A Guide to Holland Story Ideas
Tulips & So Much More ...
Your Guide for Holland, Michigan Story Ideas
A New Beginning
On a September day in 1846, the Southerner set sail for its Atlantic voyage from Rotterdam to
New York. In its cramped steerage quarters, 60 men, women, and children, led by Albertus C.
Van Raalte, prepared for their 47 days of passage. Religious oppression, coupled with the
economic depression, persuaded this group of Hollanders to leave the Netherlands for
America, where freedom and the opportunity for a better life beckoned.
Van Raalte intended to purchase land in Wisconsin, but travel delays and an early winter caused
the group to lay over in Detroit. After hearing about available lands in West Michigan, Van
Raalte decided to scout the territory with supporters from Kalamazoo and Allegan. They
reached their final destination on the banks of Black Lake, now known as Lake Macatawa, on
February 9, 1847.
The hundreds of Dutch immigrants that followed expected a promised land, but instead found a
swamp and insect-infested forest. Food was scarce, and the log sheds their predecessors had
built couldn't hold all the immigrants. The outlook was dismal, but the settlers persevered.
A majority of the immigrants were farmers and thus uneducated about logging techniques. But
Van Raalte realized the practical and economic potential of the dense forest. They could fell
trees to build homes and businesses, and sell the excess lumber to purchase farming supplies.
Fortunately, the following winter was unusually mild, and the Dutch "Kolonie" grew.
Triumphs and Setbacks
The settlers knew that if Lake Michigan was to provide growth and development, it had to be
made accessible by an adequate channel. After trying in vain to receive government aid to build
a channel, the determined Hollanders took up picks and shovels and went about digging it
themselves. They also cleared a one-block square of land in the center of the colony - now
known as Centennial Park - to serve as a market square. By 1871, two railroads extended spurs
to Holland, indicating that this was a stable city with a growing future.
In October, however, a wind-fed fire struck the city, and all of Holland seemed ablaze. With
their hard-earned possessions destroyed, Holland was bankrupt and its people reeled from the
toughest blow of all. But not even this calamity could diminish the hopes of the stout-hearted
city. Plans for a twenty-fifth anniversary proceeded vigorously, and the citizens held a great
celebration in September of 1872.
A Growing Economy
In the beginning of the 20th century, Holland was noted not only for its furniture
manufacturers, but also many other famous businesses such as the Holland Furnace company
and the Heinz Pickle factory. After World War I, these and other businesses thrived, as did the
tourist industry. The burgeoning resorts at Macatawa Park and Ottawa Beach attracted
thousands of vacationers during the 1920s. Even though Holland lost the Ottawa Beach Hotel
to fire in 1923, the loss proved beneficial in the long run. The State Park Board purchased the
land and created the Holland State Park in 1926. And later that decade, Holland established
Tulip Time, its most enduring and famous festival.
Despite the hard times of the Great Depression, many area farmers earned a good living
through hard work and cooperation, and many failed businesses were succeeded by new
enterprises that sustained the local economy. During World War II, not only did many of the
city's businesses manufacture vital defense needs, but thousands of residents signed up for duty.
In fact, by the war's end, Holland servicemen had served our country to a degree greater than
most communities of a similar size.
The industrial evolution that had kept Holland's economy vital for nearly a century continued
in the post war era. Hope College saw enrollment jump, and became a leader in the number of
graduates seeking a Ph.D. in chemistry.
After the war and up through the 1960s, migrant work, new industries, population growth,
and the sponsorship of various churches brought many Latino and Southeast Asian families to
Holland. The city became a community in flux in other ways as well. Dozens of suburban
housing developments spread across the surrounding townships. Fast food restaurants, outlet
stores, and shopping centers increasingly lined the US-31 corridor.
