by Caroline Turney
In an effort to raise funds for the planned 1913 Historic Plumeyer Bakery renovation, New Braunfels Art League members will hold the Stein Parade Auction Dinner Dance on October 26. Tickets are $50. The auction event will include a German dinner from Clear Springs Catering and live music by Terry Cavanaugh.
While Wurstfest runs from Nov. 3 through Nov. 12, several of the steins will be illuminated and on display at the entrance and dance hall as a tribute to German culture and heritage. According to New Braunfels Art League President Nancy Bower, the colorful photos of the Stein Parade were part of what caught the eye of “Good Morning America” producers when Wurstfest President Randy Haugh showed photos at the studio on Sept. 18.
Standing four feet one inch high, and painted with a variety of themes, the steins are eye-catching in person as well. Forty-two steins will be on display throughout the downtown area Until October 20. See www.newbraunfelsartleague.com for a virtual tour and complete list of steins. Some steins were painted to represent business sponsors, while others were artist-inspired. The public voted Anne Mcoy’s “Real-e-Stein” the number one favorite. Created specifically for parade sponsor Coldwell Banker, D’ann Harper Realtors, the stein was purchased when completed. Second place went to “Stein Meister” by Vickie Gilstrap.
Formulated after the popular Star Wars character, “Stein 2 D 2” was also a hit with children according to artist Dawn Brockmeier. “It was so cute,’’ she said. “One child kept hugging it.” Dawn and Husband Bill Brockmeier painted “Stein 2 D 2” after their daughter Star Hoffman drew the design and son-in-law Alex Hoffman assisted Bill Brockmeier in forming the body. They had to saw the top off the fiberglass stein and shape the head and other attachments from metal pinning and car-bonding compound.
As the artists worked to form and paint the steins, Parade Chair Lynette Clauser and other New Braunfels Art League members set out in search of businesses to participate. “Our three criteria were: interest, display space, and financial resources for sponsorship,” Clauser said. Sponsors wanting a design specific to their business purchased a stein for $1,500. Businesses wishing to display an artist-designed stein paid $595 to rent the giant symbol of German culture from June 1 through Oct. 20.