44th Annual German Festival Brings A Crowd of Hundreds
Saturday, July 9 brought a large crowd to the small town of Nazareth, Texas for the celebration of our heritage and community spirit. In 1902 the German-speaking families settled in Nazareth, and over a hundred years later, the history and culture is still remembered. The many exciting events took place throughout the warm day in various locations starting early in the morning and ending late at night.
The early visitors learned about the local playa lake and discovered the various forms of life it is home to. Others spent time participating in the walking tour of Nazareth with the Boy Scouts, while some shopped at the inside and open air arts and crafts exhibits. The booths held various finds including handmade items, clothing, and wall decorations.
The German sausage dinner attracted 950 guests to the community hall with its delicious sausage, potatoes, sauerkraut, green beans, salad, fresh fruit and German chocolate cake.
The day was filled with fun for the many children as well. Their laughter was heard throughout the area as they enjoyed the water slides and activities including the video games in the game truck, and in the evening they got to enjoy pizza and the movie The Good Dinosaur.
In addition to the car show in the Hall parking lot featuring car clubs around the Panhandle, an exhibit was displayed in the Home Mercantile building throughout the afternoon with guest artist Gary Ward. Ward is from Canyon, Texas and grew up under the influence of Western art. Ward’s painting are inspired by people, animals, and places that make Texas unique.
The senior citizens hosted a place to cool off from the summer sun in their air conditioned building with refreshments for sale including ice cream with all the toppings, soft drinks, and lemonade.
Paige’s Bier Garden offered adult refreshments and a live music stage featuring both recording artists and local musicians along with family groups. A BBQ meal was served in the evening to benefit the Future of Nazareth Fund.
Hundreds attended the Suds & Sounds outdoor concert and dance at the Nazareth Ballpark to listen to headliner band Zane Williams and other performers: Agave Posse, Lee Scheetz & Borderline, Texas Tumbleweed Junction, and Drake Hayes.
A big thank you goes to all who helped in any way to make the enjoyable day possible and safe. A special thanks to the Hall Committee members who organized the festival and worked to prepare everything for the day and to the Knights of Columbus for putting on the Suds & Sounds concert.
SCOUTS RETIRE AMERICAN FLAGS
Also as a part of the annual German Festival, the members of the Boy Scouts Troop 265 participated in a flag retirement ceremony in front of city hall.
The scouts retired three flags that were faded or torn and could no longer proudly represent the nation by respectfully and honorably burning them. The scouts that participated include Lars Schilderink, Ethan Schulte, Tyler Ramsey, Nathaniel VanDijk, Eric Heitschmidt, Landon Robb, Mike Schilderink, Brady Robb, Brett Heitschmidt and Traven Birkenfeld. Assisting the group with the ceremony was troop master Bruce Schulte along with adult leader Larry Robb. Also recognized during the ceremony were the three most recent eagle scouts from the troop: Ethan Schulte, Tyler Ramsey and Lars Schilderink.
“We replace the old flags with new flags with vibrant colors that brilliantly represent the nation that countless lives have fought for,” Lars Schilderink said. “I believe that this is an appropriate moral duty performed by the Boy Scouts of America.”
Members of troop 265 taking down the flag and preparing to retire it.
If you are going to be out of town for the Labor Day Celebration on September 4th, or if you will be unable to work please call Leroy Schulte 945-2306 or Lesly Annen 817-975-2150. If you are interested in a Chairman Job for Labor Day please contact Tisha Gerber 336-8521. Thank You.
LICENSE TO CARRY CLASS
Saturday, July 16th at the Hangar in Hart
9 a.m.—3 p.m.
Anyone who is interested can contact Darren Hefley at 806-231-0053 or Mark McLarty at 806-945-5478 for more information.
SHARE YOUR CARE!
- Please consider donating last year’s backpack to our Recycle for Caring, we will distribute these through the “We Care” Food Pantry in August or through the school.
- Also, this summer, as you shop for your kids school supplies for next year, we invite you please to “share your care” by remembering to buy an “extra” for less privileged students whose families struggle with beginning-of-school expenses. Mrs. Birkenfeld can collect these and see that they go where needed.
- Bring your used backpacks or “extra” school supplies to Mrs. Birkenfeld at school, or place in the Church foyer. Thanks.
- BTW: This year’s Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 5th – 7th, Friday to Sunday.
Nazareth German Heritage Museum Raffle
Tickets available at Intersection Sales & Service, Hoelting Supply, Peoples Bank, or any museum member—$20.00 per ticket and all proceeds go to the future expansion of the museum.
1st Prize: Texas Rangers Baseball Game Package
2nd: Prize: $1,000 Visa Card from Peoples Bank
3rd Prize: $500 Gift Card to United Supermarket
Nazareth ISD Open House
Welcome Back to School!
Thursday, August 18, 2016
– See your friends
– Meet the teachers!
– Bring your school supplies!
Taste Testing – 5:30-6:30 – Cafeteria
Meet the Teachers/Open House – 5-6:30 – Classrooms
Parent/Principal Meeting – 6:30-7:15 – Cafeteria
Hamburger Supper (Peoples Bank) – 7:15-8:00 – Community Hall
Meet the Swifts & Swiftettes – 8:00 – Swift Field