On Sunday 5 June, Westerveld Cemetery & Crematorium organised its first ‘Westerveld Fair’. Hundreds of people visited the delightful outdoor fair during this sunny Sunday afternoon. The reactions of visitors and exhibitors alike were extremely positive, with nature and art joining together in harmony.
Welcoming memorial park
A wide range of exhibitors were present during the fair displaying a variety of products and services covering art, crafts and nature. “The surroundings are so lovely here”, said one of the visitors. “It’s great to experience the park this time in such a different way. The atmosphere was also really pleasant, with wonderful products, music and theatre. And my daughters were totally preoccupied decorating birdhouses – what fun!
Theatre and falconer
There was also an outdoor auditorium on the field where visitors could listen to music and watch short theatrical performances. The chairs were constantly occupied, as Multatuli, Aletta Jacobs, Anthony Fokker and Berlage regaled us convincingly with their history and – naturally – their link to the Westerveld Memorial Park. Visitors listened enthralled to their stories, which were interchanged with musical performances by Marsmelody and Cigale. Falconer Mart Schrieken also provided demonstrations with birds of prey and owls. He told us all about the birds and the training they are given. Enthusiastic volunteers from the audience were allowed to help during the demonstrations.
“The Fair was exactly what we had hoped it would be”, said Carla Bosua, Director of Westerveld Cemetery & Crematorium. “We wanted to introduce people to the memorial park in a totally different light, and that seems to have been very successful. The great products from exhibitors, the performances, the catering and of course the fabulous weather ensured a really warm and friendly atmosphere.