German American Day 2008

Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:31pm EDT

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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.
    --  4:00 - 10:00 p.m.  Bavarian Oktoberfest - The United German Hungarian
        Club, 4666 Bristol Road, Oakford, PA.

Sunday, September 28:
    --  3:00 p.m. Keystone State Boychoir Concert  - Selections from the 2008
        European Concert Tour and other favorites; First Presbyterian Church
        Germantown, 35 W. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia 19144.

Tuesday, September 30:
    --  6:00 p.m. German Winetasting sponsored by the German-American Chamber
        Commerce - Philadelphia; Sheraton Society Hill, 2nd and Walnut

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
        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.

Saturday, October 4:
    --  5 and 10k German-American Day Walk (Proceeds benefit the
        Heritage Center in Washington, D.C.), Start 8:00 a.m.: German Society
    --  10:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m. German Colonial Cooking Program, Historic
        RittenhouseTown, 206 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia.,

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
        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.

This listing is only a "sampler" of events - the complete schedule of 30+
events can be found on

SOURCE  German American Day Celebration Committee

Marlene Stocks of the  German American Day Celebration Committee,
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