Holland's downtown core faced the same potential deterioration that had plagued most other
cities. But many organizations and individuals, in particular Ed and Elsa Prince, fought back to
preserve the best of what downtown Holland had long been to the community. In 1988, the
Prince family saved the historic Tower Clock building from the wrecking ball, and the city
completed its Streetscape project complete with the country's largest municipally-run
underground snowmelt system.
The 1990s brought the restoration of the Amtrak Railroad Station, the conversion of the old
Post Office into the Holland Museum, and Hope College's restoration of the Knickerbocker
Theatre. New buildings also arose, including the Freedom Village campus, the new Post
Office, and Hope College's Haworth Inn and Conference Center.
After the turn of yet another century, Holland continues to both honor its traditions and refine,
update, and expand its appeal. The city has received many prestigious awards, including one of
the country's "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" and "Great American Mainstreet" designation
from the National Trust for Historic Preservation; "All America City" from the National Civic
League; one of the "Top Five Places to Retire" from Money Magazine; one of the top ten in A.G.
Edwards' Nest Egg Index; and the #2 Happiest, Healthiest Place to Live in America according
to the 2010 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Downtown Holland continues to thrive,
with many annual events; dozens of one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, and eateries; and CityFlats,
a uniquely-designed hotel that has received Gold LEED certification for its environmental
design and operation.
Over the years, Holland evolved into what its founders had hoped and struggled for, and
continues to rise well beyond their expectations.
Klompen Wijsheid (Wooden Shoe Wisdom)
"Find no fault with a man until you have worn his klompen for one winter."
"A man without a wife walks with but one klomp."
"A son follows his father's klompen, not his words."
"A rich man lived but to skimp and save; a poor man only spent and gave. Each wears
but two klompen in his grave!"
Say It Like This!
Welcome: Welkom (vel kum)
Please: Alstublieft (Al stu bleeft)
Thank you: Dank je wel
(dank yee vel)
Good Day: Goede dag (hoode dagh)
Nowhere But Here
From pickles and paddle pops to baristas and boxing champions, Holland holds many
claims to fame and fun facts. Here are just a few:
Follow the yellow brick road ...to Holland! Throughout the years, many people have spent their
summers here, but few as famous as THE WIZARD OF OZ AUTHOR, FRANK BAUM. Legend has it
that Baum wrote the book when he was vacationing here, using local landmarks for his inspiration.
Pathways made from locally-produced pale yellow brick may have inspired the famous road in Oz,
and the castle in the nearby community of Castle Park seems to be the prototype for the Emerald
City. Because of Holland's link to Oz, the Munchkin reunion was held here for many years.
Feel like a kid in a candy store at the HOLLAND PEANUT STORE. For over 100 years, the Fabiano
family has provided small-town service, fresh roasted nuts, and all sorts of sweet confections. Paul
and Esther Fabiano started the current store in 1955 and continue to make the handmade chocolates;
their children-Celeste, Paula, Mary, and Tom-now own and run the store. Besides the handmade
chocolates, the Peanut Store has huge bins of hard candy, and classics like Sea Foam, Mallo Cups, and
Necco Wafers. Don't leave without their hand-dipped ice cream bar: the Nutty Paddle Pop.
For over a hundred years, H.J. HEINZ has produced its famous pickles on the beautiful shore of Lake
Macatawa. In 1896, Heinz committed to building a new pickle processing factory in Holland if local
farmers would pledge 300 acres of cucumbers, and if the city would donate a building site with water
access. Both conditions were met, and ground was broken on April 19, 1897. Today, the property
holds17 buildings on 29 acres, with the factory processing over a million pounds of pickles per day
during the green season. In 2008, Heinz honored Holland by giving access to more than 1,800 feet of
Lake Macatawa shoreline via the beautiful Heinz Memorial Walkway. This expansive boardwalk
provides residents and visitors boating and fishing access, and a spectacular view of the lake.
