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BySuzanne Hull

Follow-up From Des Moines Arts Festival

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 hosted a Dine to Donate program at Granite City. Don’t worry if you missed out. There’s still much more to come. We’ll be celebrating Christmas in July with a moonlight bike ride on July 16.

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 paper ornament and learning more about Des Moines European Heritage Association and Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

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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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Des Moines European Heritage Association at 80/35

The 2016 80/35 Music Festival, taking place July 8 and 9, offers local organizations the opportunity to participate in the Community Village. The Community Village is a unique opportunity for area nonprofits and music organizations to connect with like-minded 80/35 festival goers through engaging activities and interactive exhibits.

Visit our wooden vendor stall at the intersection of 13th Street and Grand Avenue to make a holiday ornament and to learn more about Des Moines European Heritage Association and Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

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About 80/35

80/35 is ready to begin it’s 9th life with two days of music in the heart of downtown Des Moines at Western Gateway Park, with three stages and more than 40 acts. Organized by the non-profit Des Moines Music Coalition, 80/35 was founded in 2008 with the vision to spark growth in the city’s live music economy — to think outside the box to further enhance a creative, vibrant culture.

Nine years later, the Des Moines music scene has played a pivotal role in improving the city’s quality of life. Bands are no longer merely passing through Des Moines via Interstates 80 and 35. They are stopping here and playing to bigger audiences than ever before. We believe in the power of music. To wake the spirit of the people and stir the street.

Friday, July 8
DOORS: 4 pm
MUSIC: 5 – 11 pm
Saturday, July 9
DOORS: 11 am
MUSIC: NOON – 11 pm
WESTERN GATEWAY PARK
13th and Locust, Des Moines, Iowa

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

Sponsor Spotlight | Ankeny Auto Body 1

Christkindlmarket Des Moines is excited to welcome Ankeny Auto Body 1 as a vendor stall sponsor.

Since 1978, Ankeny Auto Body 1 has provided its customers with friendly, expert collision repair service. As a family-owned enterprise, Ankeny Auto Body 1 has consistently adhered to its mission and values, positioning the business as one of the most respected collision repair centers in Iowa.

A commitment to quality and safety make Ankeny Auto Body 1 the collision repair center of choice for fleet and personal vehicles. The use of cutting-edge technology is present in all collision repairs and Ankeny Auto Body 1 guarantees its work with a lifetime warranty.

Thank you for your support!

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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

Suzanne Hull on Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie

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Listen in as Suzanne Hull, Board President of the Des Moines European Heritage Association, shares why is it important, who they serve, and what they’ve got planned for upcoming events:  Listen to the Podcast Now!

 

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Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch them at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is their Facebook Page.

 

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BySuzanne Hull

The Museum of Danish America | Platinum Sponsor

We’re please to have The Museum of Danish America join us as a Platinum Sponsor of the inaugural Christkindlmarket Des Moines taking place this December 2 – 4, 2016.

The Museum of Danish America (formerly the Danish Immigrant Museum) is a national museum located in Elk Horn, Iowa. Its mission is to “celebrate Danish roots and American dreams.”

They offer a variety of exhibitions, collections, genealogical resources/collections and information on Danish-American culture.

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Action Electric | Platinum Sponsor

We’re pleased to announce that Action Electric has come on board as a Platinum Sponsor!

Christmas markets wouldn’t be the same without the wooden vendor stalls. And the vendor stalls wouldn’t be the same without lights. That’s where Action Electric comes in. They will be installing the electrical in a number of our vendor stalls.

 

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Action Electric has provided quality electrical services in the State of Iowa for both Commercial and Residential customers for over 25 years.

They are a family business, owned and operated by Randy, Lori, and Chad Mease with combined electrical experience of 60 years. As a family business, they realize your time is valuable and strive to honor all set appointment times. Their focus is on customer satisfaction, and they continually strive to deliver fair pricing on all services. They offer:

  • Free Estimates
  • Senior Discounts
  • References
  • 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty
  • Licensed – Bonded – Insured
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DMEHA/CDM Lunch & Learns

Bring your lunch and we’ll meet in the DSM Central Library’s 2nd floor study rooms (1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines) to talk about Des Moines European Heritage Association, Christkindlmarket Des Moines and all the ways you can be involved.

