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2018 Christkindlmarket Des Moines Entertainment Schedule

Friday, November 30, 2018

11:00 am – 2:00 pm Stu Ryan O’Brien Irish traditional, pub classics and Irish American songs everybody knows. There’s always a wee bit of clappin’, sing along and lots of laughs too!

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Top Hat Carolers The Top Hat Carolers have been performing throughout Central Iowa for 25 years. They sing traditional Christmas and contemporary holiday songs dressed in Victorian garb.

6:00 pm – 6:10 pm Opening Ceremony

6:10 pm – 6:30 pm – Kantorei Kantorei is a small group of college students drawn from the Grand View Choir that sings a variety of music. For Christkindlmarket Des Moines they will be singing Christmas carols.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Barry Boyce Band The Barry Boyce Band is a group based out of Omaha and has been performing live since 1989. Their performances include a variety of ethnic music featuring old-time German, Czech and Polish polkas and waltzes with English lyrics.

Barry Boyce Band

Saturday, December 1, 2018

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Central Iowa Wind Ensemble The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble is an adult symphonic band with musicians drawn from the greater Des Moines area.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Central Iowa Wind Ensemble The Central Iowa Wind Ensemble is an adult symphonic band with musicians drawn from the greater Des Moines area.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Heartland Youth Choir The Heartland Youth Choir, comprised of 180 singers from central Iowa, is a civic organization providing a performance-based program for youth, emphasizing musical literacy and character development.

2:50 pm – 3:30 pm Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance Celebrate Irish culture with the Foy School of Irish Dance. The revelry includes delightful traditional dances and contemporary choreographed numbers that both enchant and entertain!

5:10 pm – 5:50 pm Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Malek’s Fishermen Band Oldtime European style Polka Music

Malek’s Fishermen Band at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017

 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

11:10 am – 12:00 pm Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Metro Brass Quintet The Metro Brass Quintet is based in the Des Moines, Iowa Metropolitan area and plays a wide range of music from polkas to classical to new works!

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Des Moines Chantant (strolling) Des Moines Chantant was created in 2014 by a group of French-speaking Iowans who wanted to get together and sing in French around Christmas time. We have loved it so much that we are still getting together after 3 years and love to share our French songs.

2:10 pm – 2:50 pm Schuhplattler Gruppe Edelweiss SG Edelweiss, the award winning Bavarian dance group from St. Paul, MN, will perform traditional German and Austrian folk dances.

3:00 – 4:00 pm International Folk Dancing This is a spectator’s participation dance, no experience necessary, Each dance will be taught as we go and dances are from around the world with an emphasis on French Folk Dances.

 

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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The Silent Auction is Back and Better than Ever!

Christkindlmarket Des Moines is proud to present a unique fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations. We will have 15 – six to eight-foot cut trees** available for decoration that will be displayed outside during the market and sold via a silent auction. The organization that decorates the tree will receive the funds earned from Des Moines European Heritage Association following the event.

Individual organizations are responsible for all tree decorations, and all items used on the tree will be given to the winning bidder. We encourage decorations that are able to withstand the temperamental Iowa weather (snow, sleet, rain, and/or wind) and do our best to protect what we can. The trees remain outside and uncovered for the duration of Christkindlmarket Des Moines.

Our third annual tree decorating will take place the day before the event weekend starts, Thursday, November 29th, and trees will be available for bidding at the beginning of the market on Friday, November 30th.

If you have participated in the past, either as a decorator or bidder, we have made some changes that we hope will make the experience even better. Minimum bids will start at $60, an increase of $10 from our first two years. This year will also feature a buy now option and the ability to bid and monitor the silent auction items off-site.

Please use this link to register your nonprofit organization as a participant at the Chistkindlmarket Des Moines silent auction tree decorating. Once the form has been submitted, additional information will be sent via email.

If you have any questions, contact Missy Mootz at mkmootz@gmail.com.

** Cut trees are not perfect and will have a tendency to lean. Our temporary stands used during the event are also imperfect and will not always allow for the optimal display of the tree. We will present the trees in the most positive way given our circumstances. Please manage your expectations accordingly.

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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#CDM2018 Vendor Announcement

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 Gift and Specialty Item Vendors

 

 

An der Weihnachtsecke (At the Christmas Corner), Imported from Germany

Offering: Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 commemorative mugs, hand-painted German ornaments (Glaszauber Lauscha), advent calendars, imported chocolate, baumkuchen, Mozart kugeln, Asbach filled chocolates, assorted marzipan, Haribo, Pandoro, Pannetone, butter cookies, stollen, beer steins, beer mugs, beer glassware, shot glasses and Christkindlmarket Des Moines merchandise. Price Range: $1 – $200

 

 


 

Steinbach Volkskunst GmbH (LLC), Marienberg, Germany

STEINBACH – PURE GERMAN –

Offering: Folk art products like our world-famous nutcrackers, smokers and miniature figures and Lebkuchen

Price Range: $5 – $400


Coal Ridge Crafts, Knoxville, IA

Coal Ridge Crafts will be selling wooden toys, stuffed animals, Christmas ornaments hand crafted from wood, felt and burlap. Wooden boxes and inspirational signs will also be available.

