Kirchheimbolanden will celebrate its 67th 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 backyards 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 actually will begin today with the city’s culture night, “Kulturnacht.” There will be art displays, lectures and musical performances. “Cyber Lights,” an LED show with dancing, art and juggling will close out activities at
10:45 p.m. in front of Paulskirche. To find out about all Kulturnacht happenings, visit www.kirchheimbolanden.de/_files/kulturnacht.pdf.
The mayor of Kirchheimbolanden, Klaus Hartmueller, 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 23rd 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 next to Orangerie.
Stores will be open from 1 to 6 p.m.
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.
Kirchheimbolanden is located north of Kaisers-lautern, about 25 kilometers from Sembach on federal street B40. For details, visit www.kirchheimbolanden.de or www.donnersberg-touristik.de.