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GAK Maibaumaufstellen (the raising of the May Pole)
GAK Maibaumaufstellen (the raising of the May Pole) at the Edelweiss Biergarten. . . . Come open our biergarten for summer with us on Saturday, April 28th. We’ll open the grills and tap the maibock early on that Saturday afternoon, as we raise our Maibaum to usher in warm spring weather, and the long awaited biergarten season! We will celebrate this tradition in our biergarten on April 28th, in the afternoon and evening. About 3pm grilled food & drink; Raising 5 to 5:30; 5 to 9 Edelweiss restuarant is open. Prost! 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.

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Welcome! This group is for anyone interested in international culture exchange. Meet new people, attend fun events, learn about other cultures and practice languages.

Our types of events this year...

1. International Supper Club:
Organized by Alex.
1st or 2nd Wed. of the month.
Emphasis on authentic cuisine. This dinner usually has a special menu for us with a set price and family-style dining. It may also include items that are not on the restaurant's regular menu. This event combines our Meetup group with Alex's Yelp dining group.

2. New Member Welcome Dinner:
Organized by Jeannie.
3rd or 4th Tues., Thurs. or Sun. of the month.
Emphasis on meeting and getting to know new members of the Meetup group. All members are welcome, too. Everyone orders and pays for what they'd like from the regular menu. We vary the night of the week for this most months to give everyone a chance to attend, since people's schedules vary.

3. Conversational Language Practice:
Organized by Jeannie.
2nd or 3rd Fri.
The group voted to focus on Spanish, French, and Italian this year. The meetings are casual and social and suitable for everyone (even if you don't have experience, that's okay). We'll have fun and "break the ice" for three languages every month. We also will have some other language sessions to be announced. We'll vote on new languages to focus on next year.

4. Year-End Holiday Party:
Organized by Jeannie.
Held the last week in December. Details announced later in the year.

5. Various international restaurant, festival, film, art and music events. Aiming for one per month. Saturdays preferred. We would love to have more organizers/event hosts for these!

6. American adventure. Something new this year is traveling to nearby cities for off-the-beaten path experiences that show the regional diversity in the USA. Day trips for art, history, dining, nature, theme parks etc. may or may not include an international component. We would love more organizers and event hosts for these, too.

Like our Facebook page for updates about the group and other international community events:

https://m.facebook.com/internationalculture... (https://m.facebook.com/internationalculturealliance)

Thanks for being part of the group. We have over 2000 members now, and there are even more things we could do together. If you have the time and interest to help set up a few events, that would be a huge help and a fun way to be more involved in the group. Keep sending your ideas, too. :)

Jeannie

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