“But Thursday night around 6:45 p.m., we read the most recent forecast,” Beckert said, which called for dangerous winds of up to 45 miles per hour.
“This is the type of wind that can lift trees,” he said. “We looked into that and were unable to continue to run the event responsibly with this information.”
At that point, with less than 48 hours to go before the event began, “all our trucks were loaded,” Beckert said. “Everything was bought, the sausages were in a refrigerated truck, the candy was packed and priced, and the kids had rehearsed and everything was ready.”
After the market was cancelled, the co-chairman of the market, Muto, said that the youngest students at the German International School took the news the most.
“One of our team members actually told us that his wife told their second grade son when she was dropping him off at school on Friday that the market had been canceled and he burst into tears,” Muto said. “Students spend a lot of time rehearsing.”
Event organizers are hosting a last-minute sale this Wednesday, December 14 at the German International School’s Mountain View campus, located at 310 Easy St., from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additionally, on Saturday, December 17, The school will hold a sale from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Ludwig’s Biergarten in Mountain View, located at 383 Castro St.
Both sales will feature German-made ornaments and decorations, including incense smokers (Räuchermann), pyramids, and music boxes. Glühwein 2022 Mugs and 10th Anniversary Special Edition Ceramic Beer Mugs are also available both in person and online.
The Silicon Valley German International School is a 501c3 non-profit organization and serves students from preschool to grade 12 with campuses in Mountain View and San Francisco.