German American Day 2008
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Making Philadelphia a German Town PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released by the German American Day Celebration Committee: WHAT:German-American Day Celebration WHEN: Saturday, September 27 through Monday, October 6, 2008 WHERE: Numerous venues throughout Center City Philadelphia and the suburbs This celebration commemorates the 325th anniversary of the arrival of the first group of German-speaking settlers -- thirteen Quaker and Mennonite families from Krefeld, Germany -- in America. They arrived in Philadelphia aboard the Concord, considered the "Mayflower of German immigration" on October 6, 1683 and founded Germantown, the first permanent German settlement in America. This commemoration will also reflect on the rich legacy of the contributions made by all German-speaking immigrants to Philadelphia. Saturday, September 27: -- 2:00 p.m. German-American Steuben Parade - Frankford Avenue between Welsh Road and Knorr Street in Northeast Philadelphia. http://www.steubenparade.com/ -- 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Bavarian Oktoberfest - The United German Hungarian Club, 4666 Bristol Road, Oakford, PA. http://www.philadelphia-bavarian-club.com/comingevents/ Sunday, September 28: -- 3:00 p.m. Keystone State Boychoir Concert - Selections from the 2008 European Concert Tour and other favorites; First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 W. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia 19144. http://www.paboychoir.org Tuesday, September 30: -- 6:00 p.m. German Winetasting sponsored by the German-American Chamber of Commerce - Philadelphia; Sheraton Society Hill, 2nd and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia. http://www.gaccphiladelphia.com/ Friday, October 3: -- 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Mayor's Reception and Proclamation Reading, Mayor's Reception Room, City Hall -- 5:45 - 8:15 p.m. Art After Five: featuring the art and music of Germany. The cabaret scene of 1920's Berlin and a film featuring the Weimar era will be highlighted. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. http://www.philamuseum.org/artafter5 Saturday, October 4: -- 5 and 10k German-American Day Walk (Proceeds benefit the German-American Heritage Center in Washington, D.C.), Start 8:00 a.m.: German Society of Pennsylvania. http://www.hometown.aol.com/lbwvolks1/geramday08.html -- 10:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m. German Colonial Cooking Program, Historic RittenhouseTown, 206 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia. http://www.germanamericanday.org/documents/HRTcookingprogram.pdf, http://www.rittenhousetown.org/index.html Monday, October 6: German American Day -- 10:00 p.m. Wreath laying ceremony at the Pastorius Monument in Vernon Park, 5818 Germantown Avenue in Germantown. Call 215.947.5490. -- 12:00 p.m. Commemorative Luncheon highlighting the 325th Anniversary and recognizing the German roots of the Rohm and Haas. Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia. 215.665.1585. -- 7:00 p.m. Landesjugendorchester Rheinland-Pfalz Performance of Elgar, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia. http://www.germansociety.org/ This listing is only a "sampler" of events - the complete schedule of 30+ events can be found on http://www.GermanAmericanDay.org SOURCE German American Day Celebration Committee Marlene Stocks of the German American Day Celebration Committee, +1-215-947-5490, firstname.lastname@example.org
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