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!


April 2015 Schedule

2015 Events
 The club is open Fridays.
We look forward to seeing you.
Kurt Eschbach
ANNUAL MEETING – Sunday April 19 – 2:00 PM

Please note that our annual meeting will be held 2:00 pm, Sunday, April 19, 2015.
The main purpose of the meeting will be to elect officers for the club’s next fiscal
year (April 1 to March 31) and receive reports from officers.


If you have an interest, please let us know and we will explain the office. (722-4023) Assistance is available to get you started and support you through the year.

ARBEITSTAG – WORKDAY - Saturday April 25

We plan on setting up our Biergarten picnic area on Saturday, April 25. Plan to arrive at 9:00 am. We will install the canopies over the frames and move the picnic tables out from beneath the pavilion. We will also attend to general clean-up of the grounds (leaves and other seasonal debris) and inside the club building (getting it ready for the banquet and general spring cleaning).

Many hands make light work. Your presence would be deeply appreciated. If you have a leaf blower or rake you wish to bring, it helps. We usually finish by lunchtime and enjoy a bratwurst and beer for your efforts.


Come join us on Friday, May 1 (MAY DAY) as we celebrate the opening of our Biergarten with our annual Brats 'n Brews party, hosted by Francie Cook. We will have a fresh supply of Usinger's Brats imported directly from Wisconsin and a full selection of your favorite German Biers, along with German music. Bring some friends and make a great time. 
Kitchen opens at 6:00 pm and is open until we sell out.


You are cordially invited to attend our annual banquet on Saturday May 2, 2015. There will be a cocktail hour from 5:00-6:00 pm, followed by a dinner buffet (roast pork, chicken Marsala, potatoes, carrots, salad, dessert, etc.) catered by Joel Matis.

Following dinner, club officers and guests will offer brief remarks chronicling events of the past year. There will be a service of remembrance for those club members who passed in 2014 followed by a performance by our choir, as well as entertainment by other musical ensembles and skits by our German language class.

Members who joined the club in 2014 are strongly urged to attend, as you will be recognized and introduced.

The cost is $25 per person. If you volunteered for two or more events during 2014, the club will subsidize your dinner with a $10 credit and a complimentary beverage at the bar.

Reservations may be made by calling 775-0002. When submitting reservations, please indicate if you are a volunteer, and also if you are a new member. 
Reservations are required no later than Tuesday, April 28


Please remember that your membership in the club is valid only until March 31. A dues reminder will be sent out to our entire membership later this month, and we would encourage you to make payment promptly to ensure continued membership in our club. Dues remain at $25 per individual member (there are no family memberships). Additionally, donations are welcomed to help cover operating expenses and the replacement of the Rathskeller floor.

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

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: April 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)


NYS Sängerbund Hall Rental German Links
Deutsche Zeitungen Pictures Deutsche TV
German Games German History Deutsche Wappen

You are the Hit Counter visitor!

Last Updated: 04/15/2015