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Fall 2014 Culture Series

Featured Events


Schokokuss Wettessen, Chocolate-covered marshmallow eating contest

Sunday, August 17, 2-5pm
4pm Schulanfang ceremony
Free admission. This event is weather-permitting.

Join our fun back-to-school celebration for the TCGIS and GAI communities. Activities include a bouncy-house, Schokokuss Wettessen (chocolate-covered marshmallow eating contest), lawn games, model trains, and picnic-style food at family-friendly prices. Adults can enjoy cold German beer and a casual, relaxed atmosphere for the whole family.

All incoming kindergarteners are invited to join in the Schulanfang ceremony, honoring the beginning of their school careers. "Der Ernst des Lebens beginnt!"

Walled-In: A West Berlin Girls' Journey to Freedom

Cover of Walled-In

Wednesday, September 10, 7pm
Free and open to the public

Join author J. Elke Ertle for a discussion of her riveting recounting of growing up in post-World War II West Berlin. Through food shortages and the Berlin Airlift, the construction of the Berlin Wall, and John F. Kennedy's Ich bin ein Berliner speech, Ertle interweaves global events with her personal story of a strict but happy childhood. Click here to read more about Ertle's book, Walled-In.

This event is the first installment of our Fall Culture Series.

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.


Ongoing Events

Stammtisch (German Luncheon)

Tuesday, September 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, 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, beginning September 20


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.


Walpurgisnacht: the Springtime Halloween Photo Exhibit

Free and open to the public


Visit the second floor photo gallery at the GAI and learn about Walpurgisnacht, a Spring festival celebrated throughout northern and central Europe, which has a special flair in Germany.

According to legend, on Walpurgisnacht witches gather on the Hexentanzplatz bei Thale before riding off on their broomsticks to join with the devil. Common celebrations include bonfires and dancing. Like Halloween, the holiday is often characterized by trickery and pranks. More than 100,000 people participate in Walpurgisnacht festivities in the Harz region of Germany every April 30 -- exactly 6 months from Halloween.

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.