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
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 weeks.
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
Hill's Three-Mile Walk. Information about
the walk is on our web site.)
German Band Performance
June 11, 7:30 p.m.,
Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater. Hermann's Loehnig German Band
plays throughout the Midwest and has toured Germany. No admission charge.
June 16, 7:30 p.m.,
Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater. An accoustical mix of
Bluegrass, Folk, Swing and Jazz. No admission charge.
For reservations and information, click on the
Hermann Hill Village page.
at the Showboat Theatre
June 22, 23, 24, 7 p.m.,
June 25 2 p.m.
Directed by Michael Romick.
June 25, 7:30 p.m.
at the Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater. Enjoy the
"electrifying" music of the combo swing era. No admission charge.
Old fashioned 4th of July
at Riverfront Park, with fireworks and performance by
Hermann Municipal Band
at 7:30 p.m.
to be announced
Meet the Hermann Hill staff.
The Fasching tradition.
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
A closer look at the cottages at Hermann Hill Village
Guest Artwork from our Journals
Hermann's Champagnes and Ports
Bed and breakfast organizations -- What do they mean for the guest?
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 Guest Say
Christmas at the Inn
Port-Chocolate Raspberry Sauce
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 . . ." Peoria, IL
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.
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 it.
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 the Apostle Band.
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 help raise 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 volcalist 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
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
next, and last, 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 web site.
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, they saw a need for more
businesses, so Dave got the idea to open the Kaffee Haus in a vacant
building across the street from The Tin Rabbit, which they named The
Junction. Actually, The Junction features three businesses, the Kaffee
Haus, serving specialty coffees, Muzzie's Corner, a unique toy store,
and Sophia's, an upscale boutique.
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 grandkids.
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 things that she feels did not fit in with the line of
merchandise she carries at The Tin Rabbit. Items 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
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.
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) 486-5373