Germans from Montabaur visit Fredericksburg for Texas barbecue

“Sister City” friends from VG Montabaur, Germany visiting for Maifest included, from left, General Mike Hagee, Silke Hagee, Torsten Schwarz (Mayor of Meusebach), daughter Vanessa, son Fabian, wife Sylvia, Simon, Tanja and Bernd Oelsner who is journalist with the Fraenkische Zeitung.

The Fredericksburg-VG Montabaur, Germany Sister City Verein held its annual Maifest on April 21 at the home of Gen. Mike and Silke Hagee. 

Membership was well-represented along with several guests who were visiting Fredericksburg from Germany.

In attendance were Mayor Torsten Schwarz from Meusebach in Thuringia, his wife, Sylvia, and teens, Vanessa and Fabian; Bernd Oelsner, a journalist from the Fraenkische Zeitung in Bamberg, with wife Tanja and son Simon; and Uschi and Hans Hatzfeld from Dillenburg, near VG Montabaur, the birthplace of John Meusebach.

Fredericksburg High School German students, under the direction of Dr. Karen Roesch, provided a performance of “Rapunzel,” featuring Jonas Vishart, Brian Watson and Diego Saldana. Their performance garnered second place at the Texas German Sprachfest competition in March.

Dorian Jones, first place winner at state, delivered his rendition of the story entitled “Das Loch im Strumpf.”

Brisket with potato salad and potluck appetizers, sides and desserts were served.   

The organization has been in existence since 1997, with the goal of maintaining ties to the VG Montabaur region. 

“Our goal is to foster all types of cultural and social exchanges with Germany.  We want to celebrate the language and preserve the heritage which the Fredericksburg founders brought with them to this area,” said Rose Marie Mazanke, newly-elected president. 

A group of 18 high school students and two teachers from Montabaur will visit Fredericksburg, Oct. 16-Nov. 4 this year, and Roesch is planning to take her German students to Montabaur in June of 2015. 

In September, 28 members from Fredericksburg will visit VG Montabaur on a bus tour to Heidelberg, Rothenburg, Augsburg, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with visits to the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. 

“Such visits will build lasting friendships for our young people as well as our adults and encourage ongoing exchanges,” Mazanke said. “It will benefit the preservation of our German heritage for the benefit of all in Fredericksburg for years to come.”   

Anyone wishing to join the organization may call (830) 997-4967. 

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