Dorch­ester, Dueren County, Ger­many con­tinue part­ner­ship

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Dorch­ester County and Dueren County, Ger­many con­tinue its part­ner­ship for the 12th year, and Sail­winds Park will be the site for the an­nual Crabto­ber­fest hosted by the Dorch­ester County In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil on Satur­day, Sept. 30.

From 3 to 9 p.m. at Sail­winds Gover­nors Hall, fes­ti­val-go­ers will en­joy Ger­man food, beer, and mu­sic, a car show, an ex­panded kid’s en­ter­tain­ment area, and a Dorch­ester County Her­itage Area, cel­e­brat­ing our county from agri­cul­ture to life on the water.

Ger­man rock band echte Frunde Mun­dart­band will re­turn this year to per­form at the fes­ti­val.

In 2005, the Dorch­ester County Coun­cil and Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce part­nered with the Dueren County Coun­cil in Ger­many with the hopes of sig­nif­i­cantly and pos­i­tively im­pact­ing this

region’s cul­tural, eco­nomic, ed­u­ca­tional, civic and business en­vi­ron­ment. The re­sult­ing Dorch­ester–Dueren Sis­ter County Part­ner­ship seeks to de­velop chan­nels to fa­cil­i­tate the ex­change of in­for­ma­tion, ideas, cul­tures, and business prac­tices be­tween the coun­ties.

This July, Dorch­ester County hosted six Ger­many stu­dents as part of the Dorch­ester/Dueren In­ter Ex­change Pro­gram. The stu­dent vis­it­ing Dorch­ester were Raja Schald­jbaer, Thomas Prinz, Ju­lia Steven, Ste­van Rein­autz, Vanessa Marx and Ju­lia Cre­mer.

The stu­dents were a part of the health and public safety fields. Their su­per­vi­sor was Thomas Ranz who has made the trip to Dorch­ester County be­fore.

They re­ceived a tour of the county, in­clud­ing a af­ter­noon trip on the Skip­jack

Nathan of Dorch­ester where they go to see Cam­bridge’s Chop­tank River water­front from a unique per­spec­tive. They also got a les­son in how to catch oys­ters.

“On the boat was the best part of the visit,” Cre­mer said. “It is beau­ti­ful. Cam­bridge, Dorch­ester County is beau­ti­ful. Ev­ery­one is so wel­com­ing and nice.”

More than 200 stu­dents have trav­eled be­tween Dorch­ester and Dueren coun­ties as part of this pro­gram. The stu­dents in­volved in these ex­change trips are very much aware of our econ­omy’s global na­ture. It is hoped that this op­por­tu­nity will al­low for a more col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween na­tions in the fu­ture.

The Dorch­ester County In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil (DCIC) is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that has been set up to raise and man­age funds re­lated to ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to this part­ner­ship.

The Dorch­ester County In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil (DCIC) is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that has been set up to raise and man­age funds re­lated to ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to this part­ner­ship.

More than 200 stu­dents have trav­eled be­tween Dorch­ester and Dueren coun­ties as part of this pro­gram. The stu­dents in­volved in these ex­change trips are very much aware of our econ­omy’s global na­ture. It is hoped that this op­por­tu­nity will al­low for a more col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween na­tions in the fu­ture.

Crabto­ber­fest is DCIC’s pri­mar y fundrais­ing op­por­tu­nity for the year. Tick­ets are $10 for adults, $5 for chil­dren 3 to 12 years of age, and free for chil­dren 2 and un­der. Spon­sor­ship op­tions are still avail­able for the event. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, visit www.Crabto­ber­fest.com or con­tact the Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce at 410-228-3575.

“Our part­ner­ship is ever ex­pand­ing and di­ver­si­fy­ing. This year’s Dorch­ester County ex­change stu­dents all ex­pressed they had one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences of their lives,” said Jen­nifer Brant, pres­i­dent of the DCIC. “This is a unique pro­gram of ex­pe­ri­ence and travel for our stu­dents and Ger­man stu­dents, and the pro­gram con­tin­ues to grow.

“Crabto­ber­fest is our way of giv­ing Dorch­ester a small taste of Ger­man food, mu­sic, and fun while rais­ing funds to sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to the ex­change,” she said. “We moved the event back to Gov­er­nor’s Hall at Sail­winds Park this year to al­low us to have larger and more ac­tiv­i­ties.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Dorch­ester/Dueren In­ter Ex­change Pro­gram stu­dents Raja Schald­jbaer, Thomas Prinz, Ju­lia Steven, Ste­van Rein­autz, Vanessa Marx and Ju­lia Cre­mer en­joy an af­ter­noon at the Skip­jack Nathan of Dorch­ester in July.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Dorch­ester/Dueren In­ter Ex­change Pro­gram stu­dents en­joy an af­ter­noon at the Skip­jack Nathan of Dorch­ester in July.

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