Annual Cookie Dance at the GAK! – Friday, December 2

Join die Fledermäuschen Tanzgruppe for the Annual Cookie Dance at the GAK on Friday, December 2 from 7:00 – 10:30 pm. Come dance and sing along to the music of Jay Fox. Admission is a few cookies to share with others. The Tanzgruppe is looking forward to the dance and hoping to see many old as well as new friends and families. If you would like to dine at the Edelweiss prior to the dance, please make a reservation: 317-888-6940.

Krampusnacht at the Athenaeum – Saturday, December 3rd

On Saturday, December 3rd, the Athenaeum Foundation is hosting Indianapolis’ first annual Krampusnacht. “According to legend and folklore, a mythical demon-goat beast arrives every year to scare and punish those who find themselves on the naughty list. With its long fangs, menacing horns, and a switch made of birch sticks, Krampus rules the night. This traditional Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) celebration dates back hundreds of years to the towns and villages of the European Alps, and is immediately followed by the arrival of Sankt Nikolaus, a kind-hearted gift giver who arrives the following day to reward those who have been good.” There is a more adult-themed evening event, 7pm – 9pm, but also they are including “family friendly” programming from 4pm-7pm that will include special performances by NoExit Performance, Indy’s most adventurous theatre company, as they present a family friendly tale about the REAL Krampus. Join two “expert” storytellers as they uncover the maybe true story behind the myth… the legend… the goat/man. Followed by a visit from Krampus himself.

Ladies Auxiliary Children’s Christmas Party – Sunday, December 4 at 1:00pm!

Join us for an afternoon of music, delicious food, storytelling, cookie decorating and a visit from Santa Claus! Reservations are encouraged so we can make sure we have plenty of seating, food and goodies for the kids. A salad or dessert is welcomed. To make reservations, please call Patty Johns via 317–445–3929 / pjohns@ibj.com. We will also be collecting food donations for Hunger Inc. Peanut butter & jelly, canned fruit, macaroni & cheese and especially canned meats are a few of the items in need.

KulturAbend – Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 PM, Edelweiss Restaurant

Marlene Albershardt, owner of Marlene’s German Collectibles, will be our very special guest on December 6th. She will present a description of the legendary Erzgebirge Woodwork region, their connection to the Holidays, and a collection of her Holiday authentic German Holiday products. Marlene has been selling German-made ornaments, smokers, nutcrackers, and other collectibles for 4 years at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt and the Indianapolis City Market. Includes unique items for sale. The dinner special will be a rich wine-marinated Schmorbraten roast. A great hearty meal to welcome winter. Try it with horseradish potatoes and cabbage or mushrooms.

German Language Classes

German Language Classes continue Tuesdays at 7:00 pm with Janet Price, retired language teacher from Roncalli High School conducting the classes. The cost of the class is $5.00 per person per class, payable at the start of each class.  Classes are structured for the beginner or for those who want to brush up on their language skills.  Come early and enjoy dinner with some of your classmates!

O Hoosier Tannenbaum—IHS Festival of Trees

O Hoosier Tannenbaum

The GAK and the other collaborative societies in the German Cultural Societies of Indianapolis (GCSI) have once again put together our German-American themed Christmas Tree at the Indiana Historical Society’ Festival of Trees. Come see our tree (#14) as one of over 100 great trees representing many businesses and organizations around our city and state. Our tree features authentic German-made baumschmuck (glass ornaments) and other ornaments representing German immigrant contributions to our area’s culture in arts, literature, sciences, religions, and more! Read the story of the origins of the Tannenbaum tradition, and have your kids find all the themed baumschmuck for a free dessert at the Edelweiss, too.

Carmel Christkindlmarkt

19 November – 30 December

Carmel Chriskindlmarkt LogoOnce again, your Klub is hosting three huts at the CCKM as a major fundraiser for our cultural and education mission in Central Indiana, in joint effort with the Indiana German Heritage Society. Together, we own Das Pretzel Haus and Kartoffelpuffer Küche, selling pretzels and Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), and Bier Brewery products. Come visit our huts, open Thursday-Sunday through December 30th, and all of Christmas week.

In addition, Klub members are taking part in cultural docent activities and outreach on behalf of our Klub and our culture. This also includes 2 performances from die Fledermäuschen Tanzgruppe and teaching sessions of our cherished German folkdances with the market goers.

Christmas Holiday Hours at the Edelweiss/GAK

To allow our staff to celebrate with their families, the Edelweiss will be closed on Friday and Saturday, December 23 and 24 for
Christmas. We will reopen on Tuesday, December 27 at 5:00 pm. Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve Buffet!

Jägerfest – Saturday, January 28th

For the first time since before the pandemic, our classic winter dinner party returns with authentic German recipes made with locally-sourced wild game and vegetables. Includes local biers and a return of the locally-distilled bourbon flight.

Look for updates soon.