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Thanks to Don and Eileen Scherle for agreeing to be Pastry Stand Chairmen for the Strassenfest.
Thanks to Matthias Hilger for agreeing to be Souvenir Stand Chairperson for the Strassenfest.
Thanks to Doug and Karen Schulte for agreeing to schedule work shifts for the Food Booth and Pastry Booth for the Strassenfest. Please call Doug and Karen at 482-2120 to schedule your work shift(s) during the Strassenfest.
Proceeds from the sales at the Food Booth and Pastry Booth are the only source of revenue for the Deutscher Verein. Please support the Food Booth and Pastry Booth during the Strassenfest. The Souvenir Stand benefits the DeutscherVerein and the JHS Student Exchange Program.
Much preparation goes into the planning, setting up, and take down of the area occupied by the DeutscherVerein booths during the Strassenfest. Mark your calendar to help with set up on Tuesday evening, August 1 st, and Thursday morning, August 3 rd, and tear down on Sunday, August 6 th. More details on DeutscherVerein activities during the Strassenfest will be in the next newsletter.
March Meeting In Review
The DeutscherVerein met Thursday, March 16, at the VFW for their monthly meeting. President Dilger opened the meeting by welcoming the large crowd
on hand. Everyone enjoyed delicious chili prepared by the VFW, and cheese and cookies before the meeting.
The May meeting will be a "Picnic in the Park" at the Dave Buehler Plaza. More details to come in upcoming
Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!
May DeutscherVerein Meeting
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006
Place: Dave Buehler Plaza near the Riverwalk
Time: 6:00 PM Tour of Train Depot and Railcar
7:00 PM Club Meeting
7:30 PM Brats, Kraut & Desserts at Shelter House on Plaza
We will begin by meeting with Richard Pearson at the Train Depot for a brief tour. The Depot is a replica of the Southern Railway Station first built in 1909. The railcar located adjacent to the Depot is a Business Car built in 1913 and used by President Harry Truman in 1947 during the famous "Whistle Stop Campaign" during the Presidential campaign with Thomas Dewey. The railcar is particularly interesting in that the Honduras mahogany interior features a kitchen, dining room, lounge, bathroom, secretary, and two bedrooms. Should be a most interesting tour!
After the tour at the Train Depot, we will reconvene at the Dave Buehler Plaza for a "Picnic in the Park". We will conduct a brief Club meeting followed by brats (prepared by Virgil Gress and his crew), snacks, and desserts. We ask all members to bring either a snack or dessert to share with the membership. The club will provide the brats and canned drinks.
Don't forget to sign up to work a shift at the Deutscher Verein booth during Strassenfest this summer!
Annual Fall Picnic
Date: Saturday, September 16 th, at the Jasper Outdoor Recreation
Matt Hilger and his group are busy making plans for another great picnic! Mark your calendars now for the date and location!
2006 Strassenfest Food Booth Chairpersons
We are looking for Food Booth Chairpersons for the 2006 Strassenfest. We are looking for two couples or persons to work with Ed and Sarah Zoglman so that they can turn over the reigns as Food Booth Chairpersons.
If any person or couple is interested, please contact Ed and Sarah at 482-2886.
Sign up for work shifts at the Food Booth and Pastry Stand will take place at the May meeting or you may contact Doug and Karen Schulte at 482-2120 to schedule your work shift.
The Food Booth and the Pastry Booth at the Strassenfest are the only fundraisers for the DeutscherVerein. Any help and support of these ventures is appreciated.
TRAVEL TO GERMANY AND AUSTRIA
Travel and Help
Home Decorating and Lighting Contest
A feature of the 2006 Strassenfest will be an outdoor German home decorating and lighting contest sponsored by the Lorey’s Ben Franklin, the Jasper Deutscher Verein and Sister Cities of Jasper, Inc.
The contest is open to all residents of Jasper and those living within two miles of the city limits.
The categories for the contest are most traditional German theme, best use of lights displaying a German theme, and most original German theme.
Prizes will be awarded to the top two winners in each category. A category placing sign will be placed in each winner’s yard. This is a wonderful way to promote our German Heritage and a great way to decorate our community for the Strassenfest.
The entry blank for the contest will be published twice in The Herald. It will appear on Saturday, July 15, and Monday, July 17 th. Additional forms will be available at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 302 W. Sixth Street, or by calling 482-6866, faxing to 482-1883 or e-mailing the chamber at email@example.com.
