Akron German Family Society

Akron German Family Society

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Please, make your reservations now for "German American Day" Sat. Oct 4th (Deadline Sat. Sept. 27)

Please, call now to make your reservations to attend our German American Day celebration, to be held on Saturday, October 4. The deadline to make reservations is this coming Saturday, September 27. You will enjoy not only a very special presentation by our very own Youth Group member, Maddie VonStein, but will see performances by three of our GFS dance groups, hear and dance to the Pete Karsti Band, and savor a delicious meal.
Please, call Renate at 330-633-3949 or Eva at 330-335-8985 to reserve your attendance.
(See the German American Day and description below)

The Akron German Family Society will celebrate German American Day on Saturday, October 4th at 6pm. The Pete Karsti Band will be the entertainment for the evening. This band has been playing for our memorable events for many decades and promises to play your favorite polka's. Come out and enjoy this evening with a delicious meal of jagershnitzel, roasted chicken, house potatoes, servietten knoedel (rolled dumplings), bayerische kraut (from Southern German region), green beans, salad, rolls.....as well as delicious desserts. Certainly, an amazing meal is planned by Helga Hippich and her kitchen team! There will also be dance performances by the Junior Youth, Youth, as well as Tanzgruppe.

This year, we are proud to have Madeline VonStein as our special speaker for the evening. Madeline, or most commonly known among her friends as "Maddie", is an active member and integral part of our Jugendgruppe (Youth Group). She will offer thoughts, sentiments, and experiences of her “rich German American culture”.
She shared with me a little about herself....

"My grandpa, Frank Engelmann, is from Germany so I have been around the German culture all my life. I first started in the kindergruppe, I was so young that I don't even remember my first day but I have lots of photos and vague memories from being in the group. In the junior youth group I made lots of friends who I am still very close with today, but then I took a few years off.
I came back and joined the youth group and was fortunate enough to attend enough practices to go on the big Germany trip. My first time out of the country and to Europe. I love the German culture, and history and being able to visit and perform in a country that means so much to me was a fantastic experience. I also love being able to make memories that will last a life time, with an incredible family that I would never get the same support if I were in any other organization. I also am grateful for the true friendships I have made with many of the people of our club, young and old.
 I am now a junior at Kent State University, a Communication Studies Major, with a concentration in global. I am a member of the Chi Omega fraternity on campus and Secretary for our very own GFS Youth Group".

Plan to come to this event, as I am aware that Maddie has a special presentation of how the youth group is so important to her, as well as to the Akron GFS.

Please, make your reservations prior to September 27, as this allows for the kitchen staff to appropriately plan for the delicious homemade meal. For reservations, call Renate at 330-633-3949 or Eva at 330-335-8985.

Rich Reikowski

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sausage Fundraiser...... at Akron German Family Society

Die wurst ist lecker!!!.....The sausage is delicious!

Sausage making at the Akron German Family Society is a true feat of mastery, skill, dedication, and love of the reason at which it's made. The Jugendgruppe (Youth Group) in our club has a long history, spanning several decades, making homemade sausage. The Youth Group comes together several times a year to mix, add spices, and stuff thousands of pounds of sausage. They make the best homemade German sausage in the area! Raising funds for such vital and important needs of the youth members becomes fun when you see laughter, smiles, and great lifelong friendships being built.
(See pictures below)

Beginning with Barbara Tonhaeuser, then Henry and Sylvia Tonhaeuser, Dave and Silvana Sensius, and to our current Youth Group leaders, Steve and Carri Sensius, they head up the sausage making from beginning to end. By the time the pork is delivered, to the time the sausage is precisely weighed and packaged in freezer paper, Steve and Carri are "hands-on"and in charge of an outstanding team.
Since it's inception, the sausage making process has been handed down year after year, remaining consistent with it's recipe. Initially, sausage making involved near 800 lbs of sausage to the current amount of near 3000 lbs. People, near and far, have recognized this sausage to have a delicious and authentic taste and flavor. Over the last few years, in addition to making regular sausage, a recipe of a "hot" sausage option has been requested and is now encompassing nearly 20% of the entire orders. Also, you may now purchase the homemade regular or hot sausage in "bulk" or without the casing. Carri Sensius, said that she as well as many use the bulk sausage in replacement of ground beef in their cooking such as in spaghetti sauce, lasagna etc. The sausage is made entirely of fresh pork and spices without preservatives. People have also enjoyed smoking and drying the sausage in the casing.

For those of you that know one of GFS Youth Group members, please order your sausage from them. If not, please call and place your order with Steve or Carri Sensius at 330-899-9848. See the below image of the order sheet as well for more information.
Orders are being taken until Sunday October 12th and asked to be picked up at the German Family Society on Sunday October 26th between 4-7pm. The regular or hot sausage is sold in 3 lb packages of either linked casing or bulk. The cost is $4.50/lb or $13.50 per package.


Each Youth Group member earns, from the sale of this sausage, points toward events, traveling to performances, and activities. In your purchase of sausage, you can be fully confident that 100% of the proceeds benefit the Youth Group and their expenses. This also allows for people in the NE Ohio, US, as well as Europe to enjoy the dances of the Akron German Family Society's Youth!
 I have had the opportunity to help when the youth come together and make sausage. You witness a team of kids that work together, share stories, and most importantly are truly welcoming to new members in having fun. Steve and Carri are leaders that  foster just that!
(Special Thanks to Hannah Sensius and Aaron Engelhart for sharing some picture included in this article)

Rich Reikowski




 






Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Come to "German American Day" on Sat. Oct 4th at Akron German Family Society


The Akron German Family Society will celebrate German American Day on Saturday, October 4th at 6pm. The Pete Karsti Band will be the entertainment for the evening. This band has been playing for our memorable events for many decades and promises to play your favorite polka's. Come out and enjoy this evening with a delicious meal of jagershnitzel, roasted chicken, house potatoes, servietten knoedel (rolled dumplings), bayerische kraut (from Southern German region), green beans, salad, rolls.....as well as delicious desserts. Certainly, an amazing meal is planned by Helga Hippich and her kitchen team! There will also be dance performances by the Junior Youth, Youth, as well as Tanzgruppe.

This year, we are proud to have Madeline VonStein as our special speaker for the evening. Madeline, or most commonly known among her friends as "Maddie", is an active member and integral part of our Jugendgruppe (Youth Group). She will offer thoughts, sentiments, and experiences of her “rich German American culture”.
She shared with me a little about herself....

"My grandpa, Frank Engelmann, is from Germany so I have been around the German culture all my life. I first started in the kindergruppe, I was so young that I don't even remember my first day but I have lots of photos and vague memories from being in the group. In the junior youth group I made lots of friends who I am still very close with today, but then I took a few years off.
I came back and joined the youth group and was fortunate enough to attend enough practices to go on the big Germany trip. My first time out of the country and to Europe. I love the German culture, and history and being able to visit and perform in a country that means so much to me was a fantastic experience. I also love being able to make memories that will last a life time, with an incredible family that I would never get the same support if I were in any other organization. I also am grateful for the true friendships I have made with many of the people of our club, young and old.
 I am now a junior at Kent State University, a Communication Studies Major, with a concentration in global. I am a member of the Chi Omega fraternity on campus and Secretary for our very own GFS Youth Group".

Plan to come to this event, as I am aware that Maddie has a special presentation of how the youth group is so important to her, as well as to the Akron GFS.

Please, make your reservations prior to September 27, as this allows for the kitchen staff to appropriately plan for the delicious homemade meal. For reservations, call Renate at 330-633-3949 or Eva at 330-335-8985.

Rich Reikowski

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Oktoberfest 2014" Wunderbar!....at Akron German Family Society


The Akron German Family Society celebrated our Oktoberfest at Donau Park during the weekend of Friday September 5 to Sunday September 7th.
Oktoberfest 2014 had countless memorable moments!

Let's take for instance our dance groups. The dancers with ages ranging 4 to over 40 years old have fun, joy, and smiles that captivate the audience. This article hopes to convey some of the "special moments of the Oktoberfest".
The numbers attending this years fest were easily in the thousands. Children through adults had much to enjoy.

I overheard many onlookers comment on the "precision" of the dances.  I commented that the groups typically meet weekly throughout the year in preparation of their dances. They all come together and have fun. New dances are seen throughout each year's Oktoberfest, as well as the Old European Days & Bierfest. Many attractions of this years Oktoberfest included a wine tasting tent, several tents with German clothing, steins, pins, shirts, hats, etc. Walking around the park you could enjoy everything from warm pretzels, corn on the cob, and homemade lemonade. Be sure not to miss our famous bier garden for a stein of German bier or walk across the path to enjoy the Jagermeister tent!

There were hundreds of people sitting under the large tents throughout the manicured grounds enjoying delicious German meals from a mixed platter including homemade sausage, sarma (cabbage roll), schnitzel, sauerkraut, German potato salad, and a roll with butter. Some chose to enjoy a platter with Sarma or Schnitzel with the fixings....

Walking around the outside pavilion, towards the Edelweiss Haus, you "see and smell" over 65 chickens roasting at one time, as well as the grilling of homemade German sausage, German franks, and hot dogs.
Sunday was a special day for families with children with the many games and activities.

The Oktoberfest was successful as thousands of visitors enjoy the foods, drinks, dancing, and music, that is so well tailored to authentic German customs. Inside the hall and outside under the pavilion you could dance to your favorite German music from live bands. Each of our dance groups, from the Kindergruppe, Junior Youth, Youth, to adult Tanzgruppe, perform with great joy and have the spirit of the fest! They thrive on the clapping and smiling faces as they polka, schuhplattler, weave, and perform flyers to some of the most popular German music. I hope you enjoy the pictures below.
A special thank you to John Landis for sharing the two pictures above.
**Please, share your special moments of Oktoberfest 2014 on our blog!

Do make plans to attend Oktoberfest 2015!!

Rich




John says "Prost!
















 Fred and Helga having a great time!







 Great shot of Carri and Steve!

Beautiful smiles from Jenn and her daughter Taylor.








Jessica, taking a break from leading our Tanzgruppe, to help with the Sarma (cabbage rolls).








Silvana and Carolyn measuring, cutting, and cooking the sausage. You can tell by the smiles that the Akron German Family Society members/volunteers truly have fun!!
                                                                                                                                                                      The ladies preparing the potatoes for the German Potato Salad!



Greg taking head measurements and being silly with Terry.



Fred, our Wurstmeister, also is quite talented with wine choices....
 Frank preparing before the Oktoberfest....
 Well done Anna!
The soup and potato pancakes were amazing!


















Walt...."The Crazy German"....:)
This is 700 lbs of homemade sausage for the fest. A total of 1400 lbs throughout the fest 




 Caught Rudy and Frank chatting....
Marty is happy man!
Panoarama of the fest!


                                             My beautiful wife, Terry, and I

 Great moments for a mom and her daughter!
Smiles were everywhere!
Serving desserts with a smile!









Christine serving some great desserts with a smile!

Doris is a talented Kuchen lady!


 Delicious strudel and cream horns!
The black forest cakes and almond torts are amazing!!
 Delicious!!!!
Apple and cherry strudel's cooling....mmmmmm!
A little time to make a Sausage cabin....:)
 Katrina and her daughter, Cheyenne, enjoying the train ride...
 The train rides were a big hit!
The Junior Youth Group made selling ice cream fun and a big success! 


The entrance to our "Bier Garten"!
Cleanup after the fest.... So many helped!
The jugen were very committed in not only dancing but cleaning up afterwards.

Great work everyone!
Great smile Emily! A perfect smile to end this article.....:)