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Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa

The mission of the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa is to promote, preserve and provide education about all aspects of the rich Italian-American culture to the Des Moines metropolitan area and the State of Iowa.

In addition to our educational museum, the Center offers a variety of opportunities for individuals as well as groups to take part in programs and events at the Center. Classes in language, cooking and folk dancing are offered on a regular basis. Italian travel and cooking videos are shown as well as Italian movies. Group tours are given to students as well as adults. The Center also offers self-planned tours of Italy as well as trips to various Italian festivals around the country.

Consider supporting the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa by bidding on their tree at Christkindlemarket Des Moines’ 2nd Annual Silent Tree Auction December 1st-3rd in Cowles Commons.

For more information, please visit the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa website.

 

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Plan Your Visit to Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017

Let us help you plan your visit to Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017. If you were with us last year for our inaugural event, you’ll notice a few new things:

  • Twice the number of wooden vendor stalls | Food & Beverage | Gift & Specialty Items
  • We’ll be accepting payments via credit and debit cards (as well as cash)
  • Two serving areas for Glühwein and beer: on Cowles Commons and in Yuletide Hall
  • Enhance your Glühwein experience with amaretto, apple liqueur and orange liqueur add-ins
  • Five times the demonstrations
  • An der Weihnachtsecke (At the Christmas Corner): Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 Commemorative Mugs, Beer Steins and Glassware, European Confections, Glaszauber Lauscha (hand-painted, hand-blown glass ornaments), Christkindlmarket Des Moines Merchandise
  • Yuletide Hall – heated entertainment tent
  • Confluence Brewing Company brewing a spiced beer called St. Nick’s Christkindlbier. We’ll have a firkin tapping on Friday of the market at noon. The beer will be on tap while supplies last.
  • European Cultural Heritage “Meet Up” on Saturday, December 2, 6 – 8pm. Meet members of The Danish Brotherhood, Marsteinen Lodge – Sons of Norway, The Scottish Society Council, Alliance Francaise, Clan Henderson, Stammtisch – Des Moines German Club)
  • Follow us on Instagram @christmasdesmoines and Twitter @christmasdsm
  • Grab a bingo card at the Information Hut. Return the completed card to the Information Hut for a chance to win a 2017 Christkindlmarket Des Moines commemorative mug
  • Grab a survey at the Information Hut. Return the completed survey to the Information Hut for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.

During your visit, you’ll also be able to enjoy:

  • Opening Ceremony and Tree Lighting: Friday at 6pm
  • Silent Auction Tree Participants: We’ve invited non-profit organizations to decorate a Christmas tree that will be offered during a silent auction at the event. Bids can be made at the Information Hut
  • ATM onsite
  • Visit with St. Nicholas and das Christkind on Saturday and Sunday fron Noon – 2pm
  • KinderKorner: Free children’s activities all weekend

Location

Christkindlmarket Des Moines will be held at Cowles Commons in downtown Des Moines (221 Walnut St). For directions to the Market, please click here.

Parking

Parking downtown is FREE on the weekends. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, parking in all City ramps are free of charge. Parking at meters is free all weekend, as well as after 6 p.m. during the week.

The following City of Des Moines parking ramps are near Cowles Commons. For additional parking ramps, visit http://www.downtowndesmoines.com/park. The following parking ramps will be charging “event parking” rates ($8/day – $10/day) on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 due to performances at the Civic Center.

  • 5th and Walnut Ramp: 422 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309, Phone: 515-243-8442, Cost: 1st/2nd hours — $2/hr., Additional hrs $1.25/hr. Total Spaces: 609
  • 4th and Grand Ramp: 400 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309, Phone: 515-243-8442, Cost: 1st/2nd hours — $2/hr., Additional hrs $1/hr. Total Spaces: 1016
  • 3rd and Court Parking Ramp: 210 2nd Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309, Phone: 515-243-8442, Cost: 1st/2nd hours — $2/hr., Additional hrs $1/hr. Total Spaces: 750
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St. Nick’s Christkindlbier Furkin Tapping

We had a great time working with Confluence Brewing Company to create our very own Christkindlmarket Des Moines beer called St. Nick’s Christkindlbier.

We’ll be tapping a furkin keg at Christkindlmarket Des Moines on December 1 at noon on our outdoor stage. Be one of the first to try this spiced beer just in time for the holidays!

 

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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Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Des Moines Swimming Federation

The primary goal of Des Moines Swim Federation (DMSF) is to provide the opportunity for each and every swimmer participating in the DMSF swimming programs to progress to the highest competitive level he or she is capable of achieving.

