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Press Releases from Bavarian Inn (55 total)

Holiday Open House returns to Bavarian Inn Castle Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus …

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – OCT. 30, 2020 – Assisting the Barb Smith Suicide Resource & Response Network is the focus of this year’s annual Bavarian Inn Holiday Open House on Friday, November 13 in Frankenmuth. Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Covered Bridge Shop, Frank’s Muth and select stores at Frankenmuth River Place Shops will all be participating. Shoppers can assist by giving a cash donation to the Barb Smith

Popular Bavarian Inn Restaurant bourbon dinner returns, features unique selectio …

Growing in popularity each time, guests looking to taste fine bourbons by Maker’s Mark will get another chance this month as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts another unique Bourbon Dinner, this time on Friday, Sept. 25. Better still, one of the featured bourbons that evening will be the unique private label bourbon: Bavarian Inn Private Selection by Maker’s Mark. The bourbon, now available at the Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge, is

Dreaming of the Perfect Wedding?

Unique themes, statement dances and color schemes—when it comes to weddings, the choices are endless. Make your wedding planning easy and entertaining by attending the Pamper the Bride Winter Wonderland Bridal Show and Vendor Expo at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. The bridal show takes place on Saturday, January 5 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Future brides will be able to gather information on the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge, ceremony

Bavarian Inn ‘springing ahead’ with two big March events

FRANKENMUTH, Mich.-February 16, 2018-The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is "marching" toward spring with upcoming events for food and wine aficionados, as well as families awaiting Easter’s arrival. Enjoy a tasting tour of some of Germany’s most beloved wines as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents its ever-popular German Wine Dinner, which takes place Friday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. The Inn is teaming up with Cana Distributors of Farmington Hills, Mich. to

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Bavarian Inn Lodge

Jan. 12, 2018 - Frankenmuth, Mich. - Keep the holiday festivities going well into January and February by celebrating the Chinese New Year’s Year of the Dog at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, which is offering multiple celebrations of China’s most important holiday. The 2018 Chinese New Year’s Celebration of the Year of the Dog will be held during two weekends in January (the 19-20, 26-27) and every weekend in February

Inspiration for the perfect wedding at your fingertips!

FRANKENMUTH, Mich.-- December 27, 2017 -- If you are planning a wedding in 2018 or even beyond, attending the Pamper the Bride Winter Wonderland Bridal Show and Vendor Expo at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a must. The bridal show takes place on Saturday, January 6, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Future brides will be able to gather information on the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge, ceremony packages, off-premise catering,

Make Christmas time magical and dine in the presence of princesses!

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – December 11, 2017 – Let the little princess in your life feel like royalty at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Enchanted Christmas Luncheon. On Wednesday, December 27 at 11:00 am, participants will dine in the company of Snow White, Ice Queen, Mermaid Princess, Cinderella and Beauty Princess at this winter wonderland banquet. At this one-of-a-kind fairy tale event, princess participants, their families and friends will enjoy the princesses’ rendition

Bavarian Inn's Michigan on Main Bar and Grill hosts '12 Days of Milkshake Stout'

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. - Nov. 28 2017 - "It's the most wonderful time of the year" for craft beer lovers. Everyone will have the opportunity to sample a dozen differently flavored "Milkshake Stouts" at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant's Michigan on Main Bar and Grill from Dec. 1-12. The "12 Days of Milkshake Stout" progressive tap takeover is in partnership with the Rochester Mills Beer Co., maker of the craft beers, including the

Bavarian Inn hosts ‘Holiday Wine Dinner’ Dec. 13

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Nov. 20, 2017 – December in "Michigan’s Little Bavaria" is magical, so make plans to enjoy one of the area’s most anticipated culinary events – the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s annual "Holiday Wine Dinner" on Wednesday, Dec. 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Silver Plate Award winner Chef Phil Fahrenbruch has planned and will be preparing a special seasonal five-course dinner with wine pairings and guest commentary by Belinda LaDouce,

Bavarian Inn’s Iconic Glockenspiel Rings In 50 Years

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Nov. 9, 2017 — Fifty years ago, on November 12, 1967, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Glockenspiel rang out its first tunes to the delight of Frankenmuth residents and visitors, and now the iconic tribute to Bavarian architecture celebrates its golden anniversary. The Glockenspiel, imported by the late Tiny Zehnder in 1967, is known by many as the most recognizable feature of the Bavarian Inn. Installed in a 50-foot

