Events

Jan
19
Fri
Feuerzangenbowle
Jan 19 @ 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 smart phones 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 19, 2018, 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 sugar loaf), and set alight—a beautiful sight, especially when the lights are turned down. (Come and see!)

Feb
17
Sat
Soccer Club Crab Feed
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Hosted by the Sacramento Turn Verein Soccer Club, this lively crab feed sells out annually. Guests feast on pasta, salad, crab, beer, wine, and soft drinks—and then enjoy music, dancing, and prizes.

May
6
Sun
Maifest
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Every May, the Sacramento Turn Verein German Language School hosts the Maifest, a family-friendly celebration of the arrival of spring! This festive event includes German Maypole dancers, German music, picnic food, puppet shows, face painting, crafts, story-telling, adult biergarten, Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake), and the famous “Maibowle” drink, which contains strawberries soaked in brandy.

Free admission.

Jun
10
Sun
Founders Day
Jun 10 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Held every year to honor the Sacramento Turn Verein founders, this event is for active members and their guests. This anniversary celebration has evolved over the years—and has ranged from a public open-house celebration to more exclusive all-you-can-eat-and-drink BBQ festivities.

Sep
16
Sun
Erntedankfest
Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The German Harvest Festival, or Erntedankfest, has been the German tradition for giving thanks for a harvest, to sustain the community for another year. Come to a full-course German dinner at the Turn Verein, featuring the Sam’s Hofbrau version of Hungarian Goulash, Spätzle, Rotkohl, and a homemade dessert.  Enjoy the procession of German farmers in their work clothes, displaying their work tools and other farming equipment.

 

Tickets: $20 per person
$15 for currently enrolled college students (with student ID)
$10 for children age 12 and under

 

Payment Methods:
By Check:   Make checks payable to “GACC-Library” and mail it to:

By Credit Card:    Click Here!

 

Reservations are required for this event, seating is limited to 100 people.  Paid reservations must be received by Wednesday, September 12.  If there are seats not reserved, tickets will be available for sale at the door.  Doors will be closed at 3:30 p.m.

We will be collecting canned food at the Erntedankfest. Please bring cans to donate. Danke!

Oct
12
Fri
Oktoberfest
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 13 @ 12:00 am

Sacramento’s best and biggest annual Oktoberfest celebration, this famous festival occurs every October and includes:

  • Authentic German Beer on Tap, wine, and German food
  • Outdoor Biergarten
  • Live music from three different bands
  • Kid-friendly activities
  • German music and dancers

Every year, revelers come to the Turn Verein to eat, drink, and dance like a tried-and-true German. It’s like a piece of Munich, right in Sacramento!

History

Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) of Bavaria (the grandfather of “Mad” King Ludwig II) started this historic tradition when he married Princess Theresia of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Ludwig gave an open wedding invitation to the people of Munich—and about 40,000 of them came. The Prince set up tents in a field on the outskirts of Munich, later called ‘Theresienwiese’ (Theresa’s Meadow), in honor of his lady. To entertain the crowd, he organized a horse race and supplied copious amounts of beer. Everyone had such a good time that they decided to hold the horse race (and beer drinking) again the next year, but this time in conjunction with the state agricultural show. The local brewers realized that they could sell a lot of beer in a very short time, which is the reason why it has become a 16-day extravaganza ending the first Sunday in October. The rest, as they say, is history.

Oct
13
Sat
Oktoberfest
Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 12:00 am

Sacramento’s best and biggest annual Oktoberfest celebration, this famous festival occurs every October and includes:

  • Authentic German Beer on Tap, wine, and German food
  • Outdoor Biergarten
  • Live music from three different bands
  • Kid-friendly activities
  • German music and dancers

Every year, revelers come to the Turn Verein to eat, drink, and dance like a tried-and-true German. It’s like a piece of Munich, right in Sacramento!

History

Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) of Bavaria (the grandfather of “Mad” King Ludwig II) started this historic tradition when he married Princess Theresia of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Ludwig gave an open wedding invitation to the people of Munich—and about 40,000 of them came. The Prince set up tents in a field on the outskirts of Munich, later called ‘Theresienwiese’ (Theresa’s Meadow), in honor of his lady. To entertain the crowd, he organized a horse race and supplied copious amounts of beer. Everyone had such a good time that they decided to hold the horse race (and beer drinking) again the next year, but this time in conjunction with the state agricultural show. The local brewers realized that they could sell a lot of beer in a very short time, which is the reason why it has become a 16-day extravaganza ending the first Sunday in October. The rest, as they say, is history.

Dec
1
Sat
Christkindlmarkt
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

19th 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 Nick.

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 2016 Christkindlmarkt are sold out.  To join the waiting list for 2017 vendor’s, 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 a 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
2
Sun
Christkindlmarkt
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

19th 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 Nick.

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 2016 Christkindlmarkt are sold out.  To join the waiting list for 2017 vendor’s, 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 a 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.