Upcoming Events

 

April 21st:  Chili Supper Fund Raiser 3:00-6:00 pm/Annual Membership Meeting starts at 6:00 pm

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

The GAK Board is invites all members to a chili supper fund raiser 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 First GAK Maibaumaufstellen (the raising of the May Pole)

Saturday April 28th starting at 3:00 pm 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!