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2017

Oktoberfest Dinner

5:00pm

12.00

Oktoberfest Dinner

12.00

It’s that time of year again! Time to break out the lederhosen and dirndls, turn up the oom-pah band and get ready for Oktoberfest. In München the activities in the meadow now include huge Festhallen (beer tents), each with its own special Oktoberfest beer. Brass bands play traditional Trinklieder (drinking songs) day & night. Food vendors sell bratwurst, roast oxen, sausages, sauerkraut, grilled chicken, fish on a stick, & large soft pretzels. Here in Fort Wayne, at Park Edelweiss, not quite as large of a celebration, but still one not to miss! There will be Essen, Trinken & Gemütlichkeit to be had by all. Join us for a traditional German Dinner, Drinks and Dancing. The doors open at 5pm and dinner service will begin at 6:00.

Where

Park Edelweiss Reception Hall
3355 Elmhurst Drive

Fort Wayne,
IN 46809

Directions

Christmas Mart

9:00am – 3:00pm

Free admission

Christmas Mart

Free admission

The annual Christmas Mart takes place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving when Park Edelweiss is transformed into a winter wonderland full of German holiday gifts and goodies. Come bask in the warmth of the holiday season while shopping at over 50 displays by vendors from around the Midwest, featuring authentic German gifts, toys, nutcrackers, and much more. A special visit by Saint Nikolaus will be a highlight of the day. And be sure to fuel up for the day with our own homemade bratwurst and glühwein!

Vendors! Register now to secure your table(s) for display. One (1) eight foot table rental (including two chairs) is $40.00. Booth space is approximately 8 feet by 5 feet. Questions? Contact Carol at (260) 459-2225.

Where

Park Edelweiss Reception Hall
3355 Elmhurst Dr

Fort Wayne,
IN 46809

Directions
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Männerchor Fish Fry

It's the end of a long and busy week - but you still have to eat dinner to start the weekend. Why not come to Park Edelweiss and let us do the cooking for you? The 2nd Friday of every month features a Fish Fry with all the trimmings, plus the fun and fellowship you've come to expect from the Germans at Park Edelweiss. Bring the whole family, and enjoy dinner and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere that's all about fun. All You Can Eat fish, sides, coffee & desserts! (except June, July and December)

cost

Adults $9.00
Kids 12 & Under $5.00

next fry

where

Park Edelweiss Reception Hall

Directions

Sängerfest

One of the joys of participating in choral singing with the Fort Wayne Männerchor/Damenchor is the cameraderie and fellowship of our family and friends - and participation in the greater community of German singing societies around the world.

Click here to find the next Sängerfest event on our calendar.

The North American Singers Association

Our region of the National Nordamerikanischen Sängerbundes (NASB) is the SOKII district, comprised of more than a dozen German choral groups from the Midwest states of southern Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana. The NASB is comprised of over 90 sängerbundes from some 30 states east of the Rockies. We gather once every year for Sängerfest - a weekend of essen, trinken, und gemütchlikeit.

other choirs in our district

About Us

Fort Wayne Männerchor/Damenchor is a Men's and Women's choir dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their German heritage as expressed in choral music.

Choir rehearsals are held at Park Edelweiss every Thursday evening from September through June:

  • 7:30PM: Damenchor
  • 8:15PM: Gemischt
  • 8:45PM: Männerchor

Membership Meetings are held at 8:30PM on the first Thursday of every month (following a gemischt rehearsal at 7:30PM).

Our History

On October 4, 1869 the first German male chorus, established by German immigrants, was organized in Fort Wayne under the name of the Fort Wayne Sangerbund. Since its origin the chorus has been dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their German heritage as expressed in choral music.

Eventually, there were eight singing societies in the city: the Sangerbund, Eintracht, Concordia, Teutonia, Germania, Frohsinn, Lieder Tafel, and the Manner Gesangverein. In 1899 these eight choruses combined under the name of Concordia Gesangverein, which consolidated with the Saxonia Gesangverein in 1922. Four years later this consolidation became the Fort Wayne Männerchor. A Ladies’ Auxiliary was organized in 1938, but the ladies only began singing in 1974. In 1997 they became full members of the chorus and it became known as the Fort Wayne Männerchor/Damenchor. The chorus joined the North American Sangerbund in 1871. On September 5, 1897 it became one of the founding members of the Indiana District. In November 1974, it joined the Southern Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana District, successor to the old Indiana District.

Originally rehearsals were held weekly at Strodel’s Saloon at Columbia and Barr Streets. Activities were held at various locations until 1922, when the chorus moved to a new location at 1804 1/2 West Main Street, where it remained for 79 years. On May 1, 2001 the Fort Wayne Mannerchor/Damenchor purchased a new home at 3355 Elmhurst Drive, known as “Park Edelweiss”. The building is used for rehearsals, concerts, meetings, picnics and other activities. Our facilities are also available for rent for any type of receptions, parties, and banquets.

Since 1936 the Fort Wayne Männerchor/Damenchor has participated in district conferences involving approximately 350 singers which are held each year in April or May. Every three years they are involved in the National Sängerfest, which has had as many as 4,000 participants.

On the occasion of its 100th anniversary the chorus received the “Zelter Plakette”, an award named after Carl Friedrich Zelter, the father of choral music in Germany. It is awarded by the German government to choral groups all over the world on the occasion of the celebration of 100 years of continuous German choral singing.

Because of their enthusiasm for German culture, members of the Männerchor/ Damenchor sponsor a number of traditional German activities every year. In the early days they held monthly dances. Today, they continue their interest in the preservation of German heritage with a full schedule of annual activities.

Leadership

Chad Trouten

President

Mark Critchfield

Vice President

K. Peter Jungk

Treasurer

Lowell Shearer

Recording Secretary

Craig Selig

Financial Secretary

Thomas Remenschneider

Music Director

Tom Schmitt, Dain Christensen, and Patti Knox

Trustees

Park Edelweiss

Our Clubhouse

Park Edelweiss is located in a beautifully renovated two story barn on 14 acres of wooded land with two scenic ponds and plenty of parking. The spacious grounds are ideal for wedding ceremonies, family reunions and picnics, with plenty of room for outdoor activities like sports and games. And the indoor facilities provide all the amenities you need to host an excellent event for your guests. Host your next party, wedding reception, or event at Park Edelweiss and your guests will experience the German tradition of Essen, Trinken, und Gemütlichkeit: Eating, Drinking, and Merriment!

Features

  • Wooded 14 acres of land
  • Ample parking
  • Scenic ponds
  • Upper level with 32' high ceiling
  • A finished pine floor, perfect for dancing.
  • Competitive Rates
  • Friendly and experienced staff

Catering

  • Great Hall accommodates 175 chairs in rows or 150 at tables
  • Lower level seats approximately 130
  • Buffet adjacent to the seating area
  • Full catering and full bar services.
Booking & Inquiries

Directions to Park Edelweiss

Address

3355 Elmhurst Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46809