SEPTEMBER 2006 NEWSLETTER
To our Guests & Friends,
It appears this has become an 'all about art' issue of our newsletter. It's no wonder, however, because Hermann is a haven for
artists and artisans. In order to acquaint you with some of these
artists, we have started a new Hermann
Area Artists page on our
site. We will continue to add to the list of artists during the next few
In this newsletter we will introduce you to Stephenie Harper, a stained
glass artist who is creating special windows for the cottages at the
We'll tell you about the en plein artists who are coming to Hermann as
part of the "Along the Missouri" En Plein Air Paint-out. Local artist Catherine
Mahoney, with the help of many volunteers, is behind this popular
four-day event. Catherine also is the first artist to be featured on our
new Hermann Area Artists page.
And finally, there is the unveiling of the Herbst Im Hermann winning
poster on Sept. 16. This is the third annual poster contest sponsored by
the Hermann Arts Council.
(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
Playing in September at the
Clara Eitmann Messmer
All events are held outdoors,
Admission is free unless
Bring a lawn chair or
blanket for seating.
Read more about the
Loehnig German Band
Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Hermann's Loehnig German Band plays throughout
the Midwest and has made several tours in Germany.
Hermann Im Herbst Reception
Poster Contest Unveiling
Sept. 16, 6 p.m.
Entertainment provided by
John Berkemeyer and his musical friends
and the Kent Strings.
RSVPs requested to firstname.lastname@example.org
(See article in this issue.)
Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.
The group plays an acoustical
mix of bluegrass,
and jazz. Read
Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Badlands Band plays high-energy
and country music.
(See article in this issue)
For reservations and information, click on the
Hermann Hill Village page.
Other Events in September
7th Annual River City
Cruisers Car Show
Sept. 10, 10-5
Hermann City Park
Songfest at St. Paul
Sept. 10, 2 p.m.
To get to the church, take Hwy. 19 south through Swiss, Mo.,
to Little Bay Rd.
Turn onto Little Bay Rd. and follow
the gravel road to the church.
Be sure to keep right at any forks in the road.
Among the performers at the
Songfest will be the Rhineland Wurstjaegers, Jan Kent's
Children's Choir, and members of
the Kent family. Admission is free.
3rd Annual "Along the Missouri" En Plein Air Paint-out
Sept. 28 - Oct. 1
En plein artists will paint scenes throughout the Hermann community.
For information contact Catherine Mahoney at email@example.com
(See article in this issue for more details.)
2nd Annual Bar BQ &
Hermann City Park, admission $5, 12 and under free
"Finger-lickin' fun" German style for the entire family.
Competitions include a Backyard
Chef Contest and Kids Que Contest.
Registration forms are
For more information.
More fall happenings
First four weekends in October
For information call 800-932-8687
Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19-2:15 p.m.
Showboat Community Theatre
Now in its 17th season, this
all-new show includes
Broadway legends, comedy
skits and music you can't forget.
Directed by Mimi Schmidt.
Tickets available at the Hermann Welcome Center,
or call 800-932-8687.
Arts & Crafts Festival
Oct. 14, 9-5, & Oct. 15, 10-4
Hermann Elementary School
Sponsored by the Brush &
Palette Club, this long-running
more than 100 artisans.
Artists of Wine Country Studio Tours
For more information about upcoming events see the local
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
August is the month we made the Village more like the Inn by providing
our Cottage guests with the same breakfast entrees we serve at the Inn.
We also added books for casual reading, journals and colored pencils to
write and draw your comments, and umbrellas. Most important, we have
installed the last three stained glass windows above the beds in levels
302, 402, and 502.
When we started designing the first five cottages, we wanted to
differentiate them with themes common to the Missouri River.
Stained glass window above
the bed in Cottage 5, room 502.
Stained glass window above
the bed in Cottage #4, room 402.
Stained glass window above
the bed in Cottage #3, room 302.
level of each unit has a 3' x 6' window above the bed that features
a stained glass window designed and crafted by Stephenie Harper.
Cottage #1's theme is Lewis and Clark, Cottage #2 features Missouri
River Steamboats, Cottage #3's window highlights the Hermann Wharf, and
Cottages 4 and 5 have bridge themes, the old Missouri River Bridge in #4
and the new Missouri River Bridge in #5. We are decorating each cottage
with these themes in mind and are particularly happy when we can add
Hermann memorabilia to the cottages.
About Stephenie Harper:
Stephenie Harper enjoys the challenges of creating unique pieces of art.
