Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thankful Thursday -- Tulip Time

It's Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan! Every year, the first full week of May brings on celebrations of the old country, The Netherlands. There are parades every day with people in their old world Dutch outfits and wooden shoes, clomping down the streets. The streets washers are out with their buckets and brooms, and of course there is always the visit to the tulip farms. I had hoped to go this year to get some new pictures of windmills and Klompen Dancers. But I didn't make it yet, and now it's raining. It's just enough to put a damper on the celebrations, but we're used to unexpected weather changes and it doesn't seem to bother the enthusiasm of the crowds.

Throughout most of the city, the streets are neatly edged with tulips, having been planted in the fall by city workers and huge groups of volunteers!

Here are a few tulips in my yard:

I'm thankful to be living in an area so rich in history, and among people who are proud of their ancestry (even though I'm German, not Dutch.)This community, and most that surround it, have a special appreciation for the love of flowers, especially their beloved tulip!

For more about the tulip fields in Holland Michigan click here.
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Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi JaneMarie, I found this post very interesting and the images--so beautiful. If one does not read the post, it'd be easy to assume that these are photos from Holland! You have a lovely collection too!

keewee said...

Tulips are some of my favorite spring blooms. My hubbie and will be in Holland on May 20th. I am sure I will be taking many pictures to share with my readers.

tina said...


Laura said...

My Father-in-law lives outside of Luddington; I've driven through Holland many times over the years but unfortunately not at this time of year. :(

Angie said...

Thanks for sharing these pictures. I've been to Holland, Michigan before - but never in the springtime.

Outside In said...

Just Beautiful!
My hubby is German too.

Msrobin said...

All those years I lived in Michigan, and do you think I went to the Tulip Festival? I can only remember going as a child, and I even went to college right there nearby at Grand Valley! So lovely.