JULY 2006 NEWSLETTER
To our Guests & Friends,
What an exciting month this has been at Hermann Hill
Village. Our first guests arrived on June 1 and since then Cottages
#1 and #2 have been occupied almost every night. We are now ready
for guests to stay at the other three cottages, and will be offering
special deals in July so we can "spread the word" about the Village
The summer concerts at the Clara
Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater have been very popular for locals and
visitors alike, with several hundred people attending the open-air
concerts that are held most weekends. See the article in this newsletter
about the groups that are scheduled to perform in the next several
For additional information about upcoming events, check out the
calendar and visit the
Council's web site.
(You will notice an asterisk
(*) throughout the newsletter. This indicates a reference to Hermann
Three-Mile Walk. Information about the walk is on our
Very Berry Wine Trail
July 29, 10-5 and July 30, 11-5
Travel the Hermann Wine
Trail to seven wineries. Each will feature delectable pairings of
summer berries and Missouri wines.
Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.
For information visit
Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater
July 9, 7:30 p.m.
The concert performed by this
12-member band will include
marches, selections from years
gone by, and novelty tunes.
John Berkemeyer Big
July 23, 7:30 p.m.
The 17-piece orchestra, plus a vocalist, will feature swing and
jazz music from the '40s to the present.
Coming to the
Amphitheater in August
Hermann Municipal Band
John Berkemeyer Concert
Hermann Im Herbst Reception
www.hermannarts.com for details
For reservations and information, click on the
Hermann Hill Village page.
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
contact the winery at 800-909-WINE, or visit
August 26, 8-11 p.m.
Stone Hill Winery pavilion
Dance to the music of the Blue Knights, a 12-piece orchestra
presenting "A Night with Sinatra", featuring music of the '40s and
Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 800-909-9463.
Cottage experiences - our guest's expectations
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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Village update - July specials being offered
We opened Cottages #1 and #2 on June 1st and have received very
positive responses from our Hermann Hill Village guests. The outdoor hot
tubs, gas grills, spectacular views, and steam showers are among the
most frequently mentioned items in the journals. We'd like to share a
few of their comments
". . . The deck with the
fantastic view and the hot tub - both private and perfect! The bed was
unbelievably comfortable, the incredible shower, the easy fireplaces,
and the terrific food - all these things will make this one of our most
treasured memories . . ." Caruthersville, MO
Outside deck on Cottage #2
Living room in Cottage #2
". . . Wow, we really didn't
think you could top the Inn, but you've done it!!! There are so many
wonderful things here. Best was the outdoor tub on the deck - loved it.
What an awesome view of the river! The deck itself was absolutely
perfect - the fan above the table was definitely a great idea. Of
course, the yummy treats and breakfast items are super as well - we had
to try pretty much everything - and it was all top-notch . . ."
In reading some of the other
journal entries, we noticed that guests staying multiple nights seem to
eat some meals at restaurants, but also like to shop at local grocery
stores to bring back something to grill at the cottage.
The quiches, made by Erin of nearby Union, MO, seem to be the most
popular breakfast item, followed by waffles made in your very own waffle
maker, croissants, and our signature breakfast entrée, Hermann Hill
Scrambled Egg Casserole, which is reserved for those guests who stay
Kitchen area in Cottage #2
Word of mouth has always been
our best marketing tool, and we plan to offer special deals in July to
keep the cottages full. That way, more of our guests can spread the word
about their Hermann Hill Village cottage experience. Read more about the
July special on our
To view more
photos of our progress, and for reservation information, click on the
Hermann Hill Village page.
And the bands
Continuing in July are musical performances at the
Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater
in Hermann's downtown historic district. All performances are at 7:30
p.m. unless otherwise stated. There is no charge to attend. And be sure
to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Picnickers are welcome. Click
Performing Arts to read more about Hermann's musical history,
the new amphitheater, and the musical groups that perform there.
The Apostle Band was resurrected in 2004 by a group of local musicians
looking to have a good time. It features 12, and sometimes 13, players
on trombone, tuba, baritone, clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet and drums.
