Last week, the Midsummer Week took place. It started promisingly with beautiful weather and fun events ahead. Unfortunately, this atmosphere was abruptly subdued by the sad news of the passing of one of our volunteers. Despite this tragic news, we managed to collectively make the Midsummer Week a fitting success, even under difficult circumstances.
Out of respect for the volunteer and his family, we have decided to cancel the scheduled activity on Tuesday, June 6th, resulting in a slight adjustment to the Midsummer Week.
On Wednesday afternoon, we welcomed the popular children’s characters Fien and Teun from nearby Adventure Farm Molenwaard. Together with children from the region, they enjoyed a sunny afternoon filled with crafts and a boat tour along the windmills. The children’s enthusiasm was great, and of course, amidst the boating, crafting, and playing, a photo with Fien & Teun had to be taken!
On Thursday evening, the volunteer and staff barbecue took place, which was a valuable part of the midsummer week. Unity and appreciation were central during this private gathering, where employees and volunteers could enjoy each other’s company in an eventful week full of activities.
Another highlight was the unique evening opening on Friday. Normally, our visitor locations are only open during the day, but during this special evening, visitors could experience the enchanting atmosphere of a Midsummer night. They visited the Nederwaard Museum Mill and boarded the tour boat. Additionally, the Wisboom pumping station and Secondary pumping station De Fabriek were also open. Visitors could enjoy a drink on the terrace of the Kinderdijk-cafe and choose a nice souvenir from the Gift Shop to take home as a memento. This evening opening provided a unique opportunity to experience Kinderdijk in a different way and celebrate our anniversary.
We also organized a fun gathering in the form of a neighborhood brunch for our local residents. People of all ages from the neighborhood showed up and enjoyed delicious treats, including freshly baked bread from the local bakery. Furthermore, through their generosity, the participants contributed to raising a nice amount for the local bakery.
All in all, despite the setbacks and sadness, the Midsummer Week has become a success. The visit of Fien and Teun, the private barbecue, the evening opening, and the neighborhood brunch showed that unity and resilience are central in Kinderdijk. These special moments will remain in our memories for a long time.