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2014 Festival - 15th February 2014


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Holland Festival 2014

This year’s Holland Festival was very successful.
The weather was not as hot as it had been recently and the
atmosphere was good. Thank you to the Mayor of the City of
Greater Dandenong, Cr Jim Memeti for officially Opening the
Festival.  The Chairman of the Victorian Multicultural
Commission, Mr Chin Tan also addressed the crowd.  Mr Ype deBruin, Honorary Life Governor of the Association and his wife Gre were also present.  The Sparkling Trumpets provided the two National Anthems while members of the Tukkers Folk Dancing Group raised the two flags.

Congratulations go to the hard-working Festival Committee for a very well-organised event.
The number of volunteers on whom we can call is growing smaller each year but those who are still able to help are enthusiastic and happy to participate.  We will continue this tradition for as long as possible, but cannot do it without their help.  Sandown Entertainment Centre is a very good venue, having plenty of space and good facilities – and air conditioning. Thank you to Centre Management for their co-operation.

The Victorian Multicultural Commission, once again, very generously gave us a Grant, and we are grateful for their on-going support.  A big thank you also to the other sponsors of the Festival, and to the members of the various clubs of the Associated Netherlands Societies in Victoria Inc, and their friends and family members, who came along and helped set up on the Thursday and Friday and then worked on stalls, administration and other necessary tasks from early until late on Saturday – and some came back on Sunday morning to help take it all down again!  This year Klaverjas was back and the trophy was won by Frits Edelenbos, with Bart deWit taking second prize.  Thanks to Joop Bisschop for running the event.  All the usual information and commercial stands were there – including a very interesting display of replicas of Dutch and other ships. DutchCare also had a stand depicting early migrant life at Bonegilla. These stands always help add to the atmosphere and ‘Dutchness’ of the Festival.
The entertainment was special this year, with a children’s ‘talent show’ on the outside stage, and inside we were treated to the wonderful music of the Sparkling Trumpets from The Netherlands, and Tim and Monique, also from The Netherlands.  The Parade really was Grand, including the Frankston Brass Band and Australian Youth Band, as well as Members and Dancing girls from the Carnaval clubs. 
Staff members and their families from DutchCare ran the main kitchen, and as well as dancing, the members of the Melbourne Tukkers Folk Dancing group sold fish and cheese.  The Choirs, with assistance from friends were kept busy making the oliebollen and poffertjes, and selling various sausages and  croquettes, and the Limburger Kangaroos sold Limburgse vlaai all day.  The Abel Tasman Club and Green Tables Billiard and Social Club looked after our thirst.  This year we also had a ‘Bruin Café’ run by Tineke vanKooten from the Abel Tasman, and a ‘markt’ with a third stage for entertainment. Avery big thanks to you all.

Thank you also to all who attended and helped to make it a very busy, happy day and evening.  Good to see so many children in attendance during the day.  They seemed to enjoy all the games, etc provided just for them.  (My two grandsons won Melbourne Heart Soccer Club caps at the Socer Lion!) 

If the Holland Festival is to continue in its present format we need you.  If you have any ideas for new and different stalls and/or entertainment the Festival Committee please let us know.

Judy Overbeek
Association President

Sandown Entertainment Centre
Saturday 15 February 2014
From 10 am till late
Admittance $20.00 Concession $15.00 Children under 15 Free Volunteers free
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