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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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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.

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Parlo Pizza | #CDM2018 Vendor

Tell us about your business

Parlo Pizza is a mobile food caterer/concessionaire/vendor/food truck specializing in bringing authentic Neapolitan “wood-fired” pizzas to area special events, weddings, graduations, and corporate parties.  Our “old world flavors” and “old school” presentation will help you to offer your guests a unique and fun opportunity.

Culinary choices abound from specially selected traditional toppings and family heirloom recipes.  We speak pizza!

For Christkindlmarket Des Moines we are roasting chestnuts!!!

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

We were inspired to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018 because roasted chestnuts are a traditional holiday season fare that can be prepared perfectly in our wood fired oven.

Old world flavors… prepared old school style!

Our recollections of strolling alpine villages near our home in Rome, Italy at Christmas time, enjoying the street vendor fare of roasted chestnuts inspired us. It made us want to bring this savory, sweet delicacy to our Iowa foodie friends and fans. The sights, the aromas, the flavors…the people!

Anything else you’d like to share?

Ciao and see you all in December!

 

 

BySuzanne Hull

CDM2017 Planning Committee Receives Group Governor’s Volunteer Award

The CDM2017 Planning Committee is honored to have been chosen to receive the Group Governor’s Volunteer Award.

We are extremely thankful to those who have given the precious gift of their time. Thank you for your dedication and for contributing your talent.

Awards will be handed out in person during a special recognition ceremony on Tuesday, June 19 at 3:30pm at Southeast Polk High School Auditorium.

 

 

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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Visit Christkindlmarket Des Moines at the Downtown Farmer’s Market!

One of the best parts of living in Des Moines during the summer months is the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Is there a better way to spend a Saturday morning than grabbing a breakfast sandwich or burrito and browsing the local produce offerings? Add some great weather and live music and it can’t be beat.

The great opportunities don’t stop there. Did you know you can learn more about what’s happening in Des Moines at the Downtown Farmer’s Market? Each week the market gives non-profit and charitable organizations the opportunity to connect with the community and create awareness for their causes.

On June 2, Des Moines European Heritage Association will be at the Downtown Farmer’s Market at the community corner to share our mission with market goers. Get a preview of what the market will look like and learn more about what it takes to make a Christmas market happen. You can also sign up for our e-newsletter while you’re there.

Need more of a reason to visit us? We’ll be making Lebkuchen Herzen at our stall for people to take home. We’d love for your family to come make a memory with us downtown.

Our booth is located on the intersection of Third Street and Court Avenue, near Johnny’s Hall of Fame. Volunteers will be at the booth from 7 a.m. until noon. We hope to see you there!

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 | In-Kind Sponsor

We’re pleased to announce that The Weitz Company is a Bronze 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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Top of the Hill Nuts | #CDM2018 Vendor

Tell us about your business

In the fall of 2001 we began the venture of selling cinnamon flavored roasted nuts. We expanded by adding maple flavor and a spicy sweet Cajun.
What inspired you to get involved as a vendor at Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2018?

We have done shows from craft shows to fairs, bridge festivals, Iowa state football and basketball, drake relays as well as state track as well as pumpkin festivals and farmers markets. We were fortunate to be invited to be part of the first Christkindlmarket. It is an outdoor festival with a festive appeal with a holiday flare with a bit of fall.

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

We will be selling roasted almonds, cashews, and pecans in 3 sizes.  It has been a joy to speak with customers that have bought roasted almonds in Germany or are of German ancestry that have eaten them as a child in Germany.