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BySuzanne Hull

A Successful Trip to 80/35!

The 2016 80/35 Music Festival, took place July 8 and 9, and offered 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.

We built our wooden vendor stall at the intersection of 13th Street and Grand Avenue where both children and adults could make a holiday ornament. Check out some of our pictures!

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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

DMEHA at Valley Junction Farmers Market

Come check us out at the Valley Junction Farmers Market and Music in the Junction on July 21 from 4 – 8pm

This weekly Farmers Market and Music in the Junction concert series is home to over 100 weekly vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, plants and flowers, arts and crafts and prepared foods.

Music in the Junction is held from 5:30 – 8:30 pm, with music starting at 6:00 pm.

This week’s band is: ABBY NORMAL

This week’s 300 Block activity is: Vintage Tractor Night

ALL events are free to attend, with food and beverage available throughout the district.

Click HERE to view this week’s vendor map

See you there!

BySara Diekelmann

The Travel Center, Ltd | Silver Sponsor

We are excited to announce that The Travel Center, Ltd is a Silver Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016!

Need help planning your next family vacay, couple’s retreat, or girlfriend getaway? The Travel Center, Ltd. has got you covered. Owner Rick South, Jr. is an expert on Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Asia, and many destinations across the United States. Booking through them takes away the stress of planning, so all you have to do is explore and enjoy.

Check out their current promotions. May we suggest a Viking River Cruise along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers with stops in Holland, Germany, Austria, and more? Sounds like a trip of a lifetime.

To book, call 515-287-3170 or 800-383-4444 or shoot an email to info@ttcdsm.com. You can also stop in their office at 5805 Fleur Drive Des Moines. Happy travels!

 

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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

VOM FASS Des Moines | Bronze Sponsor

We’re pleased to have Vom Fass Des Moines as a Bronze Sponsor of Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016.

Vom Fass Des Moines is locally owned and managed by Melissa Bartholomew and offers exclusive cask-aged vinegars, exquisite oils, unique spirits and liqueurs direct from the cask, as well as select wines. The shop opened March 2012 and is centrally located in Des Moines in The Shops at Roosevelt at 833 42nd St., with easy access off I235. Check out their Virtual Tour then stop in and take a the real tour — sampling included!

 

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

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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BySuzanne Hull

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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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.

 

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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ByAnna Van Waardhuizen

Join DMEHA at 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, the Beaverdale Farmers Market, 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. If you can’t wait until then to learn more about Des Moines European Heritage Association and Christkindlmarket Des Moines, there’s another opportunity coming up soon!

artsJoin DMEHA at the Des Moines Arts Festival June 24-26. This award winning festival is a great way to get out and see the city. Located in Western Gateway Park, around the John and Mary Papajohn Sculpture Park, it has artist demonstrations, live music and art available for purchase. The 180 artists featured were each selected by a committee to present their work at the festival.

Even better, there is a community outreach program where local non-profit organizations can connect with the public. DMEHA will be located there, near the Community Choice Credit Union Performing Stage. Look for us on Grand Avenue off of 15th Street.

We’ll be sharing our own art project with visitors while we’re there. Come by our tent to make a paper ornament to take home.

We can’t wait to see everyone there! Get your friends together to learn more about DMEHA and Christkindlmarket Des Moines while appreciating another great event Des Moines has to offer.

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ByAnna Van Waardhuizen

Be a Part of Tradition: Glühwein Mugs!

Traditions are an important part of Christmas markets around the world. Handmade gifts, delicious food and vendor stalls are just a few of the well-known traditions associated with Christmas markets. Every market has their own style and history, but one tradition seems to unite them across countries. Glühwein mugs are a staple at markets each year.

For those who haven’t experienced Christmas markets before, Glühwein is hot mulled wine. This drink is a favorite for visitors and is often served in souvenir mugs. These mugs are often customized for each market or even for each year.

Christkindlmarket Des Moines is bringing a Christmas market to Iowa for the first time, we thought it was important to celebrate the traditions that make them special. For that reason, we are excited to announce Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2016 Glühwein mugs will be available during the event this December. We’re working with Sabine Voigt to create our mugs. Currently, she designs the mugs for Cologne, Germany’s Christmas market. Check out the example of her work below.

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If you’re as excited as we are, you can reserve your mug in advance before July 1 with a donation of $25 or more. We will be ordering a fixed quantity and we want to be sure our supporters are guaranteed this keepsake, boot-shaped collectors items. How special would it be to have a Glühwein mug from our inaugural event?

We will be taking pre-orders those who donate $25 or more before July 1. If you would like to reserve your mug, check out our donation page and make your donation through Paypal or Dwolla. Don’t forget to share this opportunity with friends and family. We don’t want anyone to miss out!

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