Akron German Family Society

Akron German Family Society

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Kitchen Volunteers needed....Men are invited too… :) Akron German Family Society

Volunteers are needed for meal preparation “Vorbereitung” for our upcoming Old European Days & Bierfest as well as Oktoberfest.

We invite you to help in making the delicious Schnitzel and Sarma (cabbage rolls). The kitchen crew work between approximately 9am and 3pm on the various dates below.  If you can’t stay the whole time, that’s fine. We appreciate any time you can offer.
Men are more than welcome and are very helpful as the pans can get quite heavy.
Tue, June 17th
Thurs. June 26th
Tue, July 29th
Tue, Aug 5th
Tue, Aug 12th
Tue, Aug 19th
Wed, Sept 3rd

Please, call Beverly Sensius at 330-644-7418 with any questions as well as to let her know when you plan to help. There is always a wonderful lunch enjoyed by all the volunteers.
You will be glad you joined in helping make the homemade food served at our upcoming fests as well as sharing in the customs of the Akron German Family Society.
Our thanks in advance and I look forward to seeing you there!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

"The youth are inspired"...at the Akron German Family Society

I am amazed and "inspired" at the amount of leadership, pride, dedication, and personal attention that's shared from our Akron German Family Society members to our youth......
Let's take for instance the very young. The Kindergruppe led by Liz Miller, Katrina Marmaduke, and Marie Powell. They teach the very young children to enjoy and have fun with dancing. A great deal of encouragement is necessary to hold the attention and help them begin to have fun with dancing.
Carolyn Langenfeld and Lisa Blaser lead our Junior Youth Group. Their kindness, yet firm leadership, earns respect from the once Kindergruppe dancers as they become a bit older. Carolyn and Lisa teach more detailed dances, songs, and customs. Pulling the children together and having fun is a must.
As the kids learn and grow, they progress to the Youth Group with the leadership of Carri and Steve Sensius. Steve and Carri bring a special skill between them to create an excitement and refinement to the dances. There's a natural transition as the children are now teenagers in the Youth Group. It's humbling and very encouraging to see the growth and maturity, of the children and young adults, as their dance and performance skills are honed and cultivated.
In fact, last Sunday I saw the Youth Group dancers come early to learn and practice a new dance, as created and choreographed by Hanna Sensius, Steve and Carri's daughter. This is inspiration!
The Tanzgruppe, for those in their twenty's and up, is vibrant with a large amount of adults continuing the dancing and customs. Jessica Evans is leading this group as they practice and perform many seasoned and new dances.
Confidence and pride is seen in all of the group's weekly practices as they prepare for the many dances held throughout the year, especially the large events, Old European Days & Bierfest in June and Oktoberfest in September.
Clearly, you witness how the youth are inspired as they grow to adult in an atmosphere of authentic German heritage and culture.

Rich Reikowski

Monday, May 19, 2014

Old European Days & Bierfest..... June 28th and 29th, 2014 Akron German Family Society

You don't have to travel thousands of miles to experience a genuine German Fest.
For this genuine celebration is close to you. The 2014 Old European Days & Bierfest will be held on Saturday June 28th to Sunday, June 29th at the Akron German Family Society, located minutes south of Kent, Ohio.
When you arrive at Donau Park, the scenery of grand trees and beautiful landscaping sets the stage for a magnificent celebration as you hear polka music from a distance and smell delicious German foods.
Getting closer you see the main club with its German Tudor wood design and colorful blooming flowers and plants flowing down from hanging planters.
The scenery is captivating, not to mention the many people that are enjoying the live bands, inside the club building as well as outside in the pavilion. As nightfall approaches, new lighting inside and outside, will thoroughly illuminate the European Fest event.

As you wanderer throughout the grounds, the smiling faces of the hundreds of volunteers invite you to take part in the dancing and to join in something far greater. For the heritage and rich traditions are flowing from the homemade foods such as schnitzel, Sarma (cabbage rolls), sausage, German potato salad, and desserts are so easily enjoyed. The rotisserie chicken are also widely sought after. The guests become intertwined with this true connection with German customs and the love of family. The Akron German Family Society is proud of their four dance groups Kindergruppe, Junior Youth Group, Youth Group, as well as Tanzegruppe. These groups will perform on Saturday and Sunday for your enjoyment! Fr. David Misbrener will be presiding over our Kirchweih Mass on Sunday at 11:30. Saturday's bands will include the Al Zimmerman Band, DMV Blaskapelle, and the Fred Ziwich Band and Sunday's band will be the Hank Haller Band. There will be many games, fun, and an inflatable bounce house and much more for the children on Sunday afternoon.

Our European Fest soon becomes a part of each and every guest having the pleasure of partaking in the foods, music, and dancing.
The senses are enlivened through the event with sights, smells, sounds, as old friendships are enriched and new friendships are made.
Come join us at Old European Bier Fest on June 28th and 29th!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Muttertag "Mother's Day" at Akron German Family Society May 3, 2014

Muttertag, Mother's Day, is a special day of celebration to honor mothers and motherhood, and the influence of mothers in our lives. Spring is the time of year that Muttertag is most often celebrated. It’s celebrated in many parts of the world on various days in April to May in the northern hemisphere and in October in Argentina.
The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century. In fact, Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She then began a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States. Mother's Day was then adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world.
The Akron German Family Society celebrated our Muttertag on Saturday May 3rd with a meal, show, and band. The Kindergruppe led by Liz Miller and Katrina Marmaduke and Junior Youth Group led by Carolyn Langenfeld and Lisa Blaser entertained the filled hall with German songs, poems, and dances. The smiling children’s faces and voices showed appreciation and love to the mothers in their lives. The men of Akron GFS came together and prepared the delicious meal including baked chicken in wine sauce, swiss steak, spaetzle w/gravy, corn, and two salads. Frank Engelmann made Gurkensalat (cucumber salad), and Rudy and Amy Stagl prepared KrautSalat with Vinegar and Oil. Michael Rodesheim, and his friend Charles Braeutigam baked over 30 loaves of his sourdough bread. In fact, each table enjoyed their own loaf of this delicious homemade bread. Rich Reikowski prepared the blueberry and cherry Kuchen (cake). The men personally delivered the desserts to each guest.  Special thanks as well to the countless ladies that helped guide, where necessary, the men in the right direction in the kitchen including Helga Hippich and many others. Earlier in the week, many women came together to help prepare the meats. You know who you are and how much you are appreciated.
The men, I have to say, had a great time! There was so much fun and laughter that the preparation didn't seem like work. This time together helped us to appreciate the countless hours and dedication that is so regularly put in by our ladies in the kitchen.
Thank you to Michael Rodesheim and David Hall for the use of some of their pictures, with mine, in this blog...:)

Please, mark your calendars for our upcoming European Fest and Bierfest to be held on June 28th and June 29th. Saturday June 28th our very own Kindergruppe, Junior Youth Group, Youth Group, and Tanzgruppe will be performing as well as the Al Zimmerman Band, DMV Blaskapelle, and Fred Ziwich Band will be playing outside and inside the ballroom. Sunday June 29th we will have our Kirchweih Mass beginning at 11:30, with Fr. David Misbrener.  Throughout the day, our dance groups will be performing for your entertainment and the Hank Haller Band will be playing all of your German favorites for dancing!