Announcing Expanded Tulip Immersion Garden, Street Scrubbing, Costume Sale, Potted Tulip Sale, and Quilt Raffle
HOLLAND, Mich. – March 14, 2023
Tulip Time Festival, Inc. is in its’ final phases of planning before the festival this year, and we are happy to announce an expanded Tulip Immersion Garden, Tulip Time Costume Sale, the Potted Tulip Sale, the annual quilt raffle, and call for participation in Street Scrubbing.
Tulip Immersion Garden – new location with added events in one location
The Tulip Immersion Garden delighted 14,000 people during last year’s festival and sold out the first weekend it was open. This year the garden has expanded from 50,000 flowers to 65,000 flowers, creating premium photo opportunities and memorable experiences. Visitors can learn about the history of the tulip and how it came to West Michigan. Also learn the history of the fine, hand-painted, blue, and white artwork known as Delft. Guests will also be able to enjoy a Dutch souvenir and food shop on site.
The Tulip Immersion Garden is moving to a new site this year. It will be located on the scenic Beechwood Church campus. The Tulip Time Quilt Show will be located inside Beechwood Church.
Quilt Show and Quilt Raffle
March 18 is National Quilting Day. In honor of National Quilting Day, Tulip Time announces its annual quilt raffle. Each year, a custom quilt is designed, appliqued, stitched, and quilted then raffled off to support the future of Tulip Time exhibits.
Each year the Quilt Show Committee creates a raffle quilt. Sally Leep and Cheryl Zylman constructed this year’s quilt. The machine quilting was longarm quilted by Cheri Aardema. The 48” square quilt is made up of 25 blocks of appliqued tulips of vibrant colors of Batiks. There are “Forget Me Not” flowers and green leaves accenting the tulips. Every other block is made up of a machine-quilted feather motif. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the Apothecary Gift Shop in downtown Holland and the Tulip Time office beginning in April, and the Tulip Time Quilt Show. Proceeds from the raffle will support future Tulip Time exhibits.
This year’s quilt will be revealed on April 25 and will be on display at the Apothecary Gift Shop, in downtown Holland. The winner will be drawn and announced on May 15th at 10 am.
Street Scrubbing presented by Tennant on Thursday, May 11, 2023
The whole community is welcome to don their Dutch costumes and scrub the streets with us before the Gentex Kinderparade on Thursday, May 11, 2023. The public is welcome to bring their own brooms and buckets and scrub the streets clean to prepare the way for the littlest marchers.
Scrubbing starts at 1:30 pm at the corner of 8th Street and Columbia Ave. Participants are encouraged to show up at 1:15 to line up. Scrubbers are asked to gather in the pocket park on the northeast corner of 8th Street and Columbia Ave.
Dutch Costume Sale
Tulip Time will be hosting the Dutch Costume Sale on Wednesday, April 12th. New and gently used costumes will be available for purchase in sizes ranging from infant to adult and will be perfect for street scrubbing, parades, and photo opportunities.
The Tulip Time Costume Sale will be held at the Holland Civic Center Place on Wednesday, April 12th, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Doors open at 5 pm. Costumes sold at the Tulip Time Costume Sale are not approved for Dutch Dance use.
Sellers will be able to drop their costumes off at the Tulip Time office on Tuesday, April 11 from 12 pm to 6 pm for a fee of $5 per costume. Unsold costumes can be picked up Monday, April 25 from 4 pm to 7 pm. Seamstresses selling more than ten costumes may fill out paperwork in advance.
Potted Tulip Sale
Support the future of Tulip Time and bring a splash of color home with you. Tulip pots will contain 10 tulip bulbs that will bloom into a surprise color and will be 10” in diameter. Tulip bulbs can be reused the following year as well. The annual Pre-festival Tulip Sale benefits future Tulip Time programs and events so we can continue to bring amazing exhibitions like the Tulip Immersion Garden and the Showband Crescendo bicycle band in years to come. Tulip pots can be purchased on Tulip Time’s website at https://tuliptime.com/pre-festival-tulip-sale. All purchases can be picked up on Thursday, April 20th and Saturday, April 22nd at the City of Holland Parks Department. Colors may not be picked in advance, and exchanges will not be allowed.
Experience Tulip Time at the 94th Festival, May 6 – 14, 2023. Detailed program and event information for Tulip Time Festival 2023 and tickets are available at www.TulipTime.com.