Entries must be received in the chamber office no later than Monday, July 24 th. Entries may be mailed to P. O. Box 307, Jasper, IN 47547-0307.
Judging will take place Friday evening, July 28 th. Lights should be turned on by 7:30pm.
German Heritage Day Program and German Heritage Award
The 8 th annual German American Day Program will be held on Wednesday, October 11 th, at the Schnitzelbank Restaurant. Social hour begins at 6:00 pm with the Program beginning at 6:30 pm. The eighth annual German Heritage Award will be presented.
Past recipients of the German Heritage Award are Mary Jo Meuser, Claude and Martina Eckert, Dave Buehler, Linus and Sally Lechner, Joe and Irene C. Eckerle, Danny and Linda Wehr, and Leo and Lora Lou Eckerle.
More details of the German American Day Dinner and Program will be available after the Strassenfest.
German Festivals Around the State
Fort Wayne Germanfest – 1 st and 2 nd weekends of June
Haubstadt Sommerfest – 3 rd week of June
St. Henry Heinrich’s Dorf Fest – 2 nd weekend of June
Oldenburg Freudenfest – 2 nd week of July
Berne Swiss Days – last 3 days of July
Evansville Germania Maennerchor Folksfest – 1 st week of August
Tell City Schweizerfest – 2nd week of August
Vincennes Germanfest – 2 nd week of August
Anderson Octoberfest - last Thursday of September
Huntingburg Herbstfest – 4 th week of September
Indianapolis Octoberfest – 1 st and 2 nd week of September
Indianapolis Germanfest – 1 st and 2 nd week of September
Kokomo Octoberfest – 4 th weekend of September
LaPort Octoberfest – 1 st week of September
New Harmony Kunstfest – 3 rd weekend of September
Seymour Octoberfest – last week of September, 1 st week of October
Marion Octoberfest – 1 st weekend of October
Terre Haute Octoberfest – 1 st and 2 nd week of October
Ferdinand Christkindlmarkt – 3 rd weekend of November
Fort Wayne Christkindel Market – 4 th week of November
Jasper Tannenbaum Days – 1 st weekend of December
Thanks to Ralph Ruppel of Vincennes for gathering this information. For more information on German Heritage in Indiana, contact the Indiana German Heritage Society at 317-464-9004 or www.ighs.org.
DeutscherVerein or German Theme Clothing
If any club member has a DeutsherVerein vest, dirndl dress, shirt or lederhosen that they would like to sell or give away, please contact Patti Goepfrich (482-4821 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will put the appropriate information in the newsletter. We can use the newsletter as our own “barter box”.
We are grateful to a club member who recently sold a vest to another club member and donated the proceeds back to the DeutscherVerein.
Up Coming Fundraisers for JHS German Exchange Students
Students of Jasper High School participating in the German Student Exchange Program will be selling BR Bucks April 24th through May 14th. BR Associates will be donating a percentage of the sales back to the JHS German Student Exchange Program. These Bucks are good at BR Associates dining outlets and sell for $1 each.
They can be purchased by contacting Sharon Kunkel at 482-1971, Matthias Hilger at 634-9812, or Julie Newton at 482-6050. BR Bucks will also be sold at the May meeting of the DeutscherVerein.
The students and parents will also be having Hamburger Sales on the following dates:
Saturday, May 12, at Holiday Foods – 11am – 1pm
Saturday, June 10, at Buehler’s Buy-Low – 11am – 1pm
Saturday, July 15, at Buehler’s Buy-Low – 11 am – 1 pm
Planning to get your vehicle dirty this summer? The JHS Exchange Group will be holding car washes on June 10th and July 15th at Buehler's between 11 and 2. You can grab a bite to eat while you wait; we will be grilling lunch for purchase.
The Exchange Group will also be holding a fundraiser at Garfield's on May 22nd. A portion of sales made on that evening will be donated to the group. Please join us for dinner between 5 and 8 on May 22nd.
Remember to patronize these events as the students raise money for the next trip to Germany in 2007!!! Your support is appreciated!!!
Thanks to BR Associates, Garfields, Holiday Foods, and Buehler’s Buy-Low for their support of the JHS German Student Exchange Program.
