These are the senior couples that helped with this assignment. From the left: Sister Anderson, Sister Pankratz, Sister Van Komen, Elder Pankratz, Elder Anderson, Sister Beckstrand, and Elder Van Komen. Elder Beckstrand elected to be behind the camera for this photo.
After we finished the inventory we enjoyed lunch together at La Place, then we spent the afternoon with the Pankratz at their apartment in nearby Amsterdam. They are the senior couple over the Amsterdam Center whom we will probably replace when they go home in April. In the evening we attended their JoVo dinner and institute night. The young people had already started to decorate for the dance they were hosting on Friday, January 7th. It was supposed to be a New Year's Dance, but it was postponed because of the bad weather.
Friday, January 7th we were back in Amsterdam for the JoVo dance. It was well-attended by about 120 young people from all over Holland. They dressed up in their best bib and tucker for the occasion.
The refresments were plentiful and tasted as good as they looked! These young ladies were helping in the kitchen between dances, and had prepared some of the delectable goodies.
They erected a canopy for the refreshment tables. It had greenery and Christmas lights to set it off.
By 10:00 pm the dance floor was full. It took a while for the kids to begin dancing, but after a few broke the ice, others began to join them. The music was DEAFENING, so we were grateful to be able to go into the kitchen to escape the cacophony!
The desserts above were decorated with cookies and then sparklers were set into the center. At midnight they were set ablaze and carried into the dance to the amazement and enjoyment of everyone.
The cobblestone roads add a quaint character to this country that is very charming. We found out they can be VERY slick when the rain freezes on them, however. I took this shot just outside the Amsterdam church.