Local, Regional and International Authors, Cartoonists Will Join 2015 Author’s Corner

The annual Author’s Corner event taking place during the 75th annual Orange City Tulip Festival will feature authors and cartoonists from the Midwest and the Netherlands.


Several local authors will join the Saturday event with their published works, including Orange City authors Renae B. Vander Schaaf, author of “A Place of Refuge,” and Lee and Bonnie Meier, authors of “Letters from Ralph.” Award-winning author James Schaap of Alton, Iowa, will also join the event with many of his books, including his most recent work entitled “Up the Hill.”


TFBooksHaveArrivedBill Kalsbeek, an Orange City native and current-part time resident of the community, will join the event with his book, “Celebrating Our Dutch Heritage: The Story of the Orange City Tulip Festival.” Kalsbeek wrote the book to commemorate the festival’s 75th anniversary.


Cartoonists Ken Alvine of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Dave Carpenter of Emmetsburg, Iowa, will also join the event with their books entitled “Cartoons and Rhymes for Senior Times” and “The Best of Senior Moments.” Alvine’s “How to Draw Cartoons” books and videos are distributed across the nation to schools and libraries. Carpenter’s cartoons regularly appear in well-known publications including The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens magazine, among others.


Mark ZegelingMark Zegeling, a publisher and author based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will visit Orange City during his international tour in both the United States and Canada.  In addition to joining Author’s Corner, Zegeling will give lectures at the Orange City Public Library at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16.


Zegeling’s book, “Little Kingdom by the Sea, a Celebration of Dutch Cultural Heritage and Architecture,” is considered a walking guide through history in the Netherlands. In his book, Zegeling tells the stories of the Netherlands houses that are replicated in Delft Blue miniature houses and given to Business Class passengers on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.


Author’s Corner will take place in conjunction with Tulip Festival’s ArtBurst event on Saturday, May 16. The events will take place on the lawn of the Sioux County Courthouse from 9 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. The events are free to attend, and attendees are welcome to visit with and purchase pieces from the authors and artists.

Commemorative Quilt Created for 75th Annual Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival Commemorative QuiltIn celebration of the 75th annual Tulip Festival, a commemorate quilt was designed and created by members of the Sioux Prairie Quilt Guild.


The quilt, named “Our Roots,” features several buildings of Dutch architecture and two windmills, designed after buildings in Orange City and the Netherlands. It is sized at 60 inches wide by 75 inches in height. The custom quilt blocks were created by Linda Feikema, Kymberly Pease, and Nancy Zeutenhorst, members of the Sioux Prairie Quilt Guild. The machine quilting was completed by Terri Vanden Bosch, also a member of the Sioux Prairie Quilt Guild.


The commemorative quilt will be on display and available for purchase through a silent auction at the Quilt Show during Tulip Festival. The silent auction will run all three days of the Quilt Show, with a buy-it-now option available.


The Quilt Show is organized by the Sioux Prairie Quilt Guild and will take place at Prairie Winds Event Center. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Admission to the show is $5 per person, and tickets are also available in the Tulip Festival Value Books.

Tulip Festival Will Host Cruise-In Car Show on Saturday


The Orange CitTF Car Show Weby Tulip Festival will host a cruise-in car show during its 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 16.


Individuals who own and maintain classic cars are welcome to join the event. Pre-registration is not required for the cruise-in. There is no entry fee for the show, and a freewill donation will be collected for the local Relay for Life chapter.


The annual cruise-in car show, a long-standing event at Tulip Festival, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Central Avenue and 4th Street North. Participants are invited to drive their classic cars in the Saturday evening parade as well, beginning at 6 p.m.


Questions about the cruise-in car show can be directed to the Tulip Festival office at 712-707-4510.