This year, Frankenmuth is celebrating its 50th anniversary with its sister city of Gunzenhausen, Germany.
On June 7, more than 100 guests from Gunzenhausen will be arriving in Frankenmuth for the celebration of the golden anniversary.
The fountain that is currently being finished near the parking lot entrance of Zehnder's will be dedicated to them upon their arrival later that same day.
A formal banquet will be held on the evening of June 10 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge.
Residents of Frankenmuth are encouraged to put out signs that read, "Welcome sister city friends!" or "Welcome Gunzenhausen guests."
According to the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce, the sculpture was all done in Michigan and most of the project was designed and completed by talent right here in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The Chamber offered these details about the fountain:
When the City's streetscaping project was completed in this phase in 2004, the City planned to build a monument or fountain in the future. A committee chaired by Judy Zehnder Keller with membership of Dan Haubenstricker (Sister City Chairman), Mayor Gary Rupprecht, Dr. Annette Rummel, Sheila Stamiris and Harold Eckert began meeting about the vision for the site about two years ago. Harold Eckert, retired art teacher, helped pull together the committee's design concepts and built a small scale model. Once the concept was confirmed, the committee hired Don Koster, lead architect with Archiverde of Midland, Michigan to develop the site plan and to begin designing the fountain. The committee selected Jim Ardis, sculptor, to create the sculpture based on the committee's vision.
The 18-feet tall Fountain, designed by Don Koster, is topped by a sculpture depicting a dancing young couple adorned in the traditional German dress of that period. The fountain has two pools, six waterfalls and a "rain curtain" emanating from a four feet diameter bronze bowl. The dancing couple, sculpted by Jim Ardis, is intended to capture the vitality and optimism of the young people who emigrated to Frankenmuth from the Bavarian region of Germany in the late 1800's.
William Bronner & Son Contractor of Frankenmuth is the contractor for the project. Project manager, Matt Bronner, coordinated the major concrete work and that of subcontractors. Primarily, the project was "made in Michigan" – with all of the contractors based in the Great Lakes Bay Region and Michigan. The waxed, bronze bowl and sculpture were bronzed in foundries located in Bay City and in Ypsilanti.
Copyright WNEM 2012 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:54 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:54:38 GMT
The Detroit Red Wings and city officials have announced a $650 million plan for a new arena for the NHL team in the city's downtown entertainment and sports district. The project was announced WednesdayMore >
JUST IN:The Detroit Red Wings and city officials have announced a $650 million plan for a new arena for the NHL team in the city's downtown entertainment and sports district.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:37 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:37:02 GMT
WNEM has received word that a teenager is dead and two adults have been injured and taken to the hospital after being caught during the storm while boating on the Saginaw Bay. The teenager, a 14-year-oldMore >
WNEM has received word that a teenager is dead and two adults have been injured and taken to the hospital after being caught while boating during the storm.More >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:52 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:52:28 GMT
A central Ohio day care worker sprinkled drugs on snacks to get children in her day care to sleep during the day, according to police charges filed Monday that the woman adamantly denies as a misunderstoodMore >
A central Ohio day care worker sprinkled drugs on snacks to get children in her day care to sleep during the day, according to police charges filed Monday that the woman adamantly denies as a misunderstood joke.More >
An elderly couple was rescued from the upstairs window of a fire in Bay City Wednesday morning. The fire started around 6:45 a.m. at the residence, located at 519 Polk Street on Bay City's east side. TheMore >
An elderly couple was rescued from the window of a fire in Bay City Wednesday morning.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:34 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:34:44 GMT
Four people have charged for holding a mother and her child captive for years. Jordie Callahan, Jessica Hunt, Daniel J. Brown and a fourth person are accused of engaging in human trafficking. AccordingMore >
Four people have been arrested for holding a mother and her child captive for years in Ashland.
According to the charges, the suspects used beatings, threats of death and threats of attacks from pit bulls and large snakes to hold a woman and her child against their will for two years.More >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:32 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:32:24 GMT
Due to demand, Kid Rock is adding an eighth date with ZZ Top to his "$20 Best Night Ever" U.S. Summer Tour at DTE Energy Music Theatre. Tickets for the Aug. 20 show go on sale at 10 a.m., June 22. ThereMore >
Due to demand, Kid Rock is adding an eighth date with ZZ Top to his "$20 Best Night Ever" U.S. Summer Tour at DTE Energy Music Theatre.More >