Akron German Family Society

Akron German Family Society

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.

Thank you Megan for sharing this special part of your life!

“Megan performing at one of her favorite events – at the Vienna Night”
 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. 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.











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!!!!