The family of Brett Buhr cut the ribbon on a Memorial Bridge built by the family and placed at the beginning of the Eagle Community Trail at Southern Door Schools.
With the fast approaching wrap up to summer and the entrance of fall, Brussels is preparing for two Kermiss celebrations.
Traditionally celebrated in each small community in the Belgian settlement in consecutive weeks beginning before Labor Day and extending into October, Kermiss would begin with a Catholic Mass followed by gatherings in homes, taverns and dance halls.
Relatives and friends would come from far and wide from the surrounding communities to partake in the festivities - which contributed to the need to cook in abundance, hence the tradition of making at least a dozen but likely several dozen Belgian pies. In fact, my mom remembers as a child that the fruit-filled sweet dough pies would cover all of the beds in the house and be stacked just about anywhere flat to cool.
The first Kermiss celebration in Brussels kicks off at the Brussels Town Park on Sunday and is hosted by the St. Francis and St. Mary Parish. A Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at 10 a.m. and then will be followed by food and fun from 11 am. to 4 p.m.
Highlights include music by the Modern Day Drifters, a kids games area, cooyah tournament, and lots of prizes with a bucket raffle, gun raffle, live auction and silent auction. Refreshments will be available to purchase including hamburgers, jutt, Belgian trippe, booyah, hot dogs, Belgian pies and desserts, as well as beer, wine, soda and water.
Proceeds benefit the St. Francis and St. Mary Parish. For more information, contact the parish office at (920) 825-7555.
And then ...
A second helping of Kermiss will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Belgian Heritage Center, 1255 County DK (the former St. Mary of the Snow Church in Namur). Stop in to enjoy a taste of Belgian food including booyah, trippe, hamburger, jutt, Belgian pie, tortes, and old-fashioned ice cream made by a machine powered by a tractor.
There will be music from 12:30 to 3:30 pm by Polka Man Dale with the Bellows and String Band featuring Edie Lenore, former Hee Haw Country Music Star.
As at all of the Belgian Heritage Center events, you are invited to bring old family and community pictures to scan. There will be genealogy assistance available for those interested in exploring their Belgian heritage.
On Wednesday the ribbon was cut at the Brett Buhr Memorial Bridge by his family and many students and their families enjoyed a scavenger hunt on the Eagle Community Trail. If you missed the event, I encourage you to stop in and take a close-up look at the bridge and enjoy a contemplative walk around the trail, which is open to the public outside of regular school hours.
The Southern Door Family Center's Older Adult Breakfast is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Forestville Town Hall, at 7705 County H in Maplewood, for any adults ages 55 and older. Enjoy a hearty, homemade breakfast and presentation by Martha Bennett about the popular dance fitness program, Zumba Gold.
Bennett is a licensed instructor and will share how Zumba got started, why it is so popular worldwide and the differences between regular Zumba and her specialty, Zumba Gold. Participants will then get an opportunity to try out a few simple routines and experience the fun firsthand.
Reservation required. Call (920) 825-1430 by noon Tuesday to make reservations for the breakfast. For more information, visit www.familycentersdc.com.
A golf outing to benefit the Southern Door Schools Athletic Booster Club will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Idlewild Golf Course, 4146 Golf Valley Drive in Sturgeon Bay. The four-person, nine-hole scramble costs $55 and includes golf, cart, and food. A silent auction will also be held. For more information, contact Bob Niedzwiecki at (920) 621-3872 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have an enjoyable and safe Labor Day and best wishes to students and school staff as everyone heads back to their classrooms on Tuesday!