Shaw Festival Trip, October 2020

October ~ Shaw Festival
Wednesday, October 7- Friday, October 9, 2020
7:00 am depart on Wednesday, approximate return to Holland 6:00pm Friday
Cost: $450 pp double occupancy
$600 pp single occupancy
Travel to beautiful Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada to enjoy seeing three plays: “Gypsy” a musical with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, “The Devil’s Disciple” by Bernard Shaw, and “Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse” by Hamilton Wright based on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. We will be staying at the Colonel Butler Inn in downtown Niagara on the Lake within walking distance of restaurants and theaters. Travel begins on Wednesday, October 7, a box lunch on the way and arrival in Niagara on the Lake in late afternoon, dinner on your own and an evening play performance. The next morning is free to enjoy the restaurants and shopping on your own, a play at 2:00 pm and dinner on your own. The third play is at 8:00 pm in the evening. Breakfast is included at the hotel each morning either in the breakfast room or on the veranda. Friday morning we will return to Holland and arrive there around dinner time. We will stop for lunch on your own on the return trip.

If you have further questions, please contact Event Coordinator:
Sue Bohlander (616) 566-7484,

HASP Spring Fling – Thursday, May 21, 2020

May ~ Spring Fling at Grace Episcopal Church
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Cost: free
Please mark Thursday evening, May 21 on your calendar to mix and mingle with your HASP friends at our annual Spring Fling. Once again, this event will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Avenue, Holland.

The primary purpose of Spring Fling has been to enjoy a relaxing time of fellowship, and to get to know HASP members that you’ve not met. If you have never attended, we hope that you will join us this year. The atmosphere is very casual, while the conversation is NON-STOP lively!

We ask that you bring either an appetizer or dessert to share (homemade or store bought). HASP will provide an array of beverages, including wine, punch, and coffee.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new HASP members and catch up with dear friends. To facilitate our planning, and since space is limited to 150, please RSVP using the online registration system or if you don’t have access to a computer contact the HASP office (616) 395-7919.

If you have further questions, please contact Event Coordinators:
Charlotte McKenzie (309) 310-2981,
Hugh Ivany (309) 825-9798,

NEW HASP Facilities Update

We hope you have had a chance to visit the new HASP office and classroom on the main floor of Anderson Werkman, Suite 120!
We extend deep appreciation for the generosity of all the HASP members who have contributed to our HASP Facilities Fund this year. To date we have received approximately $220,000 toward our $450,000 goal to fully replenish this fund. Gifts range from $10 to $50,000 and every dollar is an investment in the future of our
The HASP Facilities Fund benefits us all by reducing our annual operating costs as well as enabling us to address future facility needs. Investment earnings are shared with the college in exchange for a rent-free facility on campus and numerous in-kind services (i.e., physical plant, copy and mailing center, computer and information technology support, etc.). This allows HASP membership and course fees to remain steady and affordable.
Fundraising is still active for this effort. If you would like to make a gift, we would love to know by May 1st, 2020, in order to properly recognize all donors at our annual meeting. Past and current facilities fund gifts of all sizes will receive recognition via HASP publications. In addition, there are two special recognition opportunities:
Donor Wall – Donors making leadership gifts of $5,000 (over up to five years) will receive recognition on a donor wall in the new HASP suite. Previous giving to the HASP facility fund can be counted toward hitting this
Room Naming Opportunities – A variety of naming opportunities exist for spaces within the new facility. Friends or families may join together to meet a naming threshold. To date, we have received naming gifts for the
library, director’s office, and conference room. We are looking for partners for the classrooms, welcome and hospitality space, and work area.
All members are invited to make a gift or pledge via the HASP Facilities Fund gift/pledge cards mailed out in early December and are also available in the HASP office. Gifts can be one-time gifts or payable over five years, and be
made via stock, IRA roll-overs, or deferred gifts through wills and trusts. Checks can be made payable to Hope College with HASP Facilities Fund in the memo section.
If you would like additional information on the donor wall and/or room naming opportunities please contact Kim Mendels, HASP Director,, 616.395.7919.
Thank you for your support!
HASP Fundraising Advisory Group: Kim Mendels, Larry Lynn, Barbara Stegink, Terri Holden, Ron Mulder, Dave Vanderwel, Scott Travis

