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April May June   2009    Volume 4 Number 2


JUNE  2009

United German Hungarians

German American Day

Forwarded From UGH


Come out and join us at this year's German-American Day, on Sunday, 28 June 2009.

Gates will open at 12 Noon. Price at the gate will be $5.00

German - American food, drink, and entertainment will be available for the afternoon.


This year's band will be the Kapella Fellas

with additional entertainment by


GTV Almrausch Schuhplatter Gruppe

United German-Hungarian Schuhplattler Group

United German-Hungarian Cultural Group

Vereinigung der Donnauschwaben Dancers




The highlight of the official festivities will be the crowning of this year's Kornblumen Koenigen. 

(Cornflower Queen.)

All German organizations will participate.

Proceeds will be used to support the German-American Steuben Parade on September 26. (

Tickets are $4.00 in advance and are available at our club

as well as at all German American Organizations.

The ticket also entitles you to a drawing for Door Prizes.


MAY  2009


Forwarded From Carpathia Club Donauschwaben

Theresia Olsavsky

    The Choir has been busy rehearsing their program for the Michigan Sängerbezirk Kommers, which took place on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at our hall. We can be proud of our choir, because they sang really well. Next on the agenda for us is a trip to Toledo, Ohio to be the guest choir of the Teutonia Choirs of Toledo, who are having their Spring Concert. We are going by bus on Sunday, April 26, 2009. It promises to be an entertaining day for us.


    On Saturday, May 16, 2009, we will have our banquet together with the Carpathia Frauengruppe. This is always a nice evening. The Frauengruppe usually starts the program with some poems and honors for their members, and then the Choir performs a few well chosen songs for our audience. Thanks to our music director, Erwin Aufdemberge, for being such a wonderful and patient person. I also want to thank all the members of the Choir for their loyalty and their hard work in learning the songs for the performances. Please come and support the Choir and the Ladies Group. We are looking forward to having you in our audience.


    Of course the choir will also help with some of the preparation and work for our up coming German Fest and Father’s Day Picnic in June. We also work hard at the fi sh fry, not only for the Choir’s turn, but we also help out the Jäger’s.


    For July we have planned a trip to Stratford, Ontario to see a production of “West Side Story”. This will be on Thursday, July 30, 2009. The bus leaves from the club around 9 AM. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour trip. Once there, we all have time to enjoy the quaint little town of Stratford and have a light lunch. Then off we go to the Festival Theater for the show. Following the show we enjoy a wonderful buffet dinner at the Queens Inn. We usually start our trip home around 6:30 PM, arriving at our club around 9 PM. It is always such a wonderful day out and we fully enjoy the “Kameradschaft” during our bus ride. If you are interested in coming along, please feel free to contact either Resi Olsavsky or Blondine Klimach.


    The choir will also be traveling to Kitchener , Ontario, on Saturday, September 19, 2009 to help the Concordia Choir help celebrate their “Winzerfest”, or as we call it, the “Weinlesefest”. One of the members of the Concordia used to sing with us, and it will be nice to see Arthur again, as well as renewing our friendship with the other members of the Concordia. This will be a long day, as we do not expect to be back at the club until around 3 o’clock in the morning.


    As you can see, the choir is very active, and we always have a good time, no matter where we go or what we do. If you enjoy singing and would like to become a member or the Carpathia Choir, we would love to have you come and join us. Our rehearsals are on Tuesday evening, starting at 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM. We hope to see you at a function of the Carpathia Club.


Mit frohem Sängergruß and have a wonderful summer.

Theresia Olsavsky



New Jugendgruppe Leaders- Carpathia Club

Rob Schwalbe    Debbie Kapraun    Karin Schwalbe


MAY-JUNE  2009

15th Annual Folk Dance Folklore Weekend

June 5-6-7, 2009

Tulsa, Oklahoma


Registration Deadline    May 25th

Registration Deadline    May 25th

Contact Name Email Address
Carol Wright
Karen Gottier

German American Society Tulsa

1429 Terrace Drive

Tulsa, OK 74104















Registration Deadline    May 25th


MAY  2009

United German Hungarians

Toledo Gaufest 2009

Forwarded From United German Hungarians, Philadelphia



            Our Schuhplattler group and friends will be traveling to Toledo, Ohio for the 2009 Gaufest which will be held on August 13th to 16th.  If you are interested, please contact one of our dancers as we have already had a preliminary meeting and a meeting will be held on May 6th.  We will be traveling by bus and we always have a wonderful time!!!