She studied stained glass in Quincy, Ill., while residing in Palmyra,
Mo., but it didn't take her long to realize that the "run of the mill"
sun catcher type of art just wasn't for her. "I began doing unusual
one-of-a-kind pieces for entry doors, church windows and such. That's
when it all came together," she said. Now Stephenie does custom order
work exclusively. The glass at Hermann Hill Village and Conference Center has been a
special project, which has made Stephenie draw on every ounce of
creativity she can muster. On the Village project, Terry and Peggy
wanted to take various views of the river and recreate them in glass.
"It's been a real challenge, Stephenie said. "But I'm very grateful for
the opportunity. Most artists can work their whole life and never get a
chance to do this kind of project."
Stephenie's husband Larry, an artist in his own right, works with wood
to create unique segmented bowls and containers.
makes all of the frames for Stephenie's stained glass. Larry and
Stephenie currently reside on their farm near Cameron, Mo., and are
members of the Crossroads Art Guild.
To view more photos of the Village, and for reservation information,
click on the
Hermann Hill Village page.
Stephenie and Larry install one of their
custom-made stained glass windows
En plein air artists
return to Hermann
The 3rd Annual "Along the Missouri" En Plein Air Paint-out is scheduled
in Hermann Sept. 28 through Oct. 1.
This event is open to all. Invitations have been sent to artists
statewide and any artist of any age working in any style may attend. The
only criterion is that they paint out-of-doors, which is what "en plein
air" means. There is no charge to participate. Local
artists Catherine Mahoney and Joey Los started this event in Hermann
after Catherine participated in the Forest Park Paint-out, the Katy
Trail Paint-out and the Paint Missouri Paint-out for a number of years.
These paint-outs got her thinking about hosting such an event in
Hermann. She said, "I loved everything about these adventures."
She continued, "Two years ago, Joey and I conspired to set
this particular paint-out, "Along the Missouri", in motion. We had
helpful information from Billy O'Donnell, en plein air artist from the
St. Louis/St. Charles area. He had instigated statewide "en plein air"
events since the late 90s and had brought together many excited
artist/participants nationwide over the years."
Again this year, the plan is to have a live model in costume pose for a
"quick-paint" afternoon where all of the participating artists gather to
paint the model at one time. Catherine explained that even with everyone
painting the same subject at the same time, each artist's creation is
different in style and view.
The planners hope to have a show and a sale of the artists' works during
the four-day event. But, many artists are willing to sell their work 'on
the spot' to passersby. "We encourage interaction between artists and
the public," said Catherine.
En plein air events are happening all across the country. According to
Catherine, "Artists happily participate, take time, come together and
create together in an entirely different manner than their traditional
studio painting provides. Our German community has the perfect reception
for artists of all types in the make up of the community. We have
musicians and artisans in residence here, so the out-growth of this en
plein air event was a natural development."
En plein air artist Catherine Mahoney
information about the "Along the Missouri Paint-out", contact Catherine
More about Catherine
Catherine is well known among Hermann artists and artists throughout
Missouri. Her works can be found from the USA to South Africa in both
private and corporate collections.
Her most recent endeavor, however, is illustrating a book for children
that was written by another Hermann local, Kathy Meyer. Catherine
describes the soon-to-be completed "Daisy & Digger" as a character
building book. She's been working for two years on more than 30
illustrations that will appear in the book, which likely will be
published before the end of the year.
One character in the book, Tommy, actually is Catherine's six-year-old
grandson. And the two dogs, Daisy and Digger, once belonged to her
friend Dea Ludlow. Neither dog is living now, but Catherine has used
poses from photos that Dea had taken of her pets. Other details in the
drawings are made up by Catherine and influenced by things that are
familiar to her: her daughter's barn, a friend's front porch, a stand of
"I haven't done much else for two years," she admitted, but when the
project is complete she plans to start on some ideas that have been
"mingling in her head", and working on commissioned projects.
Some of Catherine's paintings currently are on display in the St. Louis
area. Some of her work will be featured during the grand opening of
Framations, a new art gallery in St. Charles, on Sept. 9, and will
remain on display throughout the month. Additionally, an en plein air
oil painting, "Dough Boy Home on the Santa Fe" is currently showing at
the St. Louis Artist Guild in the national slide-juried "Trains: Past,
Present and Future" exhibition that runs through Oct. 14.
You can read more about
Catherine on our
web site. Her Colorful Brushes
Gallery* is located on E. Fourth St. in downtown Hermann.
