Author Archives: Suzanne Hull

BySuzanne Hull

Afternoon Tea Along the River

Take afternoon tea like a Londoner here in Des Moines on Sunday, September 17 from 2 – 4 pmAfternoon Tea Along the River is a British tea event in an elegant setting with views of the Des Moines River. Tickets are $40 each, including ticketing fees. All proceeds will go towards the production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017, the Des Moines European Heritage Association‘s signature event and the city’s only German-inspired Christmas market. Gather your friends and don your fancy hats for a memorable afternoon!

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

-Loose-leaf British teas provided by Gong Fu Tea

-Finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and petite desserts by Trellis Catering

-Live music

-Presentation on traditional British tea culture

-Contest for the best hat or fascinator (decorative headpiece commonly worn by Brits)

-Silent auction

When booking, please indicate the names of all guests in your party so that we can do our best to seat you together. Parties of two will be seated with other guests.

Please indicate dietary restrictions when purchasing your ticket; we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

If you have questions, please email annamvanw@gmail.com.

Purchase your tickets now!

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SPONSORS

Gong Fu Tea

Gail's Logo

Modern Woodmen Logo

SILENT DONATIONS PROVIDED BY:

Thomas Hubbell of Prairie Products

(Our silent auction is supported by great donors. Check back soon to see a full list!)

 

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language, education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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BySuzanne Hull

Global Brew Presents: Star Wars Trivia – Wrap Up

Huge thank you to Global Brew Tap House – Waukee/WDSM – IA for hosting us for a fun-filled afternoon on Saturday, August 12. Special thanks to Catering by Cyd for donating ALL of the food and to John Baumhover, Modern Woodmen of America. Iowa South, our Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 Fundraising Match Sponsor.

 

 

 

 

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Global Brew Presents: Star Wars Trivia

Star Wars trivia is a TICKETED EVENT to support Des Moines European Heritage Association‘s production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017.

Date and Time

Sat, August 12, 2017

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

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Location

Global Brew Tap House – WDSM/Waukee

9500 University Avenue, #1118

West Des Moines, IA 50266

Tickets are $12.50 per person and include light appetizers provided by Cyd’s Catering! Beer, wine and cider available for purchase.

Teams of 2 – 6 are welcome to participate, but teams of at least 4 are encouraged. Winning team receives a free round of drinks!

15 teams of four are available for $40, Individuals: $12.50 (price INCLUDES ticketing fees).

Gather your Star Wars Friends and May the Force Be With You. Costumes and Lightsabers optional.

 


Tickets will go on sale here at 5pm, July 28th.

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Worldly Goods | #CDM2017 Vendor

Tell us about your business

Worldly Goods celebrated our 30th anniversary this year! As a non-profit, Fair Trade store, part of our mission is to inspire sustainable livelihoods for our artisans from over 50 countries. We provide these artisans a marketplace for their products, where they are paid upfront for their work, earn a living wage within their country, have safe working conditions, and no child or forced labor is used.

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017?

Worldly Goods was a vendor the inaugural year and loved the atmosphere and mission of Christkindlmarket Des Moines! It is so much fun to share our mission and Fair Trade products from diverse cultures.

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 and why did you choose
them?

We have Christmas and holiday themed items from around the world. You can find that special nativity or ornament that will make your season bright. There will be hats, scarves, and gloves to keep you warm on those cold wintry days. Stop by our hut and be surprised by all the fun and unique gifts that are handmade just for you!

 

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Christmas in July Full Moon Ride Wrap Up

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) partnered with Flat Tire Lounge, Nite Hawk Bar & Grill, and Whistlin’ Donkey Sports Bar and Grill for an evening ride along the High Trestle Trail on July 8 from 8pm – midnight.

Riding in either direction, riders stopped at each of these participating bars to enjoy live music, European games, Christmas decorations and a costume contest!

Donations to participate in the European games, will support DMEHA’s production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017.

BySuzanne Hull

DMEHA at Des Moines Arts Festival – Wrap up!

As you might have noticed from our posts lately, there is a lot to do this summer in Des Moines. We’ve already visited the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market and we’ll be celebrating Christmas in July with a moonlight bike ride on July 8.

