Cedar Grove's 75th annual Holland Fest is this month, plus more news in your weekly dose

SHEBOYGAN - Cedar Grove’s 75th annual Holland Fest will be July 29-31 at Memorial Park, 21 Van Altena Ave.

Ethnic foods of many varieties will be offered throughout the festival, including authentic Dutch worstenbroodjes, stroopwafels and oliebollen, as well as many other food and beverage vendors.

A souvenir stand will offer genuine Delft and numerous 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 items. They will be open 1-5 p.m. July 29 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 30 with free admission both days.

Wooden shoes of different sizes and steps in their creation at the 74th annual Holland Festival, Friday, July  23, 2021, in Cedar Grove, Wis.
Wooden shoes of different sizes and steps in their creation at the 74th annual Holland Festival, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Cedar Grove, Wis.

And here’s what’s scheduled for each day of the festival:

July 29

  • 3 p.m. — Festival opening. Street scrubbers prepare Van Altena Avenue for the Klompen Dancers, followed by wooden shoe races.

  • 3-5:30 p.m. — Wooden shoe carving demonstrations by Luke Traver.

  • 3-9 p.m. — Raffle tickets available for sale in the bandstand.

  • 4-4:45 p.m. — Barely Balanced brings comedy, acrobatics and knives, all in one show.

  • 5-9 p.m. — HTG Band plays classic rock, country and pop tunes from the 1950s to 1970s.

  • 9:15 p.m. — Final raffle drawing.

July 30

  • 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.-5 p.m. — Art fair on the green featuring 60 crafters from throughout the Midwest.

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Trolley rides offer free tour of Cedar Grove. Rides pause for the parade from 1 to 3 p.m.

  • 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. — Wooden shoe carving domonstrations by Klompenhouwer Luke Traver.

  • 11 a.m. — Stage dancers perform and “Fashions of Holland” at the bandstand.

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Car, truck and motorcycle show on the lawn behind the library. $5 vehicle entry fee with prizes awarded. Registration is 10 a.m.-noon and show is 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • 1 p.m. — Main Street events, including street scrubbing, Klompen Dancing and the parade.

  • 2-5 p.m. — Goodtime Dutchmen play lively polka tunes.

  • 4-7 p.m. — Willow Brook Haven Wildlife Facility offers petting of animals and children’s activities.

  • 6-9 p.m. — Wisconsin Playlist performs.

  • 9:15 p.m. — Final raffle is held.

  • 9:30 p.m. — Fireworks display held in the park.

July 31

  • 6 p.m. — Sunday evening community worship services with all invited to attend.

For more information, visit holland-festival.com.

Welcome to your weekly dose.

Start your week here in weekly dose, a roundup of local community news. Here are some more stories to catch up on:

► Sheboygan’s National Night Out is Aug. 2: Sheboygan Countywide Crime Stoppers will hold its National Night Out gathering from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at End Park in Sheboygan.

The event will include food trucks, live music, a kids’ workshop, law enforcement officers, fire and SWAT vehicles, guest speakers and safety/community organization displays.

A Walk Against Crime will be held at 6:30 p.m.

End Park is at 1236 Bell Ave., Sheboygan.

► Weill Center unveils fall and winter lineup: Sheboygan’s Weill Center for the Performing Arts recently unveiled the next segment of its 2022-23 season.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up.

Marie Osmond
Marie Osmond
  • Oct. 15: Late Nite 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 U.S. theater history.

  • Oct. 29: Project Pink — North America’s Premier Pink Floyd Tribute Band. Armed with a 20-foot projection screen, an armada of lights and world-class sound production, Project Pink faithfully recreates the complete Pink Floyd experience.

  • Dec. 11: A Motown Christmas features past and present members of Motown’s most legendary groups: 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.