Catherine Mahoney and her first-place winning
watercolor in the Top 50 professional show at the
Missouri State Fair in 2005.
concerts at the amphitheater nearing an end
With the arrival of fall, the first season of performances at the
Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater
is coming to an end. This popular new
outdoor venue in downtown Hermann has allowed hundreds of people to
enjoy a variety of free musical performances nearly every weekend since
it was dedicated on Memorial Day. Performances will continue through the
end of September.
Returning to the amphitheater on Sept. 10 is the
Loehnig German Band.
This family band plays traditional German music and performs throughout
Fresh Picked, playing an acoustical mix of bluegrass, folk,
swing and jazz, is scheduled for Sept. 22. And
John Berkemeyer and several
musicians from his big band will provide the entertainment at the
Hermann Im Herbst Poster Contest reception on Sept. 16.
Performing at the amphitheater for the first time this season is the
Badlands Band. On Sept. 29, Badlands Band is bringing their high-energy
rock and country sounds to the outdoor stage.
The current band has been together since February of 2004, when LeRoy
Schwartze, the newest, and youngest, member joined the group. Hailing
from Hermann, LeRoy plays drums with the band and is no stranger to the
Hermann music and theater scenes. He is a member of the
Municipal Band and has performed in plays at the Showboat Community
Theatre in Hermann since high school.
(l-r) LeRoy Schwartze, Rick Hollandsworth,
Bridgette and Scott Green
Scott and Bridgette Green reside in Washington, Mo., and have family
ties with Hermann. Scott, guitar and vocals, has been with the band
since 2001. Bridgette has sung with the band since 2003. The only
original member of the band, which was formed in 1992, is Rick
Hollandsworth of Gerald, Mo. He plays bass.
The Badlands Band's music in some ways reflects their ages, which span
several decades. They are a cover band that plays everything from the
oldies to current tunes, and their play list includes music from
Gretchen Wilson, to Elvis, to John Mellencamp, to Johnny Cash, and
everything in between.
Badlands performs locally at wineries, fairs, resorts, and restaurants.
They often can be heard at Hermann's
OakGlenn Winery and
Restaurant. The band will play all four Oktoberfest weekends at these
locations and other local venues.
Joining the band for the Sept. 29 concert is
Bart Engemann on keyboard.
In addition to being an accomplished musician, Bart writes his own music,
when he's not flying airplanes. He is a good friend to and faithful follower of
The concerts on Sept. 10, 22, and 29 are free and open to the public.
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for
seating. Picnics are welcome on the amphitheater grounds.
Hermann im Herbst winning poster unveiling
The winning poster of the Hermann Im Herbst poster contest will be
unveiled at the Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept.
16, during an evening reception.
"The winner will remain a top secret until the unveiling," explained
Connie LaBoube, member of the Hermann Arts Council. "But I will say that
we have a great winning piece this year. I'm very excited about the
piece, and it's going to be a wonderful surprise."
This is the third annual poster contest sponsored by the Hermann Arts
Council. Connie said the posters from past competitions have become very
collectable and can be found all over the world. They have been sent to
Hermann's sister city, Bad Arolsen, in Germany and to international
The winning artwork will be available as posters, signed,
limited-edition prints, limited-edition giclees, and T-shirts. They will
be available to purchase at the unveiling reception, local wineries and
shops, and the Hermann Welcome Center. Proceeds from the sales of these
items go to the Hermann Arts Council to help further community projects
For those who are interested in collecting a series of posters, the
works by former contest winners also will be available at the unveiling
reception. Past winners include Margaret Schneider (2004) of
Chesterfield, Mo., and Bryan Haynes (2005) of St. Albans, Mo.
Providing entertainment at the unveiling reception will be the Kent
John Berkemeyer and several of his band members. The event
will include wine and food tastings.
The event is open to the public and RSVPs are requested by contacting
Connie LaBoube at email@example.com. Visit the
Council web site for more information about upcoming events sponsored by
Keeping an eye on the
Hermann bridge construction
Work on the new Christopher S. Bond Bridge is progressing nicely thanks
to the favorable weather we experienced in August. Photo images of the
bridge construction are taken every 15 minutes from three camera
locations. To view photos,
click here. Visit the
web site for
additional information about the bridge project.
Hermann Hill featured in USA TODAY
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn was featured in the Destinations and
Diversions section of the September 1 issue of USA TODAY as one of
"10 great places to settle into for fall viewing". The review was by
Sandy Soule, editor of
Bedandbreakfast.com, who visits more than 100
B&Bs annually. To read more,
click. . .
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn
711 Wein Street
- P.O. Box 555 | Hermann, Missouri (MO) 65041
Phone: (573) 486-HILL (573-486-4455) | Fax: (573)