Beneath the Cherry Sapling
Legends from Franconia
Edited and Translated by Norbert Krapf
This book is in both German and English. Copies of this interesting book are available for sale at Club Meetings at the greeting table or by contacting Patti Goepfrich at 482-4821 or email@example.com.
Cost is $12.
I was happy to learn from Indiana University Press that they are printing 3000 copies of my Invisible Presence: A Walk through Indiana collaboration with photographer Darryl Jones, that advance orders for 850 copies have come in, and that the book may arrive from the printer earlier than the expected date of May 24. Below are some readings and signings already set. I would love to see as many people as possible at the June 13 reading at the Dubois County Museum, at which my friend and translator, German poet and playwright, Helmut Haberkamm, will be present. We may want to carry on the discussion and celebration elsewhere after the reading is over!
May 25, 6:00 p.m., featured reader at a “Seniors’ Coffee,” Community Room, Jasper Civic Arts Center, Jasper, but the focus will not be on Invisible Presence. For further info, phone Tracy Wright, 812.631.4999.
June 10, 2:00-5:00 p.m., signing with Darryl Jones and reading, Wandering Turtle Art Gallery & Gifts, 224 North College Ave., Bloomington, IN, tel. 812.330.1990.
June 13, 6:30 p.m., Dubois County Museum, 2407 Newton St., Jasper, IN, tel. 812.634.7733.
June 15, 6:00 p.m., conversation with collaborator Darryl Jones and reading, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Rd., Indy, 317.920.2660.
June 30, 7:30, Out Word Bound Books, 625 N. East St., Indy, 317.951.9100.
July 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m.,The Book Loft, 45 S. Jefferson St., Nashville, IN, signing, 812.988.0202.
Reading that evening, 7:30, on theme of immigration, to Brown County Historical Society, Brown County Historical Bldg, 1934 Hwy 135 North, 1.5 miles north of Courthouse in Nashville.
Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. reading, Dubois County Museum (see June 13). See Jasper Strassenfest booklet and for info on signings at Words of Wisdom, Flower Stall Hearth & Home, and DCM Aug. 4 & 5.
Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., Max Kade Seminar Room, Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St., Indy
Indiana German Heritage Society monthly Stammtisch presentation., 317.636.0396.
Sept. 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., “Reading Life” series, downstairs near Stardust Café, 317.234.3161.
Lapel Pins with the Jasper/Pfaffenweiler Logos
Lapel pins with the Jasper/Pfaffenweiler logos are on order and will arrive by June 1 st. They will be available for sale during the Strassenfest in the Souvenir Booth. If you would like a pin(s) prior to the Strassenfest, please call Patti Goepfrich at 482-4821.
Indiana German Heritage Society Annual Meeting and Symposium - 2008
In Spring of 2008, the Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Indiana German Heritage Society will be held in Jasper.
Patti Goepfrich is Jasper’s representative to the State Council of the Indiana German Heritage Society and will coordinate the planning committee of the 2008 Annual Meeting and Symposium. Please let Patti know if you have any ideas or suggestions for this Meeting and Symposium.
Potential New Club Members
If someone knows of a potential new club member and would like information about the Deutscher Verein forwarded, please contact Ruth Wibbels at 482-5403.
Other German Fests
GREATER CINCINNATI’S GERMAN DAY WEEKEND 2006
German Day Kickoff
This year, the German-American Citizens League sponsors its third annual German Day Weekend in honor of the 111 th German Day! The festivities begin at the historic Findlay Market in the Over-the-Rhine district on Saturday, June 10 th, and then continue on Sunday, June 11 th at the HB Newport.
On Saturday, enjoy the opening parade at the Findlay Market, as well as the German heritage of the Market. On Sunday, enjoy the fine food and beverage and German music at the Hofbräuhaus Newport. The GACL will offer great hourly raffle prizes throughout the day! Parking is free and there’s no charge for admission!
Help celebrate German Day Weekend, which celebrates our German heritage, and serves as a fundraiser for the German Heritage Museum.
For further information contact Marge Poole, Editor of the German-American Chronicle at: 513-598-5732, or E-Mail: one2pr
36 th Annual Oktoberfest – Cincinnati – August 25 th – August 27 th
Oktoberfest – Louisville – September 8 th and 9 th
Oktoberfest – Zinzinnati – September 16 th and September 17 th
Erinnerst Du Dich?
