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October 2024

National German American Day commemorates the significant contributions of the German people to the United States since the establishment of the first German settlement in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1683. The German influence on American culture is evident through their strong work ethic and dedication to improving the standard of living in the new world.

Designated on October 6, 1983, by President Ronald Reagan, this day serves as a tribute to the rich German heritage and culture that have shaped the American experience over 300 years. Today, the enduring legacy of German descent is evident in the diverse fabric of our nation, making this celebration a recognition of our shared ancestry. During this occasion, the prestigious "Joseph Meschede Award of Excellence" is presented to individuals who have been recognized by the Board of Directors for their outstanding contributions to the well-being and improvement of the Society.

The Grape Harvest event is a joyous occasion dedicated to celebrating the bountiful harvest of the year. Hosted by Bärenbrut, this festive gathering transforms into a playful affair with the decoration of the venue using hung fruits, such as apples and pears, and popular gourds. The fruits are playfully "stolen" by attendees and apprehended by the sheriffs and deputies of the Bärs, leading to a lighthearted imprisonment. Those in "jail" are then required to pay a small fine and are released on "good behavior," accompanied by a special drink. Participants also receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win additional prizes later in the evening. This family-friendly event allows the children of members to engage in the fun of collecting fruits and gourds. The festivities include a delightful meal and entertainment for all attendees to enjoy.

 

Dress Code:

Business casual: Jeans, shorts, tank tops and cutoff jeans not allowed.

 

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