Share your Christmas recipe with LAM

Something different than eating lamb for Christmas…..

As of today, the LAM museum collects festive dishes throughout the country to build the Christmas menu in the Netherlands together. ‘As a food art museum, we make a portrait of the Netherlands based on the favorite dishes of the people who live here,’ says museum director Sietske van Zanten. Through works of art related to food and consumption, the museum at Keukenhof Estate in Lisse allows visitors of all ages to see in new ways.

Sietske van Zanten: ‘A visit to the LAM is like a mini-vacation: you step into another world for a while in which you clear your head and then fill it with new ideas. Food is so much more than the nutrients it contains, it is of special value for instance during holidays like Christmas. You are what you eat. It was remarkable how quickly and enthusiastically everyone responded to this initiative. Thinking of your favorite Christmas dish brings back memories. It is a nostalgic journey through years, places, smells, sounds and precious people.”

Artist Tom Heerschop processed the submitted dishes and anecdotes on a 6 meter long Christmas table in the LAM museum, walled by deep blue walls with starry skies. “The dark blue starry skies symbolize the dark days that we will leave behind after Christmas,” says Tom Heerschop.

The LAM museum has extra opening hours during the Christmas holidays. For more information and tickets:

Everyone can add their indispensable party dish to

preferably with an anecdote or explanation. The results are available for everyone to see.


The Participation Newspaper

 Haarlem-Heemstede-Bloemendaal-Zandvoort: Meaningful work, participating in society, having colleagues, gaining work rhythm, preparing for the return to (working) society. Just a few goals for citizens in the region of Haarlem. To orientate yourself, there is now the Participation Newspaper.

On 24 pages, 40 organizations offer information on how to participate in all kinds of work activities. With 6,000 editions of this newspaper a huge audience can be reached. The newspaper is available free of charge at all library locations, at the four municipalities and at Pasmatch. The newspaper can of course also be viewed digitally and browsed via

De Participatiemarkt follows the four live editions of the Participatiemarkt, the digital edition and the series of podcast interviews. The organization of all these participation services is in the hands of Pasmatch, the Zuid-Kennemerland Library and the municipalities of Haarlem, Heemstede, Bloemendaal and Zandvoort.



Heemstede is accepting extra permit holders

The situation in the world (especially in Africa and the area around Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan) is getting worse for the people there. Many try to flee to Europe. The asylum seekers centers in the Netherlands are running full. As people cannot and in fact are not allowed to stay there, they are allocated to the Dutch municipalities according to a fixed distribution key.

Heemstede is set to accept 15 to 20 extra permit holders on top of the numbers promised earlier. According to Mayor Astrid Nienhuis, this is our moral duty. The municipality is looking for (temporary) housing for the extra status holders. That is not easy because the municipality has no large locations available. All suggestions are welcome and that is why the town hall of Heemstede is organizing an online meeting on 2 December from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm in which residents can put forward their ideas and suggestions. Anyone can register via The town hall is looking for locations that can be used quickly and that are habitable for 15 to 20 status holders without many adjustments.

We hope that many people with ideas will take advantage of this opportunity.


In conversation with the mayor

At the beginning of my term of office there was a consultation hour with the mayor in the town hall. But I also like to come to residents myself to really have a face to face conversation with them  and that’s why I stopped doing this consultation. As nuisance was a regularly recurring topic, a “nuisance consultation” hour was set up at the same time, in which employees of the municipality and partner organizations thought along about a solution. In recent years I have visited many locations and talked to residents and entrepreneurs. Now as of November we are starting the ‘the conversation with the mayor’. Twice a month, once during the day and once in the evening, I would like to receive residents for a short conversation in the town hall. Is there something going on in the neighbourhood, do you have an idea or suggestion, are you concerned about something in your municipality? Please let me know. Of course you can still contact the officials of the municipality through the various channels, make an appointment with one of the aldermen about subjects within their portfolio or have a say in the committee meeting of the council. Matters that are subject to objection and appeal procedures cannot be discussed because the municipal executive or council still has to make a decision. I cordially invite you to ‘the conversation with the mayor’ and I would like to hear your views.

You can make an appointment for this via the board secretariat:

or telephone 023 – 548 58 51.

You are most welcome, the coffee will be ready! Of course it is also possible to invite me to the location. I’d love to come by.

