Picnic for Members Saturday, August 15! 

The annual members-only picnic will take place again at Jaycee Park in Troy on Saturday, August 15, beginning at 3 pm.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Club will bring the Wurst, beer, water, and soft drinks.  $5 per person covers that and will be collected the day of the picnic.  As always, music is likely to break out!  Call Renee at 248-840-3674 to let her know you are attending.  There will be stories about the Gaufest!  And wait til you see the shiny prize our competition group won!!

Gaufest 2015 -- in a Nutshell 

From our Vorplattler, Eric Walker:

As most of you know, the 25. Gaufest was held this past weekend in Milwaukee by S.V.E.V. D'Oberlandler. Here are some highlights from the Fest:

 - Members of our dance group competed in Einzel Preisplattln Friday morning.  All of them did a fantastic job!
 - Siasswasser Tanzlmusi played for everyone's listening and dancing pleasure on Friday evening after the Heimatabend program.
 - Edelweiss performed their Ehrentanz, the Sternpolka, in the first band break Friday night.
 - Saturday morning, our dance group entered a team into Gruppen Preisplattln for the first time in about 24 years. We got 9th place out of 20 competing groups. I am so very proud of our effort!
 - Sunday afternoon was filled with the music played by the Gauverband Nordamerika Gaukapelle which was formed by our own Rick Michels and hosts many of Edelweiss' musicians.

I want to congratulate all who participated in Preisplattln, both Einzel and Gruppen! We are very proud of our dancers and appreciate all of our musicians!

I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to all who helped our group prepare for competition; musicians, alternates, dancers, friends, and our Verein.  We would not have been as successful as we were without each and every one of  you!!
Vergelt's Gott!!!

We're Dancing on June 20 at Carpathia! 

Carpathia puts on a fun Fathers Day Fest on June 20-21 in a tent on the Carpathia campus. Edelweiss dancers have been asked to dance and will show their talents at about 6:45 on Saturday night, June 20.  Come out and enjoy some food, beer, desserts, and Gemütlichkeit!  **

On that Saturday, many musicians from around the Gauverband will be in town to practice all day as the Gaukapelle.  Four years ago, Gaumusikwart Rick Michels (Edelweiss's own music director, as well) mailed out music to musicians throughout the Gauverband. They practiced on their own for about a year. At the Gaufest held in Orlando, Florida, in 2011, the band made its debut.  About 40 musicians, among them many from Edelweiss, were remarkably good considering they had only practiced TOGETHER for a couple of hours. Since then, many of them have continued to work to be even better.  Two years ago in Cleveland they played for the opening ceremonies and parade and were quite good.  This year, they'll be playing for the Sunday afternoon festivities at the Gaufest in Milwaukee.  To prepare for that, a number of musicians will be coming to the Detroit area from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and other places to spend the day inside the Carpathia Hall working hard on their music.  Afterwards, what better way to relax than to go outside and enjoy the hospitality and Kameradeschaft at the Fest. Edelweiss members are excited to welcome our Trachtenfreunde!

**Edelweiss dancers: ladies wear black soft Mieder, cranberry skirt, apron of choice; men wear white shirt, no tie, green vest. 

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