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Welcome to the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society’s website, home of Cincinnati’s most authentic Oktoberfest and famous German dancers. If you are interested in renting one of our facilities please see our hall rental website. For reservations for our upcoming dances please call (513)-385-2098 and select option 3.

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2015 Membership Directory

Final call — Don’t forget to schedule your family or group photo for inclusion in our pending club directory. A few slots still remain for the July 24 and July 25 dates. The link to schedule your family portrait sitting is:

https://www.securedata-trans14.com/ap/donauschwabenclub/index.php?page=10

Please be aware of the following:

  • Include your e-mail & phone number and click “YES” to get your reminder 3 days before.
  • Create a log-in and password of your choice so you can make changes to your time if necessary.
  • Ensure that your 2015 membership dues ARE PAID (See Nick Abt if you have questions).
  • Pictures will be taken FREE OF CHARGE on the following dates:
    • Friday July 24 2-9 PM
    • Saturday July 25 10-5 PM

 

Upcoming Events

 

July Member’s Meeting | Friday, July 24

 

 

Fifth Friday Froth Fest | Friday, July 31

 

 

61st Annual Donauschwaben Day | Sunday, August 2

Come join us for the “birthday” celebration of the Cincinnati Donauschwaben as we pay special tribute to the founding of our club and the members who made it possible.

Take advantage of the free admission and enjoy performances by our various club dance groups, music by the Vereinmusikanten, and the opening parade. Help us congratulate members who have distinguished themselves over the past year(s) and who will receive special awards.

Friday Night Stein Verein | Friday, August 14

Forget the Friday night happy hour at a crowded, over-priced bar! Instead come out and enjoy a few drinks with your Schwaben friends at the Friday Night Stein Verein.

Come out to socialize with one another, listen to great pre-recorded German music, share stories, play cards, and enjoy some delicious beer. There’s no official membership, no formal meeting, no officials duties, and no dues.

 

August Club Work Day | Saturday, August 15

Calling all Donauschwaben Members! Come out every third Saturday of the month to help out at our monthly work days. There are many projects that need to be done and we need all the help we can get. Please consider coming out for a few hours to support and improve your Verein. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

For more information please contact Adam Hary at 513.923.4548 (home) 513.604.3816 (Cell) or email him at hary@fuse.net. You can also contact Dave Brabender at davidpam@fuse.net.

 

August Members’ Meeting | Friday, August 28

Come out to the Donauschwaben’s monthly meeting where members can get updates on how the club is doing and to hear about upcoming events. Ladies Auxiliary meeting starts at 8pm with the general meeting beginning at 8:30 pm

Friday Night Stein Verein | Friday, September 11

Forget the Friday night happy hour at a crowded, over-priced bar! Instead come out and enjoy a few drinks with your Schwaben friends at the Friday Night Stein Verein. Come out to socialize with one another, listen to great pre-recorded German music, share stories, play cards, and enjoy some delicious beer. There’s no official membership, no formal meeting, no officials duties, and no dues.

September Club Work Day | Saturday, September 19

Calling all Donauschwaben Members! Come out every third Saturday of the month to help out at our monthly work days. There are many projects that need to be done and we need all the help we can get. Please consider coming out for a few hours to support and improve your Verein. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

For more information please contact Adam Hary at 513.923.4548 (home) 513.604.3816 (Cell) or email him at hary@fuse.net. You can also contact Dave Brabender at davidpam@fuse.net.

September Members’ Meeting | Friday, September 25

Come out to the Donauschwaben’s monthly meeting where members can get updates on how the club is doing and to hear about upcoming events. Ladies Auxiliary meeting starts at 8pm with the general meeting beginning at 8:30 PM

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest Setup | September 27 to Oktober 1

Starting on Sunday September 27 come out and help us set up for the 23rd Annual #DSOktoberfest. Setup will start around 9:00 AM on Sunday and will continue throughout the week starting at 5:00 PM. Dinner will be provided for all volunteers. More information will be provided as we get closer to the event.

