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Vol. 6 No. 2 October - November 2017 Issue Complimentary

German Fest brings feel-good atmosphere,
traditions once again to Cheektowaga

At the Das Haus Museum from left to right: Niagara County by Steve Dlugosz
Historical Society Curator Tori Pellish; Niagara Aerospace Muse-
um Development Director Hugh Neeson; Senator Rob Ortt; Old Some long-standing traditions
Fort Niagara Executive Dir. Bob Emerson; Herschell Carrousel remained, with some tweaks
Factory Museum Dir. Rae Proefrock; Historical Society of North and additions in terms of
German Settlements in WNY Pres. John Schultz; and Old Fort beverage selection and event go-
Niagara Resource Coordinator Erika Schrader. ings-on, for this year's Annual Buf-
falo German Festival in
Das Haus Museum among Cheektowaga Town Park.

Niagara County grant recipients The weather, which seemed
fairly questionable going into the
Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – continue the installation of heat- weekend, for the most part cooper- German Fest over Labor Day weekend in Cheektowaga Town
North Tonawanda) ceremo- ing, ventilation and air condition- ated with the festival, which fea- Park has become an institution in WNY. In the picture left to
nially delivered a total of ing (HVAC) systems at the tured authentic German food, beer, right: Karl Cole, president of the German American Societies of
$40,000 in state funding to several Pioneer Building and Kandt House music and dancing. WNY; Lynn Engle, holding her German-American of the Year
museum organizations throughout on Niagara Street in Lockport. The award; Joe Roetter and John Schmidt.
Niagara County recently. Ortt se- buildings store exhibits and collec- Herbert "Honzie" Schmidt, the
cured the funding as part of the tions of historic artifacts from the executive director of the Buffalo Event coordinator/committee members Herbert Schmidt of the
2017-18 State Budget in addition early 20th century. Niagara Heritage Village and festi- Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village and Monika Braun take time to
to funding secured over the past val committee member/chair, was enjoy festivities at the annual German Festival in Cheektowaga
two years for museums in his dis- Old Fort Niagara in once again on hand to emcee the Town Park.
trict. Youngstown received $10,000 in event, with Monika Braun, one of
support of its interactive educa- the festival's organizing committee
Senator Ortt presented $5,000 tional programs. The historic mili- members.
to the Historical Society of North tary fort will use the money to
German Settlements in Western implement a series of programs The German Festival has been
New York. A new sign will be entitled, “Flintlocks and Council now held at Town Park during La-
purchased for the Das Haus und Fires,” for approximately 10,000 bor Day weekend for the past 30-
Der Stall German Heritage Muse- school students. “Flintlocks and plus years, following a long stint at
um in the Village of Bergholz. A Council Fires” will be presented to Schiller Park in Buffalo. Schmidt
portion of the funding will go to- visitors next May and June. estimates that German Festival as
ward marketing materials for the an entity has existed in WNY for
museum, so that tourists from The Niagara Aerospace Muse- more than 100 years. Schmidt also
around the world can continue to um in Niagara Falls received a estimated upwards of 3,000 attend-
enjoy the artifacts on display from check totaling $7,500 to enhance ing the festival for the weekend.
some of the original settlers. about 20 major artifacts and exhib-
its in the museum. Plans include Longtime local favorite and au-
In 1843 over 800 Prussian Lu- creating audio, visual and written thentic German music band The
therans settled in the Niagara fron- materials that adequately describe Auslanders performed to a solid-
tier, with the main settlement the historical significance of the sized crowd Sept. 2, drinking some
being in Niagara Falls/Bergholz. exhibit or artifact. These materials German beers while kicking their
Many of the descendants of the would be in addition to the exhib- musical talents into high gear once
original families still live in Niag- it’s current technical description, again.
ara Falls. but would include the importance
of western New York’s role in the The Auslanders typically per-
One of the original cabins that nation’s history. About 30,000 air- form at German and Oktoberfest-
housed many families during the craft, for example, were built in themed events across WNY. Other
first winter in 1843 is still pre- western New York and were criti- bands performing for the weekend
served and is now part of the Das cal to winning World War II. included The Frankfurters, self-
Haus, EinHaus und Der Stall mu- dubbed as WNY's most popular
seum complex. The museum is The Herschell Carrousel Fac- German music band, to go along
located at 2549 Niagara Rd., Niag- tory Museum in North Tonawanda with the German American Musi-
ara Falls, NY. also received $7,500 to help sup- cian's Association. Other entertain-
port the educational, cultural, and ment included performances by the
The Niagara County Historical recreational programming for the Dan Wilke Wandering German Or-
Society also received $10,000 to roughly 15,000 visitors a year. gan Grinder and dancing by the
SGTV Edelweiss Buffalo organiza-

New to 2017 at German Festi-
val was the the first-ever Schtein
Hoisting, a ceremony in which one
raises with one's arm an earthen-
ware mug filled with fermented li-
quor or beer.

"It's when you use your muscles
to hold up delicious German beer!"
said Schmidt, dressed in traditional
German attire. "This was a big

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