Weihnachtsprogramm - Sunday, Dec. 13 

One of the best Sundays of the year is just around the corner! Weihnachtsprogramm with Edelweiss friends and family is this Sunday, December 13.  There's a short meeting at 2 pm, with a beautiful music program at 3 pm. It'll get you in the right frame of mind for Advent and Christmas. Afterwards, there's dinner, dessert, and conversation with your fellow Edelweiss members.  Bring a dessert to share, some goodies to nibble on at your table, a raffle prize or two, and your festive spirit. If you have small children, sneak a gift in under the tree for Santa to give out before dinner.

Save the Date -- Annual Hoedown! 

We recently voted to have our annual Hoedown at the Lazy-J Ranch.  As always, it's the Friday after Thanksgiving--November 27.  Start time at 8 pm.  Bring a dish to share and your own drinks.  $20/person covers the awesome 100-year-old barn and the square dance caller.  More details in the event in the right hand calendar!

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!!!


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