by 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Editor’s Note: This article was published in a previous edition of the Kaiserslautern American and the information has been updated to reflect this year’s event.
Kirchheimbolanden will celebrate its 69th annual “Residenzfest,” “residence fest,” under the motto “Three summer days in the little residence” from Saturday to Monday. The summer fest will feature live music, dance performances, culinary specialties and regional wines in courtyards and along medieval walls, gates and towers.
Kirchheimbolanden is called “the little residence” because it was the residence of the princes of Nassau-Weilburg for about 400 years. In 1368, it received town rights, and that’s when the town wall with town gates and towers were built. The palace, palace garden, ball house, orangery, court church and Baroque houses were built in the 18th century. These buildings reflect the character of the town.
The summer fest weekend will actually begin today with the city’s culture night, “Kulturnacht.” There will be art displays, lectures and musical performances. To find out about all Kulturnacht happenings, visit https://www.kirchheimbolanden.de/de/datei/anzeigen/id/23855,1171/programmheft.pdf.
Klaus Hartmueller, Kirchheimbolanden mayor, and the wine and beer majesties will officially open Residenzfest at 5 p.m. Saturday on Roemerplatz.
The first activity, which takes place each year, is the run for children starting at 5:45 p.m. followed by the 25th annual residence run for adults at 6 p.m.
Local associations and winegrowers will offer wines from the Donnersberg area as well as the nearby valleys of Alsenztal and Zellertal.
Visitors can taste Palatinate food specialties such as liver dumplings with sauerkraut, potato pancakes, vintners’ steaks with fried potatoes and schnitzel. International specialties include salad with shrimps, goulash soup, fish, game, and vegetarian dishes.
Sunday will start with a ballet matinee by the local ballet school at 11 a.m. in the Schlossgarten (palace garden). In case of inclement weather, the performance will take place in Stadthalle at the Orangerie.
Stores will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. for Sunday shopping.
An organ concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Paulskirche.
The regional renowned duo Nimm 2 will present piano hits and swing rarities from Billy Joel to Frank Sinatra starting at 7 p.m. at the stage on Roemerplatz.
Monday, vintners’ yards will open at 6:30 p.m. and offer live music. The band Pirm Jam will play acoustic rock at 7 p.m. on the stage on Roemerplatz before the summer fest will close with a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.