The band plays marches, selections from years ago, novelty tunes, or
what band member Bob Kirchhofer calls 'happy music'. "We like to do fun
things, and the music reflects the fun," he explained. He said they hold
monthly practices if necessary, or when they just want to get together.
Very often practices become a party. Beer is the traditional beverage
served. According to Bob, Stag is the 'official beer', when they can get
Bob Kirchhofer plays tuba in the Apostle Band.
But don't be fooled by the
light-hearted comments, the band is re-establishing itself as a
first-rate musical group. They will play at local events, including the
July 9th performance at the new amphitheater. Click to read more about
John Berkemeyer Big Band (JB
John Berkemeyer formed the JB Big Band in 2002. The group was formed to
play for a civic benefit to assist in raising funds to help pay for
college expenses for the daughter of a recently deceased area musician.
Since then, the group has expanded to play in central and eastern
Missouri at private dances, public venues, and for educational and
school benefits. According to John, "It was the love of this (swing)
music and the desire to help perpetuate it while helping community
events that has allowed the group to continue and mature."
Composed of 17 area musicians, large as swing bands go, the group ranges
in age from 17 to 84 years. Musicians hail mainly from Missouri, with a
few from Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois and Kansas. The band plays all
of the old standards and some newer arrangements and charts. Some of the
charts are original arrangements by members of the band.
Beth Tummons is vocalist for the band. John describes her as a
delightful young lady, whose smile will warm the hearts of everyone. She
resides and performs in the Kansas City area. Her parents are music
educators, and Beth was classically trained. John explained that when
Beth was just barely of legal age, she appeared in a cocktail lounge
where John was part of the instrumental group playing that evening. She
asked if she could sing some tunes with the band.
Beth Tummons is vocalist with the
JB Big Band
John admitted, "The age difference between Beth and the rest of the
instrumentalists was no less than 40 years, and we were concerned if she
knew our tunes, or if we knew hers. But we boldly gave it a go. Beth
astounded all of us." He continued, "Each tune we would call up she knew
by heart and performed with the warmth shown in her smile. She was, and
remains, an immediate hit." When not warming the hearts of audiences,
Beth loves digging in the dirt, landscaping, and just being happy.
Beth will sing at the next JB Big Band performance, which will be on
Friday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. Click
JB Big Band to read more.
Hermann Municipal Band
The Hermann Municipal Band is one of just a handful of community bands
in Missouri that is tax supported. The band contracts with the City of
Hermann to perform three concerts annually. The City, in turn, collects
a band tax, which provides the funds to purchase music and pay the band
members' salaries: $1.50 per practice and $5.00 per concert. Weekly
practices start in February or March, and concerts are held on Memorial
Day, Fourth of July, and the first Sunday in August annually.
B.A. Wagner formed the Hermann Municipal Band in 1946. It is an offshoot
of the former Enterprise Military Band, a group B.A. started playing
with in the 1930s. When he recruited some young musicians for the band,
some of the older members took exception, and all but two quit the band.
"It was a young group, and I got some criticism from some of the older
members. But I discovered a long time ago, you don't live forever and
you have to bring in the youth to keep the band going," said B.A.
Hermann collected a band tax until 1973, when the band ceased to perform
due to lack of interest, but it was reactivated in 1987. Currently, the
band averages 40 members from Hermann and surrounding towns. In keeping
with B.A.'s feelings about including young people, several middle and
high school-age students play in the band. It is said that the oldest
member of the group played in the University of Illinois marching band
For the past three years, the city band has been under the direction of
Carl Bounds, band director at New Haven High School. The Clara Eitmann
Messmer Amphitheater is the new home of the Hermann Municipal Band. The
band's next, and final, performance of the season is scheduled at the
amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
To read more about Hermann bands and their history, visit the
Performing Arts page on our
Life is no
longer simple for owners of The Junction
Dave and Barb Kahn moved to Hermann seven years ago to live a
simpler life away from the hubbub of the city. "Little did we know that
life would never be simple again," said Barb.
