Ah the Holland farmers market; a downtown Holland tradition featuring fresh grown fruits and vegetables, homemade breads and treats, and fun activities for kids held every Wednesday morning.
On June 8th, the Holland Arts Council hosted one of these children activity events, a “Mr. Potato Head” crafting event. When learning about what this event is, I was told that it was one of the more popular events for kids that the Holland Area Arts Council hosts, and that in past years it was common for over 200 kids to come to the event.
Arriving at the event, the first thing I noticed was the amount of smiles on the faces of the people that were there, and not just the kids. Multiple tables were set up, each stocked with a multitude of crafting supplies and full of kids decorating their potatoes.
Listening in and talking to the children that were there, I was also informed that Mr. Potato heads were not the only thing that could be created, but flying potatoes, bugs, and even “potato people.”
Parents that came loved the fact that it was a great activity for their kids to get involved in while shopping around at the farmers market. Many described how they loved this idea of decorating potatoes and how it allowed for creativity to be expressed through their kids each individual creations. Overall, it was a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy!
When the Holland Area Arts Council was just beginning, -- before we even had a building -- the organization leaders started a newsletter called Artline. In the spirit of our rich history, the Arts Council's new blog is titled Artline.