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Celebrations of Luxembourg history and heritage (11/25/2012)

THE NEW FILM

Hémecht: Luxembourgers Making a New Home in Winona County, Minnesota, is a 65-minute documentary on the history and traditions of Luxembourgers in Winona County, Minnesota. The film was written and directed by a Luxembourger-American team, and was filmed in the Grand Duchy, Winona County and in New York City. Work on this project began in November 2005, when Dr. Mary Nilles, Rollingstone native, was awarded two grants to coordinate the 2007 series of events that would honor the Year of Culture, and examine those traditions that had been part of “Luxembourger American” history in Winona County for more than a century. In 2009 Jean Ensch agreed to collaborate on the project. The challenge was to observe “Luxembourger events” through a window of at least seven years; to write a script that would include interviews with some of the County’s oldest settlers; and to set the Luxembourger story within the context of Midwestern history.

Selected professors at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and New York City College of Technology, and their students, assisted with videotaping, photography and poster designs. Editing of the film began at HBC Productions in Winona, with Robert Pack as videographer and producer. The film was expanded and the completed version produced, by Erik Larson, film and animation professor at New York City College of Technology (CUNY), Brooklyn, New York.

Among the many Luxembourgers appearing in the film are members of the Royal Family, including His Royal Highness, Grand Duke Henri (when Prince Henri, he visited the Marnach House in 1992); Jacques Santer, Luxembourg’s former Prime Minister and President of the European Commission; Octavie Modert, Luxembourg’s Minister of Culture; Jean-Paul Senninger and Joseph Weyland, both former Ambassadors of Luxembourg to the United States; Guy Dockendorf, former Director General, Ministry of Culture; Guy Thomas, coordinator of the Marnach House restoration and president, “Roots & Leaves Association;” Guy Moris, LACS Board of Directors; Georges Calteux, Honorary Director, Luxembourg’s Heritage Department, Sites and Monuments; Robert Schaeffer, Honorary Luxembourg Consul General, Kansas City; Rene Daubenfeld, mayor of Boulaide, Luxembourg and director, “Building Bridges Tours;” Marcel Heidesch, Rambrouch; and Jean Ensch, author, historian, member, LACS Board of Directors.

The Hémecht film was funded by a grant from the “Roots & Leaves” Association, Luxembourg City, and private donations. The DVD is available at the Luxembourg Heritage Museum, Rollingstone 55969: (507) 689-2139; Paperbacks and Pieces Bookstore, 429 Mankato Avenue, Winona, MN 55987: (866) 904-1711; Lewiston Veterinary Clinic, 440 Debra Drive, Lewiston, MN:55952: (507) 523-2136; and in the bookshop of the Luxembourg American Cultural Society, 100 Peter Thein Avenue, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004: (262) 476-5086. To obtain additional information about the DVD, e-mail LUXED@charter.net.

ST NICHOLAS WILL ARRIVE IN ROLLINGSTONE,

DECEMBER 3-6, 2012

The public is cordially invited to participate in the following events:

•Saturday, December 1, 2012:

a St. Nicholas Supper at Ginny’s Supper Club (a St. Nicholas gift will be given to all who attend);

•Monday, December 3, 2012: St. Nicholas celebration and presentation of St. Nicholas gift bags to children and teachers at the Rollingstone Community School.

The St. Nicholas tradition, carried on for generations by the Luxembourgers (and others) who immigrated to Winona County, is part of the Holidays in many parts of the world. The historical St. Nicholas was born in Turkey and was buried in Italy. His life and good deeds are celebrated in both nations. He is the patron saint of sailors and merchants, and of various countries, including the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. His feast day is December 6th; the evening before, traditionally, his visits homes, bringing fruits, nuts and candies. This year he will come a few days early to children (and teachers and staff) at the Rollingstone Community School. On December 3rd, they will be given candies from Turkey and Italy, and an image of St. Nicholas bringing gifts to children in Luxembourg;

•Wednesday-Thursday, December 5-6. 2012: St. Nicholas delivers presents and St. Nicholas Day cards to many others in the community. Watch for letters or emails from the good saint!

These Holiday initiatives are sponsored by the St. Nicholas-St. Teresa Society, Rollingstone, Catholic United Financial, St. Paul, and private donations. A group of community volunteers donates time to make all preparations and distribute gifts. The poster is by Brother Roderick Robertson, SMUMN. Gratitude to all who work together to make this a yearly fun event!

THE ANNUAL TREIPENFEST: “25 Years at Ginny’s”

The Treipenfest (also spelled Träipefest) in Luxembourg) will be held in Rollingstone on Monday, January 28, 2013.

This tradition has been celebrated communally for more than 150 years in private homes across Winona County; since the late 1890s, it has been held in a public gathering space in Rollingstone—a church hall, community center, tavern or restaurant. The servings at 5 pm and 7 pm on January 28th will mark 25 years of the Fest at Ginny’s Supper Club.

As usual, there will be great main dishes (treipen, farmer’s sausage, German potato salad, buttered carrots, sauerkraut), and a fabulous apple cake dessert baked from the recipe of Ginny’s late mother, Veronica Arnoldy Rivers. Add spirited conversation and many door prizes and a wonderful evening is produced. Mark your Calendar and plan to attend. For information and to order tickets for this special celebration of “Treipenfest 2013: 25 Years at Ginny’s,” call (507) 689-2111. Good weather has been ordered.

 

 

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