_I_n 2018 the Village of Kinderhook was proud to become a sister city with the Town of Buren in The Netherlands. Buren is the ancestral home of Kinderhook native son and eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren.
With a renewed commitment to promote awareness of Dutch heritage that was inspired by the sister-city relationship, the Village of Kinderhook is presenting Dutch Heritage Week from July 12 to July 19, 2019. This week-long event features Dutch-inspired food and drink at local Kinderhook eateries, a tour of historic Kinderhook Reformed Church and a tour and tasting at Dutch Desserts, a Dutch-language project at the Kinderhook Farmers’ Market, and hands-on Dutch-inspired projects for adults and children with Feather Art Studio and Dutch illustrator Chuck Groenink. Other events include a history walk focusing on Martin Van Buren, daily tours of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, and lectures and presentations by Tom de Witte, a Dutch landscape designer specializing in naturalistic landscapes and a colleague of Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and Dr. Charles Th. Gehring of the New Netherland Institute in Albany who will speak about the Dutch language.
For those interested in the tour and tasting at Dutch Desserts on July 18 at 1pm, 30 Sunset Avenue, space is limited to 10 people and reservations are required. For reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A full schedule of the week’s events and details may be found at www.villageofkinderhook.org.