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Theater Café at the DSJ Schulbasar

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May 31, 2016 / German / By
Katie Schenk

 

Food may be a big part of my life – and I may have been a producer for several years. But, I’ve never put on anything like the Theater Café at the DSJ Schulbasar before.

Wait, let’s back up. I’m not just a mom; I’m a class mom at (quite possibly) the coolest school on earth. And, I’m not just a class mom either; I’m a part of the Parent’s Representative Council (PRC) – a group of elected class parents that are about as uber involved in the school as possible. This means that I spend a lot of time at the Deutsche International Schule Johannesburg, otherwise known as “the German school.” I love it (and I don’t think my kids mind terribly either).

That said, I wasn’t totally prepared for my first Schulbasar. You see, the DSJ is one of the oldest schools in Johannesburg (126 this year), and they have a great big basar day where the whole school pitches in to market the school, unite the German community, and invite the city out for a day of fun.

You can pick up traditional German foods, drink Austrian craft beer, enjoy entertainment, and play games with your kids. But before you think you’ve been to these sorts of events before, please consider that we cap entrance at 10,000 people. Yep, 10,000 people on our school grounds, in our halls, and all across our sports fields. (And yes, plenty of people get drunk.)

This is my first year at the DSJ and my first year as a class mom, so when we were offered the Theater Café to organise, along with another class, I just said yes – all the parents did. And then we discovered just how much work had to go into the project. Not that any of us shied away from it, mind you, but there was plenty to do.

For weeks, we planned, organised décor, and requested cake donations from our talented parent bakers (no store bought cakes for our Theater Café). There were wall decorations to paint, raffle prizes to collect, and equipment to order from the school. Meetings and paperwork flew faster than the time.

And then the big day arrived. We hung décor, shuffled tables, readjusted our work rosters, and opened our Brothers Grimm-themed Theater Café. As the children and teachers performed on stage, we sold cakes and coffees.

Sure, these pictures make it look relatively quiet, but they were taken before the inevitable happened. We were swamped. We sold about 600, maybe 700, slices of cake and coffee pots never stopped brewing.

As a class mom, I didn’t get much of a break, but I did make an effort to head out of the hall and down to the fields for a proper German wurst – and a beer. If I weren’t so involved, I would just buy a ticket for next year, and stop eating a week in advance so I could fill my belly with potato pancakes, pfannenkuchen, and other such delights. Except I won’t; I love being involved. But next year, I am totally going to make more time to eat… maybe even some of the totally decadent cakes!

DSJ Schulbasar

Country: South Africa

Province/State: Gauteng

City: Parktown

Address: 11 Sans Souci Road

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: Around the corner from Milpark Hospital

Phone: +27 11 726 6220

Website:http://www.dsj.co.za/...

Price Guide:$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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