Schmeckfest is held on two consecutive weekends at the end of March/beginning of April, depending on when Easter falls. The festival is organized by the FA Auxiliary to honor our Germans-from-Russia ethnic heritage and raise funds to benefit the school. The campus is transformed into areas for ethnic food and craft demonstrations, Country Kitchen bake sale, and a traditional, German, family-style meal served in the basement of Pioneer Hall. Community people and FA students combine efforts to present a musical theater production each evening in the Pioneer Hall auditorium. Approximately 150-200 persons are needed each day/evening to help with all of the events. Students are each assigned to a specific booth each year and we encourage them to volunteer time to wait on tables or help in the kitchen when possible. Parents are also encouraged to join the fun and camaraderie developed by working together with alumni, constituents, and other community persons.
This year’s Schmeckfest will be held March 16, 17 and March 23, 24 of 2018. 2018 will feature Godspell, by John Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz. This will be the first time Godspell has been performed on the Schmeckfest stage.
Ribs and MORE at the Ranch – Saturday, June, 2018
This year’s barbecue event will take on a new twist. Several chefs will be cooking ribs, BUT we will also have smoked brisket sandwiches and grilled chislic to go with the delicious sides. Another new feature will be soft serve ice cream! Food will be served from 4:30-8:00 p.m. under the shade trees of the school boulevard at the south end of Main Street in Freeman, SD.
This year’s event will be held again in conjunction with the FJC/FA Alumni Reunion! Graduating classes that end in a “7” or a “2” are invited to plan a gathering during this weekend. Proceeds from Ribs and MORE at the Ranch will go to the Sterling Hall Building Fund. For more information, check out the Freeman Academy website at http://www.freemanacademy.org/events-calendar/campus-events/ or contact Vernetta Waltner at email@example.com or 605-321-7351.
Renaissance Yuletide in December
The Christmas dinners (Yuletide) harken back to the Renaissance/Elizabethan era. Festive lights and good food are in order, complete with Christmas songs! Lords and Ladies fill the castle with song, dance and wassail as students in grades 4-12 music classes provide the evening’s entertainment with instruments and voice.
Reserved tickets are needed for this event. Reservations need to be in to the FA business office by December 8. Information can be found in the newsletter, on the website and in the Courier.