February 2006 Newsletter
To our Guests & Friends,|
It seems "Old Man Winter" has decided not to
show up in Hermann this year, or perhaps he's just postponing his visit. The
warmer than usual weather has encouraged folks to work and play outdoors in
recent weeks. At the city park,* walkers can be seen circling the half-mile
course, while some are following our
three-mile walk route. Golfers are out on
the local links, and many of the citywide construction projects are on, or ahead
Work on the new Senator Christopher S. Bond Bridge continues round the clock.
To view its progress visit
www.modot.org/hermannbridge.htm. Another bridge
project is underway on Highway 100 on the eastern edge of town near
Winery en route to
Hermann Hill Village. And progress is being made on the new
band shell on Gutenburg Street.
This also is the time of year when many of the 2006 events are being planned.
Nary a month goes by when something special isn't happening in Hermann. Check
out the local calendar for upcoming events. Following are two events scheduled
in February that are worth noting.
(You will notice an asterisk (*) throughout the newsletter.
This indicates a reference to Hermann Hill's
Walk. Information about the walk is on
our web site.)
The Fasching tradition continues|
evening of February 18, the place to be is the Festhalle* for the Fasching Ball.
Winery resurrected this traditional Hermann-German celebration three
|Fasching is a German festival of pagan origin, whose original purpose was to
drive out the evil ghosts of winter and to greet the long-awaited spring. The Fasching celebration officially began on the 11th day of the 11th month at the
11th hour of the day, when a Fasching king and queen were chosen. The
celebration then died down until the Christmas holiday was over, or about
January 10. From then until Ash Wednesday, it was a time for the rigorous
pursuit of fun and frolic. The royal Fasching couple would attend three or four
balls per night that lasted until morning. Other participants would attend three
or four parties a week. It was not unusual for a couple to go deep in debt, and
even visit the pawnbroker, to have enough cash for a good time at Fasching.
The Four Aces and a Joker were
among the Fasching Ball revelers several years ago.
On Rosenmontag, the Monday before Ash Wednesday, and of course on
Faschingsdiestag, Shrove Tuesday, all businesses and schools would close to
allow everyone to participate in the merriment. On Tuesday at midnight,
everything came to an immediate halt at the traditional Kehraus dance, the
The Hermann tradition of Faschnacht was celebrated in a very similar manner.
However, the celebration was mostly confined to Shrove Tuesday, the Tuesday
before Ash Wednesday. On Shrove Tuesday, the small children would carry a sack
from door to door calling out, "Fettkuchle, fettkuchle." Fettkuchle is the
German word meaning fried doughnuts. The women of the households would make
fettkuchle or other fried pastries and put them in the children's sacks when
they arrived at different houses throughout town.
Everyone would have large, private dinners with a huge assortment of meats,
and there was much drinking of beer and wine. The children and their parents
donned their costumes and masks, and all would attend the masked ball, which
ended at midnight. The children danced folk dances until about 9 p.m., and from
9 until midnight the adults danced. The masked ball originally was held at the
Concert Hall* on First Street.
The tradition in the neighboring town of Rhineland was to begin celebrating
in the fall at butchering time. While making sausage for their families, a
special recipe of sausage was put aside for the Sausage Ball on Shrove Tuesday.
The Wurstjaegers ("Sausage Hunters") would collect up all the sausages, and a
large meal was prepared using the sausages. Children and adults wore their
costumes and masks to the ball. The Wurstjaegers started the ball with the
Sausage Dance, with German dances continuing until midnight. At the strike of
12, the party was over.
Hermann's upcoming event will include traditional dances by the Rhineland Wurstjaegers. Costumed revelers will then dance to the
'50s and '60s music of
Plato and the Philosophers. There will be a costume contest, and a king and
queen will be crowned. However, costumes are not required to participate in
the fun. Food, beer and wine will be served. Hours are 8-11 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $12.50 per person and can be purchased at
Winery, or by calling 1-800-393-0100.