Yours sincerely,

Astrid Nienhuis, Mayor of Heemstede

Special volunteer service award 2021

Every year in Heemstede an award is given to a volunteer who has distinguished him/herself in various fields. This can also be a group of volunteers. The municipality of Heemstede is also in this way trying to encourage more  people to do voluntary work. This can be done in many ways and you can, for example, look at the options on the website of WIJ

The work of volunteers and their boards has become extra difficult due to the corona pandemic. They always had to respond to the changes caused by the measures taken by the government. A lot had to be improvised and volunteers had to be extra flexible. That is why in 2021 an extra award will be given for the “improvising board” of the year.

Applications for this can be submitted until November 15, with a short motivation letter to ( The prizes will be awarded on November 27. It is not yet certain whether the event can take place in a festive way or not, for all volunteers as it  usually takes place. That depends on the severity of the corona pandemic at that time.

Sinterklaas is coming!

On November 13, the arrival of Sinterklaas and his helpers will take place. He arrives by boat at 11.30 am at the Herfstlaan near het Molentje. Sinterklaas adheres to the corona measures in force in the Netherlands. No extensive handshakes and photo opportunities. Sinterklaas greets children with a fist bump. Children can hand over their drawings at the moment there. There is entertainment by a dance group from Ballet & Dansstudio Jolein, music by Harmonie St Michaël and there is a Kidz-Dj show.

The Gluten-free Piet will be present this year  again. You can recognize him by his green/white Pete costume. Only the Gluten-free Piet wears a green/white costume. And with the Gluten logo on the chest and cape, this Pete is definitely not to be missed. Gluten-free Piet has been coming for more than 5 years now, thanks to the support of the Dutch Celiac Association (Nederlandse Coeliakie Vereniging: NCV).


  • 10.45-12.30: Kidz DJ show at the Herfstlaan
  • 11 a.m.: Pieten present at Herftslaan
  • 11.30 am: Arrival boat at the Molentje
  • 11.30-12.30: Welcome Sinterklaas accompanied by the Kidz-dj show
  • 12.30 pm: Start procession over Vrijheidsdreef towards the Town Hall accompanied by harmony St Michael, with Sinterklaas on a side-by-side tandem.
  • 12.45 pm: Reception Sinterklaas at the Town Hall by the mayor, singing songs together
  • Afterwards: Sinterklaas will walk across the square for a while
  • 1.15 pm: End of the festivities.

 Yes Yes. No no. Yes No. No Yes. Oh yeah? Oh no!

What is this about? This is about stickers on your pastbox. Would you like to receive advertising brochures and free door-to-door papers / newspapers? Or do you want one and not the other? Or the other, but not the one? Do these kind of door-to-door papers and folders often go straight to the wastepaper basket unread? That’s a waste of paper. An average household receives 32 kilos of unaddressed printed material on their doorstep every year. And the town hall wants to do something about that.

From 1 January 2022 you can choose: No sticker: No advertising brochures, but free local papers Yes/Yes sticker: Advertising brochures and free local papers No/No sticker: No advertising brochures, no free local papers

The municipality therefore hopes that only  a few Ja/Ja-stickers will be visible. But above all that you think carefully and choose consciously. And if you really read everything, you can pick up such a sticker for free at the town hall or at Plein 1.



As we wrote in July, we would let you know if ‘de Taalsoos‘ can admit new participants again. And yes, the corona measures have been relaxed so much that there is no longer a limitation in number. For a safe feeling for everyone, it would be nice if you have a QR code. Not that we strictly control that, because we leave it to your own sense of responsibility.

Come and join us sometime and if you like it we’ll add you to the group app.

In Plein Blauw on the first floor in Plein 1. It is held every Wednesday morning from 10.15 am to 11.30 am. Coffee and tea is served from 10:00 o’clock.

Are you wondering what we do at the taalsoos and what it is all about?  Then we recommend you to scroll back to our  ‘older posts’, you will come across various articles about it. See you soon then?

Beware of each others safety the Binnenweg


Under that motto, a campaign for the Binnenweg was launched this week. With large signs in Heemstede and banners above the Binnenweg, motorists are urged to be aware of other visitors.

In the shopping street, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians share the space with each other. This also means: taking into account weaker road users, such as cyclists, pedestrians and the disabled. The Binnenweg is a shopping and residential street where shoppers and residents should be able to cross the street safely. And where traffic from the right, including cyclists, has priority over traffic on the Binnenweg.

Let’s all take into account that the Binnenweg is for everyone. So don’t drive too fast and make sure to give vulnerable road users space!