Alpine Trio: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Every October the Library presents a series of programs that offers insight into the cultures of people across the globe. This year we are focusing on the Alpine Trio of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Often known as a place to ski with the rich and famous in the winter or hike the edelweiss-covered elevations in the summer, the Alps are also home to much history and culture. From medieval trading centers that still flourish as gracious tourist towns to an imperial city that once hosted some of music’s supreme composers, the Alpine region may surprise you with its architecture, its folklore, and, of course, its food.
Our annual cultural series highlights the cultures of the various and diverse regions of the world. These activities are funded through the generosity of the Elizabeth J. Clough Memorial Fund.
For All Ages
Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.
The Edelweiss Dancers, a local dance group, will perform the traditional folk dances of Bavaria and the Tyrol in their authentic costumes.
Sunday, October 7, 2012, 1-4 p.m.
For all ages.
Join your voices with family, friends, and Julie Andrews during a screening of one of the world’s most beloved movie musicals.
Tuesday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.
Well known for its role as a leading European music center and its rich historic architecture, Vienna features Baroque castles and gardens and grand buildings, monuments, and parks.
Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.
Join German historian Anette Isaacs, M.A., as she takes you on a fascinating, fun, and delicious journey through the culinary wonders of her native country. There is a $4 nonrefundable tasting fee due at registration, and space is limited. Please sign up at the Registration Desk (no phone or online registrations).
Tuesday, October 16, 1:30-3 p.m.
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, a professional genealogist and owner of Lind Street Research, will discuss the history of Germanic areas, migration trends, the Americanization of names, and tips on using American sources to find an ancestor’s town of origin.
Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.
Composer and music researcher Jim Kendros will explore the lives of these musical giants and will highlight recorded examples of their music.
Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy breathtaking photos taken during the spring and winter seasons in the western part of this beautiful country.
Thursday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.
Onetime newspaper reporter Jeff Stern will share the story of Paul Schmidt, Hitler’s interpreter.
Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.
Soak up the dramatic history of Bavaria, including great medieval trading centers, some of Europe’s great art and architecture, and mighty rivers and castles.
Saturday, October 6, 11-11:45 a.m.
The Brothers Grimm of Arranmore Center for the Arts act out four beloved fairy tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm: Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin, The Brave Little Tailor, and The Bremen Town Musicians.
Create-a-Craft: Alpine Arts
Friday, October 12, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mount Prospect Public Library
No registration needed.
Stop by the Library and try your hand at these crafts inspired by Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday, October 26, 4:30-5 p.m.
Mount Prospect Public Library
Best suited for ages 3-7, but all are willkommen (welcome). All children must be accompanied by an adult.