Christmas German Fest features dinner, music
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.