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Elim hosts annual Dutch Festival in Palos Heights

Dutch traditions will be celebrated 18th annual Elim Dutch Festival Sept. 28 Elim Christian Services Palos Heights.  |

Dutch traditions will be celebrated at the 18th annual Elim Dutch Festival on Sept. 28 at Elim Christian Services in Palos Heights. | File photo

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Updated: October 16, 2013 6:09AM



The 18th annual Elim Dutch Festival will celebrate Dutch traditions dating back to medieval times from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at Elim Christian Services, 13020 S. Central Ave., Palos Heights.

The Dutch Festival proceeds benefit more than 900 children and adults with disabilities.

The day begins at 7:30 a.m. with a home-cooked pancake breakfast. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Dutch Village shops will be open with Dutch pastries and crafts and gift items for sale.

All-day entertainment includes the harmonic doo-wop group, Harbor Lights; performances by the members of Elim’s choir; and Dutch dancers doing klompendanskunst (Dutch clogging).

A variety of Dutch cuisines and treats, including bankets (pastries with almond filling) and hutspot (beef and potatoes) will be available, as well as hamburgers, pizza by the slice, bratwurst, hot dogs and other foods.

“I hope people can see God’s love for everyone there,” festival chairperson Renita Van Solkema said. “I want people to be able to have an enjoyable, entertaining day, and be at a place where people enjoy bringing their families and people with disabilities.”

Elim’s mission is to equip children and adults with disabilities to achieve to their highest God-given potential. Elim pursues this mission by providing educational, vocational, therapeutic and residential services to more than 900 individuals with developmental disabilities.

Admission and parking with shuttle service are free.

For questions, contact Laura Schnyders at (708) 293-6509 or visit www.elimcs.org.

Staff report



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