Complete information and a reservation form for each NAS event is provided in the concurrent NAS Newsletter distributed to the membership. Most dates below are confirmed, but they are still subject to changes. Other events are posted as the information is received. If you are involved in promoting a Dutch related event in the Los Angeles area, Contact Us and we will place the information here.
NAS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Location: San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles. Time: 12:00 noon - 4:30 pm
Starts with a social hour at 12 noon followed by a delicious lunch and then the membership meeting where past and future business is discussed, awards are presented and the election of our new Board of Directors for 2015 - 2016 takes place.
NAS KING'S DAY
This year NAS will be celebrating the Dutch King's Day jointly with the event taking place at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, April 26, 2015, 11am-6pm. More info below.
RECENT 2014 - 2015 NAS EVENTS
75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Sunday, February 8, 2015. 12 noon - 4 pm.
This special event was held at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach/Hawthorne and what a celebration is was - our event organizing committee really did an outstanding job. After a cocktail reception and a special presentation we had a delicious lunch with wine, followed by dancing to the incomparable Beatles tribute band Ticket to Ride™. There were about ninety members and guests in attendance and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves - the dance floor was never vacant once the band began playing.
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NEW YEAR'S RECEPTION
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
We had a great turnout where everyone enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres, our open bar, and a terrific buffet (choice of grilled salmon or chicken with various sides), coffee & dessert (cakes, cookies and fruit). And to top it off, our traditional champagne toast to the New Year!
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Woodland Hills. The most fun and exciting evening of the year attended by a large gathering of NAS members, guests and, of course, children! An evening where unexpected guests arrived (guess who?), where footsteps were heard on the rooftop (again, guess who?) and where freshly-made traditional erwtensoep (pea soup) warmed the heart and soul.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Location: Costa Mesa. NAS members and guests celebrated Leidens Ontzet with the traditional fare, haring (herring) on white bread and hutspot met klapstuk (carrot and onion hodgepodge with chuck roast) and, of course, our open bar.
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NAS AUTO TOUR & GETTY VILLA
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Location: Topanga and Malibu.
The auto tour started at the corner of Topanga Canyon and Ventura Blvds. From there headed south with stops at view points, rustic shops and geological formations of interest and ending at PCH with just a short run to the Getty Villa for lunch and a tour.
HIKE & BARBECUE
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Location: Agoura Hills.
Hiking, swimming and barbecue. Eight hardy NAS members hiked at Paramount Ranch, a nice area to explore including the sets from the TV show, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and many feature films. Later, the hikers joined other NAS members at a nearby member's home for the swim and barbecue.
NAS KING'S DAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Reception in honor of the birthday of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
Hors d'oeuvre and drinks were served during the early part of event followed by a light buffet, dessert and coffee.
NAS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Holland Soccer Club, Paramount CA.
After a short cocktail reception, the meeting and election of our new Board of Directors took place followed by a delicious Dutch dinner and dessert.
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DUTCH KING'S DAY
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 11am-6pm
A Touch of Dutch on the famous Santa Monica Pier. Save the date as you are in for a treat: Dutch artists, a wide selection of Dutch foods and of course the Dutch national beer, Heineken; Dutch games for the children and a flea market. Entrance price: $10. View flyer.
For additional info, please visit DUTCH-DAY the official Los Angeles area Dutch King's Day web site.
26th ANNUAL HOLLAND FESTIVAL — GEMMRIG PARK, LONG BEACH
Sunday, May 24, 2015 10am - 6pm
The United Netherlands Organizations (UNO) presents the 26th Annual Holland Festival, Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Gemmrig Park in Long Beach, California. The Holland Festival has become an annual reunion for many families who bring their blankets and folding chairs to picnic on the lawn. Find out more here... or visit dutch-day.com.
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All the NAS events, except on rare occasions, take place within the Los Angeles area. The events are monthly, except for August when there is no event, and generally have a theme, see below, all typically including a happy hour with appetizers, followed by dinner. There is a charge, which varies, to members and guests for attending each of these events.
