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The German Citizen
             The German Citizen

                                                  AUSTRIA • GERMANY • LIECHTENSTEIN • SWITZERLAND

      Vol. 12 No. 1                                                                                                  January-February 2024 Issue

                                                                  Christkindlmarkt at Hofbrauhaus brings

                                                                  diverse vendors, enthusiastic interest

                                                                  Story and photos by Steve Dlugosz
                                                                          ore  than  two  dozen
                                                                          vendors  from   across
                                                                  MWestern          New    York
                                                                  offering a wide array of goodies for
                                                                  purchase to enthusiastic holiday
                                                                  shoppers highlighted a packed first
                                                                  Black   Friday  weekend    at
                                                                  Hofbrauhaus Buffalo – one of
                                                                  several holiday-related shopping
                                                                  events in the area associated with
                                                                  the weekend and moving through
                                                                  Christmas. Christkindlmarkt took
                                                                  place the weekends of Nov. 24-26;
                                                                  Dec. 1-3; Dec. 8-10; and Dec. 15-17;
                                                                  with hundreds attending. The event
                                                                  was free and open to those of all
                                                                     Additionally, the Hope Roses
                                                                  Foundation was chosen as the local
                                                                  charity – the beneficiary for the
                                                                  initiative with funds generated from
                                                                  special cookie sales, donations to
                                                                  support various children who are
                                                                  sick or incapacitated. Local media
                                              THE TRADITION       anchors/reporters Nick Veronica
                                              CONTINUES:          and Kelsey Anderson from WIVB-
                                              The annual          TV were on hand Nov. 25 to lend  of the holidays," said Brooks.
                                              German Christmas    their support for the foundation.  "It makes it a lot easier to just get
                                              Mass was held at       "We hope to raise a lot of money  gifts for the family at these events,"
                                              St. Louis Church    for sick kids with this tremendous  said Smith, who earlier in the
                                              in Downtown         event," Anderson said. "It's great to  afternoon was shopping at the
                                              Buffalo preceded    see so many people outside taking  outdoor sip and shop event on Ohio
                                              by traditional carols  part in such a fun event for such a  Street downtown. "You get to get  "Winston-weiser." Dog ice cream is
                                              on Dec. 3. The Mass  great cause."                 some cool stuff, grab a beer and a  also sold at Penelope's.
                                              was formerly held at   Those  who   attended  were  pretzel, and go on with your day. We  "Our items have been selling like
                                              Canisius College.   treated to a variety of diverse  like having the Hofbrauhaus in  crazy," said Crawford. "We brew the
                                                        Photos by  vendors, traditional Bavarian /  Buffalo."
                                                     Martin Ederer  German food for purchase, as well  Children were able to pet and  dog 'beer' ourselves. We're happy to
                                                                  as the musical sounds of Die Haus  feed alpacas from Thistle Creek  be back here, and looking forward
                                                                  Band. A visit from Santa Claus and  Alpacas Farm of East Aurora. Also,  to the entire holiday season."
     German-American Musicians                                    Mrs. Claus also delighted those  unique in offering was Penelope's  Lewiston and offering a wide variety
                                                                                                                                  Smallwood Designs, based in
                                                                                                 Treats owned and operating since
     – a history nine decades long                                outside checking out vendor stands.  2021 under the guidance of Nicole  of  ornaments,  including  Bills,
                                                                  A unique outdoor, center bar area
                                                                  offered drinks and refreshments for  Crawford. She is another returning  Sabres and other fun themes, was on
     Part II                                                      patrons as well.               vendor from last year, offering her  hand. Jodi Small represented the
       On April 10, 1933, as Buffalo and                             Linda Fitzpatrick, owner of  unique brand of dog treats and  business and described the day as
     the rest of the nation had hit the                           GnomeEstay of Perry, NY, returned  goodies, including a new-to-this-  fairly  hectic  with  interested
     bottom of the Great Depression, a                            as a vendor, offering a wide variety  season dog "beer," made from beef-  customers.
     group of Buffalo musicians, mostly of                        of unique gnomes (many for $3)  based stock. The concept is said to  Other unique gift ideas were
     German descent, decided to do                                wearing a variety of costumes,  have originated from her own dog  available  at  vendors  Buffalo
     something about their economic                               including Bavarian, German and  'Winston,' with the brew called  Distilling Company, with Krupnik
     plight. Approximately 15 musicians                           Polish emblems and colors, as well                                       Continued on page 8
     gathered  at  the  old  Casino                               as the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo
     Restaurant at Genesee and Kieffer to                         Sabres. Fitzpatrick said she enjoys
     form  the  German    American                                giving customers a big variety of gift
     Musicians Association (GAM).                                 ideas.
       Continued from last issue.  passing, recently appointed Vice  "I like to say I have a little of
          y  the  50th  anniversary  President, Alan Knowles, took the  everything  for  people,"  said
          (1983), the band numbered  role of president and became the  Fitzpatrick, who proudly lists her
     Baround 45 active members,    second longest tenured president in  German  heritage,  stating  her
     male and female. The musicians  the history of the association, being  maiden name is Schneggenburg.
     rehearsed regularly at the Ukrainian  in that office for 14 years (2005 and  "It's absolutely a fun, worthwhile
     Community Center on Military  2007 to 2019).                 event. No one else does a traditional
     Road near Amherst Street in      Upon the retirement of noted  Bavarian gnome like is offered
     Buffalo.                      director George Hinterbichler, the  here."
       The GAM was the last band to  group slowly started to shrink as the  Grinch-related  gift  items
     play at Crystal Beach in the  members began to get older and not  seemed to be popular among
     Ballroom and the last band to play  enough  young  members  were  customers. David Smith of Depew
     at the historic Park Lane Restaurant.  taking the place of those who  said he was buying a number of
       In 2005 Leroy Schlebus had  retired.                       such themed items, including a
     served with the band for many years  However,  as  the  group  Grinch Christmas drinking glass,
     and was known for his matter of fact  celebrated its 75th anniversary in  from Free Spirit Design By Us, a
     comments and his fearless nature.  2008, a new renaissance began. The  Hamburg-based business. Amanda
     Unfortunately, he was president for  board of directors along with newly  Brooks and Brandi Gibbons were
     less than 24 hours. He passed away  recruited music director Glenn Call  working for Free Spirit Designs on
     in his sleep after speaking at length  began to change the band from  Nov. 25 and were enjoying the cold
     with his wife about all of his ideas.  being a concert-style band into  but clear weather outside.
     He died truly happy!          more of a show and dance band     "It's a lot of fun. People here
       Following   Mr.   Schlebus's                               really get into the gift-giving aspect
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