Shop Small and Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day Nov. 11

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 3, 2017 – Make your holiday shopping a fun experience, while at the same time supporting the 7th annual "Neighborhood Toy Store Day," a national event, on Saturday, Nov. 11. Holiday shoppers will discover a collection of unique gifts for kids of all ages at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Doll & Toy Shop and Mother Earth’s Toy Jungle – two toy stores participating in this event. From

Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge planning Thanksgiving Day feasts

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 26, 2017 – Families and friends can spend Thanksgiving Day in Frankenmuth and leave the kitchen behind. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge are offering several different dining choices on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23. At the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, guests can savor a traditional full-service dinner, offering holiday signature dishes, the restaurant’s famous family-style chicken dinner, or a choice of old-world German

Whodunit? Bavarian Inn hosts Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Show Oct. 27

Don your favorite Halloween costume and join in an evening of ghoulish fun at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s annual "Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner Show" on Friday, Oct. 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m. "Young Frankenstein," the classic Mel Brooks comedy, is the theme of this year’s performance, so guests can expect plenty of laughs as they team up with their fellow dining detectives to solve the murder mystery. The dinner menu includes

Bavarian Inn hosts ‘Fall Harvest Wine Dinner’ Oct. 13

October in Michigan brings cooler weather, changing leaves, and one of the season’s most anticipated culinary events – The Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s annual "Fall Harvest Wine Dinner" on Friday, Oct. 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Silver Plate Award-winning Chef Phil Fahrenbruch has planned and will be preparing a special seasonal five-course dinner featuring wine, cider, and a guest speaker from Chateau Chantal Winery, located on Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula.

Annual Labor Day 'Bridge Walk' remains a hit with Frankenmuth residents

If the idea of walking across one of Michigan's iconic bridges is on your bucket list, you needn't go all the way to the Mackinac Bridge this coming Labor Day. In fact, there's another tradition that hundreds of Frankenmuth residents and guests have come to appreciate for 31 years: The Annual Bavarian Inn Wooden Covered Bridge (Holz Brücke) Labor Day Walk, which will take place at noon, Monday, September 4. The Bridge,

Who’s Michigan’s strongest man, woman? Bavarian Inn sponsors statewide compe …

Those who have watched "The World’s Strongest Man" series on ESPN have been treated to some bizarre tests of muscle power – men and women pulling semis, flipping enormous tires, and toting concrete-filled beer kegs, to name just a few. And now, the quest is on to find the strongest man and woman in Michigan as the Bavarian Inn and the Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop sponsors its fifth "Michigan

Bavarian Festivals Returns to its Roots in Downtown Frankenmuth

Big changes are on the horizon for one of Frankenmuth’s oldest and most cherished festivals, The Bavarian Festival. There is much anticipation and excitement for the long-standing event to relocate to where it all began in downtown Frankenmuth. The change in location has prompted some fun additions to the event while maintaining many of the traditional favorite festivities. The event kicks off this Thursday, June 8, 2017 with

Bavarian Inn Kicks Off 50th Anniversary of Iconic Glockenspiel

This October, the Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel will turn 50, but the celebration is kicking off early on select Fridays this summer. The Glockenspiel, imported by the late Tiny Zehnder in 1967, is known by many as the most recognizable feature of the Bavarian Inn. Installed in a 50-foot tower, this iconic piece of architecture features a moving stage with figurines that depict the legend of the Pied Piper of Hameln four

SAY CHEESE! Frankenmuth Cheese Haus Brings Food Truck to Frankenmuth

The team behind Frankenmuth Cheese Haus is delighted to announce its newest culinary project, The Cheese Trap food truck. The Cheese Trap is an extension of the popular gourmet outpost at 561 S. Main St. in Frankenmuth, which serves specialty cheeses, spreads, dips, candies, meats and gifts. The Cheese Trap will "hit the road" starting in May and will make stops throughout Frankenmuth and the Midwest’s most popular summer festivals.