To achieve this goal, they use two essential focuses. One focus is to attract and retain talented swimmers with the desire and dedication to improve their physical conditioning and technical swimming skills with a view to competing at a high level. The other focus is to offer entry level, easy entry-easy exit, swimming programs for those young swimmers who are capable of performing the four basic strokes with some degree of proficiency and who wish to develop, improve and refine their basic stroke and racing technique, as well as experience a low pressure, competitive team environment that offers an opportunity for basic conditioning and competitive reward. In between these two focuses, DMSF offers transition from one level of competition to the next higher level.

Consider supporting the Des Mones Swimming Federation by bidding on their tree at Christkindlemarket Des Moines’ 2nd Annual Silent Tree Auction December 1st-3rd in Cowles Commons.

For more information, please visit the DMSF website.

 

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BySuzanne Hull

Open Ceremony and Tree Lighting

Join us for the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Opening Ceremony and Tree Lighting. Listen to das Christkind deliver her festive proclamation to open the Christkindlmarket and see the large tree lit. The opening ceremony will begin at 6pm on Friday, December 1.

Joining us to flip the switch this year is Lynette Rasmussen, Danish Consul General in Des Moines.

St. Nicholas will be accompanying das Christkind during the ceremony and they will both make a tour of the Christkindlmarket after the ceremony. Be sure to visit Christkindlmarket Des Moines on Saturday and Sunday from noon – 2pm for another chance to see the duo in action.

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Children Needed for Opening Ceremony Procession

Children are an integral component of any Christkindlmarket opening ceremony. Would your child (children) like to follow das Christkind through Christkindlmarket Des Moines to the stage where they will watch the opening ceremony?

Contact Betsy Penisten at betsypenisten@gmail.com with questions and interest. We would like at most 50 children to participate.

Children and parents are invited to gather in the East Entrance of Cap Square at 5:40pm on Friday, December 1, 2017, (please be on time) to receive a luminary and battery-operated candle. Please return the luminaries to a volunteer at the end of the opening ceremony if the child does not wish to take it home.

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

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Des Moines Children’s Museum

The Des Moines Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization with the goal of opening the first children’s museum in the Des Moines metro.

“We will provide a fun, safe, and educational environment for young children and their families to explore the arts, nature, and the world around them. We will provide hands-on exhibitions and programs to encourage a love of learning, and be a positive resource for parents, children, and the surrounding community,” states the website.

The Des Moines Children’s Museum has already moved beyond a “museum without walls” to a temporary winter space at Valley West Mall.

If you are interested in seeing this temporary museum become a permanent reality, come bid on their “Little Prince” themed Christmas Tree December 1st-3rd at Christkindlemarket Des Moines’ 2nd Annual Silent Tree Auction in Cowles Commons

For more information, please visit the Des Moines Children’s Museum website.

 

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

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Daughters of Norway’s Eva Nansen Lodge 46

Scandinavians began immigrating to Iowa as early as the 1830s and 1840s where they settled mostly in central and northern Iowa. Eva Nansen Lodge 46 became the first Iowa lodge to bear the name Daughters of Norway on November 5, 2006 with forty-six charter members representing Norway, Denmark, and Sweden ancestries. Membership is available not only to Norwegians, but women with Danish, Swedish, Finnish, and Icelandic connections.

“Daughters of Norway’s Eva Nansen Lodge 46 is proud to continue the legacy of Nordic heritage throughout Iowa with cultural arts, history, and traditions that our ancestors brought to America to share among today’s children and women of all ages,” explained representative, Sandy Hansen. “The Lodge Sisters pride themselves in offering educational and festive events, cultural programs and activities, and social gatherings. Lifelong Nordic friendships have developed while sharing common interests.”

The Daughters of Norway’s Eva Nansen Lodge 46 will be using “The Fun Side of Harvest” theme to decorate their tree this year. The tree will be adorned with wheat weaving Christmas décor, pine cones, etc. representing Scandinavian culture.

Please visit Des Moines Christkindlmarket December 1st-3rd to bid on the tree and support this organization.

For more information on the Daughters of Norway’s Eva Nansen Lodge 46, visit their website.


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

European Cultural Heritage “Meet-Up”

Enjoy the fellowship of a diverse group of European Cultural Heritage Organizations for a “Meet-Up” at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017. Meet in Yuletide Hall (an outdoor, forced-air heated entertainment tent) as you sip on Glühwein, enjoy a seasonal craft beer or nosh on sausages from Curbin’ Cuisine.