Offering: Wooden puzzles, pull toys, cars, trucks, planes, helicopters,Plinko, Noah’s Ark, toddler chairs, tractors, construction toys, dinosaurs, wooden boxes, nativity scenes, wall hangings and wooden ornaments.

Price Range: $4 – $60


 

Craic, Grimes, IA

Craic (pronounced “crack”) is an Irish word for good times, but with a bit of irreverence, as is the Irish way. We focus on Iowa and the Irish–our home and our homeland–and local, handmade products with a twist of fun.

Offering: Irish, Irish dancer and humorous goods

Price Range: $4 – $45


 

DamonLayne Woodworking, Earlham, IA

Beautiful handmade cutting boards and serving trays.

Offering: Cheese cutting boards, Cutting boards, Serving trays

Price Range: $35 – $45

 

 

 

 

 


DSM Foundry, Des Moines, IA

Laser cut gifts and decorations.

Offering: Wooden lanterns, glassware, ornaments, decorative maps/signs

Price Range: $1 – $150

 

 

 

 


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Andy Klindt – Chainsaw Carvings, Des Moines, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Andy is an Iowa artisan specializing in chainsaw sculpture and metal design. Fanciful , functional, or a fusion of each…watching Andy craft original pieces will delight people of all ages!

Offering: Chainsaw carvings, wooden ornaments.

Price Range: $5 – $2000

 

 

 

 


Pickle Creek Herbs, Fairfield, IA

At Pickle Creek, we use organic herbs we grow on our Iowa farm to handcraft artisanal herbal products, including infused olive oils and vinegars, jams, soaps, salves, salts, and balms.

Offering: Herb-infused olive oils and vinegars, jams, soaps, salves, salts, and balms that we handcraft ourselves using original recipes and the herbs and other produce we grow in our garden.

Price Range: $3 – $22

 

 

 


Icy Craft, Iowa City, IA

Acrylic Christmas decorations with ornaments, musical boxes and religious figurines.

Offering: Christmas music boxes, acrylic ornaments, angel and nativity Christmas trees.

Price Range: $30 – $50

 

 

 

 


fb_img_1480914201471museum of danish america, Elk Horn, IA

The Museum of Danish America booth will carry items from its Design Store reflecting Danish culture and Danish, Danish-American and Scandinavian design.

Offering: Danish, Danish-American, and Scandinavian items from our Museum Gift Shop: Nisse, Christmas ornaments, candles, papirklip, mugs & glasses, t-shirts, candy & jam, tea diffusers, dish cloths & tea towels, aebleskiver pans

Price Range: $5 – $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


On The Hill, Garrison, IA

On The Hill / Shepherds Market. Old world traditions at it’s best. Keeping the ancient art of spinning and weaving woolens alive. Soothing body and soul from our homegrown lavender products.

Offering: Hand-spun, hand-woven shawls, wraps, scarves, yarn, from our rare Suri alpacas. Lavender products from our lavender field ie: bath salts, lotions, soaps, spritz, sachets. Our own design broach/pins for our shawls also jewelry incorporating yarn from our alpacas. Drop spindles.

If weather permitting I will demonstrate spinning yarn with my spinning wheel or drop spindle and weaving on my continuous strand tri-loom.

Price Range: $5 – $285


Jett and Monkey’s, Des Moines, IA

Jett and Monkey’s offers hunde und katzen (dogs and cats) holiday gifts, including treats and toys. Visit our store in the East Village!

Offering: Pet supplies, including holiday toys, treats, and ornaments.

Price Range: $2 – $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Indianola Glass Creations, Indianola, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Step inside the world of glass. Indianola Glass Creations designs and creates one of a kind Stained and Fused Glass ornaments, suncatchers, jewelry and home decor. They will be demonstrating blown glass ornaments.

Offering: Fused Glass pendants, rings, earrings & bracelets, ornaments, suncatchers, platters, bowls, coasters & clocks. Stained Glass ornaments, panels & clocks. Blown glass ornaments. Wine bottle lamps, tealights & wind chimes.

Price Range: $5 – $100


Wild Cherry Spoon Co, Rock Island, IL | DEMONSTRATION

Wild Cherry Spoon Co creates one of a kind handcarved pieces from urban lumber.

Offering: Handcarved wooden spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils of various styles and purposes, bottle openers, pizza cutters, ice cream scoops, pizza paddles, baguette trays and serving pieces.

