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2014 Anchor Events

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Fall 2014 Culture Series

Featured Events

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.