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German Cultural Society Wurstmarkt, Maifest Coming Up

The public is invited to the German Cultural Society’s upcoming events, including its annual Wurstmarkt and Maifest.

Both events will be held at the organization’s Donau Park facility, 5020 West Four Ridge Road, in House Springs. Admission is free, although food and beverages will be sold.

The Wurstmarkt, essentially a German sausage dinner, is set for noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23. Maifest, the organization’s spring festival, will take place 7-10 p.m. Friday, May 19, 5-10 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

“We just want everyone to come out and enjoy nice German events,” society spokesman Joe Wendl said.

He said the society held its Wurstmarkt for years at its hall in south St. Louis, moving it to Donau Park a few years ago.

“This will be our third year at Donau Park for the Wurstmarkt,” he said. “It’s a traditional dinner with German music and dancing.”

The wurst dinners include three sausages – one Hungarian wurst, one weisswurst and one wiener – along with green beans, potato salad, bread and strudel. Sauerkraut will be available. The price for the meals is $15 each.

“Weisswurst is white sausage, a nice German sausage,” Wendl said.

The Hungarian sausage is spicy, he said.

“There are a lot of Germans who went down the Danube and live in Hungary,” he added.

The Deutschmeister Brass Band will play, and the dance groups Kindertanzgruppe (a children’s dance group), Jugendgruppe (a youth dance group), Die Heimatgruppe (a young adult dance group) and Volkstanzgruppe (an adult dance group) will perform.

The Maifest offers similar cuisine and entertainment, but over three days and also includes a traditional salute to spring, Wendl said.

“We want everyone to come out and celebrate everything German,” he said. “We’ll have German beer, wine and food, German music and dancing. A big attraction is always the Maibaum, a May pole. That’s where dancers wrap ribbons around a May pole. It will definitely be held on Sunday (May 21), but may also be held the other days.”

For more information, visit the German Cultural Society of St. Louis Facebook page or go to the society’s website at germanstl.org.

Source : Leader