Artwork Commissioned for 75th Annual Tulip Festival

 

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The Tulip Festival Steering Committee is pleased to announce a commemorative art piece for the 2015 event, slated for May 14-16.

The artwork for the 75th annual Tulip Festival will be an oil painting by local artist John E. Vander Stelt. Vander Stelt, owner of Vander Stelt Studios in Maurice, Iowa, will reveal the painting at the Tulip Festival Extravaganza on Wednesday, March 18. Prints of the piece will be available following the event. The original painting will be on display in Stadscentrum during Tulip Festival.

“We are very much looking forward to the reveal of John’s painting, as we know it will capture a dynamic and historical aspect of the festival,” says Arlyn Schaap, co-chairman of the Steering Committee. “We are grateful for John’s willingness and ability to capture the true essence of our festival, as we celebrate 75 years of ‘Remembering Our Roots.’”

Much of Vander Stelt’s work can be found on his blog at johnvanderstelt.blogspot.com.

 

Artists Invited to Apply to Exhibit Work During 2015 ArtBurst

 

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Artists from the four-state region and beyond are invited to apply to exhibit their work at ArtBurst during the 75th annual Orange City Tulip Festival.

 

Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, ArtBurst is a juried exhibition of fine art. An estimated 35,000 people per day are expected to attend the three-day Tulip Festival May 14-16, and thousands browse the artists’ booths set up on the grounds of the historic Sioux County Courthouse on Saturday.

 

Applications will be accepted from anyone who produces original fine art. All art must be designed and executed by the accepted artist, and at least 75 percent of the artist’s exhibit must consist of original work. No more than 25 percent may be giclees or reproductions. ArtBurst artists will be chosen by a jury, which will make its selections based on the aesthetic quality of the art and the number of artists in each medium. The application deadline is March 15, and applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by April 1.

 

To apply, submit a completed application form, four photos showing the artist’s work, a photo of the artist’s booth, a $10 non-refundable check for the jury fee, and a $50 check for each 10-by-10-foot booth space. Checks should be made out to the Orange City Tulip Festival, with “ArtBurst” on the memo line, and mailed to Orange City Tulip Festival, Attn: ArtBurst Coordinator, 509 8th Street SE, Orange City, IA 51041.

 

Artists may apply online. For more information or for a copy of the ArtBurst brochure and application, email artburst@octulipfestival.com or call 712-707-4510.

 

2015 Tulip Festival Ticket Sales Begin February 2

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Tickets for the 2015 Tulip Festival Extravaganza, reserved parade seats, and Night Show will go on sale on Monday, Feb. 2. Ticket sales will begin at 9 a.m. at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office.

 

The annual Tulip Festival Extravaganza will take place on Wednesday, March 18, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The event will include a luncheon and program at Prairie Winds Event Center. Tickets are $15 each through March 6, and $20 each beginning March 7.

 

Reserved parade seats are $4 each. Seats are reserved beginning at 1 p.m. each day of the festival, and are reserved for Straatfeest, street scrubbing, and the Volksparade.

 

Tickets for the 2015 Night Show, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” are $20 each. The production will take place at Unity Christian Knight Center May 13-16, beginning nightly at 8 p.m.

 

All tickets for the Night Show and parade are reserved, and all are sold on a first come, first served basis. Questions can be directed to the festival office at 712-707-4510.
Join us for The Orange City Tulip Festival’s Production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins.” A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film. Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh.

 

“Mary Poppins” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www.MTIShows.com

 

Historical Book Introduced for 75th Annual Event

TulipFestivalHistoricalBookCoverThe Tulip Festival Steering Committee is pleased to introduce a commemorative book for the upcoming 75th annual Tulip Festival, slated for May 14-16.

The book, entitled “Celebrating Our Dutch Heritage: The Story of the Orange City Tulip Festival,” was written by Bill Kalsbeek, an Orange City native and current part-time resident of the community. The book documents the festival’s history and contains hundreds of images that span the decades of the event.

“We are very grateful for Bill and his willingness to research the history and tell the story of the festival since its founding in the 1930s,” says Arlyn Schaap, co-chairman of the Steering Committee. “We are excited to share the book with community members and visitors alike.”

Kalsbeek will hold book signings during Tulip Festival, and attendees will have the opportunity to have their books signed and stamped with the 75th annual Tulip Festival seal. The book signings will take place at Stadscentrum from 9 to 10 a.m. each day of the festival.

“We extend many thanks to the individuals who assisted in the completion of this book through their collections, focus groups, interviews, and editing,” says Schaap. “The book is a wonderful representation of the dedication our community holds for the festival, both now and in years past.”

Order Now!

The hardcover book is available for purchase at a cost of $35 per copy. Please include $6 per book for shipping and handling if you would like your book sent to you. Checks can be made out to the Orange City Tulip Festival and sent with the order form to the festival office:

Orange City Tulip Festival
509 8th Street SE
Orange City, Iowa 51041

Special Projects & Events for Tulip Festival 2015

2015 marks our 75th annual Tulip Festival. We look forward to announcing special events and projects in the upcoming months for the May 2015 celebration. Your contribution to the Friends of the Festival Foundation allows us to make our 75th annual celebration of “Remembering Our Roots” a great success!

Stadscentrum

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Stadscentrum or “City Center”, is the home of our Dutch Street Organ, wooden shoe making equipment and historical displays that will change at various times. This building opened in 2015 and many special events will take place here during Tulip Festival and throughout the year.
Your donation to the Friends of the Festival Foundation assists us with our financial commitment to the construction of Stadscentrum.

2015 Tulip Festival Night Show Auditions Scheduled

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Auditions for the 2015 Tulip Festival Night Show, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” are scheduled for four evenings in January.

 

Adults and high school and college students can audition for the show on Jan. 15, 19 or 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. Children ages 9-12 can audition on Jan. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. All auditions will take place at the Orange City Town Hall. Individuals wishing to audition do not need to prepare any material prior to the auditions, but are asked to bring their schedules for February through May.

 

The cast of “Mary Poppins” will consist of approximately 30 people, including Mary Poppins, members of the Banks family, Mrs. Brill, Robertson Ay, Katie Nanna, the Banks’ neighbors and former nanny, and many more. Non-singing roles are also available in the production.

 

Tickets for the Night Show will go on sale for $20 each on Monday, Feb. 2 at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office.

 

Join us for The Orange City Tulip Festival’s Production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins.” A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film. Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh.

 

“Mary Poppins” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www. MTIShows.com