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Purple and yellow tulips - Holland, Michigan
May 7-14, 2011

Tulip Time is probably the most beautiful and festive week in Holland, Michigan. It’s filled with parades, art & craft fairs, art exhibits, Dutch markets, dancing, musical artists, theatrical productions, fireworks and of course tulips, tulips, tulips.

Over 500,000 tulips have been planted along downtown Holland’s streets, throughout the downtown area, in city parks, and at Window on the Waterfront and Centennial Park.
No vacation to Holland, Michigan would be complete without a visit to the De Klomp Delftware and Wooden Shoe Factory.
The Dutch word for 'wooden shoes' is 'De Klomp', and the Holland factory makes certain there is a wooden shoe to fit everyone. The wooden shoes for sale at De Klomp are not hastily produced souvenirs -- they are the real thing. In fact, the hand carver of DeKlomp's wooden shoes was trained and certified in the Netherlands.
Food, Glorious Food: Eggs

Many of us will be hard boiling too many eggs this April. If you’re wondering what to do with the extras, here are a few celebrated ideas.


The Spring issue of Recommended Reads reviews:
  • Tough Without a Gun:The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart - a biographical study of the Greatest Male Legend in Movie History - by Stefan Kanfer
  • India Black - a historical mystery in which the title character is the young madam of a London brothel - by Carol K. Carr
  • One Small Step Can Change Your Life - a self-help book by Robert Maurer
  • Patti LuPone: A Memoir - the life story of a legendary Broadway actress, told in a narrative voice as bold and brash as her singing voice.
Don't forget to check out the Calendar of Events for April and May. For visitors to the lakeshore who love to golf, we've compiled a directory of area courses. Art lover alert: LEL now has a Gallery Crawl page which will be updated throughout the year. History buffs haven't been forgotten. This issue our Lighting the Lake section features the now vanished - and ill-fated - New Buffalo Light. So sit back and enjoy our latest Lake Effect Living. And let the lake work its magic on you.

Unless otherwise indicated, all Lake Effect Living photographs are the work and property of Sharon Pisacreta.