Tickets available now for Dutch Heritage Day Dinner/Dance in Chesterville, April 8

A 2015 photo of one of the canals in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Marty Edwards courtesy photo, Nation Valley News

Klompen not mandatory to kick up your heels April 8

This glass mosaic lantern is the door-prize at the Dutch Heritage Day Dinner/Dance.

CHESTERVILLE — Have yourself a “ballen” at the upcoming 12th annual Dutch Heritage Day dinner and dance event.

Make that bitterballen — a deep-fried spherical Dutch treat to be served as hors d’oeuvres when the Chesterville Legion Hall doors open at 5:30 p.m. on April 8.

A main course dinner starts an hour later, consisting of roast pork, potatoes, chicken salad, red cabbage, desserts and pie.  Wooden shoes or regular shoes, patrons may show some fancy footwork  on the dance floor when the DJ cues up at 8 p.m. through midnight.

Established a dozen years ago to acknowledge the positive impact of this area’s Dutch-Canadian community — largely arriving after the Second World War — the dinner is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chesterville. Funds raised go to the Ryan’s Well Foundation.

Co-organizer Vince Zandbelt also points out that a glass artwork by Cindy Laneville — a mosaic of tulips — will be drawn as the door prize.

Zandbelt says the Legion Hall will be decked out again in Dutch colours and heraldry while a slide show of the Netherlands plays on a big screen.

Tickets are $30 apiece, available by contacting Zandbelt at 613-913-9670 or Ruth Gilroy at 613-448-2130.


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