AUGUST 2006 NEWSLETTER
To our Guests & Friends,
Summer is passing quickly. In spite of the record-high heat the entire
region has experienced, we've had no shortage of guests staying at
Hermann Hill. Summer is a great time to visit Hermann. There is plenty
to see and do, or you can just come and relax.
You don't have to worry about staying cool. The historic underground
wine cellars at the
wineries are naturally cooled, and most of the
public buildings, including the Hermann Museum at the
restaurants, are air-conditioned. Or, you can turn on the A/C
in your car while driving through the countryside on one of our
Trips. There's usually a cool breeze on the private decks at the Inn and
the cottages at the Village, where you can sit outdoors and enjoy breakfast
or a glass of wine.
So come and enjoy summer in Hermann.
(You will notice an asterisk (*) throughout the newsletter. This
indicates a reference to Hermann Hill's
Three-Mile Walk. Information
about the walk is on our
Great Stone Hill Grape Stomp
August 12, 1 p.m.
Stone Hill Winery
Guests can stomp to the music
of the Boney Goat Band for fun
and charity during the 29th annual grape stomp. For more information
contact the winery at 800-909-WINE, or visit
Big Band Dance
August 26, 8-11 p.m.
Stone Hill Winery
Dance to the music of the Blue Knights, a 12-piece orchestra
presenting "A Night with Sinatra", featuring music of the
'40s and '50s.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 800-909-9463.
Playing in August
Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater
Hermann Municipal Band
August 6, 7:30 P.M.
This will be the final performance of the season by Hermann's city
Read more about the band.
John Berkemeyer Concert
August 20, 7:30 P.M.
John Berkemeyer has put together a program featuring a variety of
local talent. Read more about the evening's events in the article in
August 27, 7:30 P.M.
The concert performed by this 12-member band will include marches,
selections from years
gone by, and novelty tunes.
Read more about the band . . .
Clayton's Country Music Corral
August 31, 7:30 p.m.
Coming to the amphitheater in September
Loehnig German Band
About the band
. . .
Hermann Herbst Fest: Poster Contest
Read more about the event at
Read more . . .
For reservations and information, click on the
Hermann Hill Village page.
More September events
7th Annual River City Cruisers Car Show
2nd Annual BarBQ & Brats Festival
Coming in September's newsletter:
En plein artists return to Hermann
Happy New Year from Hermann Hill
Happy Valentine's Day
Cooking classes begin this Fall
Meet the Hermann Hill staff.
The Fasching tradition.
Hermann: Missouri's Wurst Capital
An overview of the Hermann Hill Village project.
Dedicating the new amphitheater
The hills of Hermann are alive with the sound of music
A closer look at the cottages at Hermann Hill Village
En plein air artists return to Hermann
Nature's Color Palette, Octoberfest and Highway 94 Revisited
Foods at Hermann Hill Vineyard & Inn and Hermann Hill Village Cottages
Christmas in Hermann, Missouri at Hermann Hill
Guest Artwork from our Journals
Hermann's Champagnes and Ports
Bed and breakfast organizations -- What do they mean for the
The Norton wines of Hermann
Hermann's historic museums
Antique hunting in the Hermann area
Places to visit -- off the beaten path.
Missouri River Bridge at Hermann
The evolution of October in Hermann
Gift & Specialty Shops.
Catching the holiday spirit
Same Time Next Year
1st Annual Chocolate Extravaganza
Three Mile Walk
Hermann Wineries and Breweries
Grape Harvest and Oktoberfest
What Our Guests Say
Christmas at the Inn
Port-Chocolate Raspberry Sauce
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Hermann Hill Village update-Back
in the business of innkeeping
All cottages at Hermann Hill Village have complete
kitchens for our guests' convenience.
July was a time of transition as the last construction crews completed
their work and guests started booking Cottages 3, 4, and 5. Opening five
cottages with accommodations for 12 couples is a huge undertaking, and
our Hermann Hill staff worked many extra hours to have the cottages
ready for our guests. It's great to be out of the general contracting
role and back to being innkeepers!
Guests' expectations about staying at the Inn versus the Village differ.
We asked our guests for their comments about their stay at Hermann Hill
Village. Couples who specifically chose to stay at a Hermann Hill
Village cottage seemed to prefer the self check-in, having breakfast at
their leisure, and the less formal environment the cottages offer with
outdoor grills, and a full kitchen, for cooking their own meals, and hot
tubs on their private deck.
