Around Town

Around Town: Holland Street Performers Series

Guest Author: Ariel Knapp

Hi everyone! It’s Ariel, Caitlyn’s sister-in-law. I’m super excited to start guest posting here on Little Snail! So let’s get started. Last Thursday my husband and I went to the Holland Street Performers Series.
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The buildings and trees that line the sidewalks make downtown Holland a really pretty place

During the summer months downtown Holland allows performers of all types to use the sidewalks of 8th Street as their stage and entertain the public. 8th Street is closed down for a couple of hours on Thursday evenings and people watch the performers and walk through the stores that line the street. Last Thursday was the 10th anniversary of the event and there were some promotions going on in conjunction with some of the businesses downtown.

unfortunately I did not get a party hat
unfortunately I did not get a party hat

One of the first performers we saw was my cousin Corey. He’s been doing caricatures for years and is a regular at the Holland Street Performers Series.

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Farther down the sidewalk we saw a young magician. He was pretty good at keeping up a running patter of talk while doing his tricks.

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There were a lot of musicians. They were all playing really well and it was fun listening to the different kinds of music on offer. We heard everything from folk music to Let it Go from the movie Frozen.

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We didn’t go into many of the shops since we were enjoying the performers but we couldn’t pass up Peach Wave frozen yogurt.

mmm I can't say to no to frozen yogurt!
mmm I can’t say to no to frozen yogurt!

The Kahlua flavor I got wasn’t as good as the cheesecake flavor my husband got but it was still delicious (especially with all the toppings I put on it!).

Another store we went into was The Peanut Store where there is definitely more than just peanuts on offer. There’s a large selection of candy that includes brands from Europe and Asia, handmade chocolates and old fashioned candy our parents and grandparents would be familiar with.

what you see when you walk in the front door of The Peanut Store
what you see when you walk in the front door of The Peanut Store
you can buy candy like jelly bellies by the pound and half pound
you can buy candy like jelly bellies by the pound and half pound
I'd definitely be a happy hippo if I ate too much of this candy :)
I’d definitely be a happy hippo if I ate too much of this candy 🙂

As we were getting ready to leave we saw this woman on stilts in a butterfly costume and a hot air balloon high above the festivities.

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We had a great time and I would like to go back later in the summer to see if there’s any new performers. If you’re in the Holland area on Thursday evenings looking for something to do I suggest checking out the Holland Street Performers Series.

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