Issue 11

Issue 11 | 01.17.2019 | Holland, MI

An exterior building wall painted with gray and white large scale flowers.
205 Coffee in downtown Holland. Photo by Holland Weekly.

Letters To The Editor: Readers Write About Kinderparade 

Orange and white Tulip Time sign stands on brick sidewalk.
Holland Weekly’s Feature Article: Tulip Time’s Response to Kinderparade

A bag of lentils, sweet onion, garlic bulb, carrot and celery atop a red and white checkered tablecloth.
Holland Weekly’s Recipe Of The Week: Savory Lentil Soup With Italian Sausage

Madam puppy dog astrologer, Sylvia. Photo by Michael Tuccini.
Holland Weekly’s Horoscope: Sylvia Reads The Stars

An exterior building wall painted with gray and white large scale flowers.
205 Coffee in downtown Holland. Photo by Holland Weekly.

Letters To The Editor
January 17, 2019

We received both love and hate mail from readers in response to last week’s feature article, The Kinderparade: We Have A Problem by Lindsay Cherry. Quite the discussion also took place on social media. Holland Weekly encourages civil discourse, though we did receive an email calling us racist, anti-white, and anti-Dutch. The email was not signed with a real name, and our request for the author to include a name as well as clarify or expand upon her/his beliefs went unanswered.

Below is an email we received with a real name. Holland Weekly thanks readers for your input, and invites you to contact us with your opinions—whether they be contrary to or in cahoots with our own.

Dear Holland Weekly,

Hooray! Kudos to the Cherry family for abstaining from this activity, and to Mrs. Cherry for expressing this viewpoint. I am fairly new to Holland, but find suffocating the over-arching community assumption that everyone here is of the same mind, backgrounds, and beliefs. The Dutch Heritage of the community would be an interesting cultural aspect — one facet of a jewel, if it were not so unseeing of the rest of Holland, and the other cultural riches that are here. Mrs. Cherry’s points are all well-taken, and her suggestion for a more inclusive parade ought to be heard.

Caroline Van Antwerp
Holland resident

P.S. Thank you for furthering the public discourse on diversity in our community.

Orange and white Tulip Time sign stands on brick sidewalk.
Tulip Time downtown office. Photo by Holland Weekly.

In Response To The Kinderparade: We Have A Problem

January 17, 2019

Holland Weekly spoke with the Executive Director of Tulip Time Festival, Inc., Gwen Auwerda, who then sent us the following letter. Even though it is a Letter to the Editor, we are giving it the same spot, Feature Article, as we gave Lindsay Cherry’s article last week.

Good Evening, Kathleen,

Tulip Time Festival, Inc. wants to thank Ms. Cherry for writing this timely and important editorial. We know the sentiments Ms. Cherry shared are not new to the Holland community. Inclusivity is a core value for Tulip Time; our organization strives to balance the historical ties to Dutch heritage while being inclusive of the vibrant community of Holland today. Tulip Time has personally reached out to Ms. Cherry for further feedback and discussion on inclusivity within a cultural festival.

Tulip Time is a Dutch cultural festival honoring the history and heritage of the settlers who founded the city of Holland in the mid 1800’s. The organization that manages the Festival, Tulip Time Festival, Inc., operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization independent of municipalities or other agencies. For 90 years, Tulip Time has been community driven and supported by our partners. Tulip Time exists to celebrate Holland’s tulips, Dutch heritage and community.

Tulip Time recognizes that Holland’s community today is not the same Holland founded by the historic settlers. Holland is vibrant and diverse just like the many tulips planted throughout the city, and that is beautiful. While Tulip Time is not an international festival, one of our core values is being an inclusive festival within our community. Tulip Time has intentionally shifted our focus towards not only celebrating Holland’s yesterday but also who we are today and tomorrow. This is why the festival’s mission statement was revised to include the words “and community” after strategic planning involving the community and approved by the board of directors in fall of 2017.

In the spirit of being true to celebrating our community today and tomorrow, Tulip Time celebrates the growth and success of other community cultural organizations and festivals like LAUP’s Fiesta, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Oktoberfest, Tulipanes, Junteenth and upcoming City of Holland International Festival. The festival also encourages participation and celebration of other ethnic groups within our own parades and events. So far, Saturday’s Muziekparade, the largest Tulip Time parade, has boasted floats from cultural entities like the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan and Holland/Zeeland Indian Community. We hope to see more entries like this in the future.

As a cultural festival Tulip Time believes that exposing ourselves to more than one culture helps us celebrate the best of all worlds. Seeing people from different cultures and backgrounds embrace the heritage and history of Holland shows how diverse our community is and highlights how, despite our differences, we can come together as one.

Apart from the topic of diversity and inclusion, there is a key take away from this article: Students are looking to participate in Kinderparade, but there are issues and perceptions that prevent them from taking part.

