Spittaalstraat goes back in time


The shops are open, there are demonstrations and various activities such as old crafts, children’s games, dance groups and old farming tools

ZUTPHEN – Saturday 10 September from 10 am to 5 pm, during Zutphense Moppedag and Open Monument Weekend, Ondernemers Vereniging Spittaalstraat (OVS) organizes a day with the theme: Back in time. On this day the shops are open and some studio owners give a demonstration. In addition, there are various other activities to experience.

In 21 places in the street there are small stalls with old photos of buildings or part of the street, accompanied by a piece of text about the history.
There is also a photo taken of the gate of honor on the occasion of the inauguration of Queen Wilhelmina in September 1898. There is a painting at the top of the gate. The original painting has now been donated by a former resident of Spittaalstraat to the Entrepreneurs Association Spitaalstraat (OVS) and can be admired today. He received the painting from his father, who had a cigar shop in Spittaalstraat in the 1930s, and he was convinced that this gate used to be in Spittaalstraat.

children’s games
For the kids, there are old Dutch games, billiards, hole cheese games, stick catch, angle shuffleboard, shuffleboard sliding boomerang, giant shuffleboard, wheel rollers, ring toss, swing board, balancing marbles, beanbag toss, ball toss board, tin toss and a cat and mouse game that they can participate in for free i. can make and afterwards they can pick up a free sugar bowl as a reward.

In 2021, a special new project started: ArcheoHotspot in Zutphen. ArcheoHotspots are places where visitors can learn about archeology in an accessible way. Employees talk about archeology as a profession and about the archeology of the area. What makes Zutphen’s ArcheoHotspot so special is that it is the first mobile version.

This ArcheoHotspot is set up in a trailer and will be in style on September 10 in Spittaalstraat. ArcheoHotspots is designed to make archeology accessible to everyone. Not only can visitors get information about the subject, but they can touch, feel and study archaeological material themselves. For example, visitors to the Zutphen ArcheoHotspot can identify animal bone material (investigate what kind of bones it is and from which animals they come) and trace archaeological finds – like a real archaeologist. We are continuously working to update existing and develop new activities, so that the offer on ArcheoHotspot changes continuously.

The mobile ArcheoHotspot in Zutphen is a collaboration between the open-air archaeological museum Erve Eme, Musea Zutphen, Erfgoedcentrum Zutphen, Team Archeology and Erfgoed Gelderland. The project was realized with help and contributions from the Kulturdeltalgesfonden, Everyone’s Museum, Bibi Bodegom Cultural Projects, Saxion University of Applied Sciences and TijdLab.

Old craft
Old crafts such as glass engraving, pyrography, beekeeper, cutlery maker, wax candle maker, wood turner, mustard maker, wooden cobbler, basket maker and a paper maker are also present. High-quality craftsmanship is done in a nostalgic way, craftsmanship that is learned to practice a profession. They produce and process tangible products or everyday goods, passionately demonstrate and talk about their often forgotten profession. They are dressed in traditional costumes or a schab (peasant dress) appropriate to their profession. The handmade products are also sold on site.

Folkloric dance group
Folk dance group Hellendoorn, founded in 1955, had their first performance in the gardens of the Royal Palace in Soestdijk during Queen’s Day. They will give several demonstrations this day. If you like rock and roll, twist or boogie woogie, come and see Swinggroep. The dances that are danced here originate from the 50s and 60s. Partly because of the colorful clothes, it is a swinging whole.

More of a 30s – 40s dance lover? Then come and see the group ‘de Noabers’. The dances that are danced here are from the period 1930-1940, think Veleta, Bernardwals, but also dances flown over from America, Boomps-A-Daisy, Teton Mountain stomp, Boston two step and Cindy Swing. As far as possible, they try to wear authentic clothes from that time with matching hats. The cheerful music also comes from that time, think songs by the Ramblers, Eddie Christiani, Johnny Jordaan and Annie de Reuver.

Old tractors and agricultural machinery
For lovers of old tractors and agricultural machinery, there are a few models on the street on behalf of De Oude Trekker en Motoren Vereniging (OTMV), a national Dutch association with more than 6400 members. The association was founded in September 1979 with the aim of collecting and restoring historically interesting tractors, agricultural machines, stationary engines and associated tools. Fehamec was founded in 2016, partly at the initiative of OTMV. They work together with other associations here to promote members’ interests within the historic agricultural heritage. Some private owners of vintage cars will like to show their pride on this day, for example a special 1960 Lancia, a 1965 Ford Mustang, a 1962 Renault Caravelle and an old Daf. A group of traditional costumes will be exhibited together with old bicycles and anyone who wishes can take a picture with them.

If you want a moment of peace while you shop and look at all the beautiful things, you can visit the terrace for a snack and a drink with quiet music from the past playing in the background. OVS has done its best to provide a nice and broad program and hopes to welcome many people this day in Spittaalstraat. So come and have a look on Saturday 10 September: a beautiful day out in Zutphen and the opportunity to combine various events and the Open Monument weekend.

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