Who'd have thought scrap iron and the Dutch language would have anything in common? But this
duo brought about one of Holland's major businesses and benefactors, the LOUIS PADNOS IRON AND
METAL COMPANY. In the early 1900s, Louis Padnos, originally from Russia, learned to speak Dutch
while working in the Netherlands. He eventually moved to the U.S.; when in Chicago, Padnos heard
about a town on the other side of Lake Michigan in which he could speak his newfound language.
After moving to Holland, Padnos sold clothing and household items to residents, many of whom had
only scrap iron with which to pay for the goods. In 1920, he purchased a scrap yard and became,
according to his sons, "a junkman." When these sons, Seymour and Stuart, took over the business in
the 1940s, their moniker became "dealers in secondary materials." Today, with a third generation
involved in the company, Padnos is known as a "recycler"; in fact, the company is nationally
recognized as a leader in the processing and recycling of metal, paper, and plastic.
ART IN HOLLAND IS EVERYWHERE-even outdoors. Our famous collection of bronze statues
includes the Immigrants Statue, donated by the Dutch province of Drenthe to commemorate Holland's
Sesquicentennial; The Joy of Music, with three musicians and two singing children; Secret Garden which
features two young girls reading the famous book that gives the statue its title; and The Pledge of
Allegiance in which children are honoring Old Glory. Queretaro, Mexico, our sister city, bestowed
Holland with the Queretaro Fountain in beautiful Kollen Park. And on 9th Street near the Padnos Iron
& Metal Company are the Padnos sculptures crafted from the company's scrap metal.
The second floor galleries of the Holland museum house the extensive DUTCH COLLECTION OF FINE
AND DECORATIVE ARTS. On exhibit are 56 seventeenth to twentieth century Dutch paintings, and
more than 170 cultural objects including original Dutch costumes, fine furniture, Delftware, and
silver. These galleries celebrate our shared Dutch heritage that has contributed so much to the
community's success and sense of identity. The Holland Museum also features local history exhibits
and tours of the historic Cappon House and Settlers House.
The FELT ESTATE was once the luxurious summer home and hobby of
inventor Dorr E. Felt. In 1886, Felt invented the first office processing
machine, the Comptometer, which could perform four math functions
quickly and accurately. Dramatically increasing bookkeeping skills and
speed, the Comptometer was an instant success and made Felt a
millionaire. The mansion he built, listed on the National Register of
Historic Places and the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites, retains
the architectural beauty of a bygone era, and offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Roaring
Every year, when thousands of customers visit furniture manufacturer Herman Miller in nearby
Zeeland, they stay at MARIGOLD LODGE, the historic property that juts into Lake Macatawa. Its
history began in 1912 when Egbert and Margaret Gold bought a small peninsula called Superior
Point. Their main house and all subsequent buildings were designed in the Prairie School of
Architecture style. Horticulture was Egbert's hobby, which explains the exotic plant specimens
throughout the property. After the Golds died, their daughter Mary Jayne donated the property to
Hope College. Herman Miller purchased it in 1978, with its employees doing much of the
renovation. Among the rooms in the main house are a dining room and enclosed porches with views
of Lake Macatawa; a library; and Egbert's and Margaret's bedrooms, each with original furniture.
HOPE COLLEGE in downtown Holland is a distinguished four-year liberal arts college, affiliated with
the Reformed Church in America. The college's history can be traced to 1851, when Holland
founder Albertus C. Van Raalte created the Pioneer School. This school evolved into the Holland
Academy, and then into Hope College in 1866 as the community's educational needs progressed
from elementary to secondary to higher. Currently, Hope offers 87 majors, has long been known for
outstanding pre-professional training, and is one of the only colleges of its size in the U.S. with
national accreditation in dance, music, theatre, and art. Hope's enrollment includes over 3,000
students from over 40 states and territories and 30 countries.
