Ausg’steckt ist’s! by Susi Hartmann

On April 17th the United German Hungarians will be “open” or Ausg’steckt for an afternoon of fun in an Austrian Heuriger. If you have ever been, or long to go back, to Grinzing, Sievering or Neustift am Walde, we hope to see you!

For those not familiar with an Austrian Heuriger, I once read “The Heuriger is to a Viennese what a pub is to an Englishman and an old-fashioned saloon is to an old-fashioned New Yorker”: a place where friends meet for some Gemütlichkeit. A traditional Heuriger is typically open in the summer and fall months in Austria. It is a place where the focus is on today’s or new, “Heurigen” wine. The wine that one drinks in a Heuriger this year is made from the wine of the previous year’s autumn harvest. Along with their wine, proprietors also serve some delicious Austrian specialties. Wienerlieder and traditional Schrammelmusik, provided by two to three strolling musicians usually playing accordion, a double neck guitar and a clarinet, round out the Heuriger experience.

We may have to imagine ourselves outdoors in the beautiful gardens, sitting on rustic wooden tables and chairs, surrounded by Lilac bushes, Jasmine and Linden trees, in the warm weather, but there will be no shortage of traditional Heuriger fare; grilled and fried meats, potatoes, sauerkraut and salads, all of which can be washed down with a g’spritzes (wine spritzer), or if need be a beer. Our Schrammelmusikanten, Ron and Fred, from Scha-Musi, and a special performance from our Cultural Group will be sure to make an excellent Heuriger experience.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Sunday afternoon, April 17th for this very memorable event.

Susi Hartmann

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