When they first came to town, Barb opened
The Tin Rabbit, an outlet for traditional American crafts for home
and garden, in the former cooperage adjacent to
Hermannhof Winery. After living in Hermann for several years, the
Kahns saw a need for more businesses. Dave got the idea to open the
Kaffee Haus in a vacant building they have named The Junction. It is
across the street from The Tin Rabbit. Actually, The Junction houses
three new businesses: The Kaffee Haus, which features coffee and other
specialty drinks; Muzzie's Corner, a unique toy shop; and Sophia's, an
The Kaffee Haus opened in April. Featured are fresh-roasted coffee
beans, specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, and teas served hot or cold.
On occasional weekends, especially during the winter months, guests can
indulge in Chocolate Shots - pure French chocolate served in an espresso
cup. Sounds sinful! In addition to drinks, food items are featured -
pastries, fruit cups, and fresh sandwiches. You can even find
chocolate-covered potato chips and chocolate-covered coffee beans.
Soymilk and sugar-free syrups and flavorings are available for those
with special dietary needs. Coffee beans, whole or ground, and teas are
available for sale, along with coffee-making gadgets and serving pieces.
On Fridays and Saturdays, entertainers perform at the Kaffee Haus from
7:30 to 10 p.m. Children are welcome to this family-friendly venue.
There's a table set up with kid's games to keep them occupied during the
The Junction features the
Muzzie's Corner and Sophia's
A room adjacent to the Kaffee
Haus is called Muzzie's Corner. Named for Barb's mother, the shop
features affordable, quality toys. Muzzie's carries a wide range of
plush animals by Gund, puzzles by Melissa and Doug, Made by Hand hobby
kits, and Sesame Street hand puppets. A popular, and unique, item is the
Mailable Gift Bear. Tiny bears in boxes can be sent like greeting cards
through the mail that require only two postage stamps, also available at
Muzzie's. Other items include specialty candies, baby books, clocks for
children's rooms, and felt purses. It is a great place for locals to
shop instead of having to head out of town to find a gift, and visitors
to Hermann can find an unusual trinket to take home to the kids and
Sophia's, named for the Kahn's
granddaughter, will open upstairs at The Junction in August. It is
expected to be a sophisticated shop featuring women's clothing and
accessories, including Vera Bradley purses. Barb plans to offer items
that she feels did not fit in with the line of merchandise she carries
at The Tin Rabbit. They include cottage-type furnishings-wicker, iron,
painted cupboards-pewter, glassware, paper goods, Thyme's body care
items, and more. There will be a baby's corner and a gift registry.
Gift-wrapping services will be available.
The Junction, at 407 East First St., is open seven days a week. The
Kaffee Haus is open from 6:30 to 6:30 Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m.
to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9:30 to 4:30 Sunday. The hours for
Muzzie's and Sophia's (when it opens) are 10 to 5 Monday through
Saturday and 9:30 to 4:30 Sunday.
For information about the shops at The Junction and weekend
entertainment at the Kaffee Haus, call 573-486-2010.
Stone Hill Winery* is gearing up for the 17th annual Cajun Concert
on the Hill, set for July 7, 8 and 9. Recording artist Ed Gary and the
Louisiana Cajun Aces will make the 800-mile trek from the bayous of
Louisiana again this year to perform the three-day concert. The band is
known for being "true Cajun".
Accompanying the band will be a
number of Cajun dancers who encourage guests to join in and learn the
tricky steps to all their dances. They'll perform traditional Cajun
group dances, and free dance lessons will be offered one hour before
each concert to all pavilion ticket holders.
Over the past decade, this ever-popular concert has evolved into
the summertime event of the season, drawing thousands of visitors from
across the nation. Rain or shine, there will be jigging, two-stepping
and waltzing going on at the Stone Hill pavilion.
Cajun dancers perform at
Stone Hill Winery at the
annual Cajun Concert.
For more information about the
event, click on
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711 Wein Street
- P.O. Box 555 | Hermann, Missouri (MO) 65041
Phone: (573) 486-HILL (573-486-4455) | Fax: (573)