These standing meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of every month from noon – 1pm. We hope to see you there!

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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

Experience France: A Wine and Food Tasting

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Experience the flavors of France at an exclusive wine and food tasting hosted by VOM FASS to benefit Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA).

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This private event features samples of 4-5 French wines selected by certified sommelier Jeff Yanecek of Okoboji Wines. Enjoy French-inspired small bites prepared by VOM FASS owner Melissa Bartholomew, farmhouse cheeses from The Cheese Shop and VOM FASS vinegars and oils paired with artisanal breads from La Mie.

VOM FASS Des Moines is locally owned and offers exclusive cask-aged vinegars, exquisite oils, unique spirits and liqueurs direct from the cask, as well as select wines which may be sampled at the shop. The shop opened March 2012 and is celebrating its four-year anniversary.

Ample parking is available in the front and rear of The Shops at Roosevelt with convenient front and rear access into the store.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Des Moines European Heritage Association and the production of their signature event, Christkindlmarket Des Moines, taking place this December 2–4 in Western Gateway Park. Additionally, ten percent of all VOM FASS product sales during the event will be donated to DMEHA.

Spots are limited, so purchase your tickets today.

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WhereVOM FASS Des Moines – 833 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312 – View Map

BySuzanne Hull

Market Magic: The Multi-Sensory Experience of a European Christmas

Doug Whittle mugDoug Whittle is president and owner of his consulting and training company, Whittle Consulting Group LLC. He and his wife Dianne live in Urbandale and share a passion for the traditions of European Christmas celebrations. Their extensive European travels have included multiple Christmas seasons in Germany where they have attended hundreds of Christkindlmarkets in villages and cities throughout Germany. Doug brings his business expertise, his German heritage, and his love of all-things Christmas to his work as an active volunteer with the Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) in bringing the first-ever Christkindlmarket to Des Moines in 4-6, 2016.

Speak with anyone who has ever experienced a European Christmas celebration, and chances are you will notice their eyes light up, their energy level rise…and any attempts to switch them to another topic will become one of your greatest challenges. Regardless of the country where it’s held or the name of the actual multi-day celebration, Christmas in Europe casts a seemingly magical spell over its participants through a multi-sensory experience that you will taste, smell, and feel in the weeks and months that follow the event.

The first thing you will notice about Christmas in Europe is that it’s not limited to one single day on a calendar. Instead, villages, cities, and regions across Europe host outdoor celebrations that can range from a 3-day weekend to a full month, with many of them staying open through noon on Christmas Eve. The “markets” as they are commonly referenced, date all the way back to Middle Ages. They are open-air community events typically held in the town square of small villages and in multiple locations scattered throughout larger cities. In Berlin, for instance, there are as many as 70 outdoor markets taking place simultaneously. There are even markets set up outside the train stations and airports in Germany. Young and old alike gather in celebrations that reflect the unique heritage and customs of a particular country or region through food and drink, dances and processions, costumes, crafts, and ceremonies.

In every market, you will find yourself surround by the towering beauty of centuries-old buildings and cathedrals. The market area literally glows at night from flickering candles and torches and thousands of twinkling lights strung among evergreen-decorated wooden market stalls, yesterday’s version of today’s “pop-up” stores. The stalls are small huts made of wood that are typically arranged in rows. In some villages, these huts are the same ones that were used 100 or more years ago. The number of stalls varies by the size of the market. The Nurnberg market boasts over 200 stalls, including a special market area set aside just for children.

Walk through the rows of huts and be prepared for a multi-sensory experience for the eyes, ears, nose and taste buds! Music from choirs and small brass bands blends with the laughter and chatter of people gathered in jovial conversations. Regional foods are freshly prepared while you inhale the tantalizing aromas of cheese-covered noodles, savory meats roasted over open fires, cinnamon and sugar-coated nuts, picture-perfect desserts and candies dipped in kettles of dark, melted chocolate, freshly-baked pastries and breads, and hot, simmering alcohol-laced drinks, the most famous of which is the German mulled wine called Gluwhein.

