2019 Adult Dance practices dates are set for Tulip Festival

The Tulip Festival Steering Committee invites adults, college-age and older, to participate in the Adult Dutch Dance portion of this year’s Straat Feest. Both new and returning dancers are welcome and encouraged to join.

Adult Dutch Dance Practice dates are set for six Monday evenings, beginning in April. The dates include April 8, 15, 22, 29, as well as May 6, 13. Each practice will be held from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. at the Orange City Town Hall.

Authentic Dutch costumes are required for participants. If you’re new to the group, we encourage you to come to all of the practices. If you are a returner, feel free to join us as your schedule permits, but we’d love to have everyone on the final Monday before Tulip Festival.

Questions? Contact Kris McDonald at 712.541.3636 or via email: kmcdonal@nwciowa.edu

2019 Tulip Court Costumes Revealed

This year our Tulip Court costumes come from the fishing village of Marken in Noord-Holland on the Zuiderzee. With the men out to sea fishing, the women, isolated on the island, had lots of time to devote to embellishing their brightly colored costumes with ornate fabrics, trims and embroidery. This year’s costume has a total of 35 different fabrics, laces and other trims and each represents dozens of hours of sewing and other handwork by Tulip Festival volunteers.

At the Extravaganza, the 2019 Tulip Court presented their traveling road show for the first time. The road show, which the festival royalty wrote and will present to various organizations, schools, and residential facilities this spring, tells of the events and attractions at Tulip Festival and gives a detailed overview of their costumes from Marken.

ABOUT THE MARKEN COSTUMES

The underskirt is made of a multi-colored striped fabric. The skirt, made of black wool, has a three-inch row of hand shirring around the waist, finished with a red braid on the bottom.

Marken women wore a blue apron with a red-checked top on special occasions, with a wide braid sewn on at the waistband and a second decorative wide braid around the back.

The sleeves of the Marken costume typically have red, white and black stripes like the court’s costume. Over top of the sleeves, the court is wearing two wool vests—the first is made of navy wool, while the red wool vest with a blue, green or purple sateen back is layered over top the navy one. Pinned over top the red vest is the brightly colored floral print called a plastron.

An ornately hand-embroidered navy wool vest, like the one Queen Allison is wearing, was worn by Marken women on special occasions. A total of 200 volunteer hours were dedicated to the embroidery on Queen Allison’s vest. Instead of striped sleeves, Allison’s are bright red with a metallic gold trim. Allison also has the option to wear sleeve covers made of purple taffeta to keep her red sleeves clean while working (or while eating poffertjes).

Queen Allison also has a white linen neckerchief, while the court’s everyday scarf is made of a red checked cotton. Each scarf is personalized with the court member’s initials and embellished with small tassels known as “akertjes” (ay-ker-cheese), made from multiple strings of tiny white beads wrapped around a white or red cord.

The multi-layered cap is made of the same floral print as the plastron and white lace and trims with an embroidered, initialed chinstrap.

Beautifully decorated wooden shoes complete the costume. The dark green klompen were hand painted by a local community volunteer with leaves and roses, with the individual court member’s initials personalizing each pair.

The women of Marken certainly put their leisure time to good use. The results were the richly embellished costumes that have become today’s heirlooms. Our court is honored to be wearing replicas of such treasures.

2019 Tulip Festival Parade Marshal Announced

The Tulip Festival Steering Committee is very pleased to honor Scott Mulder as the parade marshal for the 79th annual event.

Each year a parade marshal is chosen for the festival.  This honor is given to recognize someone for the contributions he or she made to the festival in past years.

Scott has been involved in the Tulip Festival ever since he was a little boy; he can remember helping his father with the street organ back in the early 1970s. As Scott grew older, he continued to participate in the parade by marching in the band from 5th grade until 12th grade. Scott was also the fiddler in the play production in the 1990s.

When Scott attended college, he was still committed to the Tulip Festival tradition and decided to help Gerry Korver with the floats in the parade. In the 1980s, Mulder Oil assumed the position of making sure floats and trolleys were kept rolling. If there was an issue with the floats during the parade, Scott or his crew members were always there to help. Scott has enjoyed working with the many different people over the years, but his favorite part is working with people he may not normally interact with during the rest of the year. His family have been involved in the tradition and taking on the family legacy. His children Kenzie, Parker, and Madi have all marched in the band and been involved with the dutch dance. Kenzie was also Tulip Festival Queen in 2013.  His wife, Jill, was on the queens committee and chaired the committee in 2017. Thank you Scott for your contributions throughout the years.

2019 Tulip Festival brochures have arrived

The Orange City Tulip Festival is pleased to announce the annual Tulip Festival brochures have arrived at the Tulip Festival office.

Individuals interested in receiving their own brochure can either request for one to be mailed to them by filling out this form or can pick one up today at the Tulip Festival office, located at 509 8th Street SE.

The brochure includes a daily schedule of the Tulip Festival, information on festival activities, attractions and special events such as Straatfeest and the Night Show. Also included is information on food, travel, and lodging at and around the Tulip Festival.

Questions about the brochure can be directed to the Tulip Festival office at 712-707-4510.

 

2019 Dutch Costume Exchange set for April 3

The 2018 Tulip Festival Dutch costume exchange is set for Wednesday, Apr. 4. The event will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Stadscentrum, located on the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street North in Orange City.

Individuals interested in selling Dutch costumes can bring them to the Orange City Tulip Festival office, located at 509 8th Street SE, on Monday, Apr. 2 or Tuesday, Apr. 3.

Sellers should determine the price of their costumes and are asked to print and fill out the seller’s form. Please note that the Tulip Festival Steering Committee only accepts authentic Dutch costumes for the exchange.

