A “gezellig” time at annual Dutch Heritage Day Dinner

Mikayla Verspeek, 16, carries a tray of "bitterballen" — a traditional deep-fried Dutch croquette snack. It was the featured hors d'oeuvre at the 12th annual Dutch Heritage Night at the Chesterville Legion, April 8, 2017. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — Eet smakelijk! 

The hearty meal at the 12th annual Dutch Heritage Day Dinner/Dance was certainly worthy of a “Bon Appetite” as spoken in the language of The Netherlands.

One hundred and forty-three people turned out for what was, again, a gezellig time — to use another Dutch word that sounds like a sneeze and defies precise translation into English but alludes to an occasion with nice ambience and a cozy atmosphere.

The event at the Chesterville Legion again served as a fundraiser for Ryan’s Well Foundation — traditionally topped up with a contribution from the village’s Rotary Club each year to ensure a $1,000 tally.

Emcee and organizing committee member Vince Zandbelt also paid tribute to the late Peter van Kessel Sr., a friend of Rotary long associated with the annual party celebrating the impact of the post Second World War Dutch influx into the area and its agricultural sector and beyond.

Sub-theme to the 2017 edition was the 150th birthday of the nation that welcomed those immigrant families. The tables featured small flags and buttons featuring the logo of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Lise Buma, with white wooden shoes from Holland, poses with husband Simon.


From left, Mikayla Verspeek, 16, Corrie McRae, Kaireen Cotnam, Vince Zandbelt, Dini Vandelst, Alida Scheepers, Ruth Gilroy, Martin Derks, Lise Buma, Andia DeJong, Pauline van Kessel and Leroy DeJong, 18. Members of the organizing committee pose between the teenaged volunteers on either end of the lineup. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Dini Vandelst poses with the mosaic lantern that was top door prize at the event. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Murray Halowski, winner of the lantern by artisan Cindy Laneville, collects the piece from the donor, Andia DeJong. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Kaireen Cotnam (left) with Riky and Herman te Plate. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Behind the bar. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Above, DJ Jamie Shadbolt spins some tunes for the well-received dance that kept a lot of the attendees on their feet.


Advertisement — We Can Contracting Sales & Installation

Scroll down to share this article. Scroll down to search nationvalleynews.com. Scroll down to comment.