2009-09-24 / Community News

21st Annual Wendish Fest

The Texas Wendish Heritage Society will host the 21st Annual Wendish Fest on Sunday, September 27, 2009 on the grounds of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society Museum and St. Paul Lutheran Church picnic grounds at Serbin, Texas.

The daylong event will begin at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 8:30 a.m. with English worship service featuring Rev. Paul Hartfield, Pastor Emeritus of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Serbin. Rev. John Schmidt, Pastor of St. Paul, will serve as liturgist. The German worship service, again featuring Rev. Hartfield, will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Meal tickets will be available for purchase beginning at 9:45 a.m. and the meal will be served until 1:30 p.m. Snack booths open at 2:30 p.m.

Deadline for entries in the annual Coffeecake Bake-off is 10:30 a.m. and winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. A junior division (for participants 14 years and under) has been added to encourage the next generation of great cooks. Other contests for adults include washer pitching (2:00 p.m. with sign-up by 1:30 p.m. sharp), and a cross-cut saw contest for men, women, and mixed teams beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Children's contests include the Kletternpfosten (pole climbing), coloring contest, and stick horse races. Other entertainment for the younger generation includes a moonwalk, train rides, and face painting.

Demonstrations and activities throughout the day include tours of St. Paul Lutheran Church (12:30 and 1:30 p.m.), noodle-making, sausage stuffing, sauerkraut making, and blacksmithing. Kornelia Thor from Leipzig, Germany who will demonstrate her expertise at decorating Wendish Easter eggs, and many of her decorated eggs will be available for purchase. Also demonstrating their skill at Wendish Easter egg decorating will be Michael and Susan Unger of Houston and Sandra Matthijetz of Winchester. There will be a Silent Auction (from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and a Plant Sale featuring many Heritage and "pass-along" plants. There will also be displays of antique and classic cars, antique tractors and farm equipment, cornmeal grinding, and many more.

Kovanda's Czech Band will provide live music from 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The featured entertainment for this year's Fest, beginning at 3:00 p.m., will be provided by Rolf and Beate Sieker, bluegrass music artists formerly from Berlin, Germany, now living near Austin, Texas, along with Jessica Valls, a classical trained upright bass player, and Randy Underwood, a fine mandolin player.

On behalf of the Lee County Historical Commission, Carolyn Marble will present the "Carolyn Calvin Marble Friend of Lee County History Award" to the Texas Wendish Heritage Society and Museum during the afternoon program. This award is designated to be presented to an individual, an organization, or group of people who have made a significant contribution toward the preservation of Lee County History and the members of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society are honored to have been selected to receive the recognition.

We invite you to join us in Serbin for the 21^st Annual Wendish Fest, where you will enjoy all of the usual attractions, demonstrations, food and fun that have become the hallmark of this "celebration of our Wendish heritage."

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