The Snowman Shall Burn...and other Fun for the Weekend!

Gartenschau!

Once again, Gartenschau opens for business! On March 30th, the doors will open with the new motto, “Der Regenbogen- zwischen Sonne und Wolken“ *rainbow - between sun and clouds). The park will be open from 1000-1600 on Saturday and Sunday and from 1000 to 1800 Monday through Friday. www.gartenschau-kl.de

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Head over on Sunday, March 31st for the Season opening festivities, starting at 1400.

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Roller Derby Season Opening: The Roller Girls of the Apolcalypse

Saturday, March 30th from 1530-1900. Tickets are 5 Euros if you purchase ahead of time at 7 Euros if you buy the day of. Kids up to 10 years of age are free! Check out their website www.rgaderby.org.

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Ramstein Spring Fest!

Ramstein will hold it’s 4th Spring Fest on March 31st from 1300-1800. Free admission! There will be spring flowers and decorations, plants and great gift ideas on the Ramstein market square. A children’s program will be held and check out the chainsaw artist who will be making creations from logs. It’s also the time when the market fountain is decorated for Easter and makes a great backdrop for pictures.

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Burn it down!

Head to Miesau this weekend for a traditional winter burning event. The Fire department will head this event where a huge snowman made of straw bales will be set of fire. Food and drinks will be offered! The event will start at 1730.

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Easter Markets are Here!

Easter Egg Exhibition - 24. Ostereierausstellung

Cpme to the 24th annual Ostereierausstellung, or easter egg exhibit this Saturday, the 23rd and Sunday the 24th from 1100 to 1800. This Easter Egg Market has been held in the Westpfalz workshops for 24 years and will have 20 Amateur Artists and – artists from Germany and abroad exhibit their Artworks.

You are cordially invited to watch the artists at work, have some cake and coffee, and create some easter eggs with your children! There will be lots of great items for sale and a fun time for bringing in the spring season. 1 euro entrance fee.

Westpfalz-Werkstätten Kaiserslautern

Sauerwiesen 18
67661 Kaiserslautern

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Easter Market

The indoor-market is held this Sunday, March 24th from 1000-1800. There will be chickens, ducks, and Easter bunnies made of paper and cardboard skillful hands turn the community center Robert-Schuman-Heim into a marketplace full of Easter impressions. Various hobby artists present their small works of art in this colorful and spring-like decorated hall. Easter floristry, Easter decorations from the Erzgebirge, handicrafts such as pottery, knitting and crochet works, glass jewelry, painted tiles, nesting boxes, watercolor paintings, valuable soaps and much more. A raffle in which each lot wins will be offered. Proceeds of the Easter market will be donated to a non-profit organization in the community of Kottweiler-Schwanden. Coffee and cakes will be offered.

Kirchenweg 2, Kottweiler-Schwanden, 66879

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Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day!

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Fastnachtsumzug in Ramstein

Ramstein is going to have their big parade on Tuesday.  Don't miss the opportunity to head into the community and experience the energy and fun of this day.  The Fastnachtsumzug (parade) will begin at 1400 and last approximately 2 hours.  Most of the streets will be closed off by 12:00, so plan parking accordingly.   The parade will have floats (about 80 of them), marching bands including our very own USAFE Band, and other groups and organizations in crazy costumes!  Come out in costume and bring a small bag as the parade participants tend to throw out candy, flowers, drinks and other treats to spectators. 

The parade will offer badges for sale for € 2.  This is a really awesome souvenir from your Ramstein Fasching experience!  They will be selling them to spectators throughout the event.   When the parade has ended, the party will continue on.  Check out any number of pubs, restaurants, and city center for more fasching festivities. 

Have you met our princess yet or would you like to see the Elferrat?  Or would you like to learn the official Ramstein Karneval song?  Check out the KV "Bruchkatze" Ramstein e. V. website https://kvbruchkatze-ramstein.jimdo.com/ for all the details.  

PANCAKES!!!!