March 3, 2020, Monthly Program

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Time: 9:00 am Refreshments, 9:30 am Program
Place: Holland Civic Center (150 W 8th Street)
Program: Ocean Acoustics: The Art of Sound in The Sea -Lindsay Olson, Art and Science Artist
We are visual creatures. But underwater, visibility falls off dramatically and the kinds of visual observations that biologists use to study terrestrial ecosystems are not practical. Studying what is happening under the ocean requires a different approach. Ocean Acoustics uses sound to listen in to what’s happening and collect data that illuminates life in the ocean. Land ecologists study landscape, geology and weather. Ocean acousticians study soundscapes. This project makes visible the invisible world of sound in the sea. Lindsay created densely embroidered silk panels that help describe what researchers are discovering. The work illustrates the largest daily migration of zooplankton, the sound-enhancing SOFAR channel, phytoplankton and the dramatic vocalizations of marine life gathered by hydrophones. She drew inspiration from the work of the Swiss embroidery artist Lissy Funk and the elite artists of Mayan classical period with their profound and symbolic connection to water.
Lindsay’s artistic practice grows out of an intense curiosity about the ways our society is supported by science and technology. She has worked as Fermi National Accelerator’s first artist in residence, with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, the Field Museum and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Her current work grows out of a three-week research cruise with the RV Endeavor with scientists using acoustics to study the ocean soundscape. Her work is currently touring in Europe and the US and can be seen at many science outreach events. Lindsay teaches textiles at Columbia College Chicago.

Special Event for April 2020, Day of Culture in Chicago

~ A Day of Culture in Chicago (Online registration option, see below)
Friday, April 17, 2020
8:30am depart, 9:30pm approximate return
Cost: $ 115pp (Symphony) or $60 (Chicago Art Institute)
(Deadline for Symphony registration is Friday, February 14)

Enjoy a day of culture in Chicago either by attending a Chicago Symphony Concert or by spending a day at the Chicago Art Institute. The program for the Chicago Symphony is as follows: Berlioz Symphony Fantastique, Richard Strauss’s Burlesque and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks with Emmanuel Krivine conducting and Joseph Moog at the piano. If you choose the Art Institute you can enjoy a guided tour of the modern art wing or tour the museum on your own. For those who are taking the Contemporary Art class at HASP in February, this will give you an opportunity to view some of the art that will be introduced during this class. We will arrive in time to enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants near Symphony Hall or at the Art Institute. On the way back to Holland, the bus will stop at Culver’s for dinner on your own.

NEW – Online Registration Option –currently open to HASP MEMBERS ONLY
We are going to pilot the April Special Event registration online. This is very similar to the course registration. To register, go to or fill out paper form from your newsletter and send to HASP office.

March Special Event!

March ~ Great Performance Series of Spanish Brass & Dinner
Friday, March 27, 2020
6:00pm dinner at Hope’s Maas Conference, 7:30pm Concert at Jack Miller Center for Musical Arts
Cost: $ 40pp (Dinner & Concert) or $23 if already have tickets to concert

For over 30 years, Spanish Brass has been one of the most highly regarded brass ensembles in the world and in 2017 they were named one of the most influential musical artists in Spain. You have the opportunity to see them as they are coming to Hope College! Join other HASP members for a nice dinner at Maas Conference on Hope’s campus and then walk over to the Jack Miller Center for Musical Arts to enjoy the lively concert of Spanish Brass. Click link to get a sneak peek!

Questions? Contact Milton Niewsma, 616.566.4038 or Email

SIG (Small Interest Group) opportunties this semester!

SIG (Small Interest Groups) – free, member initiated groups and directed groups.

• SIG for Gardeners will meet on Thursday, February 13th at 3:00 p.m. at the Zylman home located at 92 W. 40th Street. Landis will share his knowledge and experience in growing and caring for house plants. Please contact Barbara Stegink (bstegink39@gmail) if you are interested in learning more about this group.
• SIG for Nurses and Doctors is a new S.I.G. is being proposed by Dr. David Blatt. Nurses bear witness to such a broad swath of the human condition, probably uniquely so. David is proposing a HASP group of nurses and their doctor groupies to share memorable stories of observed pathos and courage and funny stuff and everything in between. The group could pledge to one of those “what-is-said-here-stays-here” kinds of agreements. If interested, please contact David Blatt via so we can organize a time and place for an initial get together.
• SIG Read, Learn, Discuss – All Welcome to Watch on February 20th
HASP members are welcome to join the Read, Learn, Discuss S.I.G. on February 20th at 2:40pm to watch I Am Not Your Negro, a 2016 documentary film based on the work of James Baldwin. In 1979, Baldwin sent a letter to his literary agent describing his next project. The new book was to be an account of the lives and deaths by assassination of Medger Evers, Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin never completed this book, but film maker Raoul Peck uses Baldwin’s words and archival footage to explore history from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter.
The S.I.G. will also meet March 19 and April 16 to read and discuss James Baldwin’s 1963 book,
The Fire Next Time. For information, contact David Brower, Ann Weller, or Debra Williamson.
• SIG for Hikers – If you are interested in planning where and when we will be hiking this spring, add to your calendars a HASP Hikers planning meeting on Tuesday, March 3, immediately after the monthly meeting. The meeting will likely last 30 minutes. The monthly meeting is at the Civic Center so we will meet in the lobby near the fireplace. Bring your ideas, Ottawa County Parks maps, and calendars.
• SIG for Books and Writers will meet on Tuesday, March 10 at 11:15 am, specific HASP location TBD. We will continue the discussion of Flint by reading Michael Moore’s memoir “Here Comes Trouble: Stories from my Life.” Questions, please contact Sue Bohlander at or 616.566.7484.

