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2016 April 1-3: Mittelwest Bezirksheimatfest

GTEV Edelweiss Detroit is hosting the 26th Mittelwest Bezirksheimatfest on April 1-3, 2016, and you're invited! Lodging and events will be held at the Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights, MI. Reservations can be made by calling the Sterling Inn at 586.979.1400 or toll free at 800.953.1400 or email Please reference GTEV Edelweiss when reserving your room to get the discounted room rate of $111.50. Access to the Indoor Water Park is included with room reservation.

2016 March 11-12: West Coast Bezirksfest

On behalf of the Vereine of the West Bezirksfest and the 2016 host Verein, the STV Alpentänzer Schuhplattler, I invite all Gauverband Member Vereine, their friends and supporters, and members of the German-American community to attend the 3rd annual West Bezirksfest in historic Sacramento, California on March 11th & 12th, 2016. The 2016 West Bezirksfest will be another opportunity for all of us to share our cultural heritage, build relationships between the Vereine, and enjoy a great time together.

We're Invited! Lechgaufest 2016 in Steingaden, Allgäu

The invitation has arrived! “Almfrieden” Steingaden is the host of the 2016 Lechgaufest to be held in Steingaden in the Allgäu next year. Gauverband Nordamerika is invited to participate in the Gaufest on the weekend of July 15-17 and in the Bayerischer Löwe the following weekend, July 23.

Paul Ulrich Sr. Scholarship Program

The Gauverband Nordamerika has established the Paul Ulrich Sr. Scholarship Program at the request of and support by the Ulrich Family and other contributions to provide financial assistance through annual scholarships to university, college, trade school, or independent study to students involved in the promotion of Bavarian and Tyrolean cultural heritage.  If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please review the eligibility guidelines on the linked document and if eligible complete and submit the Application Form before the deadline of December 15, 2015.

25.Gaufest Questionaire

Grüss Gott,   The questionnaire to record your thoughts on the 25th Gaufest is waiting your response.  Go to to complete the survey and help the Gauverband’s Meeting Committee and future Gaufest Hosts to have future Gaufeste reflect the thoughts of our members.  Responses are requested from individual members and from Vereine.

Paschen Workshop - Fun for All!

At the 2015 Gaufest held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eric Ray, a member of SG Edelweiss, St. Paul, Minnesota, held a workshop to teach the old custom of Paschen (clapping) to music. Not as easy as it sounds, given that several different rhythms are clapped by numerous people. But the fun and resulting great sound are worth the effort! Thank you, Eric, for an enlightening and fun workshop! The handout gives links to numerous resources including videos and sheet music.Click on the link to view on-line or download.


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