Monday, May 3, 2010

Tulip Time

Here are some pictures from Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan. It's kind of funny, but I've never had much to do with Tulip Time, and this is the first time I've ever actually been in Holland during Tulip Time. My mother was from Holland, and so many of the locals look at Tulip Time as an absolute zoo and a nuisance, that it was never something I'd wanted to participate in. My mother always told horror stories of the blisters she'd get on her feet from while wearing wooden shoes, and marching in parades, it never seemed appealing until Franny came around. One of these years, I'm going to put her in a dutch costume and take her picture by the tulips.
We went to Veldheer's, and got Frances her own pair of wooden shoes. She wasn't interested in wearing them for very long.

Here's Suzanne and Frances at Centennial Park in downtown Holland, by a bunch of orange tulips. Frances did not want to be set down at all. Crowds still make her nervous.
Frances enjoyed Kollen Park on Lake Mackatawa more than she did Centennial Park, because there were no crowds. Here she is, checking out the tulips. Tulips are everywhere in Holland during Tulip Time. My great grandfather used to work for the Holland City Parks Department, and it was his job to plant the tulip bulbs along the streets and sidewalks of the city. If you're caught picking in tulip in Holland during Tulip Time, the fine is $35, per tulip. Once some poor man was in the news because he had a car accident and his car skidded into one of the city's tulip beds, and his fine was in the thousands.
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