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Melk 50th Reunion
June 24-26, 2016
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Melk Program

Save the date for the upcoming 50th Melk Reunion held from June 24-26, 2016 in Melk, Austria. The celebrations will take place in and around the Stift Melk.

Herr Emmy Sack is organizing a great weekend of fun that includes great meals, fireworks and tours! Guests will need to make their own hotel reservations and travel arrangements to Melk.

Click Here to Register Today!

Your $220 registration fee per person will includes some meals and the reunion programs. A cash bar will be available at several of the events.

Again, the $220 registration fee is per individual.

Program of events for the 50th Melk Reunion

Friday, June 24, 2016
6:30 pm Registration for the Reunion by the entrance of the “Barockkeller”
(main court-yard)

7:30 – 11:30 pm “Wachauabend” a get together to meet class-mates, friends and former teachers (buffet, cash bar, entertainment)

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Morning activities: On your own - biking, hiking, exploring the city, etc.

10:00 am  Commemorative Melk Anniversary Tree Planting in the Stift Park
11:00 am “Preps at Melk” - The past, present and future of the Melk Program (at the Konvikt).
12:00 noon Noon-prayer at the Abbey Church
12:30 pm Lunch at the Stift
2:30 pm Guided tour of the Gymnasium and former Konvikt
3:30 pm Guided tour of the Stift – concluded with a brief organ concert in the Abbey Church
6:30 pm Festive Academy at the Kolomanisaal - Official addresses and recognitions
8:00 pm Gala Evening at the Stiftsrestaurant - semi-formal attire
(Dinner, entertainment, music and dance)

Sunday, June 26, 2016
9:30 am Reunion Mass at the Abbey Church
11:00 am Reception by Abbot Georg at the “Prӓlatur”
Noon: Official conclusion of the Reunion

 Optional tour June 27-July 2 (“In Vino Veritas Tour”) has several openings. Contact Emmy!

Guests will need to make their own hotel reservations and travel arrangements to Melk.


Optional Trip Addition

Emmy Sack is leading an optional one-week tour through Austria’s and Northern Italy’s wine regions. It’s called the “In Vino Veritas Tour” (June 27-July 3, 2016). 

The "In Vino Veritas Tour" is a relaxing sight seeing and wine tasting tour through all wine regions of Austria and South Tyrol (Northern Italy) from Monday June 27- Saturday July 2, 2016.

Tentative Itinerary:

  • June 27, (Mon) Melk - Brixen
    (South Tyrol, Italy) 
  • June 28, (Tue) South Tyrol -sightseeing, wine-tasting
  • June 29, (Wed) South Tyrol- Kaernten (Drautal) a breathtaking drive through the mountains
  • June 30, (Thu) Drautal - Steiermark (winetasting)
  • July 1, (Fri) Steiermark - Burgenland (Emmy's homeland), wine-tasting, city band
  • July, 2 (Sat) Burgenland- Weinviertel - Melk

Double room per person: US $ 780.00
Single room per person: US $ 850.00


  • A coach- bus 24/7 (driver: Franz)
  • Hotel-rooms including breakfast and three dinners
  • 3-4 Wine-cellar tours, tasting, food and some tours.

Reservation Deadline January 30, 2016
Contact Emmy at esack@sjprep.net or call 1-800-525-7737 for more information This tour is organized by an Austrian/Melk bus company and Emmy Sack and was requested by several Melkites.
The payment (checks only) should be sent to" Emmerich Sack, St. John's Preparatory School, Collegeville, MN 56321.Checks should be made out to "In Vino Veritas Tour 2016".

From Herr Sack:
"Since we have to make timely hotel reservations, set up the wine tasting events and reserve the bus, I would like to have your commitment (check) by January 30, 2016. After the deadline, refunds ( minus $100) will be given until March 1, 2016! I believe that will be a trip to remember!"

Melk Memories
Noah Mackert, ‘99 reflects,
“Those nine months in Melk certainly changed the course of my life. Because I spoke German as a college freshman, I was free to take upper level courses and met the true language nerds right away. I was able to do work study as a German TA. I was free to expand my linguistic repertoire with an entire year of French. I majored in German! More importantly, though, I developed confidence, humility (eventually) and formed some of my closest friendships. Honestly, I feel the experience has affected me in ways I don’t fully grasp.  I wonder if you feel the same way. Maybe we can talk about it over a glass of “Gruener Veltliner” at Stern!”

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