German Day gets new home

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Families are invited to a new venue to celebrate the annual German Day in Colorado on Oct. 5 and 6: Centennial Center Park, located at 13050 E. Peakview Ave. in Centennial. Gemuetlichkeit, a good feeling of belonging and coziness, is guaranteed — with food, drink and music.

With a bit of a different slant than the numerous Oktoberfests celebrated in America, this German-American day honors contributions German-speaking immigrants for their contributions to our country and communities.

A weekend of family-friendly events is planned, including live bands, folk-dance performances from all the Germanic-speaking regions of Europe, food and beer.

At the Grand Opening at 1 p.m. Oct. 5, Young Voices of Colorado singers will present anthems after the Gateway High School Color Guard posts the colors.

In the Culture Garden setting, one will find an education center, genealogy booth, an exhibit of traditional attire, art demonstrations, craft displays and performances of music unique to German-speaking countries, including Peppi Gruenwald with his zither. Also look for an accordion, Kuhschellen, Mundharmonika and the Denver Kickers, Schuhplatters!

There will also be activities and traditional children’s games.

Organizer Cara Meier, a retired LPS teacher, shared a 1987 quote from President Reagan that she likes: “Few people have blended so completely into the multicultural tapestry of American society and yet have made such singular economic, political, social, scientific and cultural contributions to the growth and success of these United States as have Americans of German extraction.”

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