Keith Brintzen­hoff pre­sented PA Ger­man in­ter­na­tional award

Ger­man- Penn­syl­va­nia As­so­ci­a­tion rec­og­nized Brintzen­hoff for out­stand­ing PA Ger­man ac­tiv­i­ties in 2017

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PA Ger­man mu­si­cian Keith Brintzen­hoff, Kutztown, re­ceived an in­ter­na­tional award for out­stand­ing Penn­syl­va­nia Ger­man ac­tiv­i­ties in 2017.

The Ger­man- Penn­syl­va­nia As­so­ci­a­tion award was pre­sented to Brintzen­hoff for his life- time achieve­ment in the field of Pa Ger­man cul­ture and lan­guage. He was rec­og­nized by Ger­man- Penn­syl­va­nia As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Frank Kessler of Bel­gium, Brus­sels and as­so­ci­a­tion vice pres­i­dent Dr. Michael Werner of Ger­many.

The award reads, “The Ger­man- Penn­syl­va­nia As­so­ci­a­tion and the en­tire Penn­syl­va­nia Ger­man com­mu­nity are grate­ful for his great ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment.”

“To­tally amazed and ex­tremely thank­ful,” said Brintzen­hoff.

There was a sur­prise award pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing a Novem­ber BCTV PA Ger­man Hour with Pa­trick Don­moyer, Direc­tor of Penn­syl­va­nia Ger­man Cul­tural Her­itage Cen­ter in Kutztown.

“To me, it’s re­ally a great honor be­cause it’s an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he said.

Brintzen­hoff per­forms PA Ger­man mu­sic on gui­tar, banjo, moun­tain dul­cimer and the au­to­harp at var­i­ous venues, in­clud­ing the Kutztown Folk Fes­ti­val and Oley Fair for many years. He is also the mu­sic co­or­di­na­tor, band leader and MC for the Lyons Fid­dle Fes­ti­val. He is also a mem­ber of the band Toad Creek Ram­blers.

A re­tired teacher with a mas­ter’s in ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion f rom Kutztown Univer­sity, Brintzen­hoff teaches PA Ger­man lan­guage classes, most re­cently at the Berks County Her­itage Cen­ter in Bern Town­ship. For a sec­ond year, he is teach­ing a three- credit course on PA Ger­man lan­guage, cul­ture, his­tory and mu­sic at the Penn­syl­va­nia Ger­man Cul­tural Her­itage Cen­ter’s one- room school­house. The KU course, which brings in ex­perts on var­i­ous PA Ger­man sub­jects, is open to KU stu­dents and free to se­nior cit­i­zens ex­cept for a small state fee.

“De­bunk­ing a lot of myths about PA Ger­mans and I get to meet a whole lot of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple and make a lot of new friends. That’s a lot of what keeps me go­ing,” he said.

When asked the im­por­tance of keep­ing the PA Ger­man lan­guage and cul­ture alive, Brintzen­hoff said, “Lan­guages sooner or later, if they’re not taken up by lots of peo­ple, lots mean­ing thou­sands and thou­sands, will die out. But there’s a lot of in­ter­est in this lan­guage yet, and es­pe­cially cul­ture, folk­lore, mu­sic and so on. I try to pro­mote all of that. So far I’ve made a lot of friends and in­formed a lot of peo- ple about ac­cu­rate things about the Penn­syl­va­nia Ger­mans.”

He hopes peo­ple gain more gen­eral knowl­edge and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the cul­ture, folk­lore and mu­sic, “Help peo­ple look back and ap­pre­ci­ate their own cul­ture, which to me is very im­por­tant.”

Brintzen­hoff will be teach­ing Begin­ner PA Ger­man lan­guage classes at the Berks County Her­itage Cen­ter in Bern Town­ship for eight weeks on Tues­days at 6: 30 p. m. start­ing April 17. Reg­is­ter at 610374- 8839. For more in­for­ma­tion about Brintzen­hoff and per­for­mance dates, visit www. toad­creek­mu­


Keith Brintzen­hoff, Kutztown, re­ceived an in­ter­na­tional award for out­stand­ing Penn­syl­va­nia Ger­man ac­tiv­i­ties. He is pic­tured stand­ing in the one- room school­house at the Penn­syl­va­nia Ger­man Cul­tural Her­itage Cen­ter in Kutztown, where he teaches a PA Ger­man course.

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