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BySuzanne Hull

7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Christkindlmarket Des Moines…

What: Christkindlmarket Des Moines (A German-Inspired Outdoor Christmas Market)

When: Dec. 2 to 4 (11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat.; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.)

Where: Cowles Commons in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa

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  1. Experience the sights and sounds of a real German Christmas-themed market, Christkindlmarket Des Moines, without even having to “cross the pond.”
  2. Witness the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. as the Christkind (the Christmas Angel) who officially opens the market with her proclamation and is helped by the Kinder (children) on a procession with luminaria.
  3. See the quaint village-like huts, built by Waukee High School industrial arts students that will offer wares such as handmade stationery, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, teas, hand-knitted items, chainsaw carvings, and much more.
  4. Hear the local, state and regional music ensembles from high school choirs to professional entertainers entertain Christkindlmarket guests with holiday music.
  5. Gather around the “Tannenbaum Tables” made by Johnston High School industrial arts students and taste the delicious holiday treats from chocolate and toasted nuts to savory wursts and potatoes.
  6. Toast your friends and warm your spirits with authentic German Glühwein (gloo-vine) just like they do in Deutschland in December.
  7. Take home a piece of real European art with the market’s inaugural collectible Glühwein mug that features original artwork by a German artist.

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

Did you hear Suzanne Hull on Insight on Business the News Hour?

Did you miss Suzanne Hull on Insight on Business “the News Hour with Michael Libbie” on Tuesday, October 27th?? Click the link below to listen to the podcast during which they talked about Christkindlmarket Des Moines and Des Moines European Heritage Association.

Read about the show and download the podcast if you missed it here

 

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6a00d83452534069e201bb094aa9ad970d-300wiInsight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only business broadcast in the Des Moines Metro and a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising agency based in Des Moines. Connect with them on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is their Facebook Page.

 

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BySuzanne Hull

Bronze Sponsor | Ace Body & Motor

We’re pleased to have the support of Ace Body & Motor as a Bronze Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016! Their team of ASE Certified technicians have been serving this community for 33 years. Their family owned and operated repair facility is known for its cleanliness, convenience, and its coffee! Relax while they perform quality auto services for your vehicle. They’ll have you in and out in no time, making your auto service experience as quick and affordable as possible.

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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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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.

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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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ByRebecca Banger

Volunteer at Christkindlmarket Des Moines

Des Moines European Heritage Association (DMEHA) invites you to be a part of something great: The inaugural Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Volunteers are integral to a successful community event. We need your help and we have several volunteer opportunities to choose from whether you’re looking for just yourself or a group. Be sure to include family members, friends and others who could join you to make it more fun!

No-shows can cause great difficulties for the planning and production of Christkindlmarket Des Moines. We ask that you report on time and remain on task for the duration of your shift(s). All volunteers must be at least 16 years old when they report for their volunteer shift. Those dealing with alcohol must be at least 21 years old when they report for their volunteer shift.

Volunteer shifts range of 2-3 hours and an estimated 400+ volunteers will be needed to make #CDM2016 possible.

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Christkindlmarket Des Moines Setup

Install Christmas trees, assemble signage, hang stringed lights, decorate wooden vendor stalls, etc. **Some lifting may be required**

Vendor Stall Setup

Construct pre-fabricated wooden vendor stalls. **Heavy lifting definitely required**

Vendor Assistant

Help vendors unload their merchandise as well as with vendor set up and tear down.

Vendor Relations

Watch vendor’s booths should they need to take a break.

Waste Removal Elves

Empty the waste receptacles into a large roll-off bin as needed.

DMEHA KinderKorner Booth

Provide a European-centric activity for children. All supplies provided.

DMEHA Information Area

Answer attendee’s questions, provide information on DMEHA, hand out site maps, entertainment schedules, etc.

Programming Stage Volunteer

Assist the Programming site leaders to ensure that performers have arrived, are prepared to take the stage and have what they need to perform.

Arts Project Grant Survey Deployment

Circulate throughout the programming area during performances to deploy a survey to capture attendee demographic information.

ID Checkers

Check the IDs of attendees who would like to drink alcoholic beverages.

Beer Pourers

Work with the Iowa Beer Bus team to serve beer to attendees.

Glühwein Sales

Serve warm, mulled wine from a wooden vendor stall to eager attendees.

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales

Sell hot chocolate, hot cider, water, etc. to attendees.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines Tear Down

Remove Christmas trees, disassemble signage, remove stringed lights, remove decorations from wooden vendor stalls. **Some lifting may be required**

Vendor Stall Tear Down

Tear down pre-fabricated wooden vendor stalls. **Heavy lifting definitely required**

Volunteer Relations

Greet and check-in volunteers, direct volunteers to assigned areas, and keep Volunteer Headquarters organized.

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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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ByRebecca Banger

Platinum Sponsor | Ingersoll Wine and Spirits

DMEHA is proud to announce the support of Ingersoll Wine & Spirits as a Platinum sponsor. Ingersoll Wine & Spirits is a locally-owned and family operated business that has been around the Des Moines area for 19 years. Due to their success, Ingersoll Wine & Spirits opened their second store in October of 2001 and continues to commit their business to providing their customers with “quality products at a reasonable price.”

In addition to being a Platinum sponsor for Christkindlmarket Des Moines, Ingersoll Wine & Spirits is providing the Glühwein for Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016. Glühwein is a traditional German red wine that is heated, flavored with seasonal spices such as cinnamon sticks, orange juice, cloves, zest, and sugar.

Thank you Ingersoll Wine & Spirits for being a Platinum sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines and we look forward to their support for the first annual event.

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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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