Individuals interested in purchasing Dutch costumes don’t need to have an authentic Dutch costume to sell, and individuals interested in selling authentic Dutch costumes don’t need to purchase others.

A variety of costumes will be available for purchase for children and adults.

2019 Tulip Festival Extravaganza

The annual Orange City Tulip Festival Extravaganza will be held Wednesday, March 13, at Prairie Winds Event Center. The event features a luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. with the program to follow during which the costumes for the 2019 Tulip Queen and Court are revealed and the 2019 parade marshals will be introduced.

The 2019 Tulip Court will also present their traveling road show for the first time. The road show, which the festival royalty wrote and will present to various organizations, schools, and residential care facilities this spring, tells of the events and attractions at Tulip Festival and gives a detailed overview of their costumes.

Members of the 2019 Tulip Court are Queen Allison Haverdink, is the daughter of Mark and Suzanne Haverdink, court members Aarika Van Gelder, daughter of Larry and Phyllis Van Gelder, Emma De Groot, daughter of Don and Michelle Vaas, Jadeyn Schutt, daughter of Bruce and Amy Schutt, Jadeyn Veltkamp, daughter of Susan Veltkamp and Brad Veltkamp.

An additional highlight will be a “teaser” of the upcoming Tulip Festival Night Show production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The cast has been tirelessly rehearsing the show and some members will be present to share the progress with attendees.

Tickets $20 and are available now at the Tulip Festival Windmill Office on Hwy 10 or by calling 712-707-4510.

Dutch Dozen Auditions

Dutch Dozen Auditions are January 23rd from 3:30 to 5:00 at the Orange City Community Room locates in the basement of the town hall. More information available by contacting Amanda Lemke amanda.lemke17@gmail.com or Brande Pals at: bjpals12@gmail.com

The Dutch Dozen was formed in 1947, and continues to be a highlight of the festival each year. A group of 12 young ladies and 12 young men, all in high school, provide a colorful, light-hearted and melodious journey through Old Holland, with most of the choreographed singing in Dutch. Dutch Dozen members wear traditional Volendam costumes, and the ladies wear signature orange klompen, or wooden shoes.

Ticket Stubs

2019 Night Show Tickets On Sale January 15, 2019

Ticket Stubs

Tickets for the 2019 Tulip Festival Night Show, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, will be on sale starting Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Tickets will be available at the Orange City Chamber Office starting at 8:00 a.m. that day. An option to buy online is also available this year and can be purchased here: ONLINE TICKETS (octulipfestival.com/tickets). Tickets are available for $25 each.

In addition to the May 15-18 lineup of showings with a start time of 8:00 p.m., there will be two additional shows this year, taking place on Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14. The Monday and Tuesday shows will begin at a special time, 6:30 p.m., creating a family-friendly time frame for all to enjoy. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and can get their picture taken with the cast after the show.

Building on the show’s success and overwhelming response from 2018, Todd Vande Griend will again be leading the Night Show with Sarah Weber, Producer, and Becky Donahue, Choreographer.

Boasting a long history, the Tulip Festival Night Show is a must-see attraction for all ages. The show is performed in the Unity Christian Knight Center, located at 216 Michigan Avenue SW in Orange City.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig. Book by Linda Woolverton and Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice. Music by Alan Menken. Originally directed by Robert Jess Roth and originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast 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

2019 Orange City Tulip Queen Crowned

The 2019 Tulip Court (L-R): Emma De Groot, Jadeyn Schutt, Queen Allison Haverdink, Jadeyn Veltkamp, Aarika Van Gelder.

Allison Haverdink was crowned the 2019 Tulip Festival Queen on Monday, Nov. 12. Allison will reign over the 79th annual Tulip Festival, set for May 16, 17, and 18, 2019.

A senior at MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City, Allison Haverdink, is the daughter of Mark and Suzanne Haverdink.

Allison is joined on the 2019 Tulip Court by court members Aarika Van Gelder, daughter of Larry and Phyllis Van Gelder, Emma De Groot, daughter of Don and Michelle Vaas, Jadeyn Schutt, daughter of Bruce and Amy Schutt, Jadeyn Veltkamp, daughter of Susan Veltkamp and Brad Veltkamp.

Allison and her court members spent Monday afternoon interviewing with judges Matt Breen, Andrea (Smits) Hydeen, and Jan Snyder.

A pageant was held for the public in the evening. Each of the candidates answered questions on various topics and gave an individual presentation. Allison was crowned queen as a conclusion to the evening.

Allison and her court will serve as ambassadors for the Orange City Tulip Festival as they travel in the spring, making several media and public appearances.

 

2019 Tulip Festival Night Show Auditions Scheduled

The 2019 Night Show is BEAUTY and THE BEAST.  Open auditions will be held for all positions, we adding 20+ parts for the 2019 Night Show. We want you to come and try out to be a part of this fantastic show. Auditions will be held in the Unity Christian Knight Center.

Auditions will be open on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 7-9 pm, Thursday, Jan. 10 from 7-9 pm, and Saturday, Jan 12 from 9-12 pm.  And will be held at the Unity Christian Knight Center. Interested parties freshman in high school age and up are invited to audition. You do not need to prepare any material prior to auditioning.

As announced earlier, in addition to the May 15-18 line up of shows, there will be additional shows on Monday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 14. The shows will begin at a special time, 6:30 p.m., creating a family-friendly time frame for all to enjoy. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and can get their picture taken with the cast after the show.  Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, January 15 and available at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber Office for the purchase price of $25 each.

Costumes Provided by COSTUME WORLD THEATRICAL, Deerfield Beach, FL. www.costumeworld.com

The licensee and production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice.  Book by Linda Woolverton. Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth and Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig. Book by Linda Woolverton and Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice. Music by Alan Menken. Originally directed by Robert Jess Roth and originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast 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