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Fall 2014 Culture Series

Featured Events

Documentary Screening: German Town: The Lost Story of Seaford Town, Jamaica

German Town

Friday, November 21
10am (Dining Room) or
7pm (Ballroom)
Free and open to the public

Director David Ritter returns to the GAI again this fall by popular demand! Join him for one of two film screenings and discussions of the history and contemporary life of Jamaicans of German heritage with his documentary, German Town: The Lost Story of Seaford Town, Jamaica.

Isolated in the undeveloped mountains of Jamaica is a village with German descendants whose histories remain unknown. Speculation about how these Germans arrived in Jamaica ranges from indentured servitude and runaway prisoners to former Napoleonic soldiers.

These screenings are co-sponsored by JaMinn Link, an organization created to promote the development and growth of the Jamaican community in Minnesota through communication, cultural promotion and volunteerism in both Minnesota and Jamaica. At the 7pm screening of German Town, members of JaMinn Link's board will be introducing their own documentary project, Armadale. JaMinn Link will also be offering guests at the screening a cup of Jamaican coffee!

This event is presented in partnership with the Minnesota International Center as part of their Year of Germany.


Holiday Open Haus & Nikolaustag

St. Nicholas

Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7
Free and open to the public

Open Haus, Noon-5pm
After hours in the Ratskeller, 5-10pm

Open Haus & Nikolaustag, 11am-3pm

Join us for a taste of traditional Germanic Weihnachtsmärkte at the GAI's annual Holiday Open Haus and Nikolaustag. This year, the Open Haus is expanded to two days and will include both indoor vendors and outdoor food and drink huts with holiday favorites, including hausgemachte Lebkuchen baked by the GAI's Deutscher Damenklub.

Join us on Saturday for tours of the Haus, decorated for the season, and stay late for an after-hours sing-along and trivia in the Ratskeller. On Sunday, bring the Kinder to visit St. Nikolaus and receive a free Adventskalendar (while supplies last).

For a complete list of vendors and participating organizations, please visit the event page.


Community Christmas Dinner & Program

Saturday, December 13, 5-9pm
$30 GAI members, $15 Member children
$40 Non-members, $20 Non-member children

Christmas Dinner by Ron Ravensborg

Ratskeller Opens: 4:30pm
Christmas Program: 5pm
Dinner: 6:30pm
Sing Along: 8:30pm

This year's Christmas program will include performances by the Twin Cities Männerchor, the Volksfest Singers, and a reading of the Christmas story. The menu for dinner includes traditional beef Rouladen (beef roll-ups with brown gravy), Haussuppe (homemade soup), red cabbage, Spätzle, and dessert. After dinner the Twin Cities Männerchor will lead a community sing-along.

Online reservations are currently closed. Please contact the GAI office at 651.222.7027 to inquire about reservations or getting on the waiting list. We will need the names of everyone in your party for membership verification. Please note that once purchased, all tickets are non-refundable.


Ongoing Events

Stammtisch (German Luncheon)

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
11:45am, $9 members and non-members


Join us the second Tuesday of each month for our German Stammtisch luncheon. Each month we serve a home cooked German meal, prepared by Helga Parnell and her group of volunteers.

We also provide cultural programming in German after the lunch, arranged by Evelyn Klein. This is a great opportunity for natives and non-natives to practice and maintain their German language skills while enjoying great food and Gemütlichkeit.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the GAI office by Friday, December 5th. Call 651.222.7027, extension 1, or email the GAI office. Regular attendees can also request to be added to the standing list at that time.


Kaffeestube European Breakfast Café

Saturdays, September 20 - November 22
8:30-11am, $10 adults, $5 children


Head over to the GAI Saturday mornings and enjoy our European-style breakfast buffet with your friends and family! Frühstück includes German rolls, cheeses, cold cuts, eggs, spreads, and more! Members and non-members welcome.

The GAI Library will also be open during Kaffeestube. Check out a book or DVD or read the latest edition of Das Fenster.


Heuriger: an Austrian Tradition Photo Exhibit

Ongoing through October
Free and open to the public


The Heuriger has been an Austrian institution since Kaiser Josef II issued a royal decree in 1784 allowing any grower to sell self-produced food and drink, wine in particular. Each year, these local wine gardens open for a limited time, usually two to three weeks, and invite guests to sample the fruits (and wine) of their labor . Whether on the outskirts of Vienna or in the countryside, Austrians and visitors alike flock to the Heuriger to enjoy a special Austrian brand of Gemütlichkeit.

This exhibit is part of a rotating gallery on the second floor of the Haus that will feature the culture of the German speaking countries, in addition to the historical photos regularly on display throughout the GAI.