Pommerscher Verein Freistadt
The Pomeranian Society of Freistadt
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Sunday, June 30
Pommerntag  (Other Events)
12:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Mequon Rotary Park

Your Attendance Requested at a One-of-a-Kind Festival

Are you planning your summer calendar?

Like most states, Wisconsin has its share of small town celebrations. You can check out the Watermelon Festival in Pardeeville, Rhubarb Days in Osceola, Butterfest in Sparta, and HamburgerFest in Seymour. Don’t forget the Bacon Bash in River Falls and Morel Mushroom Festival in Muscoda, as well as Balloon, Ribfest and Chalkfest in Wausau. Milwaukee has an ethnic festival almost every weekend, including German Fest in late July.

However, none of these worthy activities share Pomeranian culture with all who attend like our own Pommerntag! This year’s event at Mequon’s Rotary Park on Sunday, June 30, will mark the 47th time that attendees have been able to learn that there’s more to Germany than lederhosen, dirndls, and fairy tale castles. Set the date aside for a full afternoon’s experience. Enjoy the traditional dances from the Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt, music from Peggy Mueller on her button box and the mighty Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band under the big tent with no cover charge.

Visit the nearby smaller tent to sample traditional Pomeranian foods, including red cabbage, knockwurst, herring, bienenstich (honey-almond torte), strudel, and cherry soup. Thirsty? Yes, people along the Baltic Sea drink beer, too, so naturally we need to follow suit! Then head inside the pavilion to research your ancestors with our “research ready” genealogists. Purchase a traditional “fisherman’s hat” or clothing that bears the historic griffin on the pocket.

The entertainment tent is large enough to allow a family gathering or reunion of friends. Play equipment for your little ones is just down the hill. We hope to see you attend to enjoy a lovely summer afternoon. By the way, we can always use volunteers for setting up, serving food and drink, answering genealogy questions, taking down, washing dishes, etc.

Wednesday, July 24
Pomeranian Brazilian Picnic  (Other Events)
4:30 pm
Trinity Freistadt Historical Site

Join us as we help welcome members of the band “Os Germanos” from Santa Maria de Jetiba, Brazil. Many residents of this area of Brazil still speak Plattdeutsch. This group will be sharing their culture at German Fest later that week, but first we want to show them Midwest hospitality with a potluck picnic. Meat, buns, paper goods, silverware, beer, water, and soda will be provided. Please bring a dish to pass. The event begins at 4:30, dinner at 5:15. The historic site is located at 11856 N. Church Rd. in Mequon, about one mile south of the Lindenwood Community Center. The 11 buildings at the site will be open to tour during the picnic.

Friday, July 26 through Sunday, June 30
German Fest Milwaukee  (Other Events)
Milwaukee Lakefront Festival Grounds

Join other German groups from around Wisconsin and the world for three days of food, drink, entertainment and culture! Be sure to visit the Cultural Village, where this year’s theme is “Fairytales and Folktales”. Our group will share the folksong “The Pastor’s Cow” in one booth and our genealogy database with its 182,000 names in another.

Saturday, September 14
The 185th Anniversary of Pomeranian Emigration to Freistadt  (PVF Meetings)
1:00 pm
Lindenwood Community Center AND Zoom
“In early October, 1839, approximately 20 families settled near this site to found the colony of Freistadt. Prompted by persecution in the homeland, the group sought and found religious haven in Wisconsin . . . ” So begins the state historical marker’s inscription in “downtown” Freistadt. On this date, Terry Schoessow will narrate that history and its connection to our group today.