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A NEWSPAPER SERVING THE GERMAN-AMERICANS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK
AUSTRIA • GERMANY • LIECHTENSTEIN • SWITZERLAND

Vol. 5 No. 5 April - May 2017 Issue Complimentary

2017: Some big Schuhplattlers celebrate 84 years

anniversaries Schuhplattler Geb. Trachten
Verein “Edelweiss, Inc. held
by Martin Ederer its 84th installation of offi-
cers at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in
Now that we are well into 2017, let’s reflect on all the important Buffalo, NY, on Jan. 14, 2017. The
anniversaries for the German-speaking world that we mark this evening began with a reception pri-
or to dinner to greet the attendees.
year. It bears immediate observation that not all the events were
During this time, there was a
entirely happy for all involved…but they were all significant. historical video display of pictures
of the Verein beginning in 1935
2017 marks the 500th anniver- when the Verein had its flag bless- A special presentation to Robert Hartmann, Sr.
sary of the Protestant Reformation. ing to the present day. Many of the
On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a Martin Luther members reminisced when they saw made several presentations. He and to make a special presentation
German Augustinian monk, pro- themselves in the pictures. announced that Rick Peek and on behalf of the Verein. Ehren-
fessor and theologian, posted his sary of the Reformation at the Steve Kemna have been members vorstand Walter Wieand was very
Ninety-Five Theses in response to Wartburg. There they displayed To begin the evening’s program for 25 years and presented each pleased because the member to be
abuses of the Catholic doctrine of their new banner with the black- Randy Bracewell, president of the with a 25-year pin. Bracewell honored served as officer and
indulgences. red-gold colors for the first time. Verein welcomed everyone to the then made several other presenta- committee member during his
These colors are now the national celebration and turned the eve- tions to recognize members who time as Vorstand. Walter Wieand
What Luther originally pro- colors of Germany. ning’s program over to our Ehren- set milestones working for the sighted this member for the dedi-
posed in Latin for an academic vorstand Walter Wieand M.C. who Verein as an officer or as a com- cation to the Verein for the past 47
debate among the university com- In the United States, construc- also welcomed everyone as well. mittee member and continue to do years under three of our Verein
munity in Wittenberg took on a life tion began on the Erie Canal, so. Presidents. Walter noted that this
of its own. Protestantism funda- which after its 1825 completion He then introduced Father Greg- person was an avid hunter and that
mentally transformed western brought numerous German immi- ory Faulhaber, pastor of Queen of Bracewell then called upon
Christianity and went on to have Heaven Church, who gave the invo- our Ehren President Walter Wie- turn to page 6
significant implications for the turn to page 4 cation prior to dinner. “Ich Hat Ein-
politics and cultures of northern en Kameraden” was then played in
and central Europe and eventually honor of our deceased members by
North America. our musician Brian Peek.

In 1817 the Jena Burschen- After dinner Walter Wieand, M.
schaft – one of many nationalistic C. called on Robert Hartmann, Sr.
student organizations that had to install the officers for 2017. They
emerged in German territories are: President Randy Bracewell;
hoping to create a unified Germa- Vice President Heidi Mahoney; Re-
ny – celebrated the 300th anniver- cording Secretary Judy Marquardt;
Corresponding Secretary Betty
The German-American Musicians Broderick; Treasurer Amy Schintz- ANNUAL ST. ANN GERMAN MASS: The 11th annual St. Ann
ius; Financial Secretary Maria German Mass was held Sunday, April 2 at 12:30 p.m. Once again
to perform at Kleinhans Music Hall Peek; Trustee Heidi Monin; Ser- the Mass was at St. Louis Church, 780 Main St. in downtown
geant-Sgt-Arms Steve Kemna; au- Buffalo. It was the fifth year the Mass was at St. Louis Church.
As part of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016-2017 Com- ditors Frank Wailand and Monica St. Ann Church remains closed as the Roman Catholic Diocese of
munity Spotlight program, The German-American Musicians Braun; 1. Vorplattler, Brandon Buffalo attempts to overturn the 2014 Vatican ruling blocking its
will perform Sunday, May 7 prior to the Orchestra’s M&T Bank Harris; 2. Vorplattler, Michael Ma- reduction to a secular building so that it can be sold, re-purposed
Classics Concert performance entitled Wagner’s World of the Ring. honey, II; 1. Vortanzerin, Heidi or demolished. Members of the St. Ann community continue to
German-American Musicians will take the stage at 1:45 p.m. in the Mary von Recklinghausen; 2. Vortanzer- gather outside the church every Saturday morning to pray. A
Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. in Megan Beardi and Trachtenmut- “Rosary Mob” is scheduled for May 13 outside of the church. See
ter, Joanne Wieand. the calendar on page 2 for details.
The Community Spotlight program was founded in 1994 as a way to
showcase the musical talent of Western New York’s students. The Emcee Walter Wieand called
program is supported by the sponsorship of the First Niagara Founda- upon the guests from the local Ver-
tion. eine. They included Karl Cole, pres-
ident of the German American
All student performers will receive a free ticket to the concert and Federation and the Spring Garden
their families will also receive discounted tickets to the BPO perfor- Association; Alan Knowles, presi-
mance immediately following. All Community Spotlight performances dent of the German American Musi-
are 30 minutes in length and begin 45 minutes prior to the BPO concert. cians; and Matthew Collard,
Honorary German Consulate of
Tickets for this M&T Bank Classics Concert are on sale now. Dis- WNY; Joe Roetter of the Buffalo-
counts are available for children, seniors and groups as well as friends Dortmund Sister Cities; Brian Peek,
and families of German-American Musicians. Tickets can be purchased the Vereins musician; and Eric von
at the Buffalo Philharmonic box office located at 370 Pennsylvania Ave. Recklinghausen, president of S.V.
For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call (716) 885- Heidengold of Rochester, NY. The
5000. guests congratulated the officers
and wished the Verein success in all
Founded in 1933, The German-American Musicians Association is a their endeavors for 2017 especially
501(c)(3) not-for-profit cultural organization whose goal is the cultiva- for hosting the 26th Gaufest of Gau-
tion and performance of the traditional music and culture of German- verband Nordamerika on June 29 to
speaking lands. Their membership consists of professional musicians, July 2, 2017, in Buffalo.
educators and working professionals of all ages. If you are interested in
finding out more information about The German-American Musicians, President Randy Bracewell and
hiring them, or joining their association, visit their website at Vice President Heidi Mahoney
www.BuffaloGermanBand.com.
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