 

Represent the European culture you most identify with to the Des Moines community with your traditional attire, beer steins, and Glühwein mugs as you get to know members of other cultural heritage organizations in Central Iowa, such as Stammtisch – Des Moines German Club, Danish Brotherhood Lodge #15, Des Moines, IA, Clan Henderson, The Scottish Society Council, Marsteinen Lodge-Sons of Norway and Alliance Française.

 


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

An der Weihnachtsecke: At the Christmas Corner

With just two weeks until Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017, we’d like to help you get prepared for your visit by introducing our holiday store called “An der Weihnachtsecke”. In German, this means, “At the Christmas Corner”. In it, we will feature the following:

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 Commemorative Mugs

 

This year’s commemorative mug will only be available for sale an der Weihnachtsecke. Be sure to purchase yours before they run out. You can make a donation of $25/mug before November 29th to guarantee your mug and pick it up at the event.

For this year’s mug design, we again collaborated with German designer Sabine Voigt. She previously worked for Rolling Stone Magazine and continues to design mugs for Christmas markets around the world. We chose to incorporate our new logo this year, designed by Lessing-Flynn Advertising.

We had the pleasure of working with Straub Marketing to procure our commemorative mugs this year. Straub Marketing is a complete brand management company specializing in creative, print, promotional, apparel and fulfillment. The Straub team, with over 40 years of industry experience, creates seamless brand strategies, specifically customized by evaluating the organizational, circumstantial or event needs of clients.

Beer Steins and Glassware

From glass to stoneware, from boot to Maß, we’ve got your beer drinking vessels covered. With a variety of price points, you’re sure to find something for the casual drinker or collector in your life. There are also several limited edition pieces available.

Thewalt Steins

Many of the steins sold at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 are original productions from original Thewalt molds. These steins are produced in the same time-honored tradition, entirely made in the Westerwald (“Western Forest”), just a few kilometers from the original Thewalt factory. Several original skilled Thewalt workers are still making these new steins. Established in 1893 and producing steins until 2009, the Thewalt factory earned global recognition with emphasis on unsurpassed quality, using only the best materials and workmanship.

 

 

 

 

 

Gerz & Corzelius Steins

These steins were made from molds acquired from the original factory of Paul Werner Corzelius (some of which are over 100 years old!). These steins was made just a few kilometers from the original Gerz Sessenbach and Corzelius Hoehr Grenzhausen factory sites.

 

 

 

 

European Confections

We will be offering advents calendars, German/Swiss/English chocolate, Baumkuchen, Mozart Kugeln, Asbach chocolate, a variety of marzipan confections, Pannetone, German/Danish/English cookies and a variety of stollen.

 

Glaszauber Lauscha

These individually hand-blown and hand-painted ornaments, lovingly made by a family-owned and operated business in Germany, are truly one of a kind. The first Christmas tree ornaments made of glass originated in their hometown of Lauscha in 1847.

Watch a video of how these ornaments are made.

 

 

Christkindlmarket Des Moines Merchandise

We had a great time working with Straub Marketing, our 2017 Preferred Brand Solutions Vendor, to design our Christkindlmarket Des Moines merchandise. We will be offering totes, tumblers, knit caps, beanies, mittens and scarves.

BySuzanne Hull

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Mutter Chaos

Mutter Chaos is the only flyball team based out of Des Moines and gives dogs an outlet for their abundant energy while having fun.

“We strive for each handler and dog to perform at the best of their ability. We do not limit membership to those dogs who have the greatest potential but prefer to provide an outlet to dogs of all breeds and skill levels. The goal is to build a stronger relationship between handler and dog,” expressed Carol Freeman, Mutter Chaos member.

But, what is flyball?

“It is essentially a relay race for dogs. The dogs run in teams of four. Each dog, in order, jumps over four low hurdles while running to the flyball box. When the dog reaches the end he or she jumps on the box, much in the way a swimmer turns against the wall during a swim meet. As the dog jumps on the box, a spring-loaded ball is released. The dog catches the ball and runs back over the four hurdles to their handler, passing the next dog on the team near the start/finish line on the way back.” Explained Freeman

As a returning organization to the Silent Tree Auction, they have changed their theme slightly from last year, but kept it in the canine family.

“We love our dogs and we love playing flyball with our dogs. Thus, we could not resist creating a dog themed tree! Our tree includes many dog themed ornaments and decorations hand made by the human members of the Mutter Chaos team.” Freeman jokes, “Our dogs tried to help but as you can tell from our name, that generated some interesting results!”

Mutter Chaos and 13 other trees will be available to bid on and take home December 1st-3rd at Christkindlemarket Des Moines’ 2nd Annual Silent Tree Auction.


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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