Rowan Museum offers German history lesson in take-out dinner – Reuters

SALISBURY — Instead of the Germanfest event it has hosted in recent years, the Rowan Museum still offers a taste of Germany and a slice of history to go with it.

This year, it will be packaged in a take-out container.

In September, the museum typically highlights Salisbury’s connection to German culture by hosting an in-person Oktoberfest celebration at the Old Stone House. Although the event was canceled this year, the Rowan Museum is hosting a German benefit dinner on Friday evening.

“It’s a COVID-19 replacement for our Germanfest event,” Kepley said. “It celebrates the German ancestry of many people in eastern Rowan County.”

Not only does the dinner allow the Rowan Museum to celebrate the area’s German heritage in a socially distanced way, but it will serve as essential fundraising during a year in which the nonprofit museum had to close its doors. For many months. Money raised from the German dinner will help supplement the museum’s budget, which Kepley says has been cut by about 30% this year.

“We need this type of event to be very successful so that we can continue to provide our education services,” Kepley said. “…This event could help us end the year strong.”

The Rowan Museum recently began welcoming the public into its doors, but only from 1-4pm on Saturdays. Kepley said he was pleased with the number of visitors who passed through the museum over the past few weekends.

“The first day we were open, there were only people from out of town. We had our exit sign and people came in,” Kepley said. “There were people here from Louisiana who stopped because our sign was there and they didn’t know what else to do in town and then last weekend it was all the people from inside the county looking to have something to make a rainy day.

The cost of a German plate is $20 and will include the customer’s choice of pork cutlet or chicken breast with Jaeger sauce, sautéed green beans with bacon, sauerkraut, German potato salad, apple crumbs and choice of beer from New Sarum or Cheerwine.

Alongside the meal, Kepley is creating a video in which he explains Salisbury’s links to German heritage that people can watch while dining on traditional Bavarian dishes.

“It’s something a lot of people don’t think about anymore, but a lot of our traditions in Rowan County go back to those early German settlers who came from the Rhineland region of Germany to Pennsylvania,” Kepley said. “There they became the Pennsylvania Dutch, and then they came here and a lot of our traditions that we have, right down to the food that we eat in our county, has those ties going back.”

Kepley said reservations for a German plate must be made by the end of Wednesday and curbside pickup on Friday evening will be on Council Street. For more information, call the museum at 704-633-5946.