Holland Fest turns 75 at Cedar Grove in Sheboygan County
SHEBOYGAN — Cedar Grove’s 75th Annual Holland Fest will take place July 29-31 at Memorial Park, 21 Van Altena Ave.
Ethnic foods of many varieties will be on offer throughout the festival, including authentic Dutch worst broodjes, stroopwafels and oliebollen, as well as many other food and drink vendors.
A souvenir stand will offer authentic Delft and many other items.
The HET Museum, 118 S. Main St., and the TeRonde House Museum, 103 N. Main St., will display collections of Dutch memorabilia and other historical artifacts. They will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 29 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 30 with free admission on both days.
And here is what is scheduled for each day of the festival:
- 3 p.m. — Opening of the festival. Street scrubbers prepare Van Altena Avenue for Klompen dancers, followed by wooden shoe races.
- 3-5:30 p.m. — Demonstrations of wooden shoe carving by Luke Traver.
- 3-9 p.m. — Raffle tickets on sale at the bandstand.
- 4-4:45 p.m. — Barely Balanced brings comedy, acrobatics and knives, all in one show.
- 5-9pm — HTG Band plays classic rock, country and pop tunes from the 1950s to 1970s.
- 9:15 p.m. — Final draw.
- 8:30 a.m. — 2-mile run/walk and 10k run at Independence Park. To register, go to www.runsignup.com and search for Holland Fest Run.
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Art fair on the green featuring 60 artisans from across the Midwest.
- 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. — Trolley rides offer a free tour of Cedar Grove. Break rides for the parade from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- 10am-5.30pm — Demonstration of wooden clog carving by Klompenhouwer Luke Traver.
- 11:00 a.m. — Stage dancers perform and “Fashions of Holland” at the bandstand.
- 11am-2pm — Car, truck and motorcycle show on the lawn behind the library. $5 vehicle entry fee with prizes awarded. Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon and the show is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- 1:00 p.m. – Main Street events including street cleaning, Klompen dancing and parade.
- 2-5pm — Goodtime Dutchmen plays catchy polka tunes.
- 4-7 p.m. — The Willow Brook Haven Wildlife Facility offers animal petting and activities for children.
- 6-9pm – Wisconsin Playlist performs.
- 9:15 p.m. — Final draw.
- 9:30 p.m. — Fireworks in the park.
- 6:00 p.m. — Sunday evening community worship services to which all are invited.
For more information, visit holland-festival.com.
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► National Sheboygan Night is August 2: Sheboygan Countywide Crime Stoppers will hold their National Night Out rally from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on August 2 at End Park in Sheboygan.
The event will feature food trucks, live music, a children’s workshop, law enforcement officers, fire and SWAT vehicles, guest speakers, and exhibits from safety/community organizations.
A march against crime will take place at 6:30 p.m.
End Park is at 1236 Bell Ave., Sheboygan.
► The Weill Center unveils its fall and winter programming: The Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan recently unveiled the next segment for its 2022-23 season.
Here’s a preview of what’s to come.
- Oct. 15: Late Night Catechism. This part catechism class, part stand-up routine written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan is an interactive comedy and one of the longest-running shows in Chicago and United States theater history.
- October 29: Project Pink — First Pink Floyd tribute band in North America. Armed with a 20-foot projection screen, an armada of lights and world-class sound production, Project Pink faithfully recreates the full Pink Floyd experience.
- December 11: A Motown Christmas features past and present members of Motown’s most legendary bands: Ali Woodson’s Temptations, The Miracles and The Contours. This show combines Motown’s greatest hits with everyone’s favorite holiday classics, dazzling choreography and unforgettable harmonies.
- December 17: Marie Osmond – A Symphonic Christmas 2022. Marie Osmond has spent six iconic decades in the entertainment business as a successful singer, television performer and talk show host, dancer, actress, author, entrepreneur and speaker. She continues to remain an instantly recognizable figure across the world and will bring her holiday performance with a 15-piece orchestra to the Weill Center.
- May 3, 2023: Potted Potter — The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experiment, a parody by Dan and Jeff. This hit parody takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and an actual game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. Perfect for 6 year olds to Dumbledore (who is really, really old).
Tickets can be purchased at weillcenter.com, by phone at 920-208-3243 or in person at 826 N. Eighth St., Sheboygan. The box office is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and one hour before each performance.
► The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra appoints a new director: Acclaimed opera singer and Sheboygan resident Sam Handley has joined the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra as its new Executive Director.
“Sheboygan is indeed the greatest little town in the world, and our orchestra is part of that greatness,” Handley said in a press release. “I am thrilled to use my experience as a fundraiser, educator and performer to further the orchestra’s mission to bring extraordinary musical experiences to our community.”
Handley performed internationally as an opera singer and taught music at the university level before becoming executive and artistic director of the Green Lake Festival of Music in 2020. He will join the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra full-time in September at the end of his contract with Green Lake. .
Handley earned music degrees from UW-Stevens Point, UW-Madison, and the University of Houston.
The SSO, founded in 1918, is the oldest continuously active orchestra in the state of Wisconsin.
► Honeygoats will play at the Waelderhaus on July 24: Arts at the Waelderhaus hosts The Honeygoats at 2 p.m. on July 24.
The performance will be an open-air concert on the lawn of the Waelderhaus. Attendees can listen to bluegrass music from The Honeygoats and also savor the delights of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Culinary Arts Car, which will be open from 12:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Honeygoats are an emerging bluegrass band from Plymouth. The band received a Wisconsin Region Music Industry nomination for Bluegrass/Americana Artist of the Year in 2020 and released their debut album, “Four Years in Three Days,” in 2021.
Admission to The Arts at the Waelderhaus is free and reservations are encouraged. People can make reservations by calling 920-453-2851 or emailing [email protected]
Guests are asked to bring a lawn chair or low-profile blanket for the outdoor show. If the weather is inclement, the concert will take place at the Kohler Memorial Theater, 260 School St., Kohler.
The Waelderhaus is operated by the Kohler Foundation and is located at 1100 W. Riverside Drive, Kohler. It is open every day (except public holidays) to the public for free guided tours at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
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