MAY  2009


Forwarded From Carpathia Club Donauschwaben


By Irene Dietz


    The past year was quite successful for our Carpathia Wochendschule. In addition to the regular instruction, which occur on every Friday for two hours, the youth engaged in several activities: Kirchweih, a Christmas Program, and the Königsball.


    The Christmas program consisted of songs, poems, and a small skit, in which the children showed what they had learned at the school.  Afterwards, Santa Claus passed out small bags containing candy.  We are thankful to Mrs. Pledl and Mrs. Bullock who designed and sewed the snowmen costumes.


    In February there was a formal evaluation of what was learned.  It was very important for the pupils to show up every Friday fully prepared.


    The joy of learning is shown throughout all of our age groups at the center.  Our last school day is the 15th of May with an additional program.  We also will offer a German program for adults.


By Irene Dietz


APRIL 2009


Forwarded From American Aid Society of German Descendants

BY Hilde Neumayer




    Museums are so often thought of as boring and tiresome and "nothing but a bunch of old stuff that I've seen already and don't need to see again". I, like many others, am guilty of this frame of mind with our very busy and fast paced lives.


    I was lucky to have been able to go on a trip to Greece last month with my sister and daughters. Greece, like so much of the rest of world has so much history it makes us realize how young the United States is. Seeing buildings in ruins that date back to Before Christ is amazing and nearly unbelievable. It takes us back a huge step in time as many of us have only experienced in the movies.


    We were able to visit only a few of the many museums available, but one in particular reminded me of our own A.A.S. Museum in Lake Villa. We visited a museum on the Greek island of Santorini. So many of the items on display were very similar to those we have in our own museum in Lake Villa and the Sindelfingen museum we visited on the Jugendgruppe trip to Europe. From everyday items to the clothes worn by ancestors of the area, the history of the people unfolded as we walked through the museum.


    At our next picnic I invite all of you to come and see the museum again and look at the displays with a fresh mind. For the older generation who was part of this history, let it bring back memories of a different time and place and help realize how spe­cial these times were. Although often mixed with sad and terrible times, these memories and experiences are responsible for the lessons you have taught your children and grandchil­dren. For the younger generations, let us try to understand how our parents and grandparents lived, the hardships they endured, the conveniences they lived without and the remarkable journey they have taken to allow us to enjoy the life we all have here in the US.


    My trip to Greece allowed me to appreciate the museum we have in Lake Villa to keep the Donauschwaben history alive for each us. Please join me this summer in visiting us again to learn and appreciate the times that have come before us.

Hilde Neumayer Assistant Museum Curator



Tracht from A.A.S. Museum, Lake Villa    Tracht from Santorini Museum, Greece    Tracht from Sindelfingen Museum: Germany


MAY  2009


Forwarded From Carpathia Club Donauschwaben


By Irene Dietz


    It was a really a very long winter with storms and snow but hopefully we can put our winter coats away.  The calendar says that Spring is not too far away and we all have thoughts that Spring would arrive.  Yet, April could still be tough and may not be trusted.  Nevertheless, April  is never predictable.  However, the bare garden beds will send up little flowers with their little heads made of yellow, blue and red.  We hear the song birds daily while they built their nests.  The bees and butterflies are also flying about in the sunshine.  Nature is awakening.  Soon we will be working in the garden, planting flowers, digging up beets and tasting the first salads of the season.

    However, before we can do any of this we have to plan our Card Party.  The Kipfels must be baked.  The ladies must tirelessly roll, stretch and decorate.  Our Card Party will be on March 22nd and a Gulasch lunch will be served.  Our next event will be our Ladies Auxiliary Banquet on May 16th.  The group, Spass, will provide the music for dancing.  Please order your tickets through Maria Dossenberger.

    In retrospect, our Christmas celebration was very festive and well attended.  The table was richly covered with very tasty foods and pastries.  After the meal we had a wonderful surprise.  The GBU Saxonia Choir sang several Christmas songs for us, which highlighted our celebration.  Once again, thank you very much GBU Saxonia Chor!


Have a merry Easter.


Irene Dietz



APRIL 2009


Forwarded From American Aid Society of German Descendants

Richard Gunther, Seniorengruppe



The History of APRONS

    I don't think our kids know what an apron is....


    The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath. Because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.


It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.


From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.


When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.


And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.


Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.


Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.


From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.  After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.  In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.


When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.


When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.


It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.


Send this to those who would know, and love, the story about Grandma's aprons. Or it can be a good history lesson for those that have no idea how
the apron played a part in our lives.



    Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.  Today our kids would go crazy trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.  I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron But Love !!


By Richard Gunther


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