Bumming Around with Daisy 2011 travel blog

Inge Rider Browsing Used Books

Dianne Richter Browsing Used Books

Sunflower Garden

German Free School Building

New Austin Polka Band

Visitors and Volunteers Singing German Songs.

Bestwurst Sausage Stand

Accordionist and Bassist

Maypole Dance

Charles der Grosse, Magician

Today Inge, Dianne and I attended the German-Texas Heritage Society's Maifest Celebration. It was held at the German Free School on 10th Street. There were lots of activities and foods. We watched two Maypole dances. The second group were much better organized than the first one. The New Austin Polka Band performed on their own as well as for the Maypole dances. There was also a duo of accordionist and bassist. I enjoyed all the music. Listening to the bassist made me nostalgic for my Fender Precision, which I sold a couple of years ago. We had a good time.

The German Free School opened in 1858 as the first chartered school in Austin. Both boys and girls were admitted regardless of religion. No clergymen were allowed to teach. Languages used were German and English. The original building was 20 x 100 feet and only one floor. A basement under the north part of the building was stocked with sauerkraut, dried meat and water in preparation for possible Indian attacks. In 1872 a two-story addition was built. It has been renovated several times. In 1991 the German-Texas Heritage Society made it their headquarters and it is now used for German language classes and research in their library.

On the way home, I stopped at CarQuest to pick up my locking gas cap. It works well.

Today I re-installed Streets and Trips because, all of a sudden, it stopped working. Now it is working fine again. Who can know the mind of a computer? :>)

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