The next two monthly member meetings of the Austrian Singing Society “Donau” will be held Thursday, March 12 and April 9 please attend our meetings.

SINGERS' MEMBERSHIP Singers dues, are now PAST DUE. As previously announced, a late fee of $5 per month will be imposed for those not paid by Feb. 29. Any questions phone 860-508-8236.

SICK BENEFIT MEMBERS May also pay dues at Club at self-service box on right marked "Sick Benefit."

SCHOLARSHIP NEWS The Committee would like to remind members that high school seniors seeking a higher education (college) are eligible to apply for the Austrian Donau scholarship. The deadline to submit applications is March 31, 2020. Winners will be notified in mid-April and an Awards Dinner will be held at the club the Second Friday in May. 5/8/2020, at 6:00 sharp, reservations 860-508-8236. Go to to download 2020 application, or phone Candice Tabone at Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, 860-229-6018, with any questions.

CULT MOVIE & BISTRO NIGHTS Return March 28 and April 25, movies to be announced. Bistro Kitchen opens at 5:30 and “Cult Movie” at 7:00. Experience our amazing new projection system! Call Darrell if you can help out,203-482-4481.

FROM THE DONAU KITCHEN Wed. Mar 4th and Thur. Mar 5th: Irish Soda Bread classes - Come learn how to make Irish Soda Bread and help me get ready for our Early St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Sun. Mar 8th. If you have a stand mixer you are willing to bring it will make the work go faster. All participants will be able to bring a Soda Bread home with them. Call John Steele @ 860 747-1959 or Mona @ 860 508-8236 to reserve your spot!

EARLY ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION! Sun. March 8th we’re celebrating all day! Breakfast - 8am to Noon with Specials: Irish Eggs Benedict: 2 Corned Beef Hash rounds topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise Sauce; Banger sausages with 2 eggs, home fries and toast; and Jameson battered Soda Bread French Toast with Bailey’s whipped cream. Dinner-serving from 1pm to 5pm: Irish Soda Bread and Butter, Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, Potatoes and Horseradish Sour Cream(served on the side), Dessert: Chocolate Poke Cake with Jameson Vanilla Pudding and Bailey’s Buttercream frosting. We’ll also have live music from John Banker in the afternoon (you loved him at our post-holiday party) and Marnie has special goodies at the bar! All are welcome to come for the party.Call Mona for Dinner Reservations at 860 508-8236

60TH ANNIVERSARY The Dancers will celebrate their 60th Anniversary on May 16, rain or shine! Doors open at 1pm, Band plays 2-6 with entertainment by The Adlers and The Alpenland Tänzers. More information to come! Tickets will be sold. Contact info: Kristen Hartenbaum at

EASTERFEST TIME On Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1-4 pm, our Family-Friendly Easterfest returns featuring: Easter egg hunt, crafts, games, coffee, soda and water provided at no cost to attendees. Every family attending is asked to bring a dessert or snack and/or a raffle prize. Everyone is invited even if they do not have any kids and/or grandchildren. There will be a signup sheet posted, so we can get a idea of the # of kids, which we would like a minimum of 15. Please contact Rosemarie Nyborg @ 860-329-2894 or Karen Aston @ 860-302-5920. Volunteer sign-up on board at club.

3RD FRIDAY DINNERS Mar. 20th: Third Friday Lenten Dinner: Tossed Salad, Bread and Butter, Seafood Stuffed Cod with Lemon Beurre Blanc, Confetti Rice, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Pistachios and Pomegranate Drizzle and Dessert. Apr. 17th: Potato/Leek Soup, Rye Bread and Butter, Pork Shanks with Mushroom Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach and Garlic and Dessert. Call Mona for Reservations at 860-508-8236

GERMAN LANGUAGE School will start on Friday, March 6th, and meets at 6pm. Teachers are Bill McNamara and his daughter Megan McNamara. Contact Dennis Kern.

STEFFI’S CULTURAL COOKING Continues at 7:00 on Fridays: March 27 & April 24. Call/text 860-508-8236 to reserve. All are welcome- it’s a great date night! All recipes are authentic Austrian-farmhouse tested, are elegant yet simple and made with the most basic ingredients you already have at home.

PLANNING MEETING Held January 23rd was successful. We announce major dates for 2020: Easterfest 4/4, Dancers Anniversary 5/16, Club 100th Anniversary 7/11, Lobsterfest 9/12, Schnitzelfest 11/7, and Holiday Fair 12/5. We may add events June and August, so stay tuned!

WHAT IS GEMüTLICHKEIT? If you attended our Post-Holiday party, you know! Held January 18 in our Rathskeller, all Club members were invited to join the party with lively entertainment by John Banker. We provided hams and other goodies, and members brought a wide array of delicious items to the potluck. What is Gemütlichkeit, anyway? Warmth, friendliness, good cheer, coziness, peace of mind, and a sense of belonging! The fun kept going even after the music ended. It was a day that exemplified what our club is all about!

HEIMAT ABEND The First Friday of each month is wurst night , also known as Heimat Abend, a cultural evening of music and food. Menu choices include bratwurst, weisswurst, or ham, along with German potato salad, sauerkraut and rye bread for $12. Music is provided by Frank Billowitz of the Austrian Boys. There is a $3 charge per person for entertainment, no reservations required!

REUNION IN AUSTRIA 2021 Mr. Martin Wolf ofAustria has contacted the Club. He is organizing a reunion of the immigrants to New Britain and otherAmerican cities from the area of Neuhaus and Klausenbach in South Burgenland. The families he mentions are generally Lutheran and have surnames of Wolf, Knaus, Jud, Poglitsch, Katzbeck and Wagner but there are others. The reunion will take place in the area of Neuhaus in the first week of September, 2021. Anyone interested should contact Martin at for details

SETBACK REPORT Aproposal to accommodate all players who show up to play on Wednesdays is being considered. We have the number of people to play divided by 4 evenly set to play. When there are uneven numbers of players (odd numbers after dividing) of 2 players or there are 3 players over 4 for a table, we now have them play Cut Throat. Proposal: when there is 1 odd number remaining, we place that person into 4-player program for the evening. To com- pensate there will need to be a drawing for 5 players already registered to play and to agree to not play one of their games. The registered player will sit out of one game and receive 16 points for not playing the one game. What do you think of this proposal ?

VARIOUS ITEMS Remember to keep your membership cards with you at all times. Please do not prop the door open and do not open the door to people you don't personally know. The club is smoke-free during Friday dinners as well as Fridays 2pm-7pm on non-dinner nights. Receive your newsletter via email by emailing including your full name. Join FB group Rathskeller for latest news. John Steele will be holding a basic kitchen training class: if you help out in the kitchen please sign up at club for this class, date TBA.

Volunteers needed for all events, contact Mike Sabel 860-416-3255 or Mona Starczewski 860-508-8236 for info or sign up at the club.