The village of Kinderdijk, the Netherlands, has the largest concentration of old-style windmills in the world. It is among the sights in 'Discovering the Dutch,' the opening travelogue in the 2013-14 Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of Northern Door Travel Film Series. / Submitted
The Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of Northern Door open a new season of their Travel Film Series Sept. 20 with “Discovering the Dutch,” a video tour of the Netherlands presented in person by film maker Sandy Mortimer.
The film goes beyond the clichés and gabled houses and into the stories of history already made, as well as today’s life and history in the making. It explores nine of the 12 Lowland Provinces, each with its own unique culture and origin.
In North Holland Province, the film tours the national capital of Amsterdam, with its historic churches, Royal Palace and museums, Anne Frank house, social scene and canal tours. It also takes in the province’s historic capital of Haarlem, the cheese markets of Edam and Volendam, Muiden Castle and the enormous Alsmeer flower auction.
South Holland Province takes the audience to Schiedam and the tallest old windmills in the world; Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe and until 2004, the world’s busiest port; Delft, with its exquisite chinaware and history; the largest Turkish market in the world in The Hague and Scheveningen with its parasailing water-skiers off the beach.
The cities of Utrecht and Oudewater, where thousands of suspected witches were brought from all over Europe to be tested by weighing them comared to water, are seen in Utrecht Province. In North Braaabant Province, the film takes in Eindhoven, which has emerged as the capital of Dutch industrial design.
Gelderland Province offers a tour of the Het Loo Palace, used by royalty for over 300 years, and Arnhem, the World War II “bridge too far” site of the largest airborne operation of all time, including an unexpected encounter and interview with a British soldier who fought in the battle.
The forested hills of Limburg Province bring the audience to Maastricht, now a resort town bordering Belgium, for an underground look at a historic coal mine. Drenthe Province brings viewers to the remains of Camp Westerbork, the Nazi internment camp where 107,000 were housed before being shipped to death camps in Poland during World War II, and prehistoric megaliths called Hunebedden, built before the pyramids.
Groningen Province offers an exceptional artist; a step back in time in Bourtange, a 16th-century “five-pointed star” fortress on the border of Germany; and a seal hospital, sanctuary and research center on the northern coast. In Friesland Province is the fishing village of Staavoren; Leeuwarden, the childhood home of Mata Hari; and a crossing of the Afsluitdijk, an incredible, 20-mile causeway and dam built to close off the North Sea and create a huge freshwater lake.
Mortimer’s career has ranged from politics to television production to travel films. As a public speaker and travel consultant for American Airlines, she traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world. During the late 1970s, she became a news reporter and on-air personality for a CBS affiliate television station, developing and sharpening her skills in film and video journalism and writing for both television and studio audiences. She went on to become a writer and producer for television and radio productions.
“Discovering the Dutch” plays at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at First Baptist Church, 954 S. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay. Refreshments are available at intermission. Subscriptions are $36 for ages 18 and older for the six-travelogue series; admission is $7 at the door for ages 18 and older for series nonsubscribers. Other travel destinations on the film season’s itinerary include journeys to Southern Europe, Taiwan, Alaska and Bhutan. For more information, call (920) 854-4825 or (920) 839-9419.