Local wineries offer tasteful travels in wine country|
The Hermann Wine Trail vintners are sponsoring another wine and food pairing
event. Chocolate is the main ingredient on the Chocolate Wine Trail scheduled
for February 18-19. Vintners at the seven Hermann area wineries are creating
recipes made with "the food of love" to pair with their award-winning wines.
Adam Puchta Winery will pair its Berry Black wine with Blackberry Chocolate
Surprise, while the folks at
Bias Winery will offer Sweet Abrosia with Brownie
Cheesecake drizzled with chocolate. A Decadent Chocolate Sheet Cake drizzled
with white mocha chocolate will be served up at
Bommarito Winery, which will be
paired with Almond Tree Blush.
Vignoles is the wine that will be served along with Vignoles Truffles at
Hermannhof Winery, and
OakGlenn Winery is pairing Red Port with Fruit a la
Chocolate. Chocolate Pasta on a pillow of whipped cream and drizzled with Norton
Berry Sauce will be paired with Gabrielle's Blush at
Robller Winery, while
Hill Winery* serves up a Flourless Chocolate Cake with raspberry drizzle to
serve with its Port.
Participants in the 2005 Chocolate Wine Trail event line up
for cake and port wine in the Hermannhof Winery cellars.
Tickets for the Chocolate Wine Trail are $15 per person and must be purchased
in advance. Make your reservation early as last year's event was sold out.
Tickets may be purchased online at
www.hermannmo.info, or from the Hermann
Welcome Center, 800-932-8687.
The event will be held regardless of weather from 10-5 Saturday and 11-5
Sunday. Other 2006 events sponsored by the Hermann Wine Trail vintners are
scheduled for July 29-30 (Very Berry Wine Trail) and November 18-19 (Holiday
Fare Wine Trail). Information is available online at
Historic Hermann fund raiser: "Experience the Unexpected"
"Experience the Unexpected", a major fund-raising effort, is underway to
celebrate the 150th anniversary of the historic German School and the 50th
anniversary of the
German School Museum,* which is operated by Historic Hermann,
Inc. Unique packages featuring one-of-a-kind experiences are being auctioned to
help support several restoration and improvement projects and to promote
Hermann's uniqueness. Packages will be open for bidding from Feb. 1 through
April 22. The celebration will culminate with a reception and live auction of
additional offerings at the
Hermannhof Winery Festhalle* on April 29 at 6 p.m.
Historic Hermann, Inc., was incorporated on January 1, 1953. Its charter
stated that Historic Hermann would extend appreciation of the area's German
heritage through an annual
Maifest celebration; provide research and
publications regarding local history, arts, crafts, culture, and education;
maintain a museum for receiving and preserving personal property of historic
value; foster patriotism; and promote the general welfare and educational
facilities of the area.
|Funds from the auction are earmarked to restore and preserve the museum, its
collections, and the grounds surrounding the building, to create a park in the
downtown historic district, and to rebuild the Heckman Steamboat Memorial* at
First and Market streets at the south end of the new bridge.
To see a detailed listing of the packages being auctioned off, which includes
a stay at Hermann Hill, and to bid online, click
For more information about Historic Hermann, click
The German School will benefit
from Historic Hermann's fund-raising event.
Hermann Hill Village update|
Heavy equipment used to
install utilities to
Hermann Hill Village.
|With great January weather, progress
is apparent at Hermann Hill Village. The exterior stucco and stone on the first
five cottages is now complete. Cottage #2 has drywall, and Cottages 1, 3 and 4
have interior framing. We also installed the first deck railing system and side
privacy walls on Cottage #1. As the accompanying picture indicates, utilities
are being connected to the cottages so we hope to be using the furnaces shortly.
To view more photos of our progress, click on the
Hermann Hill Village page.
March newsletter: Hermann: Missouri's Wurst Capital
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) 486-53733
| Website: www.hermannhill.com