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April 21st Chili Supper Fundraiser 4:00-6:00 PM

Annual Membership Meeting 6:00 PM

The GAK Board is invites all members to a chili supper fund raiser at 4:00 PM prior to our Annual Membership Meeting on April 21st.  All proceeds will be earmarked for new carpeting in the ballroom and Klub entrance.  A bowl of Chili with all of the fixings and a glass of beer will be available in the Banquet Hall starting at 4:00 PM until the meeting starts at 6:00.  The price is $6.00 per person, additional donations will be appreciated or you may contribute at any time if you can not attend, just let us know that the donation is for carpeting.  If Chili isn’t your thing or we run out of chili early the Edelweiss will be open at 5:00 before the meeting starts. We hope to raise enough funds for this project over the next year or two to keep our Banquet Hall nice for all guests and members to enjoy.

The Annual Membership Meeting for The GAK will be Saturday, April 21st at 6:00 PM in the GAK Banquet Hall.  We will conduct the annual nomination and election of three new GAK Board Members and provide other reports as needed for our membership.  It is hoped to have a display of photos and other historical material available for review. We hope all GAK members will plan to attend.

The First GAK Maibaumaufstellen (the raising of the May Pole)

Saturday April 28th at the Edelweiss Biergarten

Come open our biergarten for summer with us on Saturday, April 28th starting at 3:00 PM. We’ll open the grills and tap the maibock early on that Saturday afternoon, as we raise our Maibaum to usher in spring weather, and the long-awaited biergarten season!

In Germany, Maitag, AKA May Day, has been celebrated since ancient times in pre-Christianized Europe. As May 1st sits half way between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice, the date held special significance to Germanic peoples and the accompanying festival ushered in nice spring weather and served to drive away evil spirits. The raising of the Maibaum symbolized the turn of the season to warmth, and today this rich tradition continues throughout Europe in many different forms.

In Germany, it is common that Maitag involves a celebration in which the Maibaum is raised in the town square, and there is dancing and a feast. The Baum itself stays up through the month of May, or through the summer solstice, depending on traditions of that particular area. The traditional bier served for this celebration is the maibock. Maibock are helles bock biers, or “bright” bock, being bright yellow in color in contrast to the amber or brownish colored bocks typical of Starkbierzeit. They are sweet bock biers, and deceptively strong. We will celebrate this tradition in our biergarten on April 28th, in the afternoon and evening. Stay tuned to email and Twitter updates for and specifics, as it gets closer. Prost!



This Weekend at the Edelweiss/The German American Klub….

Friday, April 13– Friday Night Music with the Wilsons!

Ken & Debbie Wilson will be in the house on Friday to entertain us! Friday Night Fried Chicken returns as the Friday dinner special!

Saturday, April 14 – Ladies Auxiliary Annual Fashion Show!

Make your reservations now for the Ladies Auxiliary Annual Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch! Doors open at 10:30 with the brunch/show starting at 11:00. Fashions this year provided by dressbarn and Justice. Tickets are $15 per person. Call 317-445-3929 or to make reservations.

Saturday, April 14 – Park Opening/German Park Clean-Up

The annual park opening will take place on Saturday, April 14 at 9:00 am. The Federation can use as many volunteers as possible in order to defray the costs of paying the maintenance workers to do some of the work. Please bring work gloves, rakes, etc. If you have a couple of hours to spare that day, come out and rake a pile or two of leaves or pick up sticks. Coffee and donuts will available at 9 am with a deli tray, potato salad, chips and water/lemonade from 11 am till finish. Should we wake up to a rainy Saturday, park clean-up will be Sunday, April 15.

Saturday, April 14 – Indianapolis Männerchor Final Concert!

After 164 years, the Indianapolis Männerchor will perform its final concert as part of the Murat Shrine’s “Spring Sing” fund raiser. The Männechor is one of the oldest performing choral groups in the United States. For more information about their farewell performance and/or to purchase tickets:

Saturday, April 14 – Liederkranz Damenchor Sängerfest 2018!

The Indianapolis Liederkranz Damenchor will be hosting the 64th SOKII District Sängerfest at Crowne Plaza Indianapolis. Concert is from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm – admission free.

Saturday, April 21 – Annual Membership Meeting

The annual membership meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 6:00 pm. Prior to the meeting, a chili supper fund raiser will be held with proceeds going towards new carpeting for the ballroom and foyer. Mark your calendar to attend the chili supper and meeting. This is your Klub and a great opportunity to meet the board members and let them know what you would like to see done and how you can become more involved!

Sudzfest May 19, 2018

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