Those who selected the Inn
prefer the personal attention at check-in, particularly the detailed
explanation of their room's amenities, and getting to meet other
travelers. Several guests who stayed at the Village because the Inn was
full said they missed the personal attention they typically receive at
We added another page to our website with more details about both
locations to further define the
differences between the Village Cottages
and rooms at the Inn. That way guests have a better idea of what to
expect when they arrive at either Hermann Hill property.
Guest comments are also very important to us and we encourage everyone
who stays with us to let us know what we can do to make their next stay
as enjoyable as possible. Many of the ideas incorporated into the
Village cottages came as a result of guest suggestions. Thanks again for
your help and encouragement.
To view more photos of the Village, and for reservation information,
click on the
Hermann Hill Village page.
Through the years, the Missouri River
railroad have been important
to Hermann's economy.
Both can be
viewed from the private decks at
the Village cottages. This view is
looking west from the cottages.
Missouri's Little Switzerland -
then and now
Five families from Switzerland settled 12 miles south of Hermann and
named their town Swiss. Called Sweitzers by the locals, it is said that
this small group of farmers and businessmen founded their community
because the Hermann Germans wanted nothing to do with them.
It appears that the Swiss established their community at least by the
early 1850s because an inscription in the concrete floor in the old
Swiss Store reads 1853. It was the first building constructed there, and
it is still standing.
St. John's Evangelical Church
was founded in Swiss in 1867 with about a dozen families as members. The
original church was a log building that was destroyed by fire in 1888. A
new church was built the same year at its present site next door to the
Swiss Store and continues to serve the community.
Adding to the bustling, little community, a blacksmith shop operated
from a location across the road from the Swiss Store. The building no
Bill Sloan, whose family owns the Swiss Meat & Sausage Co., moved his
family to Swiss in 1965. He and his wife, the late Margie Rauter,
purchased the former Swiss Store from her parents, who operated it from
1960-1965. Bill figures the original building measured approximately 18
feet by 30 feet and was two stories tall.
The building in the background is the
old Swiss Store. The two-story section
is the original building constructed
Since the time it opened, the Swiss Store was the main meeting place in
the area because it served as a one-stop shop consisting of a general
store, post office, and later, the central telephone office. When Ervin
Rauter (Bill's father-in-law) owned the store, he was the switchboard
operator. All calls to the area went through the switchboard at the
Swiss Store until the mid-1960s.
The tradition of the Swiss Store as a gathering place continued while
the Sloans owned it, and that is how Bill learned most of the history of
the town. Since 1965, the Sloan family has made several additions to the
building and opened the Swiss Meat & Sausage Co. there. Currently, Swiss
Meats operates from an updated facility adjacent to the old Swiss Store.
The Sloans are giving some thought to restoring the historic Swiss Store
building, but nothing is definite at this time.
News from the Swiss Meat &
The Swiss Meat & Sausage Co. has once again met with fame. This time, it
is in the form of Jamie and Bobby Deen, who will feature Swiss Meats on
their television program. The infamous brothers, and sons of host Paula
Deen of "Paula's Home Cooking", are currently hosting their own program.
"Road Tasted" airs Tuesdays on the Food Network Channel, and Swiss Meats
will be featured during the August 8 broadcast.
(l-r) Bill Sloan, Bobby Deen,JamieDeen, Mike
Traveling the country in search
of the best local, hand-crafted foods prepared by small family-owned
businesses, Bobby and Jamie educate viewers on how to find unique, great
tasting products. Swiss Meats was honored to host the Deen brothers on a
recent "taste" trip en route from New York to California.
The "Road Tasted" film crew pulled into Swiss on Maifest Saturday, May
20, where Jamie and Bobby met with Bill Sloan and his son, Mike. Mike
gave the brothers the hands-on experience of making one of the more than
40 varieties of sausages produced at Swiss Meats. Apparently Mike, the
wurstmeister, didn't divulge the secret recipe of the seasonings that
were included, but nonetheless Jamie and Bobby managed to mix up one of
the best batches of Mushroom and Swiss Brats they claim they had ever
The fun-loving brothers, armed with wit, ingenuity, and a passion for
food, offer a fresh look at specialty and family-run businesses that
make fantastic edibles. They even tell you how to get these foods
delivered right to your door.
The August 8 episode "Meet Me in St. Louis" also will include Volpi's
Meat Shop on The Hill in St. Louis and The Blue Owl in Kimmswick.
Accolades also go to the folks at Swiss Meats for earning four top
honors at the American Association of Meat Processors national
convention held in San Diego in mid-July. Of the five items they entered
in the national competition, four took first prize. Swiss Meats once
again made their community, and state, proud. Congratulations.