Tulip Time encourages district participation and does not require schools to mandate student participation. The general parade guidelines state that all entries must be in matching themed dress. This can be a uniform, matching T-shirt, Dutch costume, cultural dress, etc. Matching dress is determined by the schools and not mandated by Tulip Time. If a school prefers to wear matching T-shirts, Tulip Time would not omit them from the parade. There is certainly room in our parades to showcase other cultures in our community today and we encourage the creativity to arrange fresh entries every year. If other cultural entries are submitted, all that is asked is the entry maintain cultural authenticity. If they are willing to manage such logistics, parents are encouraged to create their own cultural entries.

For many years, schools have chosen to wear and equip students with Dutch costumes and a piece of Dutch culture to carry, oftentimes based off a school project. Some schools have their own costume closets or purchase accessories (hats, neck ties) to distribute among students. Tulip Time has stepped in to help equip schools with costumes by connecting students to the costume resale with affordable new or used costumes, access to the costume closet for educators and cost effective resources for accessories. As requests for access to the Tulip Time costume closet have increased, specifically within our Dutch Dance program, the Join The Dance Fund was initiated. This fund is a direct solution to the cost of costuming as a barrier to participate in Dutch Dance. This is also a first step in the direction of making costumes accessible to anyone. With the launch of this fund, Tulip Time is acknowledging a barrier-to-participation and piloting a potential funding model related to inclusion initiatives in the future.

Tulip Time Festival, Inc. is committed to ensure the festival is a reflection of the diversity that Holland boasts today while continuing to honor the Dutch heritage of our community’s settlers. To help Tulip Time continuously improve, please share your stories and ideas at

Gwen Auwerda
Executive Director
Tulip Time Festival

A bag of lentils, a sweet onion, garlic bulb, carrot and celery atop a red and white checkered tablecloth.
Lentil soup in the making. Photo by Holland Weekly.

Lentil Soup With Italian Sausage

By Tina Tuccini
January 17, 2019

There are many lentil soup recipes. But I married an Italian, so this is the one for us!


Dried lentils, 1 pound
Water, 2 1/2 quarts
Carrots, diced, 3/4 cup
Onion, chopped, 3/4 cup
Celery, chopped, 3/4 cup
Potatoes, diced, 3/4 cup
Garlic, chopped, 1/4 clove
Bay leaf
Salt, 1 1/2 teaspoon
Pepper, 1/4 teaspoon
Hambone or ham hock
Italian sausage (sweet) 1/2 pound
Parsley, 1 teaspoon


Soak dried lentils in water overnight. In a fry pan cook carrots, celery, onion in a small amount of oil until tender. Add to lentils. Add seasonings and ham bone. Cut sausage into small pieces, add to the pot; put on low heat and simmer gently for two hours. Makes 6-8 servings.

Have a recipe to share? Email us at and help your neighbor cook something different tonight!

Madam puppy dog astrologer, Sylvia. Photo by Michael Tuccini.
Madam Sylvia. Photo by Michael Tuccini.

Sylvia Reads The Stars

Week of January 17, 2019

Capricorn Dec 23 – Jan 20

It’s the last few days of your star season, Cap. So act like it! When people talk about the movie A Star Is Born, know they are actually talking about you.

Aquarius Jan 20 – Feb 18

Knowing the Greek alphabet really helps out in Scrabble. Find one thing this week that serves a singularly good purpose, and get to it.

Pisces Feb 18 – Mar 20

Fishy fish, don’t swim away from conflict so easily. It’ll pass quicker than you think. And your gentle presence may help it do just that.

Aries Mar 20 – Apr 20

Ram to the left, ram to the right! Easy to come down with a case of cabin fever these Michigan nights. Sure, stay in to watch the game. But get up and dance at every commercial.

Taurus Apr 20 – May 21

You’ve broken the record for Longest Hot Shower. Now what?

Gemini May 21 – Jun 21

I know a Gemini who is actually a twin. How fun is that? See if you can’t find something this week that works on two levels instead of one.

Cancer Jun 21 – Jul 23

When you’re at the grocery store, look the cashier in the eyes and ask how their day is going. It’s different than a casual How are you? And may well generate a different response.

Leo Jul 23 – Aug 23

Might be time to let that stray cat in.

Virgo Aug 23 – Sep 23

You need an awards show for your countless acts of anonymous kindness. Before you go to sleep tonight, imagine such a show in grand detail: what you would wear, what you would say, and who you would most cherish by your side.

Libra Sep 23 – Oct 23

I doubt the pantry got as clean as you intended by New Year’s. Baking soda and vinegar are your friends. Then treat yourself to anything you want at Bibles for Mexico.

Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 22

Mark Knopfler has written some hits as well as some soft instrumentals, like Irish Love. Follow this lead and try your hand at rockin’ out, then soothing and smoothing over.

Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 23

How’s it goin’, Sag? Seems we haven’t talked in a while. If this sounds like something a friend would say to you, it’s most likely your turn to reach out. Bring a daisy. Because.


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