23rd Annual Donauschwaben Oktoberfest | Oktober 2, 3 & 4

The 3-day festival is the only Oktoberfest in Greater Cincinnati that is held in Oktober and will offer: over 25 imported and domestic beers on draft (including favorites such as Hofbräuhaus, Warsteiner and Paulaner, and the new Donauschwaben house brew “Schwaben Lager”), pit-roasted Bavarian pig and chicken, homemade German sausage, stuffed cabbage, goulash with Spätzle (noodles), homemade tortes and pastries, funnel cakes, goetta, and so much more.

7th Annual Car Show | Sunday, Oktober 4

The 7th Annual #DSOktoberfest car show will be held on Sunday, Oktober 4, during the last day of our Oktoberfest. If you are interested in showing a car please contact John Weissmann at 615-2665 or jhansw@fuse.net. The registration fee is $15 and trophies will be handed out at 3:00 PM. Entrance is included with admission to the Oktoberfest.

Friday Night Stein Verein | Friday, Oktober 9

Forget the Friday night happy hour at a crowded, over-priced bar! Instead come out and enjoy a few drinks with your Schwaben friends at the Friday Night Stein Verein. Come out to socialize with one another, listen to great pre-recorded German music, share stories, play cards, and enjoy some delicious beer. There’s no official membership, no formal meeting, no officials duties, and no dues.

Kirchweih Mass at Old St. Mary’s Church | Sunday, Oktober 11

Join the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society at Old St. Mary’s Church (located in Over-the-Rhine, downtown Cincinnati) for the annual Kirchweih Mass and the blessing of the Rosemary Bush.

Oktober Work Day | Saturday, Oktober 17

Calling all Donauschwaben Members! Come out every third Saturday of the month to help out at our monthly work days. There are many projects that need to be done and we need all the help we can get. Please consider coming out for a few hours to support and improve your Verein. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

For more information please contact Adam Hary at 513.923.4548 (home) 513.604.3816 (Cell) or email him at hary@fuse.net. You can also contact Dave Brabender at davidpam@fuse.net.

Kirchweihtanz | Saturday, Oktober 17

One of the Donauschwaben’s most traditional events, the Kirchweih celebrations center on the positive role the church played in Donauschwabian villages. Today, that tradition is captured in a highly festive event that includes dancing, music, food, and drink. 

The highlight of this dance is the yearly raffling of the blessed rosemary bush, which symbolizes prosperity. This fun filled event “pits” members, traditionally men, against one another as they bid on the rosemary bush in an attempt to win it for their wife, sweetheart, fiancée, or even future in-laws. When the raffle ends the entire club wishes the winning couple good luck with dancing and drinking.

Oktober Members’ Meeting | Friday, Oktober 23

Come out to the Donauschwaben’s monthly meeting where members can get updates on how the club is doing and to hear about upcoming events. Ladies Auxiliary meeting starts at 8 PM with the general meeting beginning at 8:30 PM

Homemade Sausage Pickup | Sunday, Oktober 25

The Donauschwaben Youth Group is once again preparing homemade sausage as one of their fundraising activities. They will be selling three varieties: regular, spicy, and smoked sausage. Cost for the original flavor and spicy flavor is $6 per pound. Smoked versions of both flavors are available for $7 per pound (minimum order is 5 lbs) and payment is due when your order is picked up.

Sausage can be picked up at the Donauschwaben Society on October 26 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Orders must be turned in by October 6. To order, download the Sausage Order Form (October 2015) on the club website and mail it in to the address listed or email it to Lori Decher at lpd@fuse.net. There is NO guarantee that orders placed after October 5 will be honored. Proceeds from this event will help offset the group’s upcoming travel costs.

Fifth Friday FRIGHT Fest | Friday, Oktober 30

On Friday, Oktober 30, come out and enjoy traditional German Gemütlichkeit and camaraderie at the Donauschwaben Hall for our Fifth Friday FRIGHT Fest celebration. Feel free to come dressed up in Halloween costumes!