Monday, October 1, 2012

Oct. 5: Flavors of Aurora: Stirred Not Shaken - German

Opening reception:  Friday, Oct. 5, 2012  5-8pm
Exhibit:  October 6-27, 2012    Wednesdays-Saturdays, Noon-4pm
Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL  60505

Aurora’s German heritage is a long one, and this October, during the 175th anniversary celebration year, the people and their contributions to the development and culture of the city will be highlighted at the Aurora Historical Society.    The salute begins on Friday, October 5 with a free opening reception at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, 60505 from 5-8pm.   Authentic foods from the oldest retail shop in Aurora, the Wurst Kitchen, which dates back to 1895 will accompany authentic beers and wines from the old country.   Bob Kresz, a musician whose family has made German music in Aurora for decades, will be on hand with friends to provide traditional tunes suitable for the polka and the waltz, if party-goers are so moved.    Sponsors of the party, celebrating their German heritage, are Ed and Sharon Stredde.

The exhibit, co-curated with Ed Heriaud, historian of the Turners Club, will be unveiled at the party and will run through October 27.  Regular museum hours are Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-4:00pm.

The ethnic series will conclude for 2012 in November, when recent immigrants and refugees from third-world countries will present their stories, music and cuisine, with an emphasis on the American holiday of Thanksgiving.   More salutes are planned for 2013 and will include African American and Italian cultures.

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