Old traditions, new twists are on tap for Heritage Days

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It’s fun to recreate old memories and greet old friends, but it’s also fun to share new experiences with new friends.

There are plenty of opportunities for both at this week’s German Heritage Days.

Yes, you heard that right, the “German” part ties in with the theme, “Back to Our Roots,” as columnist Dick Trail explains in the weekly contribution that shares this page.

The parade is the highlight, of course, at 10 a.m. Saturday, and favorite son, former governor and U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson will be the featured speaker at the George Norris Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Friday at McCook Christian Church, 507 West B.

And, there will be a number of food vendors to provide treats while shopping in artisan and craft booths in Norris Park following the parade and Sunday, with a great lineup of entertainment both afternoons, including a preview to the SWNCTA performance of Flanagan’s Wake at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

But you might want to add some extra activities to your busy weekend schedule, including a free showing of “Big” at 7:45 p.m. Friday behind McMillen Hall on the college campus, a quilt show Friday and Saturday afternoon at the Norris Home, and a beer garden and tailgate party at Citta Deli Saturday night.

If you’re a little more ambitious, there’s a Heritage Days 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and the 6th annual Bison Alumni Golf Tournament at 11:30 .m. Saturday.

And don’t forget Sunday’s Norris Park worship service, hosted this year by the Church of Christ at 10 a.m., with food and crafts and entertainment to follow in the bandshell.

And there is plenty more.

The weather promises to cooperate this year, so be sure to take time to plan your weekend so you don’t miss your favorites.

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