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.
NEW YEAR'S RECEPTION
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
Hors d'oeuvres, open bar, coffee & dessert, and our traditional champagne toast to the New Year! Members, for further information, see the announcement and reservation form in the December 2014 - January 2015 issue of the NAS News. Please note that the time stated in the hard copy of the NAS News is incorrect. The correct time is 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Sunday, February 8, 2015
SAVE THE DATE! Details forthcoming.
NAS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Saturday, March 21, 2015, Time: TBA
Cocktail reception and meeting, awards and election of our new Board of Directors, and a delicious Dutch dinner with dessert and coffee.
RECENT 2014 NAS EVENTS
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.
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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.
NAS NEW YEAR & ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Location: Beverly Hills Country Club. This year the event combined our traditional New Year's celebration and our 74th Anniversary. The NAS Board planned a great time with live music, a raffle and a silent auction.
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DE NEDERLANDSE KERSTDIENST Georganiseerd door de Netherlands Social Service Organization (NESSO)
Zaterdag, 13 December, 2014
Om 2 uur’s middags in de
Downey First Christian Church, 10909 New Street, Downey, CA 90241
With Erika and Christina Seaton, soloists, David Young, pianist, and a young lady from the Dutch School SoCal, Jeannine Briggs, who will sing.
Na Afloop koffie en gebak in de Social Hal. Collecte is ten bate van de NESSO.
Directions: From 605 North and South, exit Paramount Blvd south, then left on 4th Street. The church is on the corner of 4th and New Street.
DUTCH EVENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO
For all Dutch events and more in the San Francisco area visit sfdutch.com Dutch language.
DUTCH CULTURAL EVENTS
For Dutch cultural events throughout the US, visit the following links: DUTCH ART EVENTS (visual arts, architecture and design)
Note: Use the search feature provided on the above website to find events in your locality. DUTCH PERFORMING ARTS EVENTS (theatre, dance, and music)
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.