Bureau Valley High School to host annual foreign language fair Feb. 28
Students at Bureau Valley High School prepare for another night of celebration as the date for the school’s annual Foreign Language Fair approaches. On Feb. 28, the Spanish and German language clubs host the annual event, promising great ethnic food, crafts and entertainment for the whole family.
On the buffet tables, Spanish Club offers tacos, chicken fajitas and cinnamon pastries. German Club cooks brats and hot dogs, goulash and typical side dishes like hot German potato salad and red cabbage. “We will be baking Black Forest torte cake again this year. It has three layers, with cream filling and cherries in between the layers. The top has little pieces of dark German chocolate,” says Daniel Trone, German Club president. “The food is a lot of work, but I think some people come to the fair just for the food,” he added. Meals cost between $4 and $7.
The evening’s performances include vocal solos, instrumental pieces and group folk dances. Students prepare selections from traditional Latin American and German folk music and a more contemporary song from the musical “Evita.” The German Club choreographs and performs a new dance each year, so 12 students meet before school to learn the steps.
Three of Bureau Valley’s high school students are from other countries this year. Federico Papa lives in Italy, and he looks forward to performing some Italian piano pieces. “They asked me to play for the night. I have Italian songs that are good. I am not singing. That is good,” said Papa. The other two students, Kim Hanke and Luci Reisberger, hail from Germany.
Kids of all ages can practice their creativity at the craft tables. Spanish Club students teach fairgoers to weave “God’s Eyes,” a Mexican yarn craft. The German Club tables hold plates of gingerbread cookies that need frosting. “The cookies are really popular. People always tell me that they have never decorated a gingerbread cookie before. It’s fun to watch them give it a try,” says Renee Hartz, a paraprofessional at the high school. The crafts are available free of charge. Spanish Club plans a scavenger hunt which runs throughout the evening.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and food service and entertainment begin at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes a raffle, including club T-shirts, chocolates, suckers and pizza gift certificates. Admission is $1; but children get in free.
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