When a small group of Dutch immigrants arrived in Holland in 1847, they first worshipped
outdoors, then in a small log chapel, and eventually in THE PILLAR CHURCH, the grand structure
they built that is now on the National Historic Register. The church is a fine example of Greek revival
architecture, with its six soaring pillars that give it its name. One of the few buildings to survive the
devastating fire of 1871, Pillar Church remains a place of worship. Its majestic organ provides music
for the services as well as for public concerts throughout the year. The Heritage Room displays the
church's historic documents and artifacts.
Holland is home to the MIDWEST BARISTA SCHOOL, whose students come from coffee houses all
over the U.S. and beyond. The school also trains the employees of JP's Coffee & Espresso Bar, which
runs the school, and offers consulting services for anyone who serves coffee as part of their business.
♦ Holland has the largest municipally-run SNOWMELT SYSTEM in the U.S. Over 120 miles
of plastic tubing carry warm water under downtown sidewalks and streets.
♦ Six million TULIPS bloom throughout Holland each spring. The average life of a tulip is
2.5 years. If tulips are planted from seed, they take 21 years to bloom.
♦ 1,300 KLOMPEN DANCERS perform during Tulip Time.
♦ Holland first got onto the nation's sports map in 1953 when world heavyweight boxing
champion ROCKY MARCIANO came here to train for his bout with Joe Walcott. The
Marciano entourage set up camp at the Holland Furnace Recreation Grounds, now a
residential community called Leisure Acres.
History of Tulip Time
Who would have predicted that the "Best Small Town Festival" in America, with over
400,000 people attending, grew out of a Woman's Literary Club meeting in 1927?
There, Miss Lida Rogers, a biology teacher at Holland High School, suggested that
Holland adopt the tulip as its official flower and celebrate it with a festival. The idea
caught on, and the next year, the City Council purchased 100,000 tulip bulbs from the
Netherlands to plant in city parks and other areas. Bulbs were also available to Holland
residents at one cent apiece.
In the spring of 1929, thousands of tulips bloomed, and so did the long history of this
annual festival. By the mid 1930s, Tulip Time was nationally known. Big name stars like
Dorothy Lamour, Pat O'Brien, and George Raft entertained at the festival.
Except for a hiatus during World War II, Tulip Time has continued to thrive.1947 was a
banner year, with the celebration of Holland's Centennial and the strengthening of our
Dutch ties. In appreciation for the City of Holland's aid during the war, the people of
Amsterdam presented the city with the barrel organ that now entertains visitors to
Windmill Island Gardens.
1976 was another big year for Tulip Time. Holland received tremendous publicity
through its float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. And that year, the Tulip Time
festival climaxed with the appearance of the President of the United States, West
Michigan's own Gerald R. Ford, in the Parade of Bands.
Since the 1980s, the festival has been shortened, lengthened, even pushed a week
earlier. But what has always been consistent is Tulip Time's devotion to Dutch culture as
well as its annual enhancements. Each year the festival brings back time-honored
traditions and surprises us with new ones. For example, Tulip Time now shares its
opening festivities with "Fiesta," a celebration of our Latin American heritage.
History of the Tulip
Surprisingly, the Netherlands was not the first place to grow its trademark flower. As
early as 1,000 AD, the Turks were cultivating tulips; their source was the mountainous
region of central Asia that borders Russia and China. Many believe the flower was named
for its resemblance to turbans worn in the Middle East - "turban" written in Latin
Dutch tulip history began in 1593 when botanist Carolus Clusius discovered tulips
growing in Vienna, and began cultivating them in the Netherlands. A group of
"enterprising" Dutchmen stole a portion of Clusius' collection and cultivated the seeds
At first, the tulip was a rarity only the very wealthy could afford. By 1624, the price of
one Rembrandt-type tulip reached the equivalent of $1,500. The time between 1634
and 1637, commonly known as "Tulipmania," is often compared to the Stock Market
surge of the 1920s. In 1937, tulip trading crashed, leaving much of the rich instantly
impoverished. However, over the following decades, the Dutch maintained a
commercial devotion to the tulip.
