THE 42nd GERMAN FEST — 2014
celebrated our cultural history and our community spirit, as the day’s events unfolded with beautiful weather, happy hosts and hungry guests. The early ones learned the secrets of the local playa lake, recently filled with blessed rain, and shopped among the arts-and-crafts booths that held both handmade items and exciting new finds. Meanwhile, the fiddle music came to a youthful crescendo in the Home Mercantile that was also dressed up in the collaged art of Emily Verkamp. The traditional German sausage dinner brought hundreds to the tables in our Community Hall while the Nazareth Museum not only displayed past memorabilia but also live demonstrations of rural farm life. The sounds of music floated from the stage at our lively Biergarten bidding all to enjoy such groups as C.R. Beedy, Gregg Birkenfeld Family, and special guests, Tom Kern, Harold Gerber, and Steven Birkenfeld. In our historic church, residents and guests heard about the intriguing lives of pastors in this early plains’ community, presented by Christene Stephens. Meanwhile, the laughter of happy kids reverberated through the community as they enjoyed the wet-slides and bouncy house. Senior Citizens refreshed all in their Snack Shack while the Herr Dobmier Team smoked up the best-of-the-wurst. Great Festival 2014
brought a crowd of hundreds to Nazareth Community Ballpark listening to the headliner band, Southern Brothers celebrating their Another Mother Tour and featuring Jason Eddy and Adam Hood. The evening got an exciting and dance-moving start with the New Rough Riders, Tommy Gallagher Band, and the sounds of the young and up-coming Seven Miles South. Refreshments kept the late-night celebration nourished while the campers added down-home friendliness.
NOT VOLKSWAGENS BUT CERTAINLY HISTORIC CARS AT GERMAN FEST ARE INSPECTED BY DAVID OLVERA AND ALPHONSE HUSEMAN OF NAZARETH.
SUMMER READING AT NISD EXCITES THE KIDS
Summer is a busy time, and families often do not have time to drive to a library in a nearby city. So, Haley Birkenfeld volunteered at the beginning of June to have the school library open until the end of July. The library is open Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. At 9:00, a book is read to the children followed by a craft or activity that ties in with the book read that day.
A goal and reward program was set up to further encourage reading. For every ten books read, that child receives a prize. When a child reaches thirty books, they receive a free book. “Heather Birkenfeld and Peggy Ramaekers approached me with the idea of opening this summer reading program,” Haley said. “I thought it would be a great opportunity for children to have access to the library throughout the summer to continue reading and progressing their skills.”
¨ The family of LeRoy Pohlmeier invites you to attend his 90th Birthday Party on Saturday, July 19, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at his home, 2685 E. Hwy. 86. No gifts please!
¨ You are invited to the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Edwin & Irene Huseman on Saturday, July 19. Mass in Holy Family Church at 5:30 p.m.; Come-and-Go Party at 6:30 p.m. in Edwin & Irene’s backyard, 303 S. First Street in Nazareth. Come and help us celebrate – no gifts please!
¨ The children, grandchildren, and great-children of Wm. C. (Jr.) and Catherine Hochstein invite you to the 9:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, July 20th, honoring them on their 65th Wedding Anniversary, and to the Reception following at the Home Merc. Please come and help us celebrate this special occasion! No gifts, please — your presence is gift enough.
¨ The children of Kathleen Hoelting Mattingly are planning a Card Shower for her 80th Birthday (July 20). We want to surprise her with as many cards as we can, full of birthday wishes and special remembrances. Please send the cards before July 18 to: Connie Van Nostrand, 1836 Brent Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68506.