Akron German Family Society

Akron German Family Society

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Traubenfest "Grape Festival" 2017 ...Sat. Nov 4th Akron German Family Society



Come to our Traubenfest or Grape-Wine Fest! Our members consider this to be one of their most favorite events. Saturday November 4, at 6pm is the night to come ready to grab surprise bags of fruit, toys, and even wine hanging from lattice above the dance floor! You also may find special chocolates or candies in the mystery bags. Do remember that you are "stealing" these gifts while the Youth Group members "police" are circling the dance stage. Once you're caught stealing, you go directly to "jail" and a simple donation to the Youth group will quickly get you out on "parole" and ready to grab more prizes!
Little kids, teenagers, and even the adults love the Traubenfest! It's a lot of fun!

The German Family Society will be decorated with a winery theme. Enjoy a variety of wines, cheeses, crackers, and appetizers, prior to a delicious homemade meal. A delicious assortment of desserts will also be available. K & C Band. will provide the entertainment and music for an evening of dancing.

***Reservations are required, prior to Monday October 30th, by calling 330-335-8985 or 330-633-3949. If you are unable to attend, please call and give notice so that others may be added.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Plan your 2018 Event.....at the Akron German Family Society


Thinking of planning a special event in 2018? 
The perfect place could be at at our beautiful facility.

A great choice for weddings, anniversary parties, birthday parties, graduation parties, wedding and baby showers, school proms, fund raisers, work related and business functions, surprise parties, family reunions, card parties, and other formal or informal events.

The Akron German Family Society comfortably accommodates, small up to large parties, up to 320 guests. Located just a few minutes from the Kent and Akron area. We take the time to meet personally with you to plan your special event from the start to finish. The menu and food, from traditional to specialty European, is made to your exact wishes. We are solely here for you and that is where we "set the stage" for you and your guests.  Being wheelchair accessible, both inside and out, makes it easy to have everyone in your party there for your special moments!

There is plenty of well-lit parking and an outdoor patio for your guests to enjoy the scenic grounds with a lake and beautiful fountain.  

Our sound system, large dance floor, and piano is available for all to enjoy. Your DJ is assisted in the best place to position to play your favorite songs. We also have a very large brides-room available to handle the largest of wedding parties. Of course, your celebration can include many choices from our large bar and talented bartenders from liquors, hand mixed drinks, German and import wines, beers, and sodas. We are glad to take your special orders.

We would love to help you plan your event at the German Family Society. 
Please, email or call  Theresa Bohnert (330) 819-3226 to plan your special event. 
See the link, Hall Rental for further facility details. 
We are conveniently located at 3871 Ranfield Rd. Kent, OH 44240. (See map here)


We are confident that you will love our facility, delicious food, welcoming staff, that you might just want to join our German Family Society and attend the many authentic German events held throughout the year!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mike Kostensky, owner of Mike's Place, is the guest speaker at German-American Day Dance & Schlachtfest Sat. October 7, 2017.....Akron German Family Society


We are pleased to have Mike Kostensky as our guest speaker. Mike is the owner of Mike's Pace in Kent, Ohio. We look forward to him sharing what our German club has meant to him and to our surrounding community.
Thank you Mike!


This event is special in many ways. We enjoy time together to remember how close our connection remains  with our German-American heritage. Through many generations we share customs of language, food, dancing, and through this we cherish our Akron German Club members and new emerging families.

Please, come to this event for a night of dancing to the Fred Ziwich Band as well as enjoy Schlachtfest. Schlachtfest, or slaughter fest, is a time to come together and taste various homemade sausages and meats made in our very own kitchen. Many years of traditional recipes and customs make up such delicious specialty meats including homemade sausage, leberwurst(liverwurst), blutwurst(Blood Pudding),  and Schweinskopfsülze( Head Cheese).
We look forward to seeing you and please remember that reservations are required.
Please Call Renate at (330) 633-3949.

Dinner starts at 6pm and entertainment is provided by Fred Ziwich Band starting at 7:30.

Monday, September 18, 2017

German-American Day Dance & Schlachtfest Sat. October 7, 2017.....Akron German Family Society

This event is special in many ways. We enjoy time together to remember how close our connection remains  with our German-American heritage. Through many generations we share customs of language, food, dancing, and through this we cherish our Akron German Club members and new emerging families.

We are pleased to have Mike Kostensky as our guest speaker. Mike is the owner of Mike's Pace in Kent, Ohio. We look forward to him sharing what our German club has meant to him and to our surrounding community.

Please, come to this event for a night of dancing to the Fred Ziwich Band as well as enjoy Schlachtfest. Schlachtfest, or slaughter fest, is a time to come together and taste various homemade sausages and meats made in our very own kitchen. Many years of traditional recipes and customs make up such delicious specialty meats including homemade sausage, leberwurst(liverwurst), blutwurst(Blood Pudding),  and Schweinskopfsülze( Head Cheese).
We look forward to seeing you and please remember that reservations are required.
Please Call Renate at (330) 633-3949.

