Author Archives: Suzanne Hull

BySuzanne Hull

#CDM2016 Glühwein Mugs!

For Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016, German designer Sabine Voigt, has crafted a Christmas-themed design for our Glühwein mug. Voigt studied in Dusseldorf, Germany and San Diego, CA, graduating as a graphic designer. Previously she has worked for companies such as Rolling Stone Magazine, Cologne Cathedral Christmas market, Kölner Bank, and many others, as well as designing a variety of mugs for Christmas markets around the world. Voigt has been awarded 1st place in the Charlie Hebdo Cart Competition, awards in the International Cartoon contest, the European Cartoon contest, and a variety of other awards and decorations. Her work has been presented in Portugal, Germany, America, Spain, and other countries world wide for its colorful and youthful appearance.

DMEHA is excited to have had the opportunity to further display her work by using her design featured below on our 2016 Glühwein mug. Guarantee your Glühwein mug this year by making a donation of $25 or more to Des Moines European Heritage Association.

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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

Meet Your Event Planning Committee Members | Betsy Penisten

betsy-penistenTell us about yourself.

Betsy grew up on the north side of Des Moines and attended Saydel High School. Upon graduating, she attended the University of Iowa and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in English Literature and political science. Betsy currently resides in Des Moines, and is a  program planner for the Iowa Department of Human Rights Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning. Betsy enjoys gardening,  painting, and playing the Ukulele.

Why are you involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

Betsy learned about Christkindlmarket Des Moines while walking past a booth at the Des Moines Art Festival and questioning why, in the summertime, there would be a booth decorated for Christmas. She soon found out about the Christkindlmarket and immediately wanted to  get involved for the diversity the organization offers— there are so many volunteer opportunities available based on where your interest lies.

Why should others become involved?

Betsy believes others should get involved because it gives you the opportunity to give back to the community while also learning about different cultures and customs.

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

Meet Your Event Planning Committee Members | Mike Mendenhall

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Tell us about yourself.

Mike grew up on the east side of Des Moines and attended East High School. Upon graduating, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications, with a minor in music performance from the University of Iowa. Mike currently resides in Des Moines, and is the editor of  two weekly newspapers in the state: Jasper County Tribune and Prairie City News. Mike enjoys Star Wars lore, indie classical and jazz music, and listening to Iowa Public Radio.

Why are you involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

Mike learned about Christkindlmarket Des Moines while taking in the sights and sounds of the Des Moines Arts Festival this summer. Mike is volunteering to help a worthwhile culturally-minded non-profit become established in the Greater Des Moines Area.

Why should others become involved?

Mike believes others should get involved because it is an opportunity to learn about ancestry and the
commonalities of European traditions.

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

Suzanne Hull Presents at Des Moines Area Retired School Personnel Association

Suzanne Hull, Board President of Des Moines European Heritage Association presented to the Des Moines Area Retired School Personnel Association on September 22, 2016

The group enjoyed hearing about DMEHA and what they have planned for Christkindlmarket Des Moines taking place at Cowles Commons December 2 – 4, 2016.

If you’d like Suzanne to make a presentation to your networking group or community organization, please contact her at suzanne.hull@dmeha.org.

About DMARSPA

DMARSPA is an association of retired school personnel residing in the Des Moines, Iowa area. It exists to provide opportunities for entertainment and social interaction between members.

 

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Meet Your Event Planning Committee Members | Missy Mootz

Missy MootzTell us about yourself.

My name is Missy Mootz, and I grew up in Iowa before broadening my horizons for 4 years in Minneapolis and 3 years in Zurich, Switzerland. I am currently a stay-at-home mom of one (soon to be two in December). I married my college sweetheart who provided me with the opportunity to experience all that Europe has to offer.

Why are you involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

I got involved in Christkindlmarket Des Moines for two reasons. I was looking for a connection to the life I had just lived for 3 years in Switzerland, and I wanted to get involved in the community. Luckily, I came across this opportunity, and it has already exceeded my expectations. I can’t wait for the first inaugural Market to start some new traditions with my family!

Why should others become involved?

Anyone and everyone should get involved with this event. Even if you are just a visitor this year, I guarantee, once you experience a Christmas Market, you will want to do it over and over again. Everyone should have access to experience new cultures and old traditions regardless of where you live.