Annually, there are eight traditional NAS events: New Year, Anniversary Dinner Dance, Membership Meeting, King's Birthday (starting in 2014), Hike and Barbecue, Bike Ride and Lunch, Leidens Ontzet and Sinterklaas. Other events such as a luncheon followed by a visit to a museum or other point of interest, a wine tasting tour or a theme outdoor party may be scheduled for the off months.
The New Year Reception takes place in early January within a week after the actual beginning of the year and takes place at the Beverly Hills Country Club. A delicious assortment of catered hors d'ouerve, cheeses, sandwiches and desserts are always provided along with a NAS hosted bar. The evening is concluded with a champagne toast to the New Year.
February of every year brings the Anniversary Dinner Dance, which celebrates the anniversary of the founding and incorporation of the Netherlands American Society. This is a more formal event (cocktail attire suggested) and takes place at an upscale restaurant or hotel banquet room. A delicious meal is provided along with good music for the dancing pleasure of everyone.
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Toward the end of March the Annual Membership Meeting is held in accordance with the NAS bylaws. The purpose is to discuss and vote on important issues affecting the Netherlands American Society, review the annual financial report and other items, and the nomination and election of the NAS Board of Directors. In recent years the meeting has been held at the San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles. The event starts with a social hour followed by lunch and then the meeting and election.
In late April or early May of 2014, NAS will celebrate for the first time King's Day, the birthday of His Majesty the King of the Netherlands. The party will take place on the Saturday closest to the official date, April 27th, King Willem-Alexander's actual birthday. As in the past Queen's Day celebrations, speeches will be given and the American and Dutch National Anthems will be sung. Hors d'ouerve, finger food and refreshments will be served.
June brings our Hike and Barbecue. The more sports minded NAS members first participate in a casual hike of about 2 to 3 miles, usually in a park in the Santa Monica Mountains. After completing the hike, they then join other members and guests for the barbecue at a NAS member's home.
In 2013, for the July event, NAS met in Laguna Beach for dinner and the Laguna Art Festival's Pageant of the Masters. Possibly this could become a new annual NAS event.
How can a Dutch organization not have a bicycling event? Therefore, there is a Bicycle Ride, the "Tour de NAS," and lunch. Those with the energy first participate in a casual bicycle ride of about 12 miles typically along a Los Angeles area coastal bicycle path. After completing the ride, they then join other members and guests for lunch at a nice restaurant nearby. This event takes place either in July or September.
In early October the NAS celebrates Leidens Ontzet. Last year the event took place at a new location in Costa Mesa. Traditionally, haring (herring) on white bread and hutspot met klapstuk (carrot and onion hodgepodge with chuck roast) is served.
The history behind Leidens Ontzet. October 3, 1574. Beseiged by the Spanish, the city of Leiden was stubbornly defended while its citizens suffered starvation. Meeting protesting women, the Burgemeester (Mayor) said, "Cut off my arm and feed it to your children," whereupon they left silently. The rebelling forces had to wait until autumn for the waters to rise, so they could inundate the low lands of Holland. They breached the dikes of the Hollandse IJssel, between Rotterdam and Gouda. The Spanish had to beat a nighttime retreat before the rising waters. This allowed free access for the flat-bottomed boats of the Watergeusen (Water-beggars), delivering white bread and herring. The hutspot (hodgepodge) was found where the Spanish had left it.
The NAS Sinterklaas Party, the final event of the year, is usually held at a member's home on the Saturday evening closest to December 5th. After a visit by Sinterklaas and his helper and the singing of familiar songs, traditional Dutch snert (pea soup with sausage) and broodjes (rolls with ham or cheese) are served. Dessert is usually a Dutch favorite, banket (a marzipan filled pastry).
Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas, is an annual event celebrated by the people of the Netherlands, young and old, on the eve of St. Nicholas' Feast Day. Read the story of Sinterklaas.