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German Christmas Market begins in downtown Harmony

November 9, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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Rodney Gasch pours out gluhwein Saturday during the Weihnachtsmarkt, German for Christmas Market, n downtown Harmony.

With warms mugs of gluhwein in hand, the people of Harmony and neighboring communities gathered Saturday to celebrate their German roots.

Weihnachtsmarkt, German for Christmas Market, began in downtown Harmony Saturday. By the time the fun ends at 4 p.m. Sunday, the event's organizers hope to have received between 4,000 and 4,500 visitors.

Gwen Lutz of Zelienople, one of the event's co-chairs, said they had a great showing Saturday despite the chilly weather. The event raises money for Historic Harmony, commonly known as the Harmony museum.

"This helps keep the lights on and the roof intact," Lutz explained. "It's also part of our mission to spread joy to the community. Zelienople and Harmony both still have a lot of the original settlers' descendants living here today."

This is an excerpt from a story appearing in Monday's Butler Eagle.<\i>

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