February Noon Series, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Noon Series are free, no registration required
12 noon, Friday, Feb. 21st, HASP classroom

“Follow the Yellow Brick Road” …….to Holland! Sally Laukitis, Executive Director of the Holland Area Visitors Bureau, will take us on the 5-year journey that resulted in the life-sized bronze “Wizard of Oz” statues gracing the north side of Herrick District Library. Cast in bronze, the statues are taken from illustrations of the original characters as depicted by the artist, W.W. Denslow, in the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz. According to Robert Baum, great-grandson of Wizard of Oz author, L. Frank Baum, many characters in the book are reminiscent of real-life people Baum knew as he wrote parts of the book while staying at his family’s cottage, The Sign of the Goose, in Macatawa.
Laukitis, an English Literature major at DePauw University, grew up in Holland hearing the story of Baum and the Wizard of Oz connection, and remembers when the “Munchkins” gathered at Holland’s former Point West restaurant in 1989 for a “Munchkin” convention.

Volunteer Opportunities for winter/spring semester for Hope classes!

Second Semester Opportunities for Volunteering for Hope Classes

Special thanks to the 31 HASP members who have already volunteered for Hope classes. Professor Van Duinen asked for 14 volunteers for her senior seminar and 14 volunteered. Professor Stephen Scogin asked for one volunteer and one volunteered. Developmental Psychology needs 24 volunteers and 16 have already volunteered. Please contact Elliot Tanis, 396-2228 or 616-368-1697, or better yet,, if you are interested in volunteering for one of the Developmental Psychology sections and specify which one.

The 4 sections of Developmental Psychology will be taught by Professors Carrie Bredow, Daniel Zomerlei, Tami Rigterink, and Kristen Hunsberger so 24 volunteers are needed. You will meet with 3 or 4 groups of 5 or 6 students and share your insights as you reflect on your adult years and respond to questions from the students. Professor Carrie Bredow’s class meets on Wednesday, April 22, 11:00-11:50 and she already has six volunteers. Professor Tami Rigterink’s class meets on Tuesday, April 21, 9:30-10:50 and she needs four additional volunteers. Professor Kristen Hunsberger’s class meets on Tuesday, April 21, 12:00-1:20 and she needs three more volunteers. Professor Daniel Zomerlei’s class meets on Tuesday, April 21, 3:00-4:20 and he needs three additional volunteers.

February Monthly Program, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

Date: February 4, 2020
Time: 9:00 am Refreshments, 9:30 am Program
Place: Holland Civic Center
Program: Waterfront Holland – A Community Vision by Keith Van Beek, Holland City Manager and Dave Koster, BPW General Manager
Waterfront Holland was a community engagement initiative between 2018 and 2019 to formulate a vision and framework for the future of Holland’s waterfront. Led by the City of Holland and the Holland Board of Public Works, and in partnership with Holland Charter Township, the process took a comprehensive, inclusive, and transparent approach to gathering public and private input.
Through a year-long series of community meetings, surveys, design workshops, and tours, ideas and aspirations have yielded a vision statement and a set of guiding principles.
The vision statement articulates the character and the unique sense of place the community desires for Holland’s waterfront. The guiding principles express our core values and serve as an evaluative criterion for any future developments proposed along Holland’s waterfront. It is important to bear in mind that this shared vision will be a long-term endeavor spanning the next 10, 20, and even 50 years.
Keith Van Beek was selected as the City Manager of the City of Holland in February 2018. Before joining the City of Holland, Keith served as City of Kentwood City Administrator for 12 years in a modified strong mayor form of government, and was the Deputy County Administrator for the County of Ottawa. He is a credentialed manager in the International City County Management Association (ICMA), past president and former board member of the Michigan Municipal Executives and the West Michigan Municipal Executives. Keith has served a number of community organizations and agencies, including as the chairperson of Community SPOKE, and is the current board chair of the Greater Ottawa County United Way .Keith is a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Calvin College, and has a Masters of Public Administration degree from Grand Valley State University.
Dave Koster is a lifelong Holland area resident. He has been General Manager of the Holland Board of Public Works since December 2011. This year he celebrates his 28th anniversary with the organization, having served in prior positions as BPWs Director of Operations, Power Resources Director, Production Engineering Supervisor, and Power Supply Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech University in Houghton.
Dave also sits on the Boards of the American Public Power Association, the Michigan Public Power Agency as its Chair, and locally, on the Board of Directors for the economic development organization, Lakeshore Advantage. He is also active as a mentor for the West Ottawa High School Robotics Team (WOBOT

Upcoming Monthly Programs:

March 3, 2020 Lindsay Olson, artist, “Ocean Acoustics: The Art of Sound in the Sea”
April 7, 2020 Dr. Heidi Krause ,Hope Professor, “Art/Terrorist the French Revolution”