Tulip Time Photos (& More!)

Wendy and I are enjoying a much needed rest after three very full days of Pella Tulip Time. We have played Pella, Iowa’s founders in three different stage productions and were asked by the Pella Historical Society to get in costume and portray the couple for the annual festival. We rode in a carriage in each of the six parades, had our picture taken countless times and made appearances at the Pella Historical Village and Scholte House Museum.

It was fun to talk to people about the Scholtes and the history of Pella, and to answer many questions about Pella and our costumes. Women, in particular, were enthralled with Wendy’s period costume and little girls made Wendy feel like  Disney princess. During one of the parades a little girl pointed at Wendy and shouted, “LOOK! It’s the PRETTY LADY!” Wendy even had a young man of about five blow her a kiss.

The heavy dress with all the layers of period underthings did make for a lot of heat for Wendy. Fortunately, the days were very temperate with highs in the 70s. The worst part was her tall lace boots which made her feet very uncomfortable throughout the day despite all of her attempts to cushion the consequences.

My folks came on Thursday and brought Madison who had flown into Des Moines the day before. We had fun meeting friends in between parades at the Pella Opera House where we enjoyed the air conditioning, the padded seats, and the refreshments. Madison stayed with us Thursday night and then headed back to Colorado on Friday night as she was on call over the weekend.

Our friend, Megan Atkins, was on the Tulip Court this year. Megan’s dad passed away back in 2010 and Megan has honored me over the years by asking me to be honorary dad when school or other events called for father/daughter activities. I was so happy to get to escort her on Friday and again on Saturday with her mom, Cyndi, at the official coronation ceremony on the square.

We are already thinking about next year, though we are thankful that we have another 362 days to rest up!

4 thoughts on “Tulip Time Photos (& More!)”

  1. Hi, Tom, I enjoyed reading about your experience at Pella’s Tulip Festival. I used to live in Iowa and have visited Pella, but never saw it at festival time. I live in South Dakota and get to the Orange City festival fairly often because my kids’ school band marches in one of the parades.

    1. Hi Deb. Thanks for the kind comment. I was at the OC festival as a kid. My family settled in the Boyden Hull area and I had a great Aunt that lived (I think she was next door to the Post Office) in OC. I was raised in Des Moines but moved to Pella just over 10 years ago. Enjoyed your post!

      1. Did you ever get to wash the streets? Some years it’s been a little chilly for that. And some years the kids enjoyed getting each other wet. By the way, our elementary principal grew up near Hull.

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