September
2014

German-American Club of Binghamton

        

218 Loughlin Road, Binghamton, NY 13904    (607) 775-5265
Open Fridays at 6:00PM


 

The German Club of Binghamton is a social organization of people who like the German culture and enjoy its celebrations. 
Established over 100 years ago to preserve the German’s perennial love for music, sociability, and conviviality, our immigrant founders created our beautiful German Picnic Grounds and Clubhouse in Kirkwood. Here is where we host three German festivals every year Sommerbiergarten, Oktoberfest and Harvest Dance, as well as many other monthly events as listed in our social calendar. You will also find us enjoying the grounds every Friday night at Stammtisch, our regular weekly gathering in the Rathskellar at about 6 PM. Stammtisch promises food and beverages rain or shine and Gemütlichkeit! Good Fellowship! 
If you are interested in experiencing German culture more deeply, we have several activities that our members and guests enjoy. We are the proud home of the Binghamton Gemishtechor, our award winning German-language mixed chorus. Under the leadership of our professional musician and director, Randy Messing, the chorus performs concerts in the area and competes with other German choruses in the New York State Sängerbund. Rehearsals follow Stammtisch each Friday at 7 PM from September to June. Our Deutsche Klasse, the German language class, meets several nights each Spring and Fall. Our esteemed Lehrer, George Karius, teaches lessons in speaking and understanding our distinctive mothertongue. We also offer travel opportunities to Germany and Europe as well as celebrating other German holiday and seasonal celebrations enjoyed in German-speaking nations.  
You don’t have to be German to join!
Guests are invited to consider membership at all our events. Ask for a brochure and an application. We welcome all in the area who want to have Gemütlichkeit right here in the Southern Tier!

 

September 2014 Schedule

2014 Events

OKTOBERFEST 
Saturday, September 20th
3-9 pm

It’s time for us to celebrate Bavaria's favorite festival. We are pleased to offer two live bands for your enjoyment - The George Tarasek Polka Band and Judes’ Polka Jets II, along with our own club entertainer DJ Alpski. Doors open at 3 pm for seating and the live entertainment begins at 4 ...pm. The bands perform nonstop until 9:00 pm and the party will continue afterwards with recorded music until the party ends. Admission is $9 for non-members and $6 for club members.
The kitchen will be open from 4-7 pm, and will be serving a variety of wursts and traditional fest foods. All food and drink are at menu prices. Our Bar Director Rob Schoonover promises a fine beverage selection of Oktoberfest Bier along with other German favorites. We hope to have some special surprises so come along and make this the best party of the year. And be sure to invite your favorite guests.
VOLUNTEERS are needed - kitchen, bar, raffle sales, clean-up - please call Kurt at 722-4023.

 

ROAD TRIP


Alpine Restaurant, Honesdale, PA
Sat., Oct 11

We have talked about it for years so let’s do it! Anyone interested in car-pooling to Honesdale for an authentic German meal please sign up at the Club. The sign-up sheet will be available this Friday and continue until Oct 3. Reservations will be made at that time. Designated drivers are needed please. The plan is to leave on Saturday by 4 PM.

Webmaster's note: (The food, beer, and service is great here. As authentic and delicious as I have had in Germany.)

HARVEST DANCE and WINE FEST
Saturday, Nov. 8th
5-9 pm

  Some of the plans are still up in the air at this time, but we hope to have a sauerbraten dinner with all the trimmings, along with an evening of entertainment in the main hall. This will be the last fest of the season and it focuses on good food and good wine. We hope you will come and support your club that night. Entertainment is also still being negotiated but we promise it will be good. Watch for details at the Club, in an email or the next newsletter.

FRIDAY EVENINGS
6-12 pm
Available Brews: Paulaner Weizen, Spaten, 
Becks, Yuengling, Coors Lite, and more.


The food usually is ready by about 6:00 pm and served until it is sold out or around 7:00 pm.
It is also a good time to pay your dues ($25 per member) for the year.
GERMAN LANGUAGE CLASS - remember the class meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 5-7 pm. The classes will resume in September.
Contact George Karius for more info - geokarius@hotmail.com

* When paying your dues. *
Please be sure to include the names of everyone covered in your payment.
Your membership and patronage is greatly appreciated.

2013 annual dues are $25 checks payable to the German-American Club
(Click HERE for a printable dues form.)

>Member Code of Conduct<

If you haven't been up in a while, it's high time 
to stop in some Friday and say hello!

We will be glad to see you
and tend to your thirst-quenching needs.
Bis bald!

Contact Brian Skadowski for a mailed copy of our Newsletter
Click Here



or
HERE for some great German American history.

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Weekly Rehearsals
Friday evenings September through June
Adult Chorus 7 PM to 9 PM
(Cocktails to follow!)

Monthly Meetings
Third Sunday of every month at 2:30 PM
except for December and January
subject to periodic change.

Next Meeting: Sunday, October 19th

Singers Welcome
Please call us (775-5265) if you are interested in singing German folk
songs and choral arrangements.  No knowledge of the German language is necessary, you can learn as you go!  We can even teach you to read music!  No audition, no qualifications, no hassle, just fun for all with a super leader who is a great talent – Randy Messing.

2014 Events
(updated 6/22/14)

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