This year's Dog Bowl set for May 27-28 in Frankenmuth

Dog owners throughout Michigan and beyond have already marked and blocked off their calendars this Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 as Dog Bowl 2017 gets set to release its usual dose of canine energy and dog lovers’ enthusiasm. Taking place in iconic Frankenmuth and now in its 11th year, this FREE family fun event is said to be the world's largest Olympic-style event for dogs, with

Make Mother’s Day ‘wunderbar’ at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant a …

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – May 1, 2017 – Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14 promises to be a special time in Frankenmuth, with both the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge offering moms and families a fun-filled day of dining, shopping, and spending time together. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant, with founding matriarch and two-time cookbook author Dorothy Zehnder overseeing her 67th year in the kitchen, will be serving all

Bavarian Inn employees support foundation to fight Multiple System Atrophy

Employees at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant are teaming up this year as part of the restaurant’s annual Company Giving Program to help fight a rapidly neurodegenerative disease that has affected members of the local community. This year’s Company Giving Program recipient is the Defeat MSA Foundation, an organization dedicated to education, patient support and finding effective treatments for MSA – Multiple System Atrophy. MSA is a rare, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorder

Frankenmuth’s ‘Grandpa Tiny’s Farm’ welcomes new managers

Grandpa Tiny’s Farm, a working heritage farm and longtime visitor attraction in "Michigan’s Little Bavaria," is getting ready to welcome guests for the new season, and is now under new management. Jonathan and Wendy Winkel of Frankenmuth have been named the new managers of the farm, once owned and operated by the late William "Tiny" Zehnder, who with his wife Dorothy, founded the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, which Dorothy continues to operate

Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge making Easter dining easy

There’s no need to spend countless hours cooking and baking this Easter weekend with the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge ready to welcome families and friends, and each location offering special Easter menus to choose from. Family-style dining is the hallmark of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, which is presenting its Easter Signature Menu on Saturday, April 15, and Easter Sunday, April 16, from 11 a.m. - 8:30

Raise a mug! Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill Hosts An …

It’s one of the "rites of spring" the release of Bell’s Brewery Oberon Ale--and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill will once again be the only venue in the Frankenmuth area to host the event on Monday, March 27, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Just a few days later, on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., the Bavarian Inn Restaurant will also

Dorothy Zehnder, Bavarian Inn matriarch, honored as a ‘Woman of Achievement’ …

Dorothy Zehnder, founder and managing director of the family-owned Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge, received a 2017 Women of Achievement Award from the Great Lakes Bay YWCA at a special awards ceremony and dinner on March 15 at the Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw Township. Zehnder was honored as an entrepreneur in recognition for her accomplishments as the driving force for one of Frankenmuth’s – and

Judy Zehnder Keller to Be Honored As The ‘2017 Can Council Child Advocate of t …

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region will honor Judy Zehnder Keller (Frankenmuth) as the 2017 Child Advocate of the Year. The award will be presented Thursday, February 23rd at Horizons Conference Center during the 24th Annual CAN Council Mardi Gras Auction. Since 2000, the CAN Council’s Child Advocate of the Year Award has annually honored an outstanding individual or group for being extraordinarily committed to making the Great Lakes Bay Region

Bavarian Inn Employees Raise Funds to Help Others

Through its more than 30-year-old Company Giving Program, Bavarian Inn Restaurant employees raised a total of $12,586 to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, assisting the agency in its mission to provide nourishment to the hungry in 22 Michigan counties. The total was announced and a check for the entire amount was presented to the charity at a post-holiday employee party, Jan. 9. According to Joe Putnam, 2016 chairperson

Put Some Sizzle in Your February at the Bavarian Inn

February promises to be a little brighter as the result of two events at Frankenmuth's Bavarian Inn Restaurant, both designed to appeal to their own particular audience. On Saturday, February 4, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents "Wine vs. Beer," a course-by-course "rivalry" dinner that puts wines from Bryn Mawr Vineyards up against beers from Short's Brewing Company. Mouthwatering menu items such as grilled chicken Pozole soup--a traditional Mexican stew of hominy

Bavarian Inn’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill hosting ‘Michigan’s Firkin B …

To mark the State of Michigan’s 180th birthday, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill is having a "Michigan’s Firkin Birthday Celebration" on Thursday, Jan. 26. The fun begins at 6 p.m. The featured beer that evening is Chocolate-Covered Cherry Flavored Milkshake Stout, produced by the Rochester Mills Beer Company of Rochester, Mich. The special brew features two favorite state-sourced flavors – Traverse City-grown cherries, and Bavarian
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Four-Generation Bavarian Inn Garners MichBusiness Succession Award

