All the NAS events, except on rare occasions, take place within the Los Angeles area. The events are monthly, except for August when there is no event, and generally have a theme, see below, all typically including a happy hour with appetizers, followed by dinner. There is a charge, which varies, to members and guests for attending each of these events.
Annually, there are eight traditional NAS events: New Year, Anniversary Dinner Dance, Membership Meeting, Queen's Birthday, Hike and Barbecue, Bike Ride and Lunch, Leidens Ontzet and Sinterklaas.
The New Year Reception takes place in early January within a week after the actual beginning of the year. After many years of celebrating the event at a NAS member's home in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, the 2011 event took place at the Beverly Hills Country Club. A delicious assortment of catered hors d'ouerve, cheeses, sandwiches and desserts are always provided along with a NAS hosted bar. The evening is concluded with a champagne toast to the New Year.
In February, of every year brings the Anniversary Dinner Dance, which celebrates the anniversary of the founding and incorporation of the Netherlands American Society. This is a more formal event (cocktail attire suggested) and takes place in an upscale restaurant or hotel banquet room. A delicious meal is provided along with good music for the dancing pleasure of everyone. In 2010 our 70th anniversary was celebrated with a luncheon and dancing aboard The Queen Mary, Long Beach.