Archive for Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Christmas German Fest features dinner, music

December 6, 2000

German food and traditions will blend with musical programs during the 14th annual German Christmas Fest from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Clearfield United Methodist Church, northeast of Baldwin.

The German Fest started as an open house 14 years ago and became an annual event.

A bratwurst dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The dinner includes bratwurst, hot or cold potato salad, sauerkraut, rolls, homemade apple sauce and a dessert of German chocolate cake, black forest cake and German apple cake.

"There's not a calorie in the whole mess," laughed Gloria Sturm, a church member.

A holiday bazaar of crafts and baked goods will be 4-6:30 p.m. at the church.

The candles on the church's Christmas tree will be lit at 4 p.m. and remain lighted throughout the night another German tradition.

"The church has always had some form of candles on the tree," Sturm said. "It is a German tradition."

Musical programs will be performed from 4:15-6:45 p.m. in the sanctuary, with new entertainers each hour. Patti Dillard, Baldwin City, will play her harp at 4:15 p.m. The Vocal Cords, a Gardner group, will sing at 5:15. The bell choir from the Eudora United Methodist Church will perform at 6:15. And Attune will present a musical program at 7 p.m.

The Christmas German Fest can attract more than 200 people to the rural church.

"We wanted to find a special way to celebrate Christmas," Sturm said. "We thought we had a special thing, because we are the only ones with candles on the tree."

Sturm said what started as an open house is now a Christmas gift to the community. She said visitors are welcome to "come and go, or come and stay."

"It's a celebration," she said.

The bratwurst dinner is $6 for adults and $3 for children. The church is located approximately 4 miles north of U.S. Highway 56 on Douglas County Road 1061 (Eudora road). For more information, call (785) 883-2360.

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