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German students plan a celebration

Bratwurst can be a good choice when planning a Sunday afternoon football gathering. Come to think of it, bratwurst can be a good choice for a German festival, too.

It's a sure bet, then, that there will be plenty of bratwurst around Farmington High School on Sunday. And sauerkraut. And pork schnitzel, roesti and kartoffelsalat for that matter.

Sunday is going to be a big day for the German students of FHS, as well as their families and friends. It is going to be a bit of a German festival and Sunday football party, all rolled into one.

A sort of cultural adventure, Sunday's event is geared to focus on many aspects of German culture. It starts at 1 p.m., with a German luncheon in the cafeteria. The menu features the bratwurst, sauerkraut, pork schnitzel, roesti, kartoffelsalat and several types of traditional German fare.

German teacher Cheryl Wason knows that Sunday is a pretty big day in the Vikings fan's world, too, so the Vikings-Packers game will be aired in the recital hall during the luncheon portion of the event.

Meanwhile, also in the cafeteria, German students will set up poster boards and talk about some of the things they've learned about the culture. Additionally, they'll share information about the German club, upcoming trips for students in the school's German program, and talk about how to become a host family.

"The idea is to sort of show off the German culture," said German Club president Amanda Brasgalla. "It's going to really be a German culture day."

After the luncheon and the football game, the featured entertainment will take stage in the recital hall. The Bavarian Musikmeisters will play traditional songs of German heritage. Students in Wason's classes have researched many of the songs that will be performed, and will introduce the songs. Additionally, several students have been learning traditional German dances, and will perform those during the concert. The band will be under the direction of FHS band director Jeff Gottwig.

The Bavarian Musikmeisters performance begins at 3 p.m. The cost for the concert is $5. The cost for the dinner and the concert is $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors.

Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships, a trip to New Ulm this winter, and other programs and activities scheduled by the FHS German Club.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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