Dutch Dancers in Cape May

Had you ever told me that I would someday waltz with my wife down the pedestrian zone in Cape May, I would have never believed it. But so it happened on April 20 when our Dutch Dancers were invited to bring color to a festival commemorating the exploration of the Cape between 1611 and 1614 by the Dutch under Capt. Cornelius Jacobsen Mey. Cape May was named after him in 1620.

We had a most friendly audience, lots of smiling faces. A few people, children and adults alike, even joined in some of the group dances we offered. Ellen Hamilton had organized the event. She even included a short presentation of the traditional costumes we wore.

We concluded the day with a nice dinner in Cape May’s Pilot House. If you, dear Reader, have any inclination of joining our fun ranks, I can only tell you that Dutch Dancing is not difficult to learn. It also provides ample opportunity to bring out our humorous sides. Dancing and laughing together and putting smiles on other people’s faces – how better could we portray the grace of God in this world? So, come and check us out. Speak with Ellen in order to find out about the next rehearsal times.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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