The Joys of Being Wendish, Festival and All

SERBIN — In a light-filled 19th-century Lutheran church with red stenciling above the blue and white balcony, worshipers prayed and sang in German. It was the closest the visitors to this Central Texas community could come to honoring their heritage now that almost no one in Texas knows Wendish, the Slavic language their ancestors spoke in Germany.

Every fourth Sunday in September, more than 1,000 Texans travel to the heart of Wendish Texas — Serbin, an unincorporated town 55 miles east of Austin — for Wendish Fest. They attend German and English services at St. Paul Lutheran Church, enjoy ...

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