From summer to fall we celebrate our German twin, the City of Gera, with a special garden. A European-style town square, casual biergarten, and practical cottage garden will give Conservatory visitors a taste of the region of Thuringia, “the green heart of Germany.” Established in medieval times but influenced by the modern era, Gera is different than familiar Bavaria. Explore the culture of Germany with interpretive displays with a spotlight on Gera respect for both nature and history. Join us in discovering more about Gera, our German sister city since 1992.
What’s a Biergarten, you ask? From the German, Biergarten literally translates to Beer Garden, an outdoor area where beer and local food are served at shared tables. This “adults only” interactive cultural event will offer traditional German food and entertainment, live music, games and, of course, beer. We will provide an atmosphere reminiscent of times with friends and strangers spent in Biergartens throughout Germany. Your ticket includes garden admission, German food with dessert, one drink ticket, games and entertainment. We’ll organize participants into small teams for some friendly competition over the course of the evening, involving a variety of favorite German pastimes -- singing, dancing, teamwork, and tests of skill and strategy. Winners earn prizes! Cash bar will be available. Singles, couples, and groups are welcome. Groups of 3 or more must register by phone at (260) 427-6000. When you register, please specify names of those you wish to be in your group. This is a rain or shine event! Age 21+. Registration deadline: September 8.
Code Date Day Time
427061-F1 9/22 F 6-10 pm
Group: $30/person (must register by phone)
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
German Twin Choral Concert
Sunday, October 8, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Visit the Conservatory gardens and celebrate our German twin city – Gera – with a lively afternoon concert of German song presented by Fort Wayne’s world-traveled twin chorale of Männerchor and Damenchor (the men’s and ladies’ choirs). This joint club preserves the German heritage that runs in the veins of a large percent of Fort Wayne’s population. The lyrics are German, but you’ll get the gist as choral director Tom Remenschneider introduces each piece. In addition, local author and German native Christel Gehlert will relate the story of how our Sister City relationship emerged after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and how that friendship was cemented by the sharing of song. The first 100 will receive a free vinyl decal to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our twinning with Gera, Germany. The concert is included with regular Conservatory admission.
I took my German friend, her mother who was visiting from Hamburg and a group of our friends to your current exhibit. We all loved it!!
Jennifer, Grants Coordinator, M.E. Raker Foundation
Sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1, ABC 21 WPTA, the M. E. Raker Foundation, Wilson Foundation, Auer Foundation and Fort Wayne Sister Cities International.