August 11, 2022

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Unknown Tales: WNY ties to the Sound of Music

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The hills are alive with the seem of one more mysterious tale. 

“The Seem of New music is really centered on a true tale,” suggests Sam von Trapp, the grandson of the Baron and Maria von Trapp. He says that, though Hollywood took some editorial license, the simple tale was very exact. “My loved ones had been skilled singers.My grandfather, Georg von Trapp, was a very decorated naval war hero from WWI.”

But there ended up some adjustments in the story. The biggest was the method of escape. In fact, the most cinematic scene in the motion picture, with Julie Andrews singing on a mountain leading, in no way truly took position. “Saltzburg, the place my family is from, is on the border with Germany. So, if my family had climbed above the mountains they would have been I heading into Germany. In fact, proper for the eagle’s nest. Not an efficient way to escape the Nazis. They basically escaped on a teach to Italy.” 

Sam suggests there was also a person other massive discrepancy. “What’s most crucial, my spouse and children is that my grandfather was a a great deal extra light and involved father than he was portrayed in the movie.”

But back again to their escape, ultimately to the United States and their Western New York link. 

After an first cease in Pennsylvania in 1939, the family members settled in Stowe, Vermont in 1942, because it reminded them of Austria. That identical yr, their route to citizenship commenced proper below in WNY. Official Certificates of Arrival from the Countrywide Archives exhibit Maria and the 5 von Trapp girls, began their software system for citizenship on December 30,1942 in Niagara Falls, NY.  “I believed that my spouse and children was simply just coming back in from a concert through Niagara, but in point that is when they entered the U.S. and created their initial request for citizenship. So this was seriously a momentous entry into the U.S.”

The spouse and children ongoing to tour.  They opened a new music camp and even expanded the spouse and children lodge to accommodate visitors which include Pope Pius XII. 

Nowadays, the Trapp Spouse and children Lodge is a major attraction, specially for skiers. Their most recent addition, von Trapp Brewing, brought about another WNY relationship suggests Sam. “We a short while ago did a collaboration with Thin Male Brewing out of Buffalo. We had been definitely fired up about operating with those men and they built a good beer known as Lagerkollor which was also some thing new for me to find out. It implies cabin fever. A extremely appropriate title when people have been locked up for a yr.”