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!


November 2014 Schedule

2014 Events

CHRISTMAS PARTY – Saturday – December 6

Save the date - save the date - 6 December for our annual members family Christmas party
pm cocktails, 6pm Dinner. Singing and gift auction to follow dinner. The club will provide chicken and potatoes. Those attending will please bring a suitably sized entree or dessert to share. We invite members of the Musikverein Binghamton to join with us. We ask that you bring a gift with a value of $5-10 (wrapped but with a clue as to what it is) for our mystery gift auction. 
The proceeds
are given to C.H.O.W. to help feed the less fortunate in our community.

ST. NICHOLAS PARTY – Sunday – December 7

For the Kinder -1 pm Sunday, 7 December - yes, we know he has already paid his visit to the children, but the week before is Thanksgiving weekend and we discovered last year that the attendance suffered too much to have it in November. Rebecca Olivet and Francie Cook with their crew will once again have a nice selection of crafts and snacks for your children and grandchildren. We will also have Adventskalender available for the children. Keep our traditions alive - RSVP to Rebecca (with age and number of children, by Nov 30th - ph.607-760-8016)

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 -

* 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

HERE for some great German American history.


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, November 16th

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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Last Updated: 12/10/2014