Top Ten Things to Love about Holland
By Kathleen Schenck
February 14, 2019
- The beach. Even if not especially in the deep freeze of winter, our West Michigan beaches captivate us. From the sounds of waves colliding with the ice shelf to the sight of a lone seagull gliding over the grayscape, Lake Michigan beckons us still and always as the powerful, palpable heart of our region.
- The diversity. With racial, cultural, linguistic, economic, political, religious, and educational (Spartan and Wolverine!) differences among us, Holland may well be one of the most diverse small town communities around. The stereotype persists that we are the Land of DeVos with nothing but conservative Christians from windmill to tulip. But we are much more than convenient caricatures that wind up the butt of the joke or the next national headline on the “homogeneous” Midwest. Hollanders know better, and continue to find ways to work, play, grow and learn together, as seen in Holland Weekly’s recent article on the Kinderparade: http://www.hollandweekly.com/past-issues/issue-14/.
- All the people who genuinely want to understand each other better, help their neighbor, or both. See Shanley Smith’s article, From Catalyst to Activist here: http://www.hollandweekly.com/past-issues/issue-7/.
- Tamales. Enough said. http://www.hollandweekly.com/past-issues/.
- Van Raalte Farm. Beautiful in any season, close to town, and free: http://www.hollandweekly.com/past-issues/issue-2/.
- Saugatuck Dunes State Park (close enough).
- Hope College Basketball. DeVos Fieldhouse flips the script on typical sports arena seating by placing the cheap bleacher seats on the floor and up the first ten rows or so, while the pricier chairbacks are situated behind the bleachers. Seven bucks gets you a seat so close to the action, you can hear exactly why the Olivet coach got a tech.
- Tree-lined streets.
- Blueberries, and the resulting pies.
- Mid-century modern architecture. (Article coming soon!)