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Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

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It turns out, the best time to see witches in Milwaukee is NOT at Halloween… it’s between January 6th and Ash Wednesday, during Fasching/Karneval Season. But the witches are just a supporting role in this performance that goes back 500 years in the Alps of Austria. The 70-member strong Muller Fasching Verein of Nordamerika carries […]

What is the Christkind- The Golden Haired Gift Giver in Germany

What is the Christkind- The Golden Haired Gift Giver in Germany

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  Even though I grew up in the United States where Santa Claus dominated Christmas… the presents my sister and I got came from the Christkind (or Christkindl) on Christmas Eve. It was magical! We would hide in our bedroom peering out the window…wondering when she would arrive. The Christkind coming was a special delivery […]

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

German Christmas Treats from All Tastes German

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German Christmas Treats is a wonderful little cookbook from the website All Tastes German. I stumbled across the site, and the cookbook, completely by chance, and I’m just delighted that I did. There are just over 40 recipes in the book, and each one is a gem. Honestly, I could do all of my Christmas […]

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

Bayreuther Blue Christmas Plates for Sale

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A friend  of the page asked me to help him with these plate he inherited. I offered him a space on the page to show them. If you have any questions, or are interested, please contact Larry directly.   larrysales21249@gmail.com Hello All…. Larry just sent me an email, “My sister has just passed away a few […]

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

What is a Stutenkerl? Is it the same as a Weckmann?

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  On November 11, children in Germany celebrate St Martin’s Day by parading with Lanterns, and munching on a Stutenkerl, also known as Weckmann or Kiepenkerl. But… What IS a Stutenkerl? What is a Weckmann? Are they the same thing? It turns out, these baked men… like a sweetened yeast dough version of a Gingerbread […]

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

D’lustig’n Wendlstoana Tanzgruppe- Keeping up Tradition with Dance

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The night before GermanFest Milwaukee, we headed to the Bavarian Bierhaus to meet friends and eat delicious food. Little did we know that we would have a lovely surprise… D’lustig’n Wendlstoana Tanzgruppe was holding their dance practice in the basement, preparing for their GermanFest performance! And because my friends Rosie and Bob Forster (who is also […]

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

Traditional German Tracht Show at German Fest, Milwaukee

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Many people think that the German Fest events, like the one in Milwaukee, are all about “Bavarian” attire. I’m happy to report that not only are other regions of Germany represented in food and culture, the Tracht from other parts of Germany are seen around the grounds…. and on Saturday, there is a special Traditional […]

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

What is Spanferkel? A Roasted Pig, Perfect for Any German Festival!

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I’d heard there would be Spanferkel at Germanfest, and I was a bit confused… What is Spanferkel? A “Ferkel” is a little Pig” (it’s also what my mom would call me when I came home particularly muddy) and “Span” is wood chips. Pig in Wood Chips? That can’t be right. It was time to learn […]

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee