Saturday, September 19, 2015

German Day/Deutscher Tag

Today was the German Heritage Day at the Genesee Country Village and Museum.  We had to leave really early to arrive by 9:15 a.m. at the museum because Jonathan and Charlotte worked as volunteers again.  After dropping them off at the museum, we drove around the area a bit because the museum did not open to the public until 10:00 a.m.

Heute gab es einen deutschen Tag im Freilichtmuseum.  Wir mußten schon früh zum Museum aufbrechen, weil Jonathan und Charlotte wieder als freiwillige Helfer gearbeitet haben.  Nachdem wir sie beim Museum abgesetzt hatten, mußten wir noch ein wenig durch die Gegend fahren, weil das Museum erst um 10.00 Uhr für die Besucher öffnete.


 Caledonia













 Beautiful countryside
Wunderschöne Landschaft



 Flora is petting Lewis, the museum's cat, while waiting for the museum to open.
Flora streichelt Lewis, die Museumskatze, während wir darauf warten, daß das Museum aufmacht. 




 Our first stop was an English reading of the German story Max and Moritz.
Zuallererst haben wir "Max und Moritz" auf Englisch gehört. 








 Then we found Jonathan chatting with a co-worker.  His job today was to sell German meals and beverages.
Dann haben wir Jonathan entdeckt, der sich mit einem anderen Mitarbeiter unterhalten hat.  Jonathans Aufgabe heute war es, beim Verkauf von deutschen Gerichten und Getränken zu helfen.  


 Charlotte was helping with the hot chocolate making (only hot water and slightly sweetened cocoa powder) and with distributing it among the visitors.
Charlotte hat geholfen, altmodische heiße Schokolade (nur leicht gesüßtes Kakaopulver und Wasser) zu machen und an die Gäste zu verteilen.  


 Charlotte at Thomson's Tavern
Charlotte in der Thomson Taverne


 Visiting Charlotte
Wir besuchen Charlotte




What you need to make chocolate.
Was man zur Schokoladenherstellung braucht.


 Peeking out from the kitchen
Hier schaut sie gerade zur Küche heraus.


 Tasting the hot chocolate Charlotte has made.
Wir probieren Charlottes heiße Schokolade.


 In the kitchen
In der Küche


 There was quite a bit of rain, so we 
Es gab viele Regengüsse, also


 sought shelter.
stellten wir uns unter.


 Watching a lady make German marzipan.
Hier hat eine Dame deutsches Marzipan hergestellt. 


 Watching the rain
Sie schaut sich den Regen an.


 Making Scherenschnitte
Wir machen Scherenschnitte.








 Eating potato pancakes with apple sauce.  Miriam's summer camp teacher was helping here.
Es gibt Reibekuchen mit Apfelmus.  Miriams Lehrerin vom Sommerferienlager hilft hier heute.  




 Watching the dancers
Wir schauen den Tänzern zu.


 Miriam  and Veronika joined them for one dance.
Miriam und Veronika haben bei einem Tanz mitgemacht.









Jonathan had a huge crowd during lunch time.
Während des Mittagessens standen viele Leute bei Jonathan Schlange.


 There was music playing.
Es gab auch Musik.


My three girls really like this music.
Meine drei Mädchen mögen diese Musik sehr.  


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Here, Veronika, Miriam, and Flora are "participating"
Hier machen Veronika, Miriam und Flora bei der Blaskapelle mit.


 Miriam and Veronika: Joining the dancers
Miriam und Veronika tanzen mit!


Alphörner!


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 Look at all these horns!
Hier sieht man viele Hörner!


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 Trying them out.
Wir probieren sie aus.






 Jonathan and Flora watching the dancers.
Jonathan und Flora schauen den Tänzern zu.


 Visiting Charlotte one more time.
Wir besuchen noch einmal Charlotte.


   Chatting with one of the Alphorn players and going home.
Wir unterhalten uns mit einer der Alphornbläserinnen und gehen nach Hause.



14 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great day. I don't know where to start with my comments. Everything looked so wonderful. I would love to have joined you with my mom and my Aunt Evie. This is an event they would love to visit. Was the food free, or did the people purchase it? It looked very good . . marzipan, potato pancakes, chocolate . . all favorites! Those horns are amazing! Where do they keep them all year? Do they come apart?

    Charlotte's dress and apron are very pretty. And is Veronika's dress one we sent you? It looks like one the girls wore :)

    The Scherenschnitte were well done. Were they difficult to do?

    What a great day Eva! Even the rain was nice. Everyone must have slept well :)

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    1. Some of the food was free, potato pancakes, apple sauce, sauerkraut, wine, hot chocolate, but the real meals had a price tag. Those horns do come apart. I was wondering the same thing: How do you store them. Peter found out that a cheap costs about 1500 dollars, but many of them cost 5000 dollars!

      I am not sure if that dress from you a not. I will ask Veronika.

      The one Miriam and Veronika tried (the heart) was difficult. I helped a bit with Flora's cat. That was not too bad, but she could not do it all by herself.

      Yes, they were all quite tired when we finally got home.

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    1. Es war sehr schön und es wurde viel Deutsch gesprochen :).

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  3. Dear Eva!
    The German heritage day looks wonderful! Do your children know the German folk dances? I am still looking for good resources to learn and teach the folk dances to my daughters.
    Blessings and love, Barbara

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    1. It was beautiful, but no, they do not know them. There are so many different folk dances. Each region has special ones. Let me see if I find some sources and I will get back to you.

      Love to all of you.

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  4. Wow, da habt ihr viel gesehen und gemacht!

    Hier hat es eine ebenfalls schwarze Bibliothekskatze. Sie mag es einfach sehr in der Bibliothek, obwohl sie nicht offiziell dort wohnt. Wir sehen sie hier jedes Jahr. Die Bibliothekarinnen haben uns erzählt, dass sie die Katze erst immer wieder aus der Bibliothek verjagt haben - es hat ja auch allergische Menschen - doch das half alles nichts, die Katze kam immer wieder. Nun haben sie alle Bibliotheksmitarbeiter und -besucher adoptiert - eigentlich wohnt sie ein paar Häuser weiter.

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    1. Ja, sogar Alpenhörner. Man braucht dafür gar nicht in die Schweiz zu fahren :). Lustig, daß es dort eine Büchereikatze gibt. Katzen suchen sich oft ihre "Herren" aus. Sie haben ein instinktives Gespür, wo sie hingehören.

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  5. Wundervoll, was es da alles zu sehen und zu machen gab!! Reibekuchen heissen im Sächsischen im Übrigen "griene Glidscher". Grün für roh und glitschig sind die ja irgendwie auch. Hm, lecker.

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    1. Lustig, diesen Ausdruck habe ich noch nie gehört!! Ja, ein wenig glitschig sind sie :).

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  6. I really enjoyed your photos and visiting the German Fest vicariously! Your children are simply lovely, it is a pleasure to see them grow. How fun that you can be involved in cultural events from their own heritage. My husband and I were commenting, while having a great time at the Greek Fest this weekend, how the French did not do this thing in foreign lands. There is no greater community or smaller communities of French, they tend to hide from each other rather than assemble. I wonder if I could import a few horned cows and a bull or two and organize something...or perhaps there is a reason we don't try to duplicate French festivals.

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    1. You know, I think you have to go to Quebec to get the same experience. There is also a large French community in Alberta and British Columbia that is proud of their heritage. Rochester did celebrate "Bastille Day" in July by the way. Maybe because it is close to Canada?

      There is an Alliance Française in the U.S. Even Iowa has its own chapter:

      Alliance Française de Central Iowa
      Présidence : Mme Parady Boatwright
      4425 Mills Civic Parkway, # 1406
      West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
      Tél. 515-822-9051
      paradysboatwright@yahoo.com

      Sometimes places that have a French consulate do offer more cultural events. But maybe French people do not have the same sense of community as Greek and German people do. Just as you pointed out.

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  7. Vielen dank et merci!!! You are right about the Alliance Francaise, but they seem to be much more about imparting knowledge (for a fee) about the right way to speak French, a national passion. We shall make a trip to Quebec! (And I will be gracious and look into the Alliance...but it is a 4-hr drive from here.) Thanks!

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    1. That is too bad. I am sorry that it is also so far away from you. Is there a college nearby that offers French? Sometimes people are interested there. Quebec is so pretty! Montreal is pretty nice, but especially Quebec City. You would love it!

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