Today, the Netherlands produces three billion tulip bulbs each year. They export two
billion of these, with the U.S. being the top importer.
The Legend of Sinterklaas
Both Santa Claus and the Dutch Sinterklaas derive from St. Nicholas, who was
born in 271AD in a province that is now part of the southern coast of Turkey.
After becoming a priest and eventually the Archbishop of Myra, his benevolence
was legendary: desperate sailors called upon him to calm stormy seas; prison
walls crumbled when victims of persecution prayed to him; young children were
saved from the butcher's knife; and dowries were dropped into the shoes of
After his death, the cult of St. Nicholas spread rapidly through the Mediterranean
and eventually to the Netherlands. He became the patron saint of many cities,
including Amsterdam, where the legend of Sinterklaas began.
The Celebration of Sinterklaas Eve
The Dutch honor St. Nicholas every year by exchanging gifts and making goodnatured
fun of each other. Sinterklaas - a variation of "Sint Nikolaas" - is
portrayed in red velvet robes and a tall bishop's miter. He is said to spend most
of the year in Spain, using his big red book to record the behavior of all children.
In the first weeks of November, Sinterklaas, his white horse, and his helper
Zwart Piet ("Black Peter") board a steamship headed for the Netherlands.
Around mid-November they arrive in a harbor town - a different one each year
- where the mayor and a delegation of citizens formally greet them. The whole
country watches as they parade through town, thus marking the beginning of the
On December 5, the eve of his death, Sinterklaas is said to visit all the homes in
the Netherlands, riding his white horse and accompanied by Zwart Piet. They
travel across the rooftops, listening at chimneys to check the behavior of
children, who have left a carrot or some hay in their wooden shoes for
Sinterklaas and his horse. The children are told that if they have been good,
Zwart Piet will leave them presents; if they have been naughty, he will carry
them away in his sack.
Dutch WinterFest and the Holidays
Holland, Michigan continues the Sinterklaas tradition,
making him the centerpiece of Dutch WinterFest, the city's
unique European festival. Just as in the Netherlands,
Sinterklaas rides into town on his white horse, accompanied
by a host of mischievous helpers - the American version of
"Zwart Piet." Dutch WinterFest and the rest of the holiday
season also include a Parade of Lights, a European open-air
Christmas market called "Kerstmarkt," and a Holiday Open
House on the downtown main street.
Dutch WinterFest and other holiday events, including an icesculpting
competition, are held annually from mid-
November to mid-January.
Big Red has always played an integral part in Holland Harbor's history. When the Dutch
settled in Holland in 1847, the entrance to Lake Macatawa was blocked from Lake
Michigan with sandbars and silt. The settlers knew that this passageway needed to be
open for their community to flourish, but failed several times to get assistance from the
federal government. So, they took it upon themselves to cut a channel deep enough for
barges to float into Lake Macatawa.
In 1867, the federal government took over improvement of the harbor, and in 1872,
provided the funds for the first lighthouse. It was a small, square, wooden structure that
stood on legs above the deck of the pier. On top was a lantern deck with a ten-window
lantern room. A Life Saving Station opened in 1893, replaced by a U.S. Coast Guard
Station ten years later.
The government completed the harbor at the turn of the century, building a breakwater
and replacing the wooden tower with a taller steel structure that housed the lamp.
Although it was too late for Holland to become an important commercial port, resort
business began to thrive. The Graham and Morton shipping lines made two trips daily
from Chicago, bringing eager vacationers to the lakeshore.
The light in the new tower was visible to vessels as far away as thirteen miles, but fog
would render it useless. In 1907, a steam-operated fog horn signal was installed in a
separate building, becoming the basis for today's Big Red. Unlike its predecessors, this
structure was not placed on legs, thereby affording greater stability. The wood upper
level is Queen Anne Victorian in style, evidenced by the steeply-sloped roof gables and
In 1936, the steel tower was removed and a two-level tower was added to the fog signal
building, thus creating the now-familiar Big Red structure. Originally, both the steel
tower and the fog signal building were painted pale yellow with a deep maroon base. In
1956, however, the Coast Guard painted them bright red to satisfy a requirement for
structures or lights on the right side of any harbor entrance.
