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Mach mit beim 11. Kutzeschtettel Schreiwerfescht!



11th Annual Pennsylvania German Writing Festival
July 3, 2017, 1:30

The Kutztown Folk Festival is sponsoring the Eleventh Annual Pennsylvania German language writing festival. This festival is modeled on the regional dialect writing festivals held in Germany and France. We encourage participants to submit original examples of Pennsylvania German writing to the festival. These submissions may include short stories, poems, skits, true events, histories or other short literary works in the Pennsylvania German (Deitsch) language.

This year the Writing Festival presentation is scheduled for July 3 at 1:30, 2017 on the Seminar Stage at the Folk Festival. We are honored that Michael Werner, publisher of the Pennsylvania German newspaper “Hiwwe wie Driwwe” and a leading scholar of the language and literature, will be present at the event. Some entries will be published in Hiwwe wie Driwwe and entered into the Bockenheim, Germany dialect contest.

Entries and presentations should be in Deitsch with an English translation. People who know the Bufffington-Barba-Beam spelling should use that system but we encourage everyone to enter regardless of their spelling system. We will accept entries from people who cannot attend the festival but look forward to seeing and hearing everyone. Any questions, please contact:

Ed Quinter
2444 West Highland Street
Allentown PA 18104


William W. Donner,
Anthropology Department
Kutztown University
Kutztown PA 19530

Em Doug sei Blog: Baricks Kaundi Versammling

Der Doug Madenford hot gschwetzt bei die Versammling vun Baricks Kaundi des Yaahr. Un do iss, was er gsaat hot.

PA Dutch 101

Guder Daag Blog Leser! Yuscht eppes katz fer eich. Geschder waar der Barricks Kaunty Versommling un ich hab glee bissel gschwetzt. Ich will mei katze Schwetz do uff re Blog poschde. Ich hab aa en katze Video gemacht. Hoffetlich kann ich sell bis Samschdaag poschde. Awwer bis dann, do iss was ich geschder gsaat hab:


Gude Owed liewe Leit. Ich will aafange mit en Gross Dank an die Barricks Kaunty Versommling Raad fer die Gelegeheit denowed zu schwetze. Ich bin der Douglas J. Madenford un ich waar in em Reading Grankehaus gebore un bin uffgewaxne uff en gleene Bauerei in Centre Taunschip, un ich bin en Pennsylvaanisch Deitscher.

Ich bin do denowed fer zwee Reasons: 1. Um alli-epper wisse zu losse wie unsere Schprooch schteht do in selle Gebei un aa drausse in re Welt un 2: um alle vun eich en Gfalle zu frooge, awwer ich waerr sell…

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En Friehyaahr fer die Mudderschprooch 2011: Versammlinge im Abril

April 01: 10:00 a.m. Pennsylvania German Hour – Comcast Cable BCTV;
April 08: 6:30 p.m. Grund Sau No. 10, Fersommling No. 56 Polk Twp. FC;
April 10: 2:30 p.m. Dialect Service, Zoar Lutheran Church 560 Freeport Rd.; Lebanon;
April 14: 2:00 p.m. PG Dialect Group Schwenkfelder Libr., Pennsburg;
April 15: 7:00 p.m. Unner Mahanoy un Nochberschaft 66th Fersommling, Kevin’s Place; Lykens;
April 15: 6:30 p.m. Grund Sau No. 5, Fersommling No. 64 Masonic Lodge, Pine Grove;
April 16: 10:00 a.m. Easter on the Farm-Heritage Center Kutztown;
April 20: 8:00 a.m. PG Dialect and Kultur Society Risser’s Restaurant, Stouchsb.;
April 25: 6:30 p.m. Baerricks Kounty Fersommling No. 72 Leesport Market Hall;
April 26: 6:30 p.m. Upper Perkiomen Ladies #7 Banquet, No. 27 E. Greenville F. C.;
April 28: 6:30 p.m. Grund Sau No. 7, Fersommling No. 60 E. Greenville F.C.;
April 29: 6:30 p.m. Grund Sau No. 8, Fersommling No. 58 Smitty’s Social Hall, Ashfield.

16. Deitsch Fescht in Lebnen

Heit nemmt es 16. Pennsylvania German Heritage Fescht Blatz in Lebnen am Lebanon Campus vun HACC (Central Pennsylvania’s Community College), 735 Cumberland Schtrooss. ‘S schtaert um 9 Uhr am Mariye. Meh wie 1,000 Leit sinn exschpeckt zu kumme. Un sell gebt’s zu sehne:

– Deitsche Handwaricke
– Deitsche Musick (Dolpehocken Saenger Chor, Schwadore Schalle)
– Ebbes vun die Gschicht vun die Deitsche in Pennsylvaani
– Genealogy
– Ebbes in die deitsch Mudderschprooch (Patrick Donmoyer)
– Ebbes iwwer Braucherei (Jesse Tobin)

So geht mol datt anne. En Gruuss zu alliebber in Lebnen!

En Friehyaahr fer die Mudderschprooch 2011

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The German‐Pennsylvanian Association (Deutsch‐Pennsylvanischer Arbeitskreis e.V.), the Pennsylvania German newspaper “Hiwwe wie Driwwe” and several important Pennsylvania German institutions are pleased to announce an annual festival to promote the Pennsylvania German
dialect throughout Pennsylvania. We hope to establish and institutionalize a series of events called “En Friehyaahr fer die Mudderschprooch” (A springtime for the mother tongue) on a yearly basis with the intent of giving the dialect more prominence and visibility as a major part of Pennsylvania’s cultural heritage. In 2011, this festival will take place between February 2 and July 10. Bringing together already existing events and new initiatives to maintain and revitalize the dialect within this limited time period of five months will enhance the issue and show the public as well as the various media that Pennsylvania German is by no means dead and that there are enough people in Pennsylvania who care about its survival. This will make people aware of “what is out there”. We hope that this initiative will create renewed interest in the cause of saving this important part of Pennsylvania’s cultural and linguistic heritage.

Dr. Michael Werner
Publisher “Hiwwe wie Driwwe”