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A DAY AT THE GERMAN AMERICAN INSTITUTE
hiking, bratwurst and beer was the order of the day. It was a hot
and humid day, in the 90's with a stiff breeze. 3 hardy bikers
rode the "Manfred Deutsch Memorial Ride" through St Paul neighborhood
streets that were well shaded over to the Mississippi River. We
headed back to the GAI winding our way over to Summit Avenue and found
a shaded picnic table where we could relax.
more Ullrs started to show up, to enjoy the food and
entertainment. Many of us enjoyed the delicious brats, homemade
sauerkraut and German potato salad, but some skipped right to the yummy
desserts. Of course we had a pitcher or two of good draft German
beer to wash it down. Some of the group wanted to watch a demo on
making sauerkraut or potato pancakes. There were various demos
going on all day, as well as many wonderful musical groups.
group that was especially interesting was the KJO German Youth
Orchestra. I had a chance to talk to one of the young men and I
learned they were from an area close to Stuttgart, Germany. They
were young men and women in high school and were touring for 10 days in
the Twin Cities entertaining at different venues. I asked how
they liked our cities and the response was, "everyone is so nice and
comes up to talk to us. We are not used to that in our city".
Most of the group spoke excellent English.