  • Dec. 17: Marie Osmond — A Symphonic Christmas 2022. Marie Osmond has spent six iconic decades in the entertainment business performing as a successful singer, television performer and talk show host, dancer, actor, author, entrepreneur and public speaker. She continues to remain an instantly recognizable figure across the globe and will bring her holiday performance with 15- piece orchestra to the Weill Center.

  • May 3, 2023: Potted Potter — The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience, A Parody by Dan and Jeff. This hit parody takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. Perfect for ages 6 to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).

Tickets can be purchased at weillcenter.com, by phone at 920-208-3243 or in person at 826 N. Eighth St., Sheboygan. The ticket office is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and one hour prior to each performance.

► Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra appoints new director: Sam Handley, acclaimed opera singer and Sheboygan resident, has joined the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra as its new executive director.

Sam Handley
Sam Handley

“Sheboygan is indeed the greatest little town in the world, and our orchestra is part of that greatness,” Handley said in a news release. “I’m thrilled to use my experience as a fundraiser, educator and performer to further the orchestra’s mission of bringing 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 Green Lake contract.

Handley has earned degrees in music from UW-Stevens Point, UW-Madison and the University of Houston.

The SSO, founded in 1918, is the longest continually active orchestra in the state of Wisconsin.

► Honeygoats to play the Waelderhaus July 24: Arts at the Waelderhaus welcomes The Honeygoats at 2 p.m. July 24.

The performance will be an outdoor concert on the front lawn of the Waelderhaus. Attendees can take in the bluegrass music of The Honeygoats and also partake in delights from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Culinary Art Car, which will be open from 12:45 until 4 p.m.

The Honeygoats
The Honeygoats

The Honeygoats are an emerging bluegrass band from Plymouth. The band received a Wisconsin Area Music Industry nomination for Bluegrass/Americana Artist of the Year in 2020 and released its debut album, “Four Years in Three Days,” in 2021.

Admission to Arts at the Waelderhaus is free, and reservations are encouraged. People can make reservations by calling 920-453-2851 or emailing Debbie.Weber@kohler.com.

Guests are asked to take a low-profile lawn chair or blanket for the outdoor performance. If weather is bad, the concert will be inside the Kohler Memorial Theater, 260 School St., Kohler.

The Waelderhaus is managed by Kohler Foundation and is at 1100 W. Riverside Drive, Kohler. It’s open daily (except holidays) to the public for guided tours free of charge at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Last week's top headlines

  1. Sheboygan's new hospital opens. These newborn triplets were among the first to move in.

  2. T-28 Trojan Warbirds are coming to Sheboygan. Here's when and what to know if you go.

  3. New owner of Sheboygan County golf course plans to rebrand, reach younger market

  4. Sheboygan strikes deal for 100,000-square-foot industrial building as first addition to SouthPointe Enterprise Campus

  5. In Sheboygan, here’s why this billboard company’s sign doesn’t have to adhere to the city ordinance

Your weather forecast

  • Monday: High 85, low 68, mostly sunny and humid

  • Tuesday: High 88, low 69, partly sunny, warm and humid

  • Wednesday: High 90, low 68, mostly sunny and hot

  • Thursday: High 86, low 67, mostly sunny

  • Friday: High 85, low 69, partly sunny

  • Saturday: High 87, low 70, a thunderstorm in spots

  • Sunday: High 89, low 69, partly sunny, a shower; warm

Courtesy of accuweather.com.

Our impact

The Sheboygan Press — part of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin — strives to make a difference in our community. Read our 2021 Community Impact Report.

Get your dose — stay connected

Start each week with your dose of local community news here. For updates during the week, come back to sheboyganpress.com or follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

News tips

Send tips to news@sheboyganpress.com. See our contact page.

Thanks for reading!

We appreciate your readership! Support our work by subscribing.

Contact Brandon Reid at 920-686-2984 or breid@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @breidHTRNews.

This article originally appeared on Sheboygan Press: Holland Fest marks 75 years in Cedar Grove in Sheboygan County