Price Range: $3 – $125


Dakota Tinworks, Estelline, SD | DEMONSTRATION

Dakota Tinworks is a family-owned business dedicated to making and selling traditional tinware and ornaments, hand-made exclusively by tinsmith Karl-Josef Schmidt, using primarily antique, 19th century tinsmith’s tools and techniques.

Offering: Handmade tinware of all kinds: tin Christmas ornaments, tin tree tinsel, tin tree toppers, tin cookie cutters, tin biscuit cutters, tin candle holders, tin candle sconces, tin cups, and tin candle lanterns.

Price Range: $5 – $150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Boorman’s Creations, Altoona, IA | DEMONSTRATION

Blacksmith Demonstrations and Forged Items

Offering: Forged Bells, Forged Keychains, Forged Steak Turners, Forged Sculptures, Forged Horseshoe Creations, Forged Kitchen Knives

Price Range: $5 – $200



Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 Food & Beverage Vendors

 

 

Glühwein

Glühwein (roughly, “glow-wine”, from the hot irons once used for mulling) is popular in German speaking countries. Glühwein is prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus, sugar and at times vanilla pods.


Iowa Beer Bus


L&L European Delight, Chariton, IA

Ukrainian style foods, gifts and desserts

Offering: Perogies, cabbage Rolls, pelmeni, baked goods,,candy

Price Range: $2 – $10

 

 

 

 

 


Brunkow Cheese of Wisconsin, Darlington, WI

Our unique Wisconsin Made Brun-uusto is a specialty cheese made to be served warm. Brun-uusto caramelizes and keeps it shape, becoming a crispy, sweet and soft delicacy.

Offering: Brun-uusto Baked Cheese

Price Range: $6 – $25

 

 

 

 


Chocolaterie Stam, Des Moines, IA

Offering: Hot chocolate, bars, prepacked boxes and fresh stroopwafels

Price Range: $3 – $50

 

 

 

 

 

 


Top of the Hill Nuts, Grinnell, IA

Offering: Roasted almonds, cashews, and pecans with cinnamon or maple flavor

Price Range: $5 – $15

 

 

 


Curbin Cuisine, Granger, IA

State of the art, wickedly designed bright green food truck.

Offering: The Hog-Father (Butterflied Kielbasa topped w/ Pulled Pork & Bacon Sauerkraut), Käse Spätzle (German Mac n Cheese), German Potato Salad, German Skillet Dinner (slow roasted beef, potatoes, rice, onions, peppers & tomatoes w/ German seasonings), Mini fried apple pie w/ ice cream and caramel sauce, Bottled Water, Hazelnut Coffee
Price Range: $2 – $8

 


Sugarplums Cakes and Confections, LLC, Altoona, IA

Sugarplums is a local bakery that specializes in traditional gingerbread and other European baked goods for the Christkindlmarket. Everything we sell is made completely from scratch from family recipes.

Offering: Baked goods with an emphasis on gingerbread (lebkuchen, pfeffernuss, houses, sentiment hearts), Springerle, dutch letter bars, spritz, sugar cookies and scotch-a-roo Santas ( the santas are gluten free)
Price Range: $1.50 – $40

 


Parlo Pizza, LLC, Des Moines, IA

Chestnuts roasted “old school style” in a wood fired oven bring an “old world flavor” to this outdoor holiday market. See the fire, smell the aroma, taste this quintessential wintertime delicacy.

Offering: Roasted chestnuts
Price Range: To be determined

Ruhland’s Strudel Haus, Eagan, MN

Hand made, fresh baked strudel and pretzels.

Offering: Sweet and savory strudel
Price Range: $5 – $7

 

 

 


Karam’s Mediterranean Grill, West Des Moines, IA

Offering: Greek salad gyro plate, chicken shawarma plate, combo plate, falafel plate, lamb & beef gyro, fries, homemade sweet baklava, Coke, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew
Price Range: $3 – $12

 


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European Classics at Le Jardin a Huge Success!

Huge thank you to the Le Jardin team for hosting a three-course European Classics dinner on Thursday, March 22 again this year to help raise funds for Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018!

Several specialty dishes were prepared by chef Tag Grandgeorge. He also talked about his European experiences and how they influenced the food.

Thank you to #CDM2018 sponsor Gail’s Photography and Designs who was on hand to take photos. Check out all the fun we had:

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Christkindlmarket DSM Mug Unveiling Party

Be one of the first to view Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2018 Glühwein mug design at Jasper Winery on Tuesday, April 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sip the signature drink (warm mulled wine) while shopping a mini market featuring foods and handcrafted items from Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 vendors. Other Jasper wines and Madhouse beer will also be available for purchase.

The first 25 attendees to donate $25 (or more) to guarantee their 2018 mug will receive a goody bag. A limited quantity of commemorative mugs are ordered each year. The mug design will be revealed at 6:30 p.m.

