|Volume 14 Issue 1
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Letters From Ralph
We usually spend the month of January taking inventory of everything we have on hand. Juliana was here for a visit this month and we inventoried the Gutermann thread in about 1/2 hour whereas it probably would have taken me about two days to do it by myself, so I was very grateful for the help. We no longer carry the Clover products (we can still order anything someone might want, but we don't have it on hand anymore), so that is quite a time saver, too. Also, we sold a lot more of Dutch items at the Tulip Festival this year so inventory is not quite so much of a chore as it has been in the past. We usually order our new Tulip Festival items in March so we hope to have a nice selection again this year at the Straatwinkel.
Tulip Time Brochures
Although we don't have the new 81st Tulip Festival brochures in hand yet, the Chamber has assured us that they will be here shortly. As we have in the past, anyone who would like us to send them one as soon as they come in, please e-mail the address under "contact us" and we will send one out as soon as they are available. The Tulip Festival will be May 19, 20 and 21st this year.
Tickets to the Night Show
The night show this year will be Mama Mia and it will be held in city Town Hall located at 125 Central Avenue SE. Tickets are $25 each. They are available online at octulipfestival.com. Once on the Tulip Festival site, click on the night show and you can pick out your own seating and buy the tickets online. They just went on sale to the public on January 17, but I understand they are selling quickly, so if you are interested, you might want to act quickly.
On May 18 - 21 there will be a show starting at 8:00 p.m., however, there will be two additional shows on Monday and Tuesday (May 16 and 17) starting at 6:30 p.m.
Disc Golf 2022 Tour
Juliana will start touring this year in February. She will be touring with her fiance, Jim Oates, a five-time world champion and disc golf Hall of Famer. Right now they have 31 events scheduled, however, Juliana said they may take a week or two off during the season if they need a little break. Juliana will be focusing on the DGPT events at which Jim will be her support crew and caddy. Between elite DGPT events, they will hit some A-tiers that have age protected divisions, giving Jim an opportunity to compete as well. They are also very happy that this year the DGPT events do not conflict with the two age protected majors, PDGA Masters Worlds and The US Masters Disc Golf Championships, though they will be cutting it very short getting to Masters worlds and will not be there in time to play mixed doubles.
The first two tournaments are the Las Vegas Challenge and the Memorial in Scottsdale, Arizona. That should take them through the first week in March. I'll list more of their schedule in the next newsletter. You can always follow their scores on UDisc and watch them play if they are on the lead card (or 1st or 2nd card) on the Disc Golf Network or DGN. However, DGN is a pay to watch network, but it is very inexpensive and certainly worth it if you love disc golf.
The Chamber by John Grisham.
I enjoyed this book very much. I love a book that you can feel that you are in another world and everyone there is a new friend. John Grisham is a prolific writer and many of his books have been made into movies. He is an attorney himself and used to practice in the south until he started writing best sellers. The Chamber is a 676 page paperback book about a man who is scheduled to be put to death. His grandson, who is a very young, inexperienced attorney defends him. The whole book revolves around the ethics of the death penalty. It was copyrighted in 1994 and take place mainly in the state of Mississippi. The book is not in perfect shape and sells for $1.00 plus any postage ($3.50) if we have to send it.
N is for Noose by Sue Grafton.This is also a mystery, but is much shorter and quite a quick read. It was written by Sue Grafton who has written a mystery for every letter in the alphabet (at least through N) as of 1998. This is a hard cover book and is in pretty good shape. It also sells for $1.00. It is 248 pages long and takes place in California. It is the story of a female private eye and all the trouble she gets herself into. She is hired by the wife of a sheriff who dies unexpectedly with a worry that he hasn't shared with anyone.
Of Dutch Ways by Helen Colijn.
I really enjoy reading a variety of books so the third book is a nonfiction book that explains the political system of Holland, the educational system and the problems of living in the second most populated country in the world (only Bangladesh is more populated). There are over 14,000,000 people living in the little country that is 72 miles wide and 180 miles long. These were figures from the 1983 copyright date, so they could be quite different today.
Helen Colijn was born and raised in the Netherlands. Her grandfather, Dr Hendrikus Colijn was the prime minister of the Netherlands five times. She moved to the United States shortly after World War II, but returns annually, usually leading tours. This is a new book and sells for $13.00. I have quite a few copies on hand and can get more easily.