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|Volume 11 Issue 3
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Letters From Ralph
San Diego Vacation Rental
Venders' Fair April 11 & 12
We will have a Vendors' Fair during Orange City's Spring Fling. We will be open at our downtown location (107 3rd Street NE) Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Some of the vendors that will be there include The Little Things with Mona Murren, Classy Closet with Britni, Pampered Chef with Samantha Bomgaars and Jubon Juweelen. Jubon Juweelen will have some items up to 75% off. Renae Vander Schaaf will be there with Doc Neumann and they will be selling the new book Get Up, Get Going. Doc will be signing books during some of that time, but we don't know the exact hours for that yet.
Get Up! Get Going!
Thanks to coffee time at Jubon Juweelen, I was granted one of the greatest privileges of my life. To work with Doc A.J. Neumann on a book on his life. The more we worked on it, the more amazed I was at his story. How could one man pack so many adventures into his life?
Just like his life, the book is more than the ordinary tales of a country veterinarian. It provides a good history lesson on growing up during the Depression years of the 1930's, his service in WWII, and being a veterinary when cars were used rather than pickup trucks. Throughout the book is the reminder that hard work and discipline aid in success, and yet when this pinnacle is reached, all can swiftly disappear.
His life experiences proved to him that, "There is no such as thing as luck, God's plan is already in place." It has been a most rewarding adventure to get to know A.J. Neumann-he truly is a legend and very fine gentleman. The frosting on the cake was when Get Up! Get Going! was chosen the grand prize winner in The Write Place bi-annual book competition.
79th Tulip Festival May 16-19
Jubon Juweelen will be running the StraatWinkel during the Tulip Festival. We will be located at the east end of the street on the north side of the Court House. We just ordered many new items from the Netherlands that will add to the many Dutch items we already have. We will carry Dutch hats, shoes, slippers and Garden Clogs. We will also be selling the special "Orange City" wooden shoes. We will have all sizes of tee shirts and smaller sized sweat shirts. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Tulip Festival.
Just a reminder that you can purchase your wooden shoes at our house location at 204 Iowa Avenue NW anytime before the festival. We give a $3.00 discount on each pair of shoes, if you are taking part in the Festival in any way.
This year's Queen and her court will be wearing costumes from the fishing village of Marken in Noord-Holland on the Zuiderzee. According to the Vibrant Life web site this year's costume has a total of 35 different fabrics, laces and other trims and each represents dozens of hours of sewing and other handwork by Tulip Festival volunteers.
The parade marshal this year will be Scott Mulder, owner of Mulder Motors in Orange City. Scott, him family and his auto crew received this honor because of his dedicated work with parade floats and trolleys since the 1980s. He and his crew make sure that the entries run smoothly in the parade.
You can purchase tickets for the evening performance Disney's Beauty and the Beast at www.octulipfestival.com/plan-your-visit/tickets/ If you are planning on going, you should purchase your tickets soon as they often sell out and I know that many of the good seats are gone already.
The Festival will be here before you know it. The snow is just melting so, hopefully, the tulips will be just right and blooming for the Festival.
Juliana is safely back in the U.S.A. after travelling abroad for Freestyle Frisbee. At Frisbeer, in Prague, Juliana and her partner, Ilka Simon (Cologne, Germany) took 1st place in women's pairs. If you would like to watch their winning routine, click here. At the same event, Juliana played in mixed doubles with New Yorker, James Wiseman. They performed a very clean routine and took 2nd place. You can see the mixed pairs routine here.
Her next stop was Tel Aviv, Isreal. There were not enough participants at this event to have separate divisions so she competed in the open pairs. She didn't make the finals there, but did help with judging. The week after she returned rockets were being sent into the city, so her mother was glad to see her safely back home.