We are finally here to share with you, as promised and anticipated, what it is our family exactly does during the festival in our area called Tulip Time. We took as many chances as possible to snap photos to share with and to open the window to a little part of our lives during this busy week with you!
Shall we begin with this photo (hopefully not boring) overload?
What Our Specifics Are
While we (us girls) were still quite young, around the age of 8, we began helping clear tables and also prepare food with our Aunt in the kitchen of the food court that is at Holland's Civic Center. Which also includes vendors and a stage for entertainment (more on those later). Our Aunt is the go-to person for our entire food line which consists of only traditional Dutch foods. Every cent that is raised, above the expenses, is given to women and children missions around the world. It has become a tradition for us to be of help in this way each year for such a great and meaningful cause.
The last photo above shows the end of the line and our work area/supplies and the small kitchen is the door opening. Other than that small over-worked room, we have to take soiled dishes across the auditorium to the other end which has a much larger kitchen, but lacks a hallway. And interestingly enough, we keep a tent outside (just about ten feet behind from where you would be standing if you took that last photo) with our ovens, friers, and stoves we use to bake most of the food fresh each day!
We are in charge of the dining room- keeping people moving after performances, (the stage is in front of the tables shown above so to the side of Bek in the photo) picking up litter from the floor, keeping the rows clear for the occasional wheelchair, directing people to the un-metionable, wiping down tables every chance we get, and taking empty food trays from people. And, cleaning them. That is what keeps us busy. Oh! And posing for a few thousand photos for tourists in our costumes!
Ranging from high school Dutch dancers and Town Crying competitions to Master Gardener "How To Grow Tulips" presentations and Kinder Dutch dancers, (children ages 7-12) it is all presented on stage right there! Even though the songs can get old in a hurry, and there is only so many times you really want to hear that blood-meal will keep squirrels out of your tulip beds, watching all the people never does! There is such a ginormous variety of people who flock to the festivities!
Where We Crash
Back before our entire family took over the dining room, us girls would just stash our water and lunches in the mini kitchen and keep something cool to drink over by our tray washing station. But once our Mom decided to get more involved, and really be in charge of the whole dining room, we brought everyone along including some of our own church friends who wanted to help out. Lots of people take up lots of room! We decided we needed to have something more practical/permanent for the week.
We ended up taking over the mens' hardly ever used dressing room and restroom that is conveniently located just down the hall from the kitchen, dining room, and tray washing station. Other than a few poor souls who don't know any better and embarrassingly walk in on a group of girls eating their lunches, it work out well. :-)
Oh my! There is so much to share and experience! We didn't even get a glimpse of everything available! But these are the few we got around to photographing.
Besides these vendors, there is also an on-sight wooden shoe carver, loom weaving demos, stained glass beauties, hand made doll Dutch clothing, a couple this and that booths, and an entire booth with Dutch cheeses plus samples to try each one before buying!
When the day is done, we head home to repack our bags, grab some kind of dinner on the way, and squeeze in a bath or two before hitting the hay and taking care of the animals. That is if we didn't have a show that night!
When we first got into running the dining room, pretty much as a family, our percentage of the profits was going towards wells for Living Water International We have now finished our donation amount that we had been raising at various craft shows and odd jobs. So this year our profit will be given to some last minute expenses while we girls are gone on the Mission Trip for our family's needs.
There is so much more to enjoy when you visit downtown Holland during Tulip Time that we didn't even mention! Our world during this time revolves around the Civic Center. Good thing, otherwise who knows how long this could have have been!
Thanks all, so much for stopping by and reading through a part of our lives!
We hope that you had a refreshing Lord's day and are ready for the coming week!
Make sure to leave a comment if you have any questions!
Blessings your way,
for the Shag Girls