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Tuesday, March 5th is Shrove Tuesday and is the last day before the beginning of Lent.  This day goes by many names such as 'Fat Tuesday', 'Faschingsdienstag',  'Shrove Tuesday', 'Pancake Tuesday', and more.  They all refer to the day before Lent, and your last opportunity to 'eat fat' or indulge before the fasting of Lent begins.  Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday because they were a way to use up rich ingredients such as eggs, milk and sugar before Lenten fasting.  Of course, there is also a fun history associated with "Pancake Tuesday" that comes in the form of a village race.  The original pancake race was held in the Buckinghamshire village of Olney in 1445.  This race was all about ladies in traditional housewife gear (apron, skirt, kerchief) running down the street with a frying pan, flipping some pancakes.  

German pancakes, or pfannkuchen, are a bit different from those made in the USA because they don't use a leavening agent, such as baking powder, so they are large and thin.  They are also eaten not for breakfast, but rather lunch or dinner.  They can be served as both a savory or a sweet dish.  A fun family tradition for Shrove Tuesday is to have a breakfast of pancakes...for dinner!  

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Recipe for German Pancakes:

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs

  • 10 Tbsp flour

  • 1 cup milk (or better: roughly ⅘ cup milk + ⅕ cup sparkling water)

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 Tbsp sugar (for savory pancakes, add only a pinch of sugar)

Instructions

  • Mix eggs and liquid

  • Add flour, salt and sugar. Whisk to make a smooth batter

  • Heat pan and coat the bottom of the pan with a little butter

  • Put 1/4 cup of batter in the pan and swirl it around so that the batter coats the bottom of the pan

  • Flip pancake once it begins to set. You want a nice light golden color.

  • Serve warm with powdered sugar, jam, or shredded apples. For a nice savory pancake, try it with grated cheese.

 

Crack the Code! 20 * C + M + B + 19

Three Kings Day, January 6th

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The day has come when all the Christmas decor should be taken down and stored away for next year.  January 6th is Epiphany, or Three King's Day, and is a public holiday in some areas of Germany.  Three King's Day is the day the wise men arrived in Bethlehem with gifts to present to the Christ child.  These men, named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar followed the star of Bethlehem across the desert to meet the baby Jesus.  With them, they brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The gold represented Jesus' royal standing, the myrrh his mortality, and the frankincense his divine birth.

During the day of January 6th, you may have visitors dressed as the three kings at your door.  They are there to offer blessings and accept donations.  They may mark your door or give you a sheet of paper with the markings printed.  So, what do these markings mean and why are they there?  

The markings are typically done with chalk, which has been blessed by a Catholic priest.  Here is how the code is broken down:

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20*C+M+B+19

20 and 19: This is the current year

*: represents the star of Bethlehem

C, M, B: Christus mansionem benediktat which means "Jesus bless this house".  It is also the initials of the three wise men, which many think the CMB stand for.

+++ : The Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit

A Medieval Christmas Market in a Castle!

The Christmas market at Burg Lichtenburg only runs for one weekend, and this is it! Head to this enormous beautiful castle grounds for a medieval Christmas market that is great fun for the entire family. They will have all the homemade and otherwise crafts, Gluhwein, and food as can be expected at all Christmas markets, but they also have jugglers, knights, crossbow shooting and fire eaters! Check out this market for a fun family event. Fun begins at 12:00 p.m Saturday, December 1st and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 2nd. http://www.burglichtenberg-weihnachtsmarkt.de

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In addition to this awesome market at the castle, there are a TON of markets that opened in our beautiful Rhineland Pfalz as of today. Here is a listing of the markets starting today!

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Kaisersesch

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg

ab 01.12.2018 Nussknackermarkt im Schlosshof Neuwied-Engers

am 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Morbach

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Schneckenhausen

am 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt auf Burg Brohleck in Brohl-Lützing

am 01.12.2018 Flerschemer Weihnachtsmarkt in Ober-Flörsheim

ab 01.12.2018 Glühweinfest mit Königsbacher Weihnachtsmarkt im Weinland Königsbach-Neustadt