A visit to Swiss Meats is worth the short drive from Hermann. It is
included on our tour called
Day tripping south of Hermann
Serving up good food at the Silver Dollar
Directly across the road from the Swiss Meat and Sausage Co. is a
country eatery that is worth a visit.
Built in the early 1970s by Jim Sloan, brother of Bill of Swiss Meats,
the Silver Dollar was built as a tavern for the locals. A limited menu
was offered, and a liquor store operated from an area adjacent to the
tavern that now serves as Silver Dollar's kitchen. The Silver Dollar was
a place to have a burger and beer and exchange gossip, and it remains so
Two years ago, Jack Stoyanov
purchased the Silver Dollar. He still considers it a local hangout
because nearly 90 percent of his business comes from area residents.
"I'm the little tavern in wine country where the locals hang out," he
explained. He considers the tavern unique because of its setting in wine
country, and it features a wine list of local wines that are sold by the
glass or bottle.
Jack has worked in the food and
beverage industry for about 30 years. He is a meat cutter by trade, and
claims he grew up in an Italian meat market in St. Louis. He has worked
at major restaurants (Tony's in St. Louis among them), country clubs and
hotels, mostly on the West Coast. He has brought his culinary expertise
to the Silver Dollar, and his mission is simply stated. "We feature a
simple menu done right, serving food worth driving for." Mission
accomplished, according to his many repeat customers.
The menu features the famous Silver Dollar burgers in addition to daily
plate lunch specials. "On weekends we fire up the outdoor grill and
feature aged, hand-cut steaks and chops grilled on a charcoal fire. BBQ
ribs are a favorite along with roasted chicken and grilled seafood,"
said. Also on the menu are salads, appetizers, burgers and sandwiches,
full dinners, homemade desserts, and kid's meals. This is a
The interior of the tavern has changed little since it was first built.
Jack has given it a new coat of paint and fixed it up in a few places,
and put red and white checked oilcloth covers on all the tables, but you
still feel like you are walking back in time as you enter the
establishment. An old, all-country jukebox features country-western
favorites and adds to the tavern's charm.
During the winter months, the Silver Dollar hosts washer leagues
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights. Wednesday night is open night so
anyone can join in the fun. Jack proudly announced that the Silver
Dollar teams were the league winners for 2006.
The Silver Dollar is open seven days a week. Summer kitchen hours are
from 11-4 on Sunday, 11-8 Monday through Thursday, and 11-9 Friday and
Saturday. Drinks are served until a little later in the evening.
Carry-outs are available.
The Silver Dollar is located on Highway 19 about 12 miles south of
Hermann. For information, or to book a private party or meeting, call
The Silver Dollar has been added to the
Day tripping south of Hermann
page on our web site.
Stomping grapes benefits local
Twenty-nine years is a long time, but that's how long two Hermann
businesses have been working together.
In December of 1978, a corporation was formed to start a sheltered
workshop in Hermann. River Bluff Industries, a non-profit sheltered
workshop for the mentally and physically challenged in Hermann, opened
its doors in January 1979. To operate, River Bluff relies on funding
from three sources: the State of Missouri, the sales of its services to
industry, and donations. For as long as the workshop has been open,
Stone Hill Winery* has been the largest contributor of donations.
Stone Hill Winery will be hosting its 29th annual
Hill Grape Stomp on August 12 to continue its support of River Bluff.
Muriel Brison, director of the local sheltered workshop, said, "Because
we are such a small community and so many organizations need donations,
in August we know that a certain amount will come in because of the
Grape Stomp. The Helds have provided that for us, and we can rely on
that." The Held family, to whom Brison is most grateful, owns Stone Hill
According to Jim Held, Stone Hill wanted to support a local organization
that had great goals. "The sheltered workshop provides jobs for the
physically and mentally challenged, giving them the opportunity to go to
work. We can't think of a better organization to support with our
Stomp," he said. Jobs performed by the 29 employees at River Bluff
include sorting, folding, mailing, labeling, stapling, hand packaging,
shrink packaging, collating, subassembly, and other special jobs.
The workers not only benefit from the Held's generosity, but they
participate in the Grape Stomp.
Jim Held, owner of Stone Hill Winery, presents a check
to Muriel Brison, Director of River Bluff Industries, at the 2005 Grape
Stomp. Stone Hill's annual contribution is the largest single donation
received by the sheltered workshop each year.