Check out the photos below from our booth at the Des Moines Arts Festival. The Prairie Meadows Community Outreach Program allows non-profit organizations to connect with the public. Both children and adults had a fun time making a ornaments and jewelry and learning more about Des Moines European Heritage Association and Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

 

 

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Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Study

Over the last 16 months, Bravo Greater Des Moines and more than 65 non-profit arts, culture and heritage organizations in Central Iowa have been participating in the Americans for the Arts Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 study.  The final report is complete and Bravo proudly shared Greater Des Moines’ results last night. This data clearly show that the arts mean business for our region:

  • $185 million in spending
    • $71.9 million by the organizations
    • $113.1 million by audiences
  • 5,677 full-time equivalent jobs employed by the sector
  • $16.8 million in government revenue
    • $7.46 million – local
    • $9.31 million – state

Click here for a full copy of Greater Des Moines’ report and for more information on the national study results and details.

  • This study lays to rest a common misconception that investment in the arts comes at the expense of economic development.  Rather, this study shows that the arts are a vital industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, is a cornerstone of tourism and economic development, and drives a creativity-based economy.
  • Beyond the intrinsic value of the arts to inspire creativity and engage hearts and minds, arts organizations are also businesses, employing people locally, purchasing goods and services within the community, and supporting the regional economy.
  • When communities support the arts, they not only enhance quality of life but also invest in economic well-being.  The arts are not “nice to have” amenities but are “need to have” economic engines.

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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DMEHA Part of Wellmark BluesCare Giving Program

We’re proud to announce that Des Moines European Heritage Association has been accepted into Wellmark’s BluesCare Giving Program.

The employees of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield participate in determining where charitable contributions are distributed in Iowa and South Dakota through this signature initiative of The Wellmark Foundation.

Wellmark employees volunteer more than 36,000 hours on their own time each year with qualifying organizations in Iowa and South Dakota. The Foundation matches these hours with monetary contributions to the employees’ designated charitable or educational organizations. For every four hours an employee volunteers, the employee can designate funding to the qualifying nonprofit of his or her choice.
If you’re a Wellmark employee, we’d love to have you volunteer at Christkindlmarket Des Moines or at any of the community programs provided by Des Moines European Heritage Association.
Does your organization offer a similar program? We’d love to be a part of it!
BySuzanne Hull

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 Radio Spot!

Listen to the 30-second radio spot I recorded yesterday with Ross Peterson at iHeart Radio to promote Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017. Who’s ready for the holidays to be here already?

Feel free to share with your friends and listen for the spot on select iHeart Radio stations as we get closer to Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

 

 

iHeartRadio is an Internet radio platform owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. Founded in April 2008 as the website iheartmusic.com, as of 2015 iHeartRadio functions both as a music recommender system and as a radio network that aggregates audio content from over 800 local iHeartMedia radio stations across the United States, as well as from hundreds of other stations and from various other media (with companies such as Cumulus Media, Cox Radio and Beasley Broadcast Group also utilizing this service). iHeartRadio is available online, via mobile devices, and on select video-game consoles.

 

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Prairie Products | #CDM2017 Vendor

Tell us about your business.

Hi, my name is Tom Hubbell and I live in Ankeny, Iowa.  I am a registered nurse by profession and specialize in Pediatric Nursing.  My company was just started this year and is called Prairie Products (which doesn’t sound very European, but I had to find a name to register).  Prairie Products specializes in imported, German, handmade Christmas items of wood and glass.

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017?

I became interested in starting my business after speaking with Suzanne Hull about the Des Moines European Heritage Association.  After a great deal of thought, I felt that this business venture would be the best way for me to support the Association, as well as opening up opportunities for me to expand my horizons.

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 and why did you choose them?

Prairie Products will be selling wooden nutcrackers (Nussknackers) from a variety of artisans, as well wooden pyramids of different sizes.  The pyramids use candle heat to make the blades at the top spin which turns an axle down the center with carved figurines; these are very traditional and common in German homes.  There will also be glass ornaments, wooden ornaments, tree toppers, curled wooden stars, and smokers (Rauchmannchen) of different sizes and themes.  I am also hoping to have some traditional paper napkins from Germany for decorating your Christmas party table.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am excited about this venture with Christkindlmarket Des Moines and DMEHA.  Please stop by and say “Hello”.

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