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Vol. 6 No. 5 October - November 2018 Issue Complimentary

German Festival at Town Park serves
as kick-off to Oktoberfest season

2018 GERMAN-AMERICAN OF THE YEAR: Robert Hartmann by Steve Dlugosz
(above left) was selected as this year’s German-American of the
Year. The award was presented on Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Buffalo Those who enjoyed the annual
German Fest in Cheektowaga and accepted by his son Bob (at right) German Festival at Cheek-
on his father’s behalf. Robert has been a member of S.G.T.V. towaga Town Park got a
Edelweiss Buffalo’s Schuhplattler group since 1967. He received his taste of what is generally to come as
honorary membership from S.G.T.V. in 1979. He was vice president part of the fall Oktoberfest season in
for many years and received his honorary officer status in 2002. Bob Western New York.
has been an active dancer with the Schuhplattlers since 1969. He
still serves on the Waldfest Committee since its inception 43 years Herbert "Honzie" Schmidt
ago and served on S.G.T.V. Edelweiss’ entertainment committee for serves as executive director of the
over 40 years. Bob, along with his wife Rita, attend many of the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village,
German events throughout WNY. Bob was surprised and thrilled additionally serving on the festival's
to be presented this award and thanked the entire German commu- planning committee and the Federa-
nity for this honor. tion of German American Societies
of Greater Buffalo. He estimated
Where in the world are we? that more than 3,500 attended this
year's Festival at Town Park, held
by Joe Roetter ganization and community group Sept. 1-2. Schmidt also performed which a person raises with their tural experiences that one can en-
Look at the sign post! are on display. over the weekend with the German arms an earthenware mug filled joy to open the Oktoberfest season.
The sign post is located in the American Musicians Association. with fermented beer or liquor.
City of Dortmund, Germany, in Representatives from each of Also, a Hummel look-alike (dop- "It's a great way to kick off the
front of the Dortmunder “U”, Park Dortmund’s Sister Cities are invit- Schmidt describes German Fes- pleganger) contest was held. The season!" Ball said.
der Partnerstadte. tival as "the most authentic event" day's events were held between
The Sign Post indicates the culturally in WNY, offering exclu- noon and 10 p.m. "It's camaraderie that is en-
directions to the City Partnerships sively home-cooked German food joyed by German cultures, and all
of the City of Dortmund. Buffalo by members of the Federation; as The event has been held at cultures in Western New York,"
is only 6201 km away. well as more than 10 beers, includ- Cheektowaga Town Park for added Schmidt.
The Sign Post was recently ing Spaten, Warsteiner Oktoberfest, more than three decades, follow-
dedicated in Dortmund by the Miller and others. ing a long previous tenure at See additional photos on page
Lord Mayor, Ulrich Sierau; with Schiller Park in East Buffalo. 5.
representatives from each of Dort- A Weinstube Open Wine bar
mund’s Sister Cities was featured, and a "Mabkrugstem- Shara Desrosiers was serving
Each year, during the first men" (Stein Hoist) took place. In tasty treats from her husband
weekend in May, the City of Dort- addition to the German American Dan's company, the Bavarian Nut
mund celebrates “DORTBUNT”, Musicians Association, music and Company.
a City fest. It is a weekend to dancing over the weekend was also
celebrate the city and its diverse performed by Blaskapelle, Dan "It's a hot day, but an enjoy-
population. Concerts, exhibitions, Wilke Wandering; The Bergholz able one," Desrosiers said of the
food, and displays from every or- Blaskapelle; SGTV Edelweiss Tan- mixing of the ingredients in the
zgruppe; and Die Lustigen Almdu- bowl. "We are always honored to
dlers of Rochester, as headliner. A be part of German Fest."
dance-off was held during the Sun-
day night portion of the festival. Fellow planning committee
member Andrea Ball was serving
This year featured the second- wine at the Wine Garden Satur-
ever Stein Hoisting; a ceremony in day and said the German Festival
is one of the most enjoyable cul-
ed to participate, to exchange and
contribute to the culture of the city.

As the representative of the City
of Buffalo, my wife and I had the
opportunity to develop friendships
with the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Eng-
land and her husband. We attended
parties, with a most incredible eve-
ning hosted by the Russian delega-
tion that brought their own band.

We attended a BVB Soccer
Game, made presentations to the
Burgermeister and signed the
“Golden Book” as official guests of
the City of Dortmund.

In May of 2019, WE will cele-
brate the 40th Anniversary of the
Buffalo-Dortmund relationship
with a special trip to Dortmund.
Look for further information and
perhaps you will join us in a visit to
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