Residenzfest offers visitors entertainment, food, wine

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Kirchheimbolanden will celebrate its annual summer fest called “Residenzfest,” or residence fest, the second weekend in August. The fest, which also is known as “Three summer days in the little residence,” takes place Saturday through Monday.

Kirchheimbolanden is called “the little residence,” because it was the residence of the princess 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.

A “Culture Night” featuring exhibitions, music, lectures and ballet performances unofficially will start the fest at 5 p.m. today. The County Music School will offer painting with music for children 3 to 5 p.m. at Mozart fountain/Dr. Lothar-Siess-Platz. Theme will be Pippi Longstocking.

An opening graphics display will take place 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Gallery Hoormann (Friedenstrasse 10). A tailor studio will present fashion with everyday items 6 to 10 p.m. on Edenbornerstrasse. The Volksbank will exhibit paintings from 7 to
9 p.m.

The Museum in Stadtpalais, Amtsstrasse 14, will present “A Little Night Music” with classical and folk music at 9 p.m.

Close-out will be in Paulskirche at 10 p.m. with a local ballet school and a display on church songbooks.

City officials will open “Residenzfest” at 5 p.m. Saturday on Römerplatz.
The first activity which takes place each year is the run for children starting at 5:45 p.m. followed by the run for adults at 6 p.m.

In backyards, arcades and around the towers, local clubs and wine-growers will offer wines of the area, other beverages and international and Palatinate food specialties. Bands will provide entertainment in the center of town. 

Sunday will start with a ballet matinee under the motto, “Summer Dreams dance around the World,” at 11:15 a.m. in the Schlossgarten (palace garden).

An organ concert is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Paulskirche. Stores will be open 1 to 6 p.m.

A glow-worm and lantern parade leading through the old part of town will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Monday, vintners’ yards will open around noon and lure visitors with food specialties. The summer fest will close with a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.
Kirchheimbolanden is located north of Kaiserslautern, about 25 kilometers from Sembach on federal street B40.

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