Hermann’s Deutschheim State Historic Site on 2nd Street will mark its 40th anniversary as part of this year’s Maifest Celebration.
On Saturday, May 19, Deutschheim celebrates its 40th anniversary and everyone in Hermann is invited to join the free celebration. Hammered dulcimer music and German song will “wash the soul from the dust of daily living,” to quote an old Gasconade County saying.
Deutschheim will be serving samples of Maiwein punch, an old German custom usually served the first of May. This special wine punch is made from a dry Riesling infused with sprigs of Waldmeister (Sweet Woodruff), which grows wild in the forests of Germany and is only used when its leaves are new and tender.
To further celebrate our local wine history, the special exhibit, “What Wondrous Life: the World of George Husmann” will be open both Saturday and Sunday, interpreted by historian Linda Walker Stevens, sharing the life and achievements of the Hermann youth who became the father of the American wine industry.
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