The social was held at the Zimmerman Farm in the Weaverland Valley which was settled by Harry and Scott Zimmerman’s ancestors 300 years ago this year. Those ancestors came from Switzerland and Germany to pursue religious freedom. At that time these ancestors were followers of Menno Simon (Mennonites), but later changed to Lutheran. The first settlers were named Weber but later changed their name to the more English pronunciation of Weaver.
This year is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and Martin Luther translating the Bible into German so the people could read it in a language they easily understood. In conjunction with both anniversaries, we invited a group of Mennonite folks to join the social and to sing German hymns as the Zimmerman’s ancestors would have sung them. The group also sang some hymns in English