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Dudeldorf

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Fischbach bei Dahn

am 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Busenberg

ab 01.12.2018 Adventsmarkt in Schallodenbach

am 01.12.2018 Adventsmarkt auf dem Kühbörncheshof bei Katzweiler

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Oberwesel

ab 01.12.2018 Sankt-Andreas-Markt und Kulturweihnachtsmarkt in Landstuhl

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in St. Martin

ab 01.12.2018 Christkindelmarkt in Kandel (Pfalz)

am 01.12.2018 Adventsmarkt in Otterberg

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Rhens

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Billigheim-Ingenheim

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Neuleiningen

ab 01.12.2018 Nikolausmarkt in Edenkoben

ab 01.12.2018 Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt auf Schloss Oberstein in Idar-Oberstein

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Gillenfeld

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Bad Hönningen

ab 01.12.2018 Nikolausmarkt in Oberbreisig

ab 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Zeltingen-Rachtig

am 01.12.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Hirschhorn/Pfalz

Fa La La La! Let the Christmas Markets Begin!!!

Koblenz Christmas Market begins 11.23.18

In addition to stalls and lights, the Christmas market offers an extensive supporting program with live concerts, romantic wagon rides, guided tours of the Christmas market and many other attractions. http://www.weihnachtsmarkt-koblenz.de

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Weihnachtsmarkt in Bernkastel-Kues begins 11.23.18

The Christmas market in Bernkastel-Kues, which will take place for the 41st time in 2018, is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the entire Mosel valley. Popular far beyond the region, it attracts many visitors every year. The scent of roasted almonds, gingerbread and cinnamon waffles will fill your nostrils and of course will tempt you to try it. The backdrop of the medieval half-timbered houses offers the right ambience. The handcrafted offers of the dealers are just worth seeing and so many unique things will change hands here. The lights of the big fir-tree overshadow the festively decorated market and put the visitors in the festive mood. On the historic market square is the largest Advent calendar in the region, where every evening in December a door is opened (on Christmas Eve at 11 clock). Admire the magnificent nativity scenes and let yourself be surprised by the many other offers from the dealers. The highlight of this year's Christmas market is an ice rink on Forum Square in Kues. www.bernkastel.de

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Weihnachtsmarkt in Trier begins 11.23.18

In front of the romantic backdrop of the medieval main market, the Christmas market in Trier takes place again this year. The romantic backdrop spreads through the colorful lights a pre-Christmas atmosphere. At more than 95 lovingly decorated wooden houses, the dealers offer a wide range of goods. Here visitors will find Christmas decorations, wooden toys, candles, glasses, gifts, ceramics, Christmas pyramids and much more. Of course, for the physical well-being of the visitors with numerous Christmas delicacies, such as savory sausage, roasted almonds, waffles, gingerbread, potato pancakes, and hot tea and gluhwein. There will also be a cultural stage program with various brass bands and trombone choirs. The Santa Claus delights the hearts of the children and gives small gifts. www.trierer-weihnachtsmarkt.de

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Gerhardsbrunner Christmas Market on Saturday, 11.24!

Check out this local Christmas market on Saturday!  They will have delicious treats, Christmas items, and a cozy campfire! 

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Additional Christmas markets and wine fests beginning this week!

ab 23.11.2018 Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt im Kasbachtal

ab 23.11.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Gerolsheim

ab 23.11.2018 Mosel-Wein-Nachts-Markt in Traben-Trarbach

ab 23.11.2018 Nikolausmarkt in Bad Kreuznach

ab 23.11.2018 Weinbiet-Glühwein-Tage in Neustadt-Mußbacham

ab 24.11.2018 Glühweinfest in Olsbrücken

am 24.11.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Klingenmünster

ab 24.11.2018 Mendter Weihnachtsmarkt in Buchholz (Westerwald)

am 24.11.2018 Weihnachtsmarkt in Fischbach-Oberraden

Sankt Martin!

It’s Saint Martin Time! For the past few weeks, the children will have been busy making their lanterns for the parade happening this evening. They will be marching, lanterns lit, through their villages signing songs of the beloved Saint Martin. Many residents will decorate their yards with paper lanterns, and meet in the village square to join the festivities. After the parade, there are many areas holding bonfires, accompanied by warm drinks, treats for the children, and fun.

