Carpathia puts on a fun Fathers Day Fest on June 20-21 in a tent on the Carpathia campus. Edelweiss dancers have been asked to dance and will show their talents at about 6:45 on Saturday night, June 20. Come out and enjoy some food, beer, desserts, and Gemütlichkeit! **
On that Saturday, many musicians from around the Gauverband will be in town to practice all day as the Gaukapelle. Four years ago, Gaumusikwart Rick Michels (Edelweiss's own music director, as well) mailed out music to musicians throughout the Gauverband. They practiced on their own for about a year. At the Gaufest held in Orlando, Florida, in 2011, the band made its debut. About 40 musicians, among them many from Edelweiss, were remarkably good considering they had only practiced TOGETHER for a couple of hours. Since then, many of them have continued to work to be even better. Two years ago in Cleveland they played for the opening ceremonies and parade and were quite good. This year, they'll be playing for the Sunday afternoon festivities at the Gaufest in Milwaukee. To prepare for that, a number of musicians will be coming to the Detroit area from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and other places to spend the day inside the Carpathia Hall working hard on their music. Afterwards, what better way to relax than to go outside and enjoy the hospitality and Kameradeschaft at the Fest. Edelweiss members are excited to welcome our Trachtenfreunde!
**Edelweiss dancers: ladies wear black soft Mieder, cranberry skirt, apron of choice; men wear white shirt, no tie, green vest.