Scattered among the food and beverage huts are vendors displaying and selling a vast array of items that can range from candles and soaps, to delicate lace and hand blown glass, to wood and metal objects of art. Most items are hand-crafted and reflect the unique heritage of that geographic region. It is not unusual to meet a vendor who represents several generations of a family-generated craft.

You will purchase beautiful hand-knit caps, mittens, scarves, and sweaters to keep you warm in the crisp December air as you walk through the rows of stalls. In one stall, you will see hundreds of delicate, glittering hand-blown glass ornaments for your tree. The next stall might be filled with intricate hand-carved wooden arches, pyramids, nutcrackers, smokers, angels, and stars. Another stall will be draped with lighted, multi-dimensional paper stars in intense colors and intricate designs meant for hanging in your entryway or windows. If you’re looking for the children on your Christmas list, you will have a hard time choosing between the stuffed animals, hand-carved wooden puzzles, mechanical wind-up toys, beautiful dolls, delicate to-scale doll house furniture, and colorful illustrated books.

But just so you know, the key rule of shopping at these markets is this: If you like it, buy it! Because some of the markets are so large, you may have difficulty relocating the specific stall when you decide to go back to buy. And for certain, as you move from region to region, you will find entirely different crafts and foods.

In every market, you will find ample opportunities for live entertainment. It might be a local children’s choir that performs on the central stage set up on the steps of a cathedral. It could be a 4-person brass band playing traditional Christmas music. Other towns may feature dancers in traditional costumes. Street entertainers can range from puppet shows to mimes to magic. Most towns have an opening ceremony that heralds the beginning of the market and some villages even have an opening parade that showcases the local customs, costumes, and heritage. By the way, when you start feeling the chill of the crisp December air as you partake in all of these outdoor activities, you can rest and warm up inside the beautiful churches and cathedrals while you listen to vocal and organ concerts.

In the weeks and months ahead, join me as I take you on a word-and-picture tour of just a few of the many German markets my family and I have experienced over the years, including Nurnberg, Regensburg, Seiffen, Dresden, and Leipzig.

Better yet—come join the team of volunteers who will be bringing the first-ever Christkindlmarket to Des Moines on December 2-4, 2016. Whether you have actually experienced a market yourself or if you’re simply intrigued and want to make this a reality for Iowa, we need your talent, your energy, and your participation.

If you’re interested in joining us, message the Christkindlmarket Des Moines Facebook Page or send Suzanne Hull an email (christkindlmarketdsm@gmail.com).

As a grassroots non-profit, Des Moines European Heritage Association serves as a platform to carry on European traditions, support language education and to create cultural awareness. We are a resource for Iowans, immigrants, travel enthusiasts and international business professionals to connect with European cultural heritage and for cultural organizations who want to engage with their members in a cohesive and centralized manner.

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Meet Your Event Planning Committee Members | Anna VanWaardhuizen

Tell us about yourself.

I’m an Illinois native living in Des Moines while attending Drake University. I’m a junior studying public relations with a concentration in leadership development. I also work on campus and serve as president for our chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. In my free time, I love showing off Des Moines to visiting family and friends, reading mystery novels and binge-watching as many Netflix episodes as I can fit in one night.

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Why are you involved with Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

I was looking for a way to get more experience in the various aspects of public relations and marketing. I found the Des Moines European Heritage Association through my school and thought it would be a great fit. Now I get to learn more about European culture, event planning and marketing. Even better, I get to help produce an event that showcases just how special Des Moines is.

Why should people become involved?

There are practically endless reasons to get involved. First, the group planning the Christkindlmarket Des Moines has a contagious excitement. The passion of our volunteers shows how important this event will be when it comes to Des Moines. Second, what better way to bring a little more culture to our city? Lastly, there are so many ways to get involved. There’s an opportunity for everyone, from donating, sponsoring, planning or even just attending.

 

As a grassroots non-profit, Des Moines European Heritage Association serves as a platform to carry on European traditions, support language education and to create cultural awareness. We are a resource for Iowans, immigrants, travel enthusiasts and international business professionals to connect with European cultural heritage and for cultural organizations who want to engage with their members in a cohesive and centralized manner.

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