Sunday, May 9, 2010

Tulip Time

In May of every year, Holland Michigan holds a Tulip Time festival to honor it's Dutch heritage. People come from all over to enjoy the food, the parades, to see people in costumes and of course for the tulips that are all over town.
My sister Cheri, daughter Heather and I spent a little time there last week, taking in the beautiful sights!
There weren't as many tulips as usual because it got warm early this Spring, then we had a lot of rain and wind. However, the tulips we saw were beautiful!





One street we were on, not only had tulips planted in front of all the buildings, but also had a lot of window boxes filled with pansies. Aren't they cheery?



One of my favorite things is the authentic costumes.

The kids look adorable. There are lots of people taking pictures of their kids, in costume, sitting in front of or surrounded by tulips.



But - as you can see, any age looks good in a Dutch costume. These two were nice enough to pose for me. Do you see the wooden shoes? One of the highlights of the festival is the Dutch, or Klompen Dancing. High school kids don costumes, complete with wooden shoes and dance in them.
Hope you enjoyed this little trip to Holland, Michigan!

15 comments:

Kathy said...

Tulips are my favorite flower! I loved these pictures. I'll have to show the children the people in costume. That will be fascinating to them.

Sue O said...

We have a tulip farm not too far from us in Oregon. It's a fun outing we try to make every year, depending on the weather. They don't do the costumes, but the fields are a sight for sore eyes. We didn't make it this year, but here's the post I wrote last year. http://nostalgic-nana.blogspot.com/2009/04/yoga-and-tulips.html if you want to see some photos. The mountain in the background is Mt.Hood.

A Stone Gatherer said...

The flowers are beautiful!

Hootin' Anni said...

My mother in law was born and raised in Michigan, and I remember she taking me there to Holland for the tulip festival...many many years ago.

That top photo is breathtaking.

Just Mom said...

BEAUTIFUL!

My tulips didn't last long here either. Too much wind. Now there's a lot of rain.

Connie said...

The tulips are beautiful. I have 2granddaughters that dance. It's fun to watch them. They have a ball.

Betty said...

I love tulips too! We don´t have them here, so it´s something special for me. Loved your pics and it looked like a fun day!

Lorie said...

What beautiful pictures! I would love to see the tulips.

S. Etole said...

I really enjoy your photos ... beautiful colors.

Brooke said...

gorgeous flowers! and brave souls to try wooden shoes ;)

Mariel said...

those are absolutely beautifl, Mari! thanks for sharing!! :)

Rae said...

I loved the photos. Such beautiful tulips. That would be such a lovely place to visit.
I also wanted to say thank you for the nice comments on my blog. I appreciate your kind words.

Pat said...

I remember going to the tulip festival as a child, I even got a pair of wooden shoes! Do they still wash the streets in costume?
I haven't been since my girls were little, I would love to go again.
Thanks for the great pics!

Alice Teh said...

Hi Mari, tulips are my favorite flowers and this post is a treat! Your photos are beautiful!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

I hadn't heard about this. I'm going to have to remember it next year (or you're going to have to remind me!) so we can go. I think the kids would have a good time.