ABOUT US

Bavarian Club Edelweiss was founded in 1933 by Franz Stein and fellow  German immigrants from the Bavarian region of southern Germany.  The  club was established as a small German American society to preserve the  Bavarian customs and traditions and, through four generations, continues   to grow and represent authentic style of “Schuhplattler” folk dancing.

Today,  the club sponsors three folk dance levels.  Our “Jugendgruppe”,  includes children from ages 5 to 15, and their group leader is Carol  Hepp, email: frauhepp@yahoo.com.  Our “Volkstanzgruppe” includes dancers  over age 50, and their group leader is Monica Luedke, email:  mwluedke@yahoo.com.  Our core Schuhplattler dancers have performed at  the Westchester County Center, New Jersey Arts Center, the United  Nations, and numerous venues over the years.  They have competed at the  national level at a Gaufest (or convention) held every two years hosted  by German American clubs throughout the United States and Canada.  Their  group leader is Roland Lex, email: rolandlex@verizon.net

We  host three annual events as follows, which are open to the public, and  we look forward to meeting you and sharing our “Gemutlichkeit”  (friendship):

Bierfest-on-the-Hudson will be held on  Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm at  Kolping-on-the-Hudson, Montrose, NY.  German food and beer will be  sold.  Traditional music and dancing will be provided by our folk  dancers.  The grounds include a play area for children and a swimming  pool.

Oktoberfest will be held on Sunday, September 29,  2019, beginning at 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm at Krucker’s Picnic Grove in  Pomona, NY.  German food and beer will be available at a fixed price yet  to be announced.

Christkindl Markt, a German Christmas  Fair, will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10:am to 4:00 pm,  located at the Holy Name of Jesus Auditorium in Valhalla, NY.  German  specialties, homemade cookies and stollen for the holidays are available  for purchase.  Come feast on our homemade potato pancakes and enjoy  desserts at the Café.  We host between 30 and 40 crafters for your  Christmas shopping with free  admission and parking.

Separately,  we invite you to “Come and Enjoy” the annual Steuben Day Parade, on  Fifth Avenue, in New York City on September 21, 2019 beginning at 12  noon at 65th Street and Fifth Avenue.  Many German clubs and bands from  Germany, New York, New Jersey and beyond participate wearing their  regional garments and performing authentic music.  After the parade the  Oktoberfest in Central Park commences on 72nd Street with food, brew,  music and dancing.  Tickets for Central Park can be purchased at  www.GermanParadeNYC.org/shop.

 For more information on  our Club and upcoming events, please find us on Facebook at  Bavarianclubedelweiss Westchester, NY and on our website  www.Bavarianclubedelweiss.org

We hold monthly meetings  at the American Legion Hall, in Thornwood, NY.  Club membership is open  to anyone of German ancestry and over the age of eighteen.  Please  contact Monika Luedke for club membership information, contact number  914-552-5262.

Gloria Mayer McSweeney is the club  president and can be reached at 845-240-3227 for additional  information.  We wish you “Leben Geniessen”, to enjoy life!

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