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Bernie's Weekend Tips, Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 27
Hello ASH Community,
 
On Wednesday, April 22, we can all participate in (digital) Earth Day. There are many online activities (for all age groups) to be found on this website.
 
Until Sunday, April 26, we can enjoy the annual Museum Week. This year's Museum Week is dedicated to 75 years of Living in Liberty and is fully virtual. I feel that, especially during this COVID-19 crisis, art and culture and heritage can offer us great comfort, hope, and inspiration. More than 400 museums are exhibiting their masterpieces online.
 
It feels strange to be at the end of April, when usually so many activities are taking place in the Netherlands. One such monumental event is the Dutch King's Day. It celebrates the birthday of our Dutch King Willem-Alexander, on April 27th. If you've been in this country for more than a year, you know what this day normally looks like! This year, the Dutch have come up with a different way of celebrating. The day will look as follows: At 09:45, all church bells will ring, and then at 10:00, everyone with an instrument (which can be your voice as well!) is invited to go outside (either in your front door, or on your balcony, or even just in front of an open window) and play/sing the Dutch National Anthem: The Wilhelmus". Usually, only Verses 1 and 6 are sung. Click here to rehearse the text and here for simple sheet music (a special thank you to the two music teachers in my family for sharing these links).
 
Now, ALL of us also should be wearing something orange - the Dutch national color - on King's Day. And, if you can find it, have an "Oranjebitter" (a Dutch drink) and eat an "oranje tompouce" pastry. To continue with the day's virtual schedule, at 10:10 the Dutch TV will have a special broadcast about former Kings Days. At 16:00, we'll raise a glass and toast King Willem-Alexander on his 53rd birthday. So perhaps that will be great time to enjoy that "oranje tompouce," the "oranje bitter," or even a glass of champagne!
 
For now, I wish everyone good luck with the ongoing VLE. Students, staff, and parents - I am so proud of you all! Stay safe and healthy and please, continue to follow the government's advice and guidelines.
 
Bernie