New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, January 7,1996 □ 9 AGay Forties Club celebrates ‘Christmas in the Country*
Photos by Marie Offerman Hostesses for the Gay Forties Club Christmas party at the Saengerhalle are seated left to right Marie Offerman (Co- chairman), Betty Grist and Melba Roth and standing left to right Bette Spain (Co-chairman) and Marie Jarisch.
A tiered arrangement of white poinsettias and fresh Douglas fir branches graced the buffet table, which held the traditional turkey dinner. At the serving table are Denise and Jeff Mund.
Tiered stands on the dessert table held assorted Christmas cookies. Cranberry-lemon punch and coffee were also served. Two hundred and twenty one members and guests enjoyed the old fashioned Christmas affair.
up and clean-up were Don Offerman, Mike Spain, Mike Dietert, Warren Elbel and Bob Rayfield.
“Christmas in the Country” was the theme for the'Gay Forties Club Christmas party on Dec. 10,1995. Hostesses seated left to right are Sara Rayfield, Esta Wollmers and Linda Dietert. Standing left is Margy Waldrip and Joyce Elbel, right.
By ANN BURRUS and MARIE OFFERMAN
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Saengerhalle was the setting tor tne December Gay Forties party “Christmas in the Country,” held on December
The evening was reminiscent of Christmas celebrations held by theear-ly settlers of New Braunfels. As the 221 members and guests arrived they were served a variety of cheeses, sausage and dried meats, and Texas caviar with crackers and chips accompanied by cranberry-lemon punch. The appetizer table was centered with a white angel with hurricane lamps in a fresh mixed greenery wreath on either side. Fresh Douglas fir branches were interspersed among the appetizers.
A beautiful tiered arrangement of white poinsettia plants and Douglas fir branches centered the buffet table and more branches accented the food service. The traditional buffet dinner consisted of turkey, dressing, gravy, squash casserole, country style green beans, pickled beets, cranberry salad and rolls.
The appetizer table was converted to the dessert table. Assorted Christmas cookies on decorative tiered stands were served with coffee and punch.
Members and guests were seated at long tables covered with white cloths and decorated with fresh Douglas fir branches and green pottery hurricane lamps trimmed with gold ribbon. The lamps, which were made by the host
esses, were awarded as prizes. Also decorating the table were miniature flower-pot angels, also made bv the committee, and given to each attendee. The fresh cedar Christmas tree was decorated with white lights and white crocheted angels and snowflakes. The stage held a forest of fresh cedar trees with a large wooden santa figure. Two large cedar trees covered with white mini lights were on either side in front of the stage.
The group was entertained by the New Braunfels Mixed Choir Harmony (New Braunfels Gemischte Chor Harmonic) with a medley of German
Christmas songs. The Gemischte Chor Harmonic is the last of the many German singing societies that were active since the founding of the community. The director is Bill Kretzmeier and Heidi Reeh is the pianist. Thirty eight members presented the program and then enjoyed cookies and coffee. The group meets at the Saengerhalle every Wednesday evening.
Hostesses were co-chairman Marie Offerman and Bette Spain, and Linda Dietert, Joyce Elbel, Betty Grist, Marie Jarisch, Sara Rayfield, Melba Roth, Margy Waldrip, Melba Wetz, and Esta Wollmers. Also assisting with the set-
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