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Sounds of the Alpenhorn- The Alpine Echos play Traditional Music

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There was a huge crowd near the Welcome Gates of German Fest in Milwaukee…WHY? The Alpine Echos were performing, and it’s not every day you see a half dozen Alpenhorn player playing real music! I’m sure it was the first time many people even heard the Alp Horn outside of a Ricola Ad! (You can […]

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

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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 […]

Gedeckter Apfelkuchen Recipe – Covered German Apple Cake

German Fest Milwaukee 2018! Thank You & PHOTOS!

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UPDATE- Thursday before German Fest weekend is always a fun “gathering” day. 2 Years ago I was there with my family… this year, Covid-19 cancelled the event. Still… there’s always next year! Loving these KIDS!!! Isn’t it funny how time spent having fun just FLIES by? Seems like only yesterday I was packing my bags […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

Dirndl Jewelry- German Style Jewelry for German Fests or Everyday

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We are headed into German Festival Season… Maifests, Germanfests… and the king of all German Festivals … OKTOBERFEST! Whether or not you wear a Dirndl, it’s always fun to wear Dirndl Jewelry. Necklaces, chokers,  bracelets or earrings can help you express your personal style… and show off your love for Germany! There are simple styles, […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

The Freistadt Alte Kameraden- A “Glorious” Display of Generosity

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Proving their amazing generosity once again… the Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band raised $2400 for charity in one weekend of GermanFest... that’s $1000 more than last year! And it all goes to kids who need it. I’m proud to know these guys! Permission for all photos from Dale Blank   The Freistadt Alte Kameraden and “Gloria” […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

A Generous Germanfest Milwaukee Community Donates to Kids

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In a tremendous display of generosity, the Germanfest Milwaukee community and the Freistadt Alte Kameraden donated over $10,000 to children’s charities this week. It just goes to show you that a little effort, combined with a big heart adds up to some amazing things. Germanfest Milwaukee Community Donates $10,000 to Kids Eric Radue, the Germanfest President, […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

Plymouth Junge Kameraden Band- An American High School Band Playing German Music!

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  “So ein Tag, so wunderschön wie Heute“… when I heard those words sung, I immediately flashed back to my childhood. My mother playing this on her record player… my Oma’s radio… singing in German school. But the source was unexpected; the singer was a beautiful High School girl, standing in front of the Plymouth […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?

Thank You! Germanfest Milwaukee!!

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  Get Your Tickets to Germanfest Milwaukee July 27-29, 2018 HERE–> Germanfest Tickets A Heartfelt THANK YOU and VIELEN vielen Dank!!! Well, I’m home again from Germanfest Milwaukee. The bags are unpacked, laundry is sorted and the first loads are in the machine… I’ve started sifting through the film and photos, and slowly am sorting […]

Sounds of the Alpenhorn- The Alpine Echos play Traditional Music

German Fest Milwaukee- Celebrating German Culture in America!

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UPDATE- I wrote this post a year ago for German Fest Milwaukee 2016… and I had an absolutely AMAZING time there!(Read about it here–> Thank you Germanfest Milwaukee). Sadly, I won’t be attending Germanfest this year (too many bits of life just got in the way), but I AM moving mountains in order to be […]

Sounds of the Alpenhorn- The Alpine Echos play Traditional Music

The History of the Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band

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[no_toc] What I enjoy the most about German Girl in America is meeting new people and learning about all the ways they maintain their German Heritage here in America. Dale Blank has been sharing loads of wonderful information about a great band he plays with,  the Freistadt Alte Kamaraden. Since 1942 the band has been […]

History of the Chicken Dance Song- How did Ducks became Chickens?