Traditionally, the Martinsumzüge take place in November. This beautiful and old custom has remained alive in many local districts and delights young and old. For all parades please bring your own cups and drinking vessels for the serving of drinks.

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Martinsfeier with the Kita St. Konrad, Reichswaldstraße 34

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St. Martin's celebration in the Wildpark Betzenberg
meeting points:
16:30 clock, branch of Stadtsparkasse on the Betzenberg
17:00: Parking Kniebrech, opposite Kneipp club
Together we pull with lanterns and songs through the
Forest to the game park. There the Martinsgeschichte is played. Afterwards, the participants can look forward to a martini fire, many tree flares, hot drinks and a small snack (please think about small change).
For the way home through the forest please flashlights
bring! Please no torches and open fire!

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Martinsfeier with the kindergarten Marienheim, St. Maria Church / St. Marien Square 1

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Martinszug, Catholic Church Kaiserslautern-Morlautern

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Big Martinsumzug
Meeting point: 18:00 clock in front of the Martinskirche
Lantern train through the city center to Rathausplatz to Martinsspiel and Martin fire

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Martinsfeier of the catholic church Kaiserslautern-Erfenbach
Word of God celebration to St. Martin
Then lantern procession to the market square to the Martin fire

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Something Different for the Weekend?!

Cattle March!

Check out this fun event that involves cows, an autumn afternoon, and a walk through pastures. During the last Saturday of October, the cattle of Finkenbach-Gersweiler will make their way from the mountain pastures to the valley. In addition to the decorated cattle, they will have food and beverages and a children's program with petting zoo. The cows will arrive at 2:30 in the village and it will be a sight, as they will be decorated with beautiful flowers and bells. This is a fun experience not to be missed! The festivities start at 11:00 on Saturday, October 27th. Neugasse 6 Finkenbach-Gersweiler,67822 Germany

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Wendelinus Market

Ramstein will hold it's "Wendelinus Market this Saturday and Sunday. Saint Wendelinus is known to have answered the prayers and protect livestock for the local people. The market will have booths offering a variety of goods, beverages, and foods. There will be entertainment, a carousel for the kids, and a French market. The market will be open from 1100-1800 on Saturday and Sunday. Stores are open for shopping from 1300-1800. Ramstein City Center Am Neuen Markt Ramstein, 66877 Germany

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Roasted Chestnuts and a HUGE Ktown Kerwe!

Oktoberkerwe in Kaiserslautern

Eleven days full of fun and excitement - this is what the Oktoberkerwe promises again this autumn at the trade fair square in Kaiserslautern. The Kerwe will open tonight, the 19th of October, at 5:00 p.m. You will find fast-moving rides, cozy beer gardens and lots of culinary delights offer the nicest change from everyday life. From the 19th to the 29th of October small and big Kerwefans have the opportunity to celebrate properly. Special program points: On Wednesday, the 24th of October, is a big family day, at which the half-fare and entrance fees as well as the many special offers apply until 11 pm for the first time. Finally, with a magnificent thank-you fireworks, the fairgrounds and showmen say goodbye to their guests on Monday, October 29, at dusk.  Saturday, October 20 through October 29th, from 11 AM – 11 PM at Messeplatz, 67657 Kaiserslautern.

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Verkaufsoffener Sonntag

This Sunday, 10.21 from 1300-1800, the shops in Ktown will be open for shopping! Fußgängerzone Kaiserslautern Fackelstr 67655 Kaiserslautern.

Chestnut Market

The village of Hauenstein hosts the oldest chestnut market of the Palatinate region. The chestnut, or Kastanian, is very popular and plentiful in Germany.Numerous booths offer various chestnut dishes and products such as bread, bratwurst, Saumagen (stuffed pig´s stomach), soup, cakes, liqueur etc. Furthermore, the vendor´s goods range from fruits, pumpkins, roasted chestnuts, honey to cheese, freshly smoked trout, Palatinate fruit brandy and wine (Federweißer). The market is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hauenstein is known as the shoemakers` village. A large number of shoe stores and other shops are open for Sunday shopping from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Schulstrasse 4 Hauenstein, 76846

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