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BySuzanne Hull

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 28 from 4-8pm.

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 and silent auction, will support DMEHA’s production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018.

Thanks to Gail’s Photography & Designs for the photos!

BySuzanne Hull

Top Hat Carolers | #CDM2018 Performer

Tell us about your group and what to expect from your performance

Top Hat Carolers is a local singing group that has performed holiday music for over 25 years. They sing traditional Christmas carols and contemporary holiday tunes dressed in Victorian garb.

What are you most looking forward to at the 2018 Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

They look forward to adding music and memories to the holiday season, and they enjoy singing to families and children and everyone who likes Christmas songs.

 

BySuzanne Hull

Metro Brass Quintet | #CDM2018 Performer

Tell us about your group and what to expect from your performance

The Metro Brass Quintet is a five person brass group that has been playing together since 2014, and has played for events all over the Des Moines metro. We have a nice selection of Christmas tunes and will be playing new arrangements of classic polkas and waltzes that were debuted at the DSM Salvatorfest.

What are you most looking forward to at the 2018 Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

We are looking forward to the friendly crowd, the decorations, and Gemütlichkeit of the Christkindlemarket! We are partial to the beer, Glühwein, and roasted nuts.

What do you enjoy most about this type of venue or crowd?

We love the fun, festival spirit of the market and really enjoy the atmosphere of the crowd and the space downtown. The festival fits in perfectly with the Christmas season and everyone really enjoys the laid back, yet festive atmosphere.
BySuzanne Hull

Central Iowa Wind Ensemble | #CDM2018 Performer

Tell us about your group and what to expect from your performance

The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble is a charitable fine arts organization dedicated to providing opportunities for listening to, and participating in, outstanding performances of wind band music. We do this by assembling musicians of advanced proficiency, performing concerts throughout the community, and reaching out to young and/or disadvantaged audiences. Chamber groups from the ensemble will be performing music with a holiday and/or European theme.

What are you most looking forward to at the 2018 Christkindlmarket Des Moines?

Members of CIWE are looking forward to performing at 2018 Christkindlmarket Des Moines because it gives us the opportunity to perform in small chamber ensembles. This gives us the chance to explore and perform music that we do not normally play in the large ensemble.

What do you enjoy most about this type of venue or crowd?

We enjoy performing at Christkindlmarket Des Moines because of the great festival atmosphere. It is great to get out into the community and play during the holiday season.

BySuzanne Hull

Heartland Youth Choir | #CDM2018 Performer

Tell us about your group and what type of performance you offer.

This is Cantilena Choir, one of five ensembles that make up the Heartland Youth Choir. Cantilena Choir generally features singers in grades 3 – 5 from throughout Central Iowa.

What are you most looking forward to at the 2018 Christkindmarket Des Moines?

Our singers enjoy the excitement of the large audience, the wonderful tented venue, and the atmosphere of the entire event. And they are eager to share the music they have prepared for our WinterSongs holiday concert.

What do you enjoy most about this type of crowd or venue?

Heartland Youth Choir strives to offer young singers unique performance opportunities just like Christkindlmarket. It’s a chance for these young people to engage with the larger community through music and to make memories along the way. Our singers and their families love to stick around after performing to enjoy the rest of this wonderful festival.

BySuzanne Hull

DMEHA Receives Iowa Arts Council Cultural Heritage Project Grant

Des Moines European Heritage Association is pleased to announce that it has received an Cultural Heritage Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support Yuletide Hall at Christkindlmarket Des Moines, November 30 – December 2, 2018.

Cultural Heritage Project Grants create opportunities for cultural growth in Iowa by investing in community projects that positively impact the cultural vitality of the state, demonstrate public value and support quality jobs for Iowans. Cultural heritage is defined as the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to  generation, including: customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. Eligible community projects must include excellent cultural heritage activities, involve collaboration and provide access to Iowans.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa-State Office of Media Production and the State Historical Society of Iowa – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations.

 

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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

Christmas in July Full Moon Ride

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) is partnering with Flat Tire Lounge, Nite Hawk Bar & Grill, and Whistlin’ Donkey Sports Bar and Grill for games and an evening ride along the High Trestle Trail on July 28th.

Riding in either direction, stop at each of these participating bars to enjoy live music, European games, Christmas decorations and a costume contest! Games will be available to play from 4-8 pm at each bar!

Post your pictures to our event page with #christmasinjulyDSM to be entered in for the costume contest!

With your donations to participate in the European games, you will be supporting DMEHA’s production of the Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 . Get your team together and come out for a great time and to support our annual community event.

Helmet and bike lights required to ride!

BySuzanne Hull

Iowa State Bank | Bronze Sponsor

We’re excited to announce Iowa State Bank’s support of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018.

Iowa State Bank is proud to have called Des Moines home for 75 years. Our mission is to serve customers, prosper, have fun and remain an independent bank. We are confident you will find that Iowa State Bank is able to provide the perfect mix of convenience banking and traditional services.

 

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

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.

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 Lebkuchen Herzen and learning more about Des Moines European Heritage Association and Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Icy Craft Corporation | #CDM2018 Vendor

Tell us about your business

We have been in retail business for past 5 years and we focus on Christmas decorations. We do some trade shows throughout the county. The retail business has grown for us every year. We would like to expand more in this area. Since we live in Iowa, it is a great opportunity for us to support our community.

What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018?

We reviewed on the Internet/Facebook for the past two years and we know it is going to be a great market for us.

What products will you be selling at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 and why did you choose them?

We carry high quality acrylic/wood/resin decorations with music inside. They are a great product for the Christmas holiday. They are great gifts for the family and we have over 100 styles to choose from. Some candles that we carry are very colorful.

Anything else you’d like to share?

This is our first time to join the market and we are looking forward to it.