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Fall 2014 Culture Series

Featured Events

Annual Meeting

Friday, September 19, 5-6pm

(Preceding the Herbstfest Heuriger)

The GAI's Annual Meeting will take place immediately before the Herbstfest Heuriger and will feature the highly anticipated unveiling of the GAI's new logo, as well as a report of how the GAI performed financially in the 2013-14 fiscal year and updates on special projects planned for the coming year.


Herbstfest Heuriger: a celebration of Austrian food & wine


Friday, September 19, 6-9pm

RSVP by September 12

Join us in saying, "Wiederschauen" to summer and a hearty, "Grüß Gott" to fall at our first ever Herbstfest celebration! Inspired by Austria's beloved outdoor wine gardens (Heurigen), we will be featuring authentic Austrian specialities and wines for your enjoyment. Complete with live music from Vienna Community Arts and enhanced Summit Avenue ambiance, you can experience the very best of Viennese Gemütlichkeit without leaving Minnesota.

This event is co-produced by the German American Heritage Foundation.


East Frisian Tea Ceremony - the exception to Germany's Kaffee und Kuchen

East Frisian Tee Ceremony

Sunday, September 28, 3pm
$5 material fee, prepaid RSVPs required

In Eastern Friesland, located in northwestern Germany, Gemütlichkeit demands that a cup of tea be ever at the ready, but dunking a tea bag into a hot cup of water will not suffice. A strong black tea is served over Kluntjes, a rock sugar that melts slowly, to which a cloud of heavy cream is added and never stirred in. East Frisian tradition dictates that you enjoy at least three cups.

Join us for more than just a cup of tea, as Ostfriesland-native Lübbert Kruizenga takes us through the unique experience of an authentic Ostfriesische Teezeremonie. This event is the second installment of our Fall Culture Series.

Please register online or contact the GAI office at 651.222.7027.


Hänsel and Gretel: Puppets and Performances

Hänsel and Gretel

Sunday, October 12, 2pm
Children 12 & under, $10 each

Join Minnesota Opera Resident and Teaching Artists in a family workshop exploring the world of Engelbert Humperdinck and his richly orchestrated opera, Hänsel and Gretel. Musicians will use music, storytelling, and puppetry to tell the well-known Brothers Grimm fairy tale. After the 30 minute performance, children will get to build and take home their own Hänsel, Gretel, or Witch puppet to retell the story at home.

Recommended for children 12 and under (and their adult friends, of course). Preregistration required online or by calling the GAI Office at 651-222-7027.

Artists Involved:
Angie Keeton, Teaching Artist
Elizabeth Windnagel, Soprano and Puppeteer
Aaron Breid, Resident Artist Conductor


Malice Toward None Discussion

Malice Toward None cover

Thursday, October 16, 7pm
Free and open to the public

Join local author Daniel C. Munson in our second Culture Series event, a discussion of his new book, Malice Toward None: Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, the Homestead Act, and the Massacre-and Glorious Survival-of the Kochendorfers.

Munson tells the story of the Kochendorfer family, who settled near New Ulm in the 1850s. The four Kochendorfer children were orphaned during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, and their descendants continue to live in the area today.

Perfect for genealogy fans, Munson will take us on a journey that began with a grave marker and ended with a rich history of this German immigrant family in Minnesota. This event is co-produced by the Ramsey County Historical Society.


Winetasting Dinner Soirée: Abend in Wien

red wine

Saturday, October 25, 6pm

$85 members, $100 non-members
Dress/Formal attire required
Registration now open!

Be transported for an Evening in Vienna at the GAI's annual Winetasting Dinner Soirée: Abend in Wien. Our formal gala fundraiser features five courses of Austrian specialties,prepared by the GAI's Director of Event Services, Katrin Erdmann, and five wines, expertly paired by Chuck Kanski, owner of Solo Vino.

dinner and wine

Soprano Bergen Baker, of the Minnesota Opera and Skylark Opera, will perform selections by Viennese composers throughout the evening. After dinner, join us outside for Cigars and Cognac or upstairs in the ballroom for a Wiener Waltz performed by dancers from Rivers Ballet. This year's raffle fundraiser includes both family-friendly and luxury options, including a $1,000 travel voucher from Condor Airlines.

Wear your finest attire (tux or Tracht is suggested) and join us for this exclusive event - attendance is capped at just 100 participants.

Proceeds from the Winetasting Dinner Soirée support the maintenance and restoration of the GAI's historic Haus.

Please visit the reservations page for the full menu and performance listing, information about raffled items, and to purchase tickets.


Documentary Screening: Junior und der Schwan: American Agents for East Germany

Junior und der Schwan

Friday, November 14th
Free and open to the public

October 1998. In the last Cold War spy trial, three US citizens were convicted of being agents for East Germany: Kurt Stand ("Junior"), his wife Theresa Squillacote ("der Schwan"), and James Clark ("der Professor"). Very few Americans had sympathies for Communist East Germany. Spying for it was unthinkable. Why did these three believe they were fighting for a just cause?

This film was 16 years in the making and turned into a unique story about the Fall of the Wall. It interviews the agents, their handler, relatives and friends, framed by one of the last interviews with legendary singer Pete Seeger. It is a spy tale, but not a thriller, a story of lost hope and betrayal, mistakes and misjudgments, idealism and naiveté.

Join us at the GAI for the film and conversation with German journalist Konrad Ege, who covered the 1998 trial.

Konrad Ege, born in Augsburg in 1958, has lived in the United States for 30 years, after coming to Washington with Aktion Sühnezeichen. He writes for several German publications, including Freitag (Berlin) and Evangelischer Pressedienst (Frankfurt). He has worked on numerous documentaries for German public television.

The film is in German and English with subtitles. The screening is co-sponsored by the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota, who will be hosting a companion event on campus.


Ongoing Events

Stammtisch (German Luncheon)

Tuesday, October 14th, 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, September 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.