Electrification marked the end of the lighthouse keeper era. The last Big Red keeper was
Joseph Boshka, who served from 1912 to 1940. He retired one year after the Lighthouse
Bureau was abolished and the Coast Guard took over aids-to-navigation responsibilities.
In 1971, the Coast Guard declared Big Red to be surplus. In 1974, the Holland Harbor
Lighthouse Historical Commission organized to overtake Big Red's ownership and
preservation. They installed a new light that shines for 20 miles. The original Fresnel
lens is on display in the Holland Museum.
Big Red Still Beckons
Ever since Holland's historic lighthouse was taken out of commission, Big Red has taken
on a life of its own. Painters, photographers, beachgoers, and boaters take great pleasure
in its beauty. Indeed, the magnificent sunsets over Lake Michigan are even more popular
when Big Red is in view. You can walk right up to the lighthouse from where it stands
south of the Holland channel, or view its splendor from Holland State Park. Either way,
you'll be witnessing a great Holland landmark, and one of Michigan's most cherished
De Zwaan Windmill
History of De Zwaan Windmill
Holland, Michigan's De Zwaan windmill is one of only two authentically-Dutch
windmills exported for restoration. As recently as 100 years ago, the Netherlands had
more than 9,000 windmills, performing a variety of tasks including pumping water,
supplying power, sawing timber, and grinding grain. Today, just 1,500 windmills
In 1961, Holland, Michigan businessman Carter Brown conceived of transplanting an
authentic windmill from the Netherlands as a memorial to the city's Dutch heritage.
Prolonged negotiations with Dutch officials, and authorization of $450,000 in revenue
bonds, finally resulted in permission to remove one of the windmills and transport it to
The City of Holland paid $2,800 for the windmill, and $25,000 to dismantle and ship
it. "De Zwaan" - which translates to "The Swan" - arrived in 1964. Its new location
became known as Windmill Island, and it remains a major tourist attraction and Tulip
Time venue. De Zwaan was dedicated on April 10, 1965, with Prince Bernhard of the
Netherlands as its first visitor.
The windmill stands 12 stories tall, with steel beams and sails spanning 80 feet. The
vintage blades marked with World War II bullet holes were replaced in 2000 to ensure
the mill's continued use, and new sails were added in 2009. DeZwaan's miller, Alisa
Crawford, gained notoriety when she became the only Dutch-certified miller in North
De Zwaan is one of the oldest structures in Michigan and serves as a symbol of the close
ties between Holland, Michigan and the Netherlands. To this day, it still grinds grain
into flour, which is sold on the Island.
This cutaway diagram of
De Zwaan shows:
A - Tail
B - Wind Shaft
C - Brake Wheel
D - Spindle Gear
E - Vertical Drive Shaft
F - Horizontal Gear
G - Small Spindle Gears
H - Quants
I - Millstones
J - Grain Bin
K - Chute
L - Bridge Tree
1 cup butter, softened
1¼ cups packed brown sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
? tsp baking powder
? tsp salt
½ cup sliced almonds
Speculaas can be made in different shapes, including those created from windmill
and other cookie molds. They are traditionally served during the Feast of
Sinterklaas, but can be enjoyed anytime.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at high speed until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and mix well. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour
with spices, baking powder and salt. Stir half the flour mixture into the
butter mixture by hand. Add the remaining flour and almonds. Mix with
a wooden spoon or knead with hands. Divide dough into four parts,
wrap in plastic and refrigerate dough and cookie mold for several hours.
