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German School of Connecticut - Events 2017
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OPEN HOUSE! Saturday, Sept. 9th, 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
Rippowam Middle School, 381 High Ridge Rd, Stamford CT
Get acquainted with our school and community... you’ll find a friendly community with dedicated, professional teachers.

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Nothing connects us to a country more than its language. Speaking German can help you
strengthen that connection while enhancing travel, education and business horizons. Founded in 1978, the German School of Connecticut – the only professional German Saturday School in the state – provides a dual-track curriculum for beginners to native or near-fluent speakers. Over 400 students from Pre-K thru High School and Adults learn, improve and maintain German language skills while celebrating Austrian, German and Swiss traditions and cultures.
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The German School of Connecticut is a private, non-profit school with branches in Stamford and West Hartford and has an enrollment of over 350 students. A professional teaching staff, most of whom are native German speakers, provide three contact hours on each of thirty Saturdays per year. The school was the first German language school in the United States to be selected by the State Department of the German Government to administer the official Sprachdiplom I and II examinations. These exams, which are a pre-requisite to university matriculation in Germany, test the equivalence of ten and twelve years of German language study. The German School of Connecticut receives support from the German government, as well as local businesses and donors.
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In today’s vibrant and diverse society, communication across national borders has increased exponentially. Consequently, the advantages to knowing and speaking several languages are limitless, but knowing and speaking the right languages is key. What many may not know is that German has become an especially advantageous option as a language of music, science, and literature, as well as the native tongue of the world’s number one exporter of goods worldwide.

The high-quality German educational program of the school includes students of all ages, from pre-school through adult, and meets on Saturday mornings during the school year. Students at all levels, from beginner through native speaker come each week to learn, improve and maintain German language skills. The school was established in 1978
Two convenient locations: Stamford and West Hartford. Dual track curriculum for both beginners/non-native and native or near-fluent students. All grades: pre=K to 12 and adult too!

Urs Klarer, Volunteer PR Officer, German School of Connecticut,  203-548-0438

West Harford:
Gail McCloud at German School of Connecticut, 860-404-8838
The German-American Steuben Parade is held every year on the third Saturday in September. The  2017 date is Saturday, September 16, 2017.
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Over more than fifty years, the German-American Steuben Parade has grown into the largest event of its kind in the United States. No other festival in New York City is as colorful and as much fun as our parade with hundreds of music and dance groups, the wildly costumed and masked Karneval groups, the folks in their historic Tracht, the marksmen and all the other marchers on Fifth Avenue.
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 They come together every year to celebrate German-American culture and traditions, and to applaud the achievements of German immigrants to the United States.
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With your events, we also celebrate the enduring friendship between our two countries - a friendship that has helped end the Cold War and felled the Berlin Wall. Twenty years ago to date, Germany was reunited following a historic international effort that the American people helped start and for which all Germans will forever be grateful.
German Christmas Traditions - "Froehliche Weihnachten"
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In Germany, the Christmas celebration begins on December 6th, with St. Nikolaus Day. St. Nikolaus is the patron saint of children. As in many other European countries, on the eve of Dec. 6th children place a shoe or boot by the fireplace. During the night, St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, hops from house to house carrying a book of sins in which all of the misdeeds of the children are written. If they have been good, he fills the shoe or boot with delicious holiday edibles. If they have not been good, their shoe is filled with twigs.
December 21st, supposedly the shortest day (longest night) of the year, is dubbed St. Thomas Day. In parts of the Sauerland, whoever wakes up late or arrives late to work on that day is issued the title "Thomas Donkey." They are given a cardboard donkey and are the subject of numerous jokes throughout the day. But this gentle abuse ends deliciously with round, iced currant buns called "Thomasplitzchen."
Then comes Christmas Eve. Prior to the evening feast, is the presentation of the tree. The Christmas tree, as we know it, originated in Germany. The custom of trimming and lighting a Christmas tree had its origin in pre-Christian Germany, the tree symbolizing the Garden of Eden. It was called the "Paradise Baum," or tree of Paradise. Gradually, the custom of decorating the tree with cookies, fruit and eventually candles evolved. Other countries soon adapted the custom. Charles Dickens called it "The Pretty German Toy."
The Christmas Tree has a mysterious magic for the young because they are not allowed to see it until Christmas Eve. While the children are occupied with another room (usually by Father) Mother brings out the Christmas tree and decorates it with apples, candy, nuts, cookies, cars, trains, angels, tinsel, family treasures and candles or lights. The presents are placed under the tree. Somewhere, close to the bright display are laid brilliantly decorated plates for each family member, loaded with fruits, nuts, marzipan, chocolate and biscuits. When all is ready a bell is rung as a signal for the children to enter this Christmas fantasy room. Carols are sung, sometimes sparklers are lit, the Christmas story is read and gifts are opened.
Christmas Day brings with it a banquet of plump roast goose, "Christstollen" (long loaves of bread bursting with nuts, raisins, citron and dried fruit), "Lebkuchen" (spice bars), marzipan, and "Dresden Stollen" ( a moist, heavy bread filled with fruit).
2 lbs (about 6 medium) potatoes
2 eggs
1/3 cup flour
1 small onion, peeled and grated
Salt and pepper to taste
Fat for frying
Wash and peel potatoes.  Put in cold water while peeling the others.  Grate potatoes very fine, squeeze out moisture.  Mix with eggs, flour, onion, salt, and pepper, adding enough flour to make a fairly firm mixture.
Drop by tablespoons into hot fat in a skillet.  Fry the pancakes until crisp and golden on both sides.  Take out with a spatula and drain on absorbent paper.  Serve with applesauce sprinkled with salt.
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