Throwback Thursday program planned

Staff report

WAPAKONETA — The Auglaize County Historical Society will host a special Throwback Thursday on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 9 pm, at J. Marie’s Restaurant, West Auglaize Street, Wapakoneta. Rather than “throwing back” to a specific decade in time, the Historical Society and J. Marie’s will throw back all the way to Germany, with a German Fasching (Mardi Gras) theme. The public is invited to attend.

The event will feature a performance by select members of the Columbus Maennerchor. Founded nearly 170 years ago by a dozen young men, new Americans all, the Columbus Männerchor has become the nation’s largest and longest continually active German singing society and social club.

“We are so honored that members of the Maennerchor will be traveling to Auglaize County on Feb. 8 to perform,” said Historical Society administrator Rachel Barber. “This group is renowned for its singing and its preservation of German music and traditions.”

One of the members of the Maennerchor is Auglaize County’s own the Rev. Roger Phillips, who will be singing with the group at J. Marie’s.

The restaurant has also planned some special offerings for the Fasching event, including Weihenstephan Beer. Located north of Munich, Weihenstephan is known for the Benedictine Weihenstephan Abbey, which established the oldest still-operating brewery in the world in 1040. Throwback Thursday attendees will also be able to enjoy Schweine in einer Decke (a German take on pigs in a blanket) and Apfelkuchen (apple cake). Purchase of any of these items will benefit the Historical Society.

Celebrity bartenders for the evening will be ACHS trustees Mike Burkholder and Stan Davis.

“We hope that many in Auglaize County and beyond will come out to J. Marie’s on Feb. 8 to hear the Maennerchor, enjoy some German treats, and celebrate what is for many of us, our German heritage,” said Barber.

Founded in 1963, the Auglaize County Historical Society collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history of Auglaize County and its people through exhibits, programs, and publications.

For more information about this event or the Auglaize County Historical Society, contact [email protected] or 419-738-9328. The Auglaize County Historical Society is also on Facebook.

Staff report