Preheat oven to 350oF and grease two cookie sheets. Remove one
quarter of the dough from the refrigerator and flatten it with your
hands. Oil the mold and lightly flour it. Using your fingers, press dough
firmly into the mold. Trim any excess dough from the mold with a
knife. Transfer the cookies onto cookie sheets, spacing about one inch
apart. Refrigerate dough trimming to be rerolled later. Lightly flour but
do not re-oil cookie mold. Repeat process with remaining dough. Bake
cookies 20-25 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
Speculaas (Spice Cookie)
3 cups flour
1½ cups softened butter
¾ cup water
Mix flour, butter, and water well to make the dough. Place in
refrigerator for several hours. Cut dough into six pieces and roll each
piece as for pie crust, about ¼" thick
2 cups softened almond paste
1 cup white sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
3 eggs - save one egg white
1 tsp almond extract
Mix all ingredients except one egg white. Spread this mixture on the
dough. Roll up the filled dough. Brush the top with the egg white.
Bake at 400oF for 20 minutes.
May be frozen before baking. Increase baking time if frozen.
Banket (Almond Bars)
1½ lb ground pork
1½ lb ground beef
? cup milk
¾ cup crushed saltines
½ tsp ground nutmeg
4½ cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1½ tsp salt
3 sticks margarine or butter
1? cup milk
Mix the ground pork and beef in a large bowl. Lightly beat the two eggs
and mix with milk. Add this mixture to the meat and mix well. Add the
cracker crumbs and nutmeg to the meat mixture and mix well. Sift
together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in margarine or butter. Mix
the remaining two eggs and milk together and add to dry mixture. Knead
lightly and form into smooth ball. To assemble pigs, first roll dough to ¼"
thickness and cut into 3½" squares. Lightly form meat into link sausagesize
shapes and place on square. Wrap pig loosely in dough, overlapping
on the bottom. Do not pinch ends shut. Place pigs on ungreased cookie
sheets. Bake at 375oF for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Pigs may be
frozen before baking. Increase baking time if pigs are frozen.
Saucijzenbroodjes (Pigs in the Blanket)
2 cups whole dry peas
½ tsp baking soda
3 qts cold water
1 ring metwurst, sliced
3 potatoes, peeled & diced
2 onions, diced
2 carrots, diced
Soak the dry peas in water with the baking soda overnight. Drain the
peas, and add the cold water, the slices of metwurst, and the diced
potatoes, onions, and carrots. Simmer for about 3 hours, adding water as
Erwtensorp (Dutch Pea soup)
Holland Township: 33,759
Park Township: 18,418
Altitude: 610 feet above sea level
Warmest month - July: avg. max: 82oF, avg. min: 60oF
Coldest month - January: avg. max: 30oF, avg. min: 17oF
Growing Season: 173 days
Average Annual Rainfall: 36"
Average Annual Snowfall: 90"
Holland State Park
172 acres - beach and campground on Lake Michigan, a second campground near
Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids
Tulip City Airport, Holland
Hotels / Motels
Over 1,500 rooms; 18 year-round lodging properties, one seasonal lodging property
176 Churches representing 49 denominations
Davenport College, Holland Campus
Grand Rapids Community College, Holland Campus
Grand Valley State University, Holland Campus
Western Theological Seminary
Holland abounds with a variety of industries helping to ensure our
economic prosperity. The principal manufacturing products are:
furniture, furniture accessories, woodworking and metal-working
machinery, pickles, hermetic motors, vinegar, mattress springs and pads,
ladders, boats, planting machinery, fertilizers, stampings, castings,
chemicals, agricultural and trucking equipment, motor vehicle
accessories, paper specialties, carbonated beverages, gauges, plastic
injection molding, wood paneling, awnings, draperies, ice cream, gray
iron, turbine products, paint die cast molds, wiring assemblies, and
environmental test chambers.
In 2009, Holland was selected as the site of a hybrid-engine plant.
www.holland.org ! 800.506.1299