The iconic Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn recently received a Succession Success Award as part of this year’s Best of MichBusiness Awards. The Best of MichBusiness recognition event held earlier this month celebrates success at the most exciting and connected business awards and networking opportunity in Michigan. It is powered by MBPA, a statewide association with a sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, positively impacting more

Bavarian Inn Doll & Toy Shop Joins Local Merchants to Celebrate Neighborhood Toy …

Shoppers looking to get a head start on the holidays will discover a collection of unique gifts for the younger set as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Doll & Toy Shop joins with two other local merchants in observance of "Neighborhood Toy Store Day," a national event, on Saturday, Nov. 12. From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Doll & Toy Shop will offer register to win prizes, games and new product

Bavarian Inn Offers Two Special ‘Add-Ons’ for Fall Color Tour Enthusiasts

Fall in Michigan is a crescendo of vibrant crimsons, oranges and golds as millions of acres of trees transform into a breathtaking landscape. This year, visitors to the heart of "the mitten" can add two popular Bavarian Inn events to their mid-Michigan itinerary: the annual Fall Harvest Wine Dinner, Friday, October 14 and the Crime & Pun-ishment Murder Mystery Experience, Friday, October 28. The Fall Harvest Wine Dinner features a

Bavarian Inn Annual ‘Squash Roundup’ Brings Community Together Sept. 24

A tradition for 51 years, the annual "Squash Roundup" for the Bavarian Inn Restaurant happens Saturday, Sept. 24. With the help of volunteers, farm hands and community members, tons of Blue Hubbard squash will be harvested from the fields and delivered to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. The Blue Hubbard squash grown by the Fred Weiss Family Farm in Frankenmuth weigh anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds each. Members of the St.

Do the duathlon: Bavarian Inn proud partners in Powerman North America races

Many of the nation's and world’s best runners and cyclists are coming to Frankenmuth Sunday, Sept. 25 to compete for $5,000 in cash prizes and a shot at national and world championships in the Powerman North America Duathlon Series, sponsored by the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge. The event marks the final regional duathlon contest on the Powerman North America race calendar. Regional winners will qualify for the

Bavarian Inn Tunes Up for 30th Annual Labor Day Covered Bridge Walk

Not able to join the Labor Day five-mile trek across the Mackinac Bridge? No problem. You can always opt for the Annual Frankenmuth Labor Day Wooden Covered Bridge (Holz Brücke) Walk at noon, Monday, September 5. For the 30th consecutive year, hundreds of area residents and visitors, led by members of the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family and the Gemuetlichkeit Club, a local American-German cultural group will start on the east side

Bavarian Inn Serves Savory ‘Purely Michigan Dinner’ Aug. 26

There’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh Michigan blueberries in season! Diners who enjoy local products will have a chance to enjoy a handmade Blueberry Dessert Bar along with a four-course collection of Michigan homegrown, home-produced foods and beverages as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents its annual "Purely Michigan Dinner" Friday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. The evening of Michigan favorites celebrates food and beverage pairings made possible

Bavarian Inn’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill hosting ‘Firkin Friday’ to c …

To mark the first anniversary of its popular patio, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill is having a “Firkin Friday” party on May 27. The fun begins at 6 p.m. The featured beer to be served that evening is Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Coffee Stout, produced by the Rochester Mills Beer Company of Rochester, Mich. There will be a celebratory tapping of the brew by State Sen.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge 2016 Michigan Works! Impact Award wi …

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge have statewide recognition with a 2016 Michigan Works! Impact Award. Both the restaurant and lodge were honored for adding new employee positions in partnership with Michigan Works!, transformational training activities, and “effective talent pipeline development,” according to Michigan Works! Association CEO Luann Dunsford. Dunsford, in making the presentations, said the awards recognize “significant economic accomplishments within our communities.” The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Bavarian

‘Balloons Over Bavarian Inn’ Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Launches of Li …

In what has become a popular annual event, some of the most accomplished hot air balloon pilots from across the Midwest will take to the skies over Frankenmuth this Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30, 2016) for “Balloons Over Bavarian Inn.” The weekend, with the fun it typically brings, is also a competitive one for balloonists, with a series of flights starting Friday evening (May 27), continuing on Saturday and Sunday,