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

Venue Announcement!

German Christmas Market Set for Downtown Des Moinesfacebook

Event to Feature European Culture, Food, Music, Gifts

DES MOINES, IOWA, Sept. 15, 2016 – The first-ever German Christmas-themed market, known as Christkindlmarket Des Moines, is set for Dec. 2 to 4 in downtown Des Moines at Cowles Commons just across from the Des Moines Civic Center. Produced by the Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA), a local non-profit organization, the inaugural event will offer attendees an authentic outdoor Christmas market experience with food, music and unique gifts that has been a holiday tradition which began in German-speaking Europe nearly 700 years ago.

“We’re thrilled to offer an experience like this for Des Moines and all of Iowa,” said Suzanne Hull, president of the DMEHA and a founder of Christkindlmarket Des Moines. “We hope people will mark their calendars for the first weekend in December to join us downtown for good food, fun and a bit of European holiday tradition here in the Midwest.”

Village-like huts decorated with holiday lights and garlands will house a variety of vendors from across the Midwest offering wares such as hand-dyed scarves, baked goods, teas, hand-knitted items, knives, and much more.

Aside from the holiday treats and gift items, marketgoers will enjoy a host of local and statewide music ensembles from high school choirs to professional entertainers – all with a holiday theme or twist.

A highlight of the Christkindlmarket Des Moines, like all German Christmas markets, will be the hot, spiced mulled wine known as Glühwein (gloo-vine), literally “glowing wine” in German. Those who attend the event early enough can purchase a collectible Glühwein mug featuring original artwork by a German artist to commemorate the inaugural Des Moines event. To ensure the purchase of the limited edition mugs, Hull advises pre-ordering them at the DMEHA website or at www.christkindlmarketdsm.com with a gift of $25 or more.

“We know the Glühwein mugs will be a big hit, so we’re urging people to make a donation of $25 or more now to ensure that they’ll get one of these great one-of-a-kind mementos,” Hull said. “The Christmas season will be here before we know it and we hope that Iowans will help make Christkindlmarket Des Moines a new part of their holiday tradition.”

Christkindlmarket Des Moines sponsors include: Darcy Hines Designs, Drake University, The Museum of Danish America, Gail’s Photography and Designs, Action Electric, Greater Iowa Credit Union, Iowa Sister States, Ingersoll wine & Spirits. For a full list of sponsors, visit www.christkindlmarketdsm.com.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines community supporters include: Patty & Jim Cownie Charitable Fund, The Deb and Paul Hayes Charitable Fund.

 

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 at the World Food & Music Festival

We really enjoy getting out and talking about the mission of Des Moines European Heritage Association! We’ve had such a great summer visiting various farmers markets and festivals. We’d love to see you at the World Food & Music Festival this weekend! We’ll be on the west end of the Court Avenue Bridge. Stop by to make a Christmas ornament and learn more about Christkindlmarket Des Moines taking place December 2 – 4, 2016!

The 2016 Festival will feature Cuisine from Around the World!
Live Entertainment  –  Cooking Demonstrations
$1 tastes/all entrees $5 or less
Saturday Fireworks – 10 p.m.
Free to attend

 

Friday, Sept. 16: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 18: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

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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Meet Your Event Planning Committee Members | Dave Cox

Dave CoxTell us about yourself.

I am a professional technical manager and an amateur husband and father.

Why are you involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

I lived in Germany as a student and professional and attended many Christmas markets.

Why should others become involved?

I would love my children and eventual grand children to experience the old world charm and flavors of their European Heritage.

 

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

Suzanne Hull Presents at WDM Rotary Club

Suzanne Hull, Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) Board President, had the pleasure of speaking to the Rotary Club of West Des Moines. If your networking group, church group, neighborhood association, etc. would like a member of our organization to visit to talk about DMEHA and Christkindlmarket Des Moines, just let us know!

 

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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

The Weitz Company | Silver Sponsor

We’re pleased to announce that The Weitz Company is a Silver Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines!

Founded in Des Moines, Iowa in 1855, The Weitz Company is a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager with office locations throughout the United States. Weitz is one of the oldest commercial general contractors in the United States and consistently ranks in the top tier in the Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine’s list of Top 400 Contractors.

Thank you for your support!

 

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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