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VIEWPOINTS Who lived Upcoming events celebrate the
500th anniversary of the Reformation
Spread the word . . . on Buffalo’s
Take a step back in
The days are getting longer as we head into springtime. That means Millionaire’s Row time as the Festive
that our community’s social and cultural calendars get busy: All of these Choral Vespers offer
events help us to connect to our heritage and keep it strong – and The Mansion on Delaware was a service that gives us
remembered. lived in by Charles Sternberg, who a glimpse of Lutheran
made a fortune in grain. The Buf- worship in Germany
Our community and its activities are only as strong as we want them falo Club was once home to Ste- 200 years after the
to be. Spread the word to family and friends. Give them a copy – order phen Van Rensselaer Watson, who Reformation. The service will include music by Johann Sebastian Bach
them a subscription – to The German Citizen and tell them to pass it on owned a grain elevator and found- and Georg Philip Telemann.
when they are done with it. ed Erie Savings Bank. The Clem-
ent Mansion, now the headquarters Participants will hear Bach’s first cantata for Easter, “Christ lag in
Family and friends can’t take an interest unless they know what’s out of the Greater Buffalo Chapter of Todes Banden” (Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands) which was
there and we care enough to get the word out! the American Red Cross, was do- based on one of the reformer Martin Luther’s several hymns.
nated to the organization by the
2 • • April - May 2017 late Carolyn Tripp Clement. Georg Philipp Telemann was one of the most prolific composers in
history and was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the
Find out more about the Buffa- leading German composers of the time – he was compared favorably to
lo’s Millionaire’s Row in the sec- both of his friends J S Bach, and George Frideric Handel.
ond indexed edition of Buffalo’s
Delaware Avenue: Mansions and The service will be held at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, 6630 Luther
Families. St. (corner of Niagara Rd.) in Wheatfield, NY, on Sunday, April 23,
2017, at 2 p.m
With a robust, four-part, 32
page Index by Buffalo History In May, the members of the Tour Choir of Concordia College New
Museum assistant librarian Amy York (Bronxville) will offer their beautiful and God-given dynamic
Miller and an introduction to the voices as an awe-inspiring evening of music unfolds. The concert will be
Second Edition by Buffalo History conducted by Jason Thoms, dean of Arts and Sciences, director of
Museum research librarian Cyn- Choral Activities, and associate professor of Music at Concordia Col-
thia Van Ness, there is finally ex- lege, NY, and a professional soloist and chorister who has performed
cellent access to this encyclopedic across the country.
book’s amazing contents, street by
street, family by family. The concert will also be held at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in
Wheatfield, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
The decades between the Mex-
ican War and the beginning of A free will offering will be requested at both events. The public is
World War I revolutionized Amer- welcome.
ica’s cities. Industrial prosperity
produced an astonishing prolifera- German American
tion of capitalists and industrialists Calendar of Culture
positioned to garner a dispropor-
tionate share of the profits. APRIL
8 - Bavarian Night - hosted by Bayern Verein Alpengruen - doors open
These noveau riches erected 6 p.m. -Eagles Club, 1200 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY. Music by Die
magnificent mansions, creating Lustigen Almdudler beginning at 7 p.m. German food & German beer
aristocratic residential thorough- -Schuhplattler (authentic Bavarian dance) performances throughout the
fares in cities like Chicago, Boston evening. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 student (with student
and Buffalo, of which Delaware ID), Children under 12 free. For tickets: Klaus Schwarz at 585-414-1886;
Avenue was surely among the Swan Market, 231 Parsells Ave., Rochester, NY Online: PayPal at
most magnificent. paypal.me/afmayerbva
19 - Steuben Society of America, Samuel Helm Unit 144 of Buffalo
Classic Delaware Avenue ran dinner meeting - Scharf's - 5:30 p.m. drinks, 6 dinner/meeting Stammtisch,
two and a quarter miles, from Ni- self pay.
agara Square to Chapin – now 23 - Festive Choral Vespers - Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, 6630
Gates – Circle. Four generations of Luther St. (corner of Niagara Rd.) in Wheatfield, NY, 2 p.m - Free will
inter-Avenue marriages created a offering
closely knit, complicated cousinry. MAY
Encyclopedic in scope, Buffalo’s 13 - Rosary Mob - St. Ann Church & Shrine, 9:30 a.m. Outside of St.
Delaware Avenue: Mansions and Ann Church, 651 Broadway at Emslie St., Buffalo.
Families is an immense book of 17 - Steuben Society of America, Samuel Helm Unit 144 of Buffalo
facts that covers Buffalo’s grand- dinner meeting - Black Forest Adler. 5:30 p.m. drinks, 6 dinner/meeting
est Avenue. Stammtisch, self pay.
17 - Sproktoberfest, Park Country Club, Sheridan Drive, Williamsville,
The book is now available for NY. 6 - 9 p.m. presented by Rotary Club of Amherst. $45 presale, $50 door.
$59.95 online at www.buffalo German cuisine, German style beers, music by Auslanders and more. 716-
heritage.com/shop/buffalos-delaw- 631-2121.
areavenue-mansions-and-families/ 24 - Tour Choir of Concordia College New York (Bronxville) - Holy
Ghost Lutheran Church in Wheatfield, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at
The Indexed Second edition 7:30 p.m. Free will offering.
represents a valuable collaboration 28 - Maifest - Spring Graden Park, Two Rod Road, East Aurora, NY,
between Buffalo Heritage Press specially brewed Maifest beer. keg blessing and tapping 2:30 p.m.; guest
and the Buffalo History Museum. appearance Caledonian Pipe Band; music by The Frankfurters 3 - 7 p.m.
Park opens noon rain or shine. Food available at 1 p.m. Admission $6.
www.springgarden.com
JUNE
4 - German Sommerfest 2017- German food, drinks, music and fun.
Noon - 7 p.m. Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, Tonawanda Creek Rd.,
Amherst, NY. $8 adults, $7 military & seniors, $6 children & members.
www.bnhv.org
11 - Traditional German Festival - 84th Camp Lima Blossom Festival,
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. German food, beverage and entertainment - 2375 Pond
Road, Lima, NY. Music by The German American Musicians. Special
performances by the Germania Singers, Eagle Gymnastics, Rochester
Schwaben Verein Folk Dancers, Erik Schwarz and the Alphorn Society of
WNY. Donation $5, children free. Earl Skwirba - 585-857-7631,
blossom.fest@yahoo.com
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