Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Flowers, Windmills and other Dutch Treats in Pella, Iowa

It was perfect fall weather when Terry and I wandered down Franklin Street to attend the Fall Festival at the Historical Village in Pella, Iowa on Saturday, September 27, 2008. The juried flower show arrangements were found in many of the buildings in such unusual places as the storage area of the general store. My favorite was the arrangement on a table in the Wyatt Earp house. (Yes, the Wyatt Earp, of western fame, lived in this house as a child in the 1860’s.) The picture with the quilt in the foreground is my favorite historical building. It is the Klein Crum house, which was moved from the west edge of town. My children are direct descendents of Tunas Klein who was one of the original settlers in 1847.

The Vermeer windmill is the “tallest working windmill in the United States “ according to the sign beside it. This replica of an 1850’s windmill is 124 feet from blade tip to the ground. We watched the volunteer connect the sail to the blade and begin the process of catching the gentle breeze as it turned to grind the wheat. The waterwheel was spinning as the water splashed down the wheel allowing the miller inside the building to grind corn.

The 1889 organ played a lively tune as the holes in the paper rolled over the mechanism. Bells chimed as figures of Dominie Scholte, his wife and six other figures took turns appearing in the windows of the Klockenspiel high above us.

The strange looking delft object is a tulip vase. The docent explained that when tulips were introduced to the Netherlands from Turkey, the bulbs cost a fortune. Some single bulbs were worth as much as the farm during tulip mania times.

The three berry homemade pie was delicious! (With 50-cent coffee, the treat was only $2.50). Dutch letters and cookies make wonderful treats too!

1 comment:

Jerry and Suzy said...

What fun in Pella! That would be a wonderful place to go next time we go to Iowa. Thanks for showing us your views, and sharing your fun!