Dinner starts at 6pm and entertainment is provided by Fred Ziwich Band starting at 7:30.




Thursday, September 14, 2017

Megan Landis wins 3rd place in the Oma Abt writing contest!....Akron German Family Society

Megan Landis, a longtime member of the Youth Group at the Akron German Family Society, received such a high honor while sharing her personal story! With much pride, love, and dedication to the Donauschwaben culture, Megan tells in such a meaningful and beautiful way what her ancestors and German heritage means to her. She has been dancing with the GFS groups since she was 3 years old and has been actively dancing with the club for the last 15 years.
Megan truly enjoys her many friendships that have been made through these years.

Megan Landis
What is the future of the Donauschwaben, and what can you do to ensure the continuation of the Donauschwaben and the Donauschwaben Verein?
Our ancestors came from a long line of Catholic peasants and poor artisans, who
escaped the Ottomans, settled along the Danube River and formed a unique cultural
heritage and language. The Swabians, as their neighbors called them, later migrated to the Unites States and created organizations to bind their communities together.



"Megan performing at one of her favorite events - at the Vienna Night"









The future of the Donauschwaben rests in the hands of me and other youth to pass on the legacy of our ancestors.
At the age of 20 years old, my great-grandfather emigrated from Germany to resettle in the "Land of the Free," specifically Akron, Ohio. Alfons Frank did not know the English language, and he carried few belongings. In the late 1920s, the job market in Germany was not promising, and despite my great-grandfather's immense pride of his German heritage, he felt he would find more opportunity in the United States. Shortly after arriving in this country, be joined the Akron German Club where he met his future frau and participated in the Maennerchor - the men's choir.
After Alfons passed away, my mother decided to join the German Family Society
(GFS) of Akron to stay connected to the German community. She wanted to raise my
brother and me under the Donauschwaben influence so that we would grow up knowing
the background of our family. My brother and I have danced in the Akron group starting
as young children. The youth groups remain the most important key to continuing the
Donauschwaben Verein.
To ensure the continuation of the spirit of our Donauschwaben ancestors, I can uphold the virtues that our ancestors possessed including freedom, individuality, endurance, and integrity. I can support policies that welcome immigrants to this country, realizing that we, too, once sought the United States of America as a refuge, a place to escape the destruction of our people. I believe that part of ensuring the continuation of the Donauschwaben and Donauschwaben Verein is through allowing other religions and peoples to exist peacefully amongst our own, encouraging the liberty to practice all aspects of their culture.
I can also join with my family, friends, and our club to preserve the cuisine, songs, dances, and customs celebrated so dearly by the Schwobs. By reaching out to the whole community, including all German and non-German descendants, everyone can enjoy the Donauschwahen culture. Friendship and cheer and acceptance should be the common themes prevalent in the groups.
I can also use education as a tool to interest others in their own history. We can tell the real story about how our relatives escaped devastation in the midst of WWI and WWII or offer to teach the Swabian dialect. Finally, I can assist with accruing funds from the festivals to organize trips for members of our clubs across the U.S. to the Donauschwaben region in Germany. The future of the Donauschwaben looks bright, as long as I and others like me collaborate to ensure the continuation of the Donauschwaben and the Donauschwaben Verein.
Thank you Megan for sharing this special part of your life!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Oktoberfest 2017....The pictures tell a great story!...Akron German Family Society

Oktoberfest 2017 was met with such stunning weather that resulted in the largest crowd ever recorded for our three day event. Saturday morning of the fest held our 3rd, 5-Keg Run that was also a huge success. For those of you that missed it, there's always next year in June with our Old European Days & Bierfest and in September Oktoberfest, the first weekend after Labor day.

Please see the link  Oktoberfest 2017 for high resolution print quality pictures from our club photographer, David Hall's page.. More pictures to come....









Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sausage orders due this Sunday Sept 10th.....Akron German Family Society

Please, don't miss out on enjoying the delicious homemade sausage made by the Youth Group. They do a fantastic job of making thousands of pounds of fresh sausage.
It's made twice a year and has become a truly successful and unique event for all those that enjoy delicious homemade sausage!
Available in regular or hot, in casing or in ground bulk. The sausage is wrapped fresh in 3 lb packs and sells for $13.50  ($4.50 lb) per pack. ***NO price increase

The orders are due this coming Sunday Sept 10th and the pick-up date will be Sunday Sept 24th from 4-7pm.
Please, place your sausage order now with a Youth Group member.
Otherwise, please place your order with Carri or Steve Sensius, our Youth Group leaders, by calling 330-899-9848.

Thank you so very much for your support!!!!