Trio of April Events at the Bavarian Inn Guarantees Fun for all Ages

The entire month of April will be full of fun at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Whether you have a Star Wars warrior wanna-be, Frozen fanatic, or just a gal looking for a stress-free night out with her gal pals, the Bavarian Inn has got it all covered. The Frenzy Fever luncheon event at Bavarian Inn Restaurant is for kids who love everything from the Disney movie “Frozen." Participants will get to

Want to connect with dog owners, fans? Sponsorships available for 10th annual Do …

Corporations, business owners and other organizations both large and small have a unique, targeted opportunity to connect with thousands of dog owners, their families and a host of canine fans on Memorial Day weekend. Sponsorships are available for Dog Bowl 2016, the 10th annual event, slated for May 28-29, 2016 in Frankenmuth, Mich. and organized by the Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Current sponsors include Pepsi, Sysco Food Service, Plante Moran and

Bavarian Inn’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill Hosting Annual Bell’s Brewery …

One of the most anticipated craft beer releases of the upcoming season takes place Monday, March 21, from 5-7 p.m. at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill, the scene of a party to celebrate the annual release of Bell’s Brewery Oberon Ale. It’s one of the most popular seasonal brews produced by the Kalamazoo and Comstock, Michigan, brewers as Michigan on Main Bar and Grill stays true

Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge offering Easter dining choices

Dining out during Easter weekend is a relaxing way to spend time with friends and family, so to make the event even easier, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge are each offering special Easter menus to choose from. Family-style dining is the hallmark of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, which is presenting its Easter Signature Menu on Easter Sunday, March 27 from 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. In

Bavarian Inn VW Beetle Turns Forty

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant isn’t the only Frankenmuth icon celebrating a milestone anniversary -- 125 years – in 2013. Judy Zehnder Keller’s Volkswagen Beetle, purchased September 14, 1973, turns 40 this year and she celebrated by hosting a birthday bash on Sunday, Sept. 22 and Monday, Sept. 23. There were so many people she wanted to celebrate with, she needed to have the party on two days! The invitation-only, Blues Brother-themed

Lorelei Lounge in the Bavarian Inn Lodge Named a Best Michigan Restaurant by Urb …

The Lorelei Lounge inside the historic Bavarian Inn Lodge has just been named a Best Michigan Restaurant by, the leading online local restaurant guide that aggregates reviews from professional food critics, bloggers and diners. Known for its warm and friendly service in a fun atmosphere for families (children allowed until 10:00 p.m.) and adults, the Lorelei Lounge features authentic German fare, gourmet pizzas and one-of-a kind burgers. Another favorite of

Kids & Canines Join Forces to Help Traumatized Vets at Bavarian Inn Lodge

The Bavarian Inn Lodge tennis courts will serve as one of two sites hosting a tennis exhibition this Saturday to generate funds for Stiggy’s Dogs, a Howell, Michigan based organization dedicated to helping veterans living with post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury by providing them with trained dogs who assist them with their daily needs. The exhibition is being organized by the Frankenmuth Rotary Club which is bringing together

Bavarian Inn Marks 125 Years of Service, Memories and Chicken

What started in 1888 as a boarding house for Michigan’s first travelers is celebrating 125 years of serving delicious meals, including its world-famous chicken dinners. Bavarian Inn, Michigan’s iconic Bavarian-themed restaurant, joins a short list of eateries by marking its 125th anniversary of continuous operation this year. “With the help of God, the community and our team members, we’ve created cherished memories for millions of guests,” said Dorothy Zehnder, the 91-year-old

Bavarian Inn Lodge President, Daughter Win Prestigious MSU Awards

Frankenmuth, MI – June 26, 2012 – Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center president, Judy Zehnder Keller, and her daughter Martha Zehnder Keller made history by winning Michigan State University’s prestigious “Industry LEADER of the Year” and “Emerging LEADER of the Year” awards. The duo became the first mother and daughter combo to claim the honor presented by The School of Hospitality Business at MSU. The awards were

Bavarian Inn Restaurant Matriarch Begins Blogging

Frankenmuth, MI – Oct. 12, 2011 – In December, Dorothy Zehnder will turn 90, and she’s begun celebrating by sharing her favorite stories in a weekly blog called, “From Scratch.” “People are always asking me the most interesting questions about my life, cooking, the restaurant and about our family,” Dorothy said. “After this many years, I’ve realized I have a lot to share.” Just like her recently released book, “Come Cook

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