Events

Nov
10
Sun
Harmonie Concert, Dinner and Dance
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

November 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Sacramento Turner Harmonie Annual Fall Concert

The Sacramento Turner Harmonie will hold its Annual Fall Concert featuring ‘Ein Spaziergang durch die Natur – A Nature Walk’.
The concert itself is free. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Concert-goers may enjoy the no-host bar before the show.

Dinner and dancing will follow the concert from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. featuring music by Steve Balich. The dinner-dance is by reservation only at the cost of $25.  Catering provided by Bonnie Vie Kitchen in Folsom, CA.  Reservations must be made by November 1, 2019.

Contact stharmonie@gmail.com or Lorna Martens at 916-718-3900. Checks should be made payable to STV Harmonie. Mail to:

STV Harmonie
Attn: Lorna Martens
3349 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816

History
The Sacramento Turner Harmonie is the oldest section at the Sacramento Turn Verein. The Harmonie founded on November 16, 1854—five months after the foundation of the Sacramento Turn Verein on June 2, 1854. It’s no surprise, considering Germans’ love of music and singing. Harmonie performances, including the annual fall concert in November, have been a historical highlight over the years—and continue to entertain crowds today.

Dec
7
Sat
Christkindlmarkt
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

20th Annual Christkindlmarkt. Benefiting multiple charities in the Sacramento area.

Christmas Music, Arts, Crafts, Ornaments,Cookies and Cakes for sale, Nurnberg sausage dinner, Gluhwein, Authentic Saint Nickolaus.

In the tradition of the German outdoor Christmas Markets, the Sacramento Turn Verein offers the community an annual Christkindlmarkt for holiday shopping and entertainment. Highlights of this festive weekend-long event include:

  • 28 booths featuring local vendors
  • Lebkuchen and Magenbrot, traditional German baked Christmas treats
  • Glühwein, also known as mulled wine
  • Daily appearances of Santa Claus and the German Christkind

Note: All vendor stations for the 2018 Christkindlmarkt are sold out.  To join the waiting list for 2020 vendors, call 916-442-7360 or email stv@sacramentoturnverein.com.

History
In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the town’s Christmas Market, also called a Christkindlmarkt (which literally means Christ child market). Generally held in the town square and pedestrian zones, the market combines food and drink in the open air, shopping and pageantry, as well as tradition. On opening night and, in some towns, every night, onlookers welcome the Christkind, or Christ child, in the form of a golden-haired angel, played by local youth.

Some of the most popular items at the market are:

  • Crèche, nativity scenes
  • Zwetschgamännla (figures made of decorated dried plums)
  • Nussknacker (carved Nutcrackers)
  • Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted almonds)
  • Christstollen or Stollen (a sort of egg bread with candied fruit)

The most famous Christmas markets are held in the cities of Nürnberg, Dresden, and Stuttgart, making them very popular tourist stops. Each year, the Nürnberg and Dresden markets draw about two million visitors, and the Stuttgart market attracts more than three million visitors. Other well-known markets are held in Köln, Bonn, Lübeck, Wien, Salzburg, and Villach.

Dec
8
Sun
Christkindlmarkt
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

20th Annual Christkindlmarkt. Benefiting multiple charities in the Sacramento area.

Christmas Music, Arts, Crafts, Ornaments,Cookies and Cakes for sale, Nurnberg sausage dinner, Gluhwein, Authentic Saint Nickolaus.

In the tradition of the German outdoor Christmas Markets, the Sacramento Turn Verein offers the community an annual Christkindlmarkt for holiday shopping and entertainment. Highlights of this festive weekend-long event include:

  • 28 booths featuring local vendors
  • Lebkuchen and Magenbrot, traditional German baked Christmas treats
  • Glühwein, also known as mulled wine
  • Daily appearances of Santa Claus and the German Christkind

Note: All vendor stations for the 2018 Christkindlmarkt are sold out.  To join the waiting list for 2020 vendors, call 916-442-7360 or email stv@sacramentoturnverein.com.

History In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the town’s Christmas Market, also called a Christkindlmarkt (which literally means Christ child market). Generally held in the town square and pedestrian zones, the market combines food and drink in the open air, shopping and pageantry, as well as tradition. On opening night and, in some towns, every night, onlookers welcome the Christkind, or Christ child, in the form of a golden-haired angel, played by local youth.

Some of the most popular items at the market are:

  • Crèche, nativity scenes
  • Zwetschgamännla (figures made of decorated dried plums)
  • Nussknacker (carved Nutcrackers)
  • Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted almonds)
  • Christstollen or Stollen (a sort of egg bread with candied fruit)

The most famous Christmas markets are held in the cities of Nürnberg, Dresden, and Stuttgart, making them very popular tourist stops. Each year, the Nürnberg and Dresden markets draw about two million visitors, and the Stuttgart market attracts more than three million visitors. Other well-known markets are held in Köln, Bonn, Lübeck, Wien, Salzburg, and Villach.

Jan
17
Fri
Feuerzangenbowle
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

The GACC – Library is implementing an old German proverb, “Übung macht den Meister” (in English “Practice makes perfect”) in showing a hilarious German movie with a typically long German title for the thirteenth time:  Die Feuerzangenbowle. We welcome all you cult followers, and those who have missed this movie in the past!

The film starts a favorite German actor of the 1940s, Heinz Rühmann, playing the role of a young university professor and writer.  When he and his much older friends gather in a tavern to indulge in a favorite warm German winter drink, the Feuerzangenbowle, they get carried away by telling stories of their school years, remembering all the nasty tricks they played on their teachers in their youth.

In Germany today, die Feuerzangenbowle is a cult film.  Whenever it is ready to be shown, university students prepare by collecting manual alarm clocks, flashlights, and small bits of paper, which they crumple into spitballs, all to be implemented at the appropriate times during the movie.  (Note: your smartphones won’t be to able do it all!)

Today’s university students often bring their mulled hot, rum-spiked wine with them in thermos bottles, but that is not necessary for this event, as we will serve you the very same drink you see warming beneath the flame of the Feuerzangenbowle in the first scene of the movie.

About halfway through the film, we’ll pause to let you enjoy both the visual delight and taste of the glowing, steaming Feuerzangenbowle, along with some finger food.  We will also serve a non-alcoholic punch.  Then we’ll return to watch the remainder of the movie.  You’ll find this to be a truly enjoyable evening that you won’t soon forget!

THE DETAILS
What:
The showing of the 1944 film, “Die Feuerzangenbowle,” in German with English subtitles.
When:  Friday, January 17, 2020, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Don’t be late!
Where:  Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J St., Sacramento 95816, upstairs in the Banquet Hall; there is parking behind the STV off “I” Street between H & J, or on the street (watch for time limits!)
Admission:
$15.00 regular; $10 for full-time students with ID, or for enrolled GLS students; children 12 and under free.
Payment at the door by check, cash or credit card.  For early reservations and payment by credit card (through PayPal) click here.
Admission includes the Feuerzangenbowle drink & finger food—all with “seconds”.  Other beverages will be available for purchase before the movie begins.  No alcoholic drinks will be served to minors.
The famous punch:  Warmed, mulled red wine into which sugar drips from a Zuckerhut (cone-shaped sugarloaf), and set alight—a beautiful sight, especially when the lights are turned down. (Come and see!)

Apr
4
Sat
Bockbierfest
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Every spring, the Sacramento Turn Verein—and thousands of local beer lovers—gather to celebrate the arrival of Bockbier, a traditional Bavarian beer that is dark in color and relatively high in alcohol content. This two-day event includes:

  • German music by the Sacramento Turner Harmonie
  • Bavarian folk dancing
  • Traditional German food
  • Biergarten

We invite you to join us at this lively event, where Bockbier flows like the Sacramento River and German heritage is alive and thriving!

History
According to some records, Bockbiers date back as far as the mid 1200s in Germany—and although their name came from the Hanseatic league town of Einbeck (where the beer was first brewed), a myth says it was derived from the German word for “goat,” which is also “bock.”

By 1380, there were 600 breweries in Einbeck producing Bockbier. Later it was exported to Munich and then all over Europe. With the large demand for Bockbier in Munich, the Einbeck brewmeister was brought to Munich with no chance of returning to Einbeck.

  • Bockbiers generally have a malty character with a caramel and roasted flavor that finishes slightly sweet and come in many styles:
  • Dunkelsbock: traditional dark bock
  • Hellesbock: pale beer that is light in color with a dry finish, almost like a pilsner
  • Maibock: somewhat darker bock that has a definite hops taste
  • Weizenbock: wheat beer brewed to the strength of a Bockbier
  • Doppelbock: double bock with a slightly sweet finish

All Bockbiers fall under the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law established in 1516 by Dukes Willhelm IV and Ludwig X of Bavaria. This law established that beer may be made of only water, malt, and hops. Little was known of yeast back then, so it was not included in the regulations.