According to Patty Held-Uthlaut, Stone Hill's public relations
director, "We always have an honorary group from River Bluff stomp
grapes, and it brings tears to everyone's eyes. It is so great to see
the River Bluff group having fun and really getting into the event. It
is a big deal to them to see who gets to stomp every year." Muriel said,
"In fact, sometimes they've had to draw straws to see who will stomp,
but now they are taking turns." She explained that a big attraction for
the entrants is the T-shirt they receive for participating in the Stomp.
At the August 12 event, guests may stomp to the upbeat folk sounds of
the Boney Goat Band, or sit on the hill and cheer for the stompers, who
are judged on the amount of juice produced and their "stomping style".
Cash prizes are awarded to the winners in several age categories, and
special prizes are given to winners of the "Grand Stomp-Off" and the
"Grand Style Stomp-Off" competitions.
Admission to the event is nominal and includes a tour of Stone Hill's
historic wine cellars. The admission fee and half of a stomper's
registration fee are donated to River Bluff Industries. Stomper
registration begins at 11 a.m. and is limited to the first 90 people who
sign up. The Stomp begins at 1 p.m.
August at the amphitheater
Performances continue in August at the Clara Eitmann Messmer
Amphitheater. Since the dedication of the amphitheater in late May,
concerts have attracted several hundred people, and even more attended
the Fourth of July performance by the
Hermann Municipal Band. The band's
third, and final, performance is scheduled for Sunday, August 6.
Two other shows are scheduled in August, thanks to the efforts of
John Berkemeyer. For Sunday, August 20, he has put together a variety-type
program featuring entertainers from the Hermann area. Part of the line
up includes Betty Bruns and Jack Cady performing a medley of what Betty
calls "happy songs". "With such a turmoil in the world, we had to do
happy songs," said Betty, who has performed for many years on the
Hermann stage. Jack has been a favorite in the long running
"Show-Stopper Revue". Their "happy songs" will include "Put On a Happy
Face", "Smile", and "Make Someone Happy".
A unique trio of Teddy Beard on violin, Ketha Bounds on piano and John
on clarinet will be playing what John describes as "musically pleasant
and ear pleasing selections". With a degree in music from the University
of Missouri, Teddy grew up playing in a conservatory environment. She
said, "This is such great fun and such a departure from the type of
music I usually play." Ketha is a music teacher in the Hermann school
system. Selections will include "Unforgettable", "Stardust", and more.
For a change of pace, John has invited a comedy duo of Mike Romick and
Jim Bucher to do some of their famous improv. For several years Mike, an
English teacher and theatrical director at Hermann High School, and Jim,
a rural mail carrier, performed at
Simon's on the Waterfront* in
Hermann. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to join in
the fun when they participate in "The Arms Race" or "One Word Story".
John has a couple of other special guests lined up for the evening, but
he is keeping them secret for now.
Apostle Band will make a return appearance on Sunday, August 27. The
concert by this 12-member band will include marches, selections from
years gone by and novelty tunes.
Jake Clayton's Country Music Corral is scheduled for Thursday, August
31. John describes Jake as a child musical prodigy whom he had the
opportunity to play with last year. He said "Jake absolutely impressed
and dazzled me." Jake performs every weekend in Nashville with Charlie
Performances at the amphitheater begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free to the
public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy an evening under the
New bridge construction is on
Construction of the new Route 19 bridge crossing the Missouri River at
Hermann continues on schedule. The Senator Christopher S. Bond Bridge
will open on December 15, 2007, if work continues as planned. The $34
million project was started in October of 2005 and is a culmination of
efforts by federal and state organizations, as well as the Hermann
Transportation Corporation. Currently, 23 percent of the project is
The crews work on the new Christopher S. Bond
Bridge at Hermann. This is a view of the platform being constructed
on the north side of the Missouri River. The new bridge can be
seen from the Hermann Hill Village cottage decks.
The building crew is working on
drilling operations for drilled shafts at Pier 4. They are working
inside the cofferdam at Pier 6 forming up the base column. Formwork for
the deck continues from Bent 1 to Pier 3, and Pier 7 to End Bent 11.
Cars often line up along West First Street in Hermann to watch the
bridge construction. Also, the Missouri Department of Transportation has
set up cameras at three locations, the Gasconade County Courthouse, the
old Hermann Firehouse on Market Street, and on West First Street, that
take photos of the bridgework every 15 minutes. These images can be
viewed on the MoDot
September newsletter: En plein air artists return to Hermann
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