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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • To Do this Weekend: St. Joseph Church's 12th Annual Germanfest

  • This Saturday St. Joseph Catholic Church will host its 12th annual Germanfest.
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  • Three event highlights
    1. The German meal consists of German recipes for sauerbraten and bratwurst with sauerkraut, German hot potato salad, red cabbage and has been handed down from earlier German immigrants to Leavenworth.  Many parishioners are sharing their time and talents to prepare these foods for the guests of the festival.
    2. German Music will be provided by Festhaus Musikanten, an authentic German wind orchestra from
    Kansas City, Mo. The band plays from 6 to 9 p.m. Check them out at www.festhausmusikanten.com. “Sound of Music” songs will be performed by students in grades three thru 12 after dinner. Theresa Vitt is the director of this Sound of Music Summer Camp.
    3.German Raffle Prizes feature a German quilt made by the St. Joseph Quilting club for Germanfest. There are seven other raffle items, including German dinner at Grunauer Restaurant in Kansas City, baskets of German foods and German beer.
    Why you should attend:
    “Our guests can enjoy an evening under the big tent with great food and fellowship with other guests while listening and dancing to music provided by Festhaus Musikanteen, a seven-piece German wind orchestra.” -event organizer Betty Olberding
    About the event:
    When: Starts with German heritage Mass at 5 p.m., with German dinner being served beginning at 6 p.m. Festhaus Musikanteen Band performs from and German beer garden open from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
    Where: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 306 N. Broadway St. in Leavenworth. Optional indoor dining will be available at Kinzler Hall.
    Tickets: Adult meals, consisting of sauerbraten, bratwurst, hot potato salad, red cabbage, dessert and a drink cost $10 and children's meals, consisting of a hot dog, chips dessert and drink cost $4. Carryout is available starting at 6 p.m.
    Info: 913-682-3953 or visit www.icsj.org.

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