TULIPS, WOODEN SHOES, AND DUTCH HERITAGE

DSC01892To say I’ve seen a lot of tulips in my life is a gross understatement. Tulip Time has played an important roll in my life from when I was 8, and the days when I sported my own dutch outfit and wooden shoes, walked in the kids parade, and ate from the vendors who line the streets every year.

As I get older, and bring my own kids downtown, I begin to respect the meaning of Tulip Time and its importance to the next generations. Our Dutch heritage and tie with the Dutch is very important, and I’d hate for this relationship to be lost.

Tulips have a very short lifespan, maybe 4 days after their first bloom, and with Michigan weather, there’s no telling the condition of the tulips for the week of Tulip Time. In 2012 we had what has been documented as “Stem Fest”, and then other years when they haven’t even bloomed yet, I’ve seen 90 degrees one year, and snow the next. Such is life on Lake Michigan in early May….

 

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2014 and 2015 WERE PERFECT

These past two years have been absolutely perfect for seeing the tulips during the week long event, and because the tulips are planted so they bloom in stages, you can go back each day and see something different each day.

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