From The Dubois County Daily Herald
HARK THE HERALD
Visit to Kirchofen and Pfaffenweiler by A. T. Rumbach
As the time drew near for our departure from Reute, we all agreed that it would be impossible to leave the vicinity without a visit to Pfaffenweiler, the ancestral home of so many Dubois County families.
So, after dinner at the home of Lambert and Elsa (Hug) on Saturday, October 16, 1954 (we were scheduled to leave Reute on the 18 th), we set sail aboard Mr. Buehrle’s bus on our last expedition: Alphonse, Virgil, Fred, and I accompanied by Klara and Lambert. We stopped first at Bolschweil for a last visit with the Gramelspachers, then proceeded on to Kirchofen, an old town in the shadow of a ruined castle.
This was the birth place of the late Martin Mueller, a former citizen of Jasper who died recently in West Baden, the father of Mrs. Frank (Heamer) Sermersheim. A street cleaner volunteered the information that a Herr Mueller made his home in the castle – “You’ll find him in the first tower,” he told us. So up the hill to the castle, and to the first turret we proceeded. The castle had one of the turrets on each of the four corners. Our knocks at the door finally brought results, and a man who did not have to tell us he was a Mueller, because of his marked resemblance to the late Martin, opened the door. He was caretaker of the ruin, which is under the jurisdiction of the government.
Yes, he had a brother, Martin, who had immigrated to America many years ago. For some time he had kept in touch with the old home, but after the death of his parents, he seldom wrote and had not been heard from for quite a long time. Yes, he was the youngest and the only surviving brother.
The place had a very romantic atmosphere; Virgil was ready with the movie camera and requested Herr Mueller to pose with us for a few shots. He demurred at first, because he did not have his Sonntag’s Kielder (Sunday clothes), but finally consented. He then, offered us the hospitality of his home “im Turm”, but our time was too limited.
So we proceeded on to Pfaffenweiler, stopping at the entrance to the ancient village to read the inscriptions on the wayside cross and another camera shot. Without a doubt this was the oldest place we had seen. The streets were paved with cobblestone and the houses were built of irregular stones and timbers. A farmer who was doing the customary Saturday ( October 16, 1954) clean-up chores around his house and barn directed us to the village smithy which has for centuries been conducted by the Eckerts.
Fred had visited the place on his first trip to Germany, in 1922, so he led the way. En route, we passed the village church, a really ancient structure, which intrigued me. I was studying the tower similar to the tower of the old church at Reute, even more ancient. I was checking the names onthe war memorial when Virgil, who had been shooting other interesting views about town, approached accompanied by the parish priest.
The priest told us the history of the village which chronicles trace back at least 700 years. The church tower, erected about 1200 A.D., is known to rest on the foundation of an old Roman structure, and was originally built as a watch tower and fort. The body of the church, which is still in use, was appended to the tower about one hundred years later.
The “Chronik von Pfaffenweiler”, the history of the community published on “Pentecost of 1954” on the occasion of the 160 th anniversary of the Music-Vereins of Pfaffenweiler, says the village was built on a stone road built by the Romans and that cemeteries unearthed nearby show that the German tribes who drove out the Romans in the year 260 A.D. formed a settlement there and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Manuscripts in the Abbey of Lorch, in Baden and of St. Gallen in Switzerland, prove the existence of the community as far back as the eighth century. The pastor gave us a copy of this valuable booklet.
Gurkensalat (Cucumber Relish Salad)
2 Cucumbers – Medium
11/2 tablespoon Sugar
11/2 tablespoon Cider Vinegar
½ teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Pepper
½ cup Sour Cream
1 tablespoon Parsley; Fresh-Minced
Slice cucumbers paper-thin. Sprinkle spices with sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Marinate for 20 minutes, drain off liquid, and toss lightly with sour cream. Top with minced parsley.
(taken from www.derdeutschemichel-online.de)
Sister Cities of Jasper
Jasper Partnership Commission
Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment
A gift to the Jasper Deutscher Verein (German Club) German Heritage Endowment of the Dubois County Community Foundation is a wonderful way to remember that special someone. A gift in honor of someone or in memory of someone may be given. The Dubois County Community Foundation will send a letter of acknowledgment to the individual being honored or to the family of someone being remembered. Send your gift along with the appropriate information to the Dubois County Community Foundation, P. O. Box 269, Jasper, IN 47547-0269. Envelopes are also available at the greeting table at each club meeting.
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