Akron German Family Society

Akron German Family Society

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Join Akron German Family Society


The Akron German Family Society has been welcoming people to our events since its inception in 1955. We continue to represent pride in our German American heritage including our many yearly events open to the public as well as private, members-only events. When asked the question, why join?, one might hear many common answers such as, my family has been members of this club for decades and generations, I feel at home here, my family is so welcomed, I used to dance in this club when I was a child and now my own children and grandchildren dance here, many of my closest friends were made at this club, the food and cultural traditions are alive and well,...I would rive hours for the homemade sausage, sarma (cabbage rolls), pork schnitzel, potato salad, desserts, and much more ……

This club is inviting and a place for to entire family to become involved. To witness the joy in the faces of the many volunteers is a sight to see! In fact, our club events are ran by dedicated and giving members that volunteer, as we do not have paid positions. 
Become a part of the fun! 

We welcome you to “like” our Face book page, at Akron German Family Society, to keep aware of our events and activities. Also, visit our website that was created and ran by Chris Pilz at Germanfamilysociety.com

Please, see below some general information an links to join as an active or passive member as well as to to renew your membership.

New Membership Information
Active Membership:
~ An active member is entitled to vote at annual elections and is eligible to hold a position on the board of trustees.
~ Active members also receive 2 free entrance tickets and an active member discount for entrance fees.
~ (Exceptions are Old European Festival, Oktoberfest, and Concerts)
~ To become an active member you must be sponsored by a current active member.

~ Cost: $20. annual membership dues and a One Time Initiation fee of $100.

Passive Membership:
~ A passive member may attend annual elections, but may not vote or hold a position on the board of trustees.
~ Passive members receive 2 free entrance tickets and a passive member discount for entrance fees.
~ (Exceptions are Old European Festival, Oktoberfest, and Concerts)

~ Cost: $30. annual membership dues and a One Time Initiation fee of $20.
Questions:
Contact Allison Burdeshaw (Membership Secretary)
Phone: (330) 645-7846
E-Mail: donaufrau@gmail.com

**Membership Application can be found at the below link:

http://www.germanfamilysociety.com/membership.shtml
If you experience problems downloading the application please Contact Us.
 Mail Application to:
German Family Society
Attn: Membership
3871 Ranfield Rd.
Kent, OH 44240

Make Checks Payable to:
German Family Society

Active Membership: $120.00
Passive Membership: $50.00
 
Renewal Membership Information

Please Renew Your 2014 Membership By January 1, 2014







**Membership Renewal Form can be found at the below link:

http://www.germanfamilysociety.com/membership.shtml
If you experience problems downloading the application please Contact Us.

Mail Renewal Form and check to:
German Family Society
Attn: Membership
3871 Ranfield Rd.
Kent, OH 44240
  
Make Checks Payable to:
German Family Society

Active Membership: $20.00

Passive Membership: $30.00

Friday, February 14, 2014

Kindermaskenball "Children's Masked Dance" ...comes to Akron German Family Society

The Kindermaskenball, to be celebrated on Sunday February 23rd at 2:00, will bring the Junior Youth group and younger children together for enjoyment as well as a gathering of new members to our dance group(s). There will be refreshments including pizza, chips, and beverages provided by the Junior Youth group for their dancers as well as their accompanying adults/parents. There is a small charge of $5.00 for children and adults not in the Junior Youth group. This charge allows and provides for the food, games, activities and the magic show! Fred Leipold will be playing music for this fun event!
We will have our "delicious homemade" sausage sandwich's as well. The bar will be open to purchase your beverage of choice....:)

 The Kindermaskenball, meaning "children's masked dance" kicks off the 2014 dance season for the children as they wear masks and disguises for fun! German immigrants brought this tradition with them and as a season  that "represents new life and Spring represents a new year". This event has a history at our club with members such as Betty Leipold and Olga Hindinger who were dance group leaders. It was Betty that hoped to renew this tradition.
Carolyn Langenfeld and Lisa Blaser are the current leaders of the Junior Youth group and they promise to make this an event that will be fun for the kids, their parents, as well as something to continue to celebrate in years to come. Carolyn felt that although most of the participants will likely be Jr Youth

members, the event is open to all. Carolyn also described "the Maskenball as a dance in which the participants have decorated  (painted, beaded or feathered)  masks that cover part of their

face...usually the eyes...think Mardi Gras masks, not Halloween... and typically held
as one last hoorah's before the Lenten Fast begins".

Carolyn also added that the children are asked to wear masks that are similar to those worn at a Mardi Gras or any other kind that does not inhibit dancing and activities...because there will be plenty of those going on. She said, costumes are not necessary, but if your child would like to wear a costume, they are certainly welcome. Consider a painted and easy "mask idea" by painting one on with face-paints or colored cosmetics for maximum comfort! Crazy hats are also appropriate for the festivities, as well as Mardi Gras beads.

We do ask that dancers respond by Feb 17th  if they will be attending or not, and how many

additional children or additional adults will also attend, to allow for food for all. 

This promises to be a fun event, please join in the fun with your child!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Schlachtfest! Akron German Family Society Sat. March 15, 2014

This years Schlachtfest will be held on Saturday March 15th and continues to follow German tradition as members will enjoy authentic preparation of meats, foods, and of course delicious desserts and drinks.
The Pete Karsti Band will entertain with music for enjoying your meal, socializing, and a night of dancing. The evening begins at 6:00 pm and reservations for this "members-only event" are required to be made prior to March 9th. Please, join us at Schlachtfest by calling in your reservations to Renate at 330-633-3949 or Eva at 330-335-8985
Our menu will include various fresh homemade sausages including Leberwurst, Blutwurst and Schwartenmagen as well as delicious homemade sausage and goulash as prepared by our club's Wurstmeister, Fred Misbrener and his team. Desserts such as black forest cake and lemon cakes, have certainly been enjoyed at previous Schlachfest's. For those of you that have not attended this yearly event, a Schlachtfest, as defined by Wikipedia is the German term for the ritual or ceremonial slaughter of an animal, which is often followed by feast. Today, it usually refers to the practice in many parts of Germany, such as the Palatinate, for a celebration or festival involving the ceremonial slaughter of a pig reared or bought by a private household or an inn for that purpose. The Akron German Family Society will have all of these specialty meats prepared fresh, and in advance for all to enjoy the meal.
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It was common when a pig was slaughtered at home that it was shared as gifts to neighbors with some nice wine to enjoy together. 
The Schlachtfest, celebrated in a home involved the giving of sausages to family members and neighbors, is still fairly common today in the German-speaking world e.g. in Swabia or Lower Saxony. Our club enjoys so very much in welcoming each and every member, and their family, to this Schlachtfest and it's rich heritage. 
Please, visit our website at Germanfamilysociety.com as well as on Facebook at Akron German Family Society. We welcome you to consider joining our club and being a part of these rich and fun events and customs. You will find information to join our club at http://www.germanfamilysociety.com/membership.shtml
as well as on our home page to the right and middle.
Rich