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Second Chance Design

Tulip Time Festival

Holland also has lots great shopping, with the emphasis on value. Make sure you stop in at SECOND CHANCE DESIGN (486 Chicago Dr.). Husband and wife team RandiLynn and Jason Talsma opened the secondhand furniture business in February 2010 and busi- ness has been booming. The couple wanted to do something different after being in their family’s new furniture businesses. Noting that Jesus recycles – remember the water to wine, my pets – the charming shop takes in used furniture and reworks the pieces to bring them back to original condition. What is not salvageable is remade into a new creation. “We find that the pieces that have our own

signature style – and are obviously the most unique – sell the fastest,” RandiLynn said. Second Chance specializes in Mid-Century Modern. “The style is really starting to get popular,” Jason said. “The younger people coming in have not seen firsthand many of the styles, while the older people remi- nisce and it brings them back to childhood memories.”

Enjoy the West Michigan’s natural beauty at HEMLOCK CROSSING, north of Holland. Opened in 2003, the park offers 239 acres of woods and wetlands along the Pigeon River. More than six miles of trails perfect

for hiking and cross-country skiing me- ander through bottomland and upland forest, old pine plantations and along the river. Kayaking is a poplar pastime on the Pigeon River. When there is ample water, you can put in at Hemlock Crossing and go downstream to the Holly Drive takeout. In late summer, when the water at the park is low, put in at Holly Drive and paddle up and back. After 6:30 p.m., there is no wake on Pigeon Lake, and it’s great to paddle out and take in a sunset. No fees at either launch.

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Holland offers a more robust celebration of “nature” every spring. The 80th annual TULIP TIME FESTIVAL will be held May 7 to 14 and feature millions of multi-colored tulips. The weeklong festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture with three pa- rades, numerous Dutch Dance performances and food. There are also numerous events for young and old alike. The ROCK CAMP GRADUATION SHOW, May 8 at the Park Theatre, will show off the musical chops of local teens with a headlining performance by THE OUTER VIBE. TULIPALOOZA, May 13 at the SIXTH STREET STAGE, will be a Battle of the Bands with six bands chosen from three previous battles around West Michigan. A FLORAL ARRANGEMENT CLASS, May 10 to 11 at EASTERN FLORAL in Holland, will show how to make fanciful arrangements using the namesake flower. Worried about walking? Last year, two wom- en visiting Holland got off the Tulip Trolley thinking it was a shuttle service. After much walking, several cocktails and assistance from a friendly police officer, they found their car not too far away. Organizers are happy to

offer a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE to make getting around easier this year.

Holland offers a number of other commu- nity-wide events. LATIN AMERICANS UNITED FOR PROGRESS hosts the annual FIESTA May 6 to 7 at the HOLLAND CIVIC CENTER and EIGHTH STREET MARKET PLACE. The theme for this year’s fiesta will be Fiesta Mundial, or World Festival, which reflects the global reach of the Hispanic community. The STREET PERFORMER SERIES will be held every Thursday evening June 9 to Aug. 25. You will enjoy singers, dancers, magicians and jugglers wandering around downtown. GROOVEWALK will be held on April 16 and Oct. 22 this year. The spring event will bring back 11 of the most popular bands from the past five events, including THE OUTER VIBE, ZION LION, CREOLIZATION and GREG NAGY. Finally, Holland plans to host the COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL ICE SCULPTING COMPETITION next January. Talented students from colleges around the Midwest and beyond will transform Holland into a Winter Wonderland during this weekend- long event. n

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PHOTOS // New Holland: Amanda Telganhof; Second Chance Design: Jason Talsma




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