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Germania Club's Christkindlmarkt a success

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

STEPHEN UHLER   The 15th annual Christkindlmarkt, held at the Pembroke Germania Club Nov. 23-25, 2012, was again a great success, and organizers and vendors alike couldn't be more pleased.

STEPHEN UHLER The 15th annual Christkindlmarkt, held at the Pembroke Germania Club Nov. 23-25, 2012, was again a great success, and organizers and vendors alike couldn't be more pleased.

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The 15th annual Christkindlmarkt was again a great success, and organizers and vendors alike couldn't be more pleased.

The Germania Club of Pembroke spent the weekend hosting the traditional German-style Christmas market, and were happy with how it all turned out.

Marie Zettler, committee member, said as of Sunday afternoon, some 3,600 people had come through their doors since it first opened Friday, which meant their attendance is up 300 to 400 from last year.

"This is good news," she said. "People are buying local."

Erwin Beck, chairman of the Christkindlmarkt committee, said the turn out has been very good, and the vendors are very satisfied with the number of customers they have been dealing with throughout the weekend. The market has even expanded a bit, as half a dozen vendors set up shop outdoors.

"They haven't signed up yet, but everyone has told me they are coming back" for next year, he said, adding one vendor told him he thinks this is one of the best markets of its sort around.

Christkindlmarkt has been a highlight of pre-Christmas activities in Pembroke since 1998. For 2012, it featured more than 50 vendors both inside and outside the Germania Hall.

A huge variety of traditional arts and crafts, Christmas decorations, wooden toys, food and other such goods were available for sale, giving visitors a taste of Christmas in Germany without actually going there.

Beck said since this is their 15th year, the word is getting out that they have become a well established event. They have welcomed shoppers from across the region and as far away as Ottawa and Arnprior.

The real credit for the success of Christkindlmarkt, though, is the team of tireless volunteers who organized it.

"Without them, we couldn't pull this together," he said.

Stephen Uhler is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist

stephen.uhler@sunmedia.ca


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