Behind-the-Scenes of Tulip Time in Holland

From May 7-14, more than 500,000 people from around the world will travel to Holland, Michigan to experience the 2016 Tulip Time Festival. The festival features Dutch dance performances, concerts, theatre, food, parades and more – all of which take a lot of time and dedication to produce by the staff and a team of more than 800 volunteers.

Gwen Auwerda, Executive Director of the festival, gives us a sneak peek at what goes into the making of Tulip Time. 

In Holland, Michigan, we’ve had a cool spring and the tulips love it! The town is being spruced up from a long winter and the Tulip Time Festival staff and interns are busy with the finishing touches on all the great events, entertainment and parades.

Here are just some of the many things that happen behind-the-scenes in Holland as we prepare for the festival.

Prepping Pigs-in-a-Blanket

500 dozen pigs-in-a-blanket – a traditional Dutch food – were made by a group of volunteers from area churches.  “Pigs” as we call them are a sausage roll covered with pastry dough and served to thousands of visitors at Dutch Marktplaats along with the largest selection of traditional Dutch food in the City of Holland.  This is quite a time honored tradition for the churches.

Marching Band Practice

All of the bands are practicing their marching skills for the Saturday GMB Muziekparade, the longest parade in Michigan at 2.4 miles. This year, May 14th is the day of the GMB Muziekparade. The parade will feature over 4,000 participants.

Dutch Dance Rehearsals

Dutch Dance is another signature event during the festival.  The dancers typically learn the dance in high school and can continue dancing as an “alumni dancer” after graduation.  This year, we have 800 dancers who wear clothing representing the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Practices begin in January and the dancers spend 30 hours over the next 4 months learning the dance. This event is a visitor favorite and free!

We couldn’t put together an internationally known flower festival without our beloved volunteers.  It takes over 800 volunteers over an 8 day period to help with trash pickup, ushering at the shows, set-up, deliver potted tulips to the venues around the city, assist with the Tulip Time run, and the three parades.  It is because of the dedication of these volunteers that our city can host over 500,000 guests to Join the Dance!  We hope to see you in beautiful Holland for the 87th Tulip Time Festival.

Gwen Auwerda is the Executive Director of the Tulip Time Festival in Holland.

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The Magical History Tour Has Arrived at Henry Ford Museum

If you missed it in 1964, here’s your second chance.

The Beatles changed pop culture and the world of music forever. Were you an original Beatlemaniac? Or are you simply inspired by their music today? Either way, you’ll have the chance to experience the creativity, love and curiosity of the Fab Four firsthand as The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition, presented by Meijer, makes its U.S. premiere at The Henry Ford. Don’t miss the most comprehensive Beatles exhibition ever assembled, featuring instruments, clothing, rare original photos and many never-before-displayed artifacts!

Photo Courtesy of The Henry Ford

Follow the Beatles’ iconic story from the very beginning, through the throes of Beatlemania, to the years of experimentation and dissention, and finally to their far-reaching inspiration today. This amazing story is told from the perspective of the Beatles, and visitors will experience pivotal points in their lives through this exhibition.

Your experience to The Magical History Tour includes:

  • Instruments, equipment and other personal belongings, including the original Quarrymen drum kit.
  • Letters, memos and pivotal documentation of the Beatles’ career, including the official “break-up letter” typed by John to Paul’s lawyer and signed by John, George and Ringo.
  • Rare photographs from the Beatles’ touring years, including many that have never before been seen.
  • A vast collection of Beatles merchandise and memorabilia, including the album signed by John Lennon to his eventual killer hours before his death.
  • Variety named the Beatles the Icons of the 20th Century. Experience why in this immersive, educational and fun exhibit — only at The Henry Ford.

The Magical History Tour takes over Henry Ford Museum April 30 through Sept. 18, 2016. Admission for members of The Henry Ford is $5; nonmember admission (including a ticket to Henry Ford Museum) is $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $20.75 for children ages 5-12.

Photo Courtesy of The Henry Ford

 

What is your favorite Beatles memory? Share with us by commenting below!

Lish Dorset

Lish Dorset is the social media manager for The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition is not endorsed by, sponsored by, associated with, or otherwise affiliated with The Beatles, Apple Corps Ltd., or any member of The Beatles or their representatives.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Exhibits Development Group, exhibition producer, manager, and distributor; and PMA Collective, co-producer and memorabilia collection owners. The culmination of the world-class talent brought to the table by each party ensures that this is an undertaking of the highest quality, from the memorabilia to design to production.

Five Fantastic Instagram Photos from Our Fans in April 2016

Slowly but surely, it’s getting warmer and warmer in the Great Lakes state, which means more outdoor adventures and sightseeing. This leads to gorgeous photos of our diverse landscapes in bloom, which our Pure Michigan Instagram community perfectly captured last month. From the beauty of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to the shores of Mackinac Island, take a look at a few favorites shared with us in April.

We can’t wait to hike on Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore trails!

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Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @christianmagoon

Warm weather and Mackinac Island. Just some of what we get to look forward to soon!

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Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @greendrinks

Life is perfect when it’s just you, sand, rocks and the beach. This shot was taken from the shores of Lake Michigan in South Haven.

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Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @hmbesemer

A Michigan destination that needs no introduction – Inspiration Point in Arcadia.

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Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @beachglassjunkie

Here’s to adventures at Straits State Park in St. Ignace.

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Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @moondusted

If you’re on Instagram, follow us @PureMichigan! If you’d like us to share your photos from across the state, tag them with #PureMichigan to give us permission to “re-gram.”

Tell us which image is your favorite in the comments!