Feeling festive? Bring your own Glühwein mug (0.2 liters) from a past Christmas market.

Admission is free; donations accepted.

Share the event with your Facebook Friends!

 

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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2018 Brochure

We’re extremely proud of our 2018 Brochure which brought together the words of Mike King, DMEHA board member and CDM Marketing Committee Chair and the design skills of our 2018 Design Sponsor, Darcy Hines Designs.

What do you think?

Click here to download the full brochure as a .pdf

 

 

 

 

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REL Productions Partners with DMEHA/CDM for Promotional Video Production

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) sends many thanks to the team at REL Productions for the production of several promotional videos for DMEHA and Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Check out their work. They love supporting their community and their team was a pleasure to work with. I’m sure you or your organization could use their services to bring your message to the masses.

Meet Des Moines European Heritage Association and Christkindlmarket Des Moines!

 


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Carpenters Local 106 | 2018 In-Kind Sponsor

The organizers of Christkindlmarket Des Moines are proud to partner with Carpenters Local 106. Fabricated by Waukee and Johnston High Schools and stored at Centennial Warehouse, Carpenters Local 106 helped us set up our wooden vendor stalls at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 and hopefully for many years to come. The following is from the Carpenters Local 106:

Why is this partnership Important:

Carpenters Local 106 has been a part of Des Moines Heritage for over 120 years. As Local 106 members, we strive to offer our skills to help build up the city and people of Des Moines. Many of our members have varying heritages and backgrounds including European heritage. Which they also value to continue their traditions.

How is Carpenters 106 involved in our communities:

Our members are very involved in the community in varies ways. Whether it be from coaching our kid’s sports teams or being a PTA member at their schools, or working closely with our church groups. As an organization we offer scholarships, donate to Toys-For-Tots, sponsor Jolly Holiday Lights and Iowa Heart are a few. Any opportunity we can to show off our specific skills and help with community projects like handy cap ramps or just helping out a friend or neighbor you can count on us.

Things people don’t know about Unions:

We are dedicated and fight to make sure the working class is protected, safe and getting what they deserve. Unions have provided very long and reliable sustaining careers, pensions and health benefits for so many people, for many of years. We value productivity, safety and craftsmanship. Our priority is education and providing it at no cost to our members.

 


 

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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European Classics Presented by Le Jardin, March 22, 2018

Enjoy European Classics at Le Jardin on Thursday, March 22. Choose from several specialty dishes prepared by chef Tag Grandgeorge. Chef Tag will talk about his culinary experiences and how they influenced the food.

The cost is $35 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Des Moines European Heritage Association. Call Le Jardin at 515-255-5787 to reserve a table. Limited seating available, so call in your reservation as soon as possible. Bon appétit!

Seating Times: 5:30pm, 5:45pm and 6pm

 

 

Menu:

Soup or Salad du Jour
Mixed greens, cucumbers, pickled onions, black olives, feta cheese, mustard vinaigrette

Potato & Leek Soup: Cream, parsley, dill, Lardons, chili oil

Entrée’s
Cabbage Roll: Beef and pork stuffed cabbage rolls, roasted mirepoix, garlicky sweet and sour tomato sauce

Sour Cream Potato Pierogi: Chicken, caramelized onions, broth, crème fraiche

Vinegar Chicken: Tarragon vinegar chicken thighs, buttermilk black pepper grits, bacon, raisins, onions, cherry tomatoes, spinach

Desserts
Homemade Apple Fritter Black walnut ice cream, caramel

Sachertorte & Schlag Viennesse chocolate torte, whipped cream, berry coulis

Please note: The $35 fee includes a three-course meal. Beverages will be available for purchase. Tax and a 20 percent service gratuity will be applied to the final bill.

Photography Sponsor: Gails Photography & Designs

 


 

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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2018 Call for Performers

The quality of a traditional Christmas market depends on maintaining a high standard of programming. Christkindlmarket Des Moines is dedicated to immersing visitors in a world of folklore and craftsmanship as well as enticing them with traditional, seasonal gastronomic specialties to provide an experience filled with European elegance and charm. See Google Images of Christmas markets around the world.

We will provide a four-sided, forced-air heated tent at a location to be determined by Christkindlmarket Des Moines event planning committee on Cowles Commons. A lighted stage within the tent will be provided. The size of the stage in 2017 was 30’ x 16’.

Our performer guide will give you an overview of the needs assessment process and requirements. As soon as you fill out the needs assessment, it will be reviewed internally and all information stored in our database.

What is the timeline for the process?

Fill out the online needs assessment no later than March 1, 2018
Send photographs representing you or your group to – christkindlmarketdsm@gmail.com
Receive feedback from Christkindlmarket Des Moines staff by April 1, 2018

 

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 Performer Information Guide

Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 Performer Needs Assessment

 

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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