an outstanding contemporary Christian ensemble that features 12 vocalists, 4 horns and 5 rhythm section. This talented group has brought their message and performed their music throughout the Midwest and Branson, MO. 8:30 – 9:45 p.m. Lighted Volks Parade Parade with lighted floats, bands, and many Dutch specialty attractions. 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. Street Dance (Friday) Following the night parade, enjoy one of the top Iowa cover bands playing hits from the ’70s and ’80s. Get your Dutch groove on!
11:00 a.m. Thanksgiving and Praise Service – 2012 Service Location: Vermeer Global Pavilion, 2110 Vermeer Road. Guest Speaker: Ken Korver, Emmanuel Reformed Church, Paramount, CA.
Feesthouden Program Highlights Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. – The Central College Swat Combo is a select group of singers and instrumentalists, handpicked for their superior musical and vocal performance skills. Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. – Fred Gazzo Band is a Des Moines native that learned his vocal craft in Las Vegas singing with various big bands and hotel shows. Saturday evening 7:30 p.m. – Faith Sound is an outstanding contemporary Christian ensemble that features 12 vocalists, 4 horns and 5 rhythm section.
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