Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino held an Oktoberfest of his own by kicking off the township’s 2nd annual German-American Heritage Celebration. This event is dedicated to recognizing exceptional German-American residents who have had a positive influence in their communities while embracing and promoting German heritage and culture.
“There are many diverse cultures in Hempstead Town, but there’s no better month than October to recognize our hard-working, overachieving German-American residents and their impressive culture.” stated Santino. “I’m excited to be back for the 2nd year of our German-American Heritage Celebration.”
This year’s honorees include: Matt Buck, the General Manager of Plattduetsche Park, the hub of almost all of the German organizations on Long Island; Theodore Heim, a successful baker with a heart of gold; Frank Honerkamp III, a decorated Scoutmaster and dedicated volunteer; Mary-Ellen Kreye, a founding member of the Uniondale Community Council and active member of a dozen more Uniondale community groups; Nicole Radske Miskiewicz, a former Miss German America who continues to be the Vice Chair of the annual Steuban Day Parade; and John Wellenreuther, a retired Nassau County Police Officer who won numerous awards during his time in the department’s Mounted Unit and avid volunteer of many German community groups.
Glenn Meyran, a second generation German-American and Purple Heart Veteran, will be the distinguished keynote speaker. Entertainment will be provided by the New York Spitzbauam Orchestra, Bremervoerder Chorus, and Gemuetlichen Enzian Dancers. Delicious German delicacies were provided by the Ugly Gourmet Mobile.
“I would like to thank our honorees, our keynote speaker Glenn, our entertainment and Ugly Gourmet Mobile for their assistance in celebrating German culture and making this event truly ‘wunderbar.’” concluded Santino.