Nikolaustag & Holiday Open Haus
Sunday, December 8, 11am-4pm*
Free and open to the public!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the GAI! The Haus will be decorated for the holiday season for your enjoyment. Local vendors selling German Christmas gift items, including German Specialty Imports, Evelyn's Bunzlau Polish Pottery, Northern Traders, and Amber Jewelry will be available, as well as German food vendors, such as Aki's Backstube and Deutschland Meats. Come learn more about the GAI's programs and partners and enjoy model trains, freshly grilled bratwurst, soup, gingerbread, Glühwein, and more!
St. Nikolaus will be available from 11am-3pm to visit with children in the ballroom. Visit includes a free Adventskalendar (while supplies last). Families interested in our German Immersion Preschool are invited to stop by Kinderstube from 11-4pm for their Open House (located in the carriage house). Take a tour, meet the teachers, gather information about language immersion, or just partake in a seasonal craft, music, and toys!
*In case of inclement weather, please call the GAI office or check the website/Facebook page for event status.
Community Christmas Dinner & Program
Saturday, December 14, 5-9pm
$25 GAI members, $30 non-members, $10 children
Ratskeller Opens: 4:30pm
Christmas Program: 5pm
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.
We are currently SOLD OUT for 2013. If you would like to get on the waiting list, please contact the GAI office via email or at 651.222.7027. We will need the names of everyone in your party for membership verification. Please note that once purchased, all tickets are non-refundable.
Waltzing and Wine
Fridays, January 10, 17, and 24
GAI Members: $25 individuals, $40 couples
Non-Members: $30 individuals, $50 couples
Do you miss dancing in the ballroom? Have you always wanted to learn how to waltz but never had the time? This is your chance! Polish off those dancing shoes and learn the Viennese Waltz from Markus Berger, who attended Vienna's prestigious Tanzschule Fräntzl.
Registration includes 3 sessions, plus a complimentary glass of wine each night. Dance instruction will take place at 7, followed by open dance at 7:45. Registration is available online or by calling the office at 651.222.7027.
Stammtisch (German Luncheon)
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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. 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 6th. 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 21 - December 7, 2013*
9-11am, $8 adults, $4 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.
*There will be no Kaffeestube on October 26 or November 30.