September /October 2018


An Austrian Inn in Vermont.  Chef Fritz Halbedl has brought Austria to Vermont at the Derby Line Village Inn in, you guessed it, Derby Line, VT.   This is a border town, the Canadian line is about a half mile north of the Inn.  Chef Halbedl immigrated from Kapfenstein, in South Styria, Austria, not more than 15 miles from Jennersdorf in Burgenland.  The Austrian cuisine is wonderful.  The Inn is about 275 miles north of us on I-91, about a 4.5 hour drive- but well worth it if you enjoy Austrian food.  The Inn is a bed and breakfast and has six Victorian rooms. Rates are reasonable so stay a night or two.  As a caution dinners are not served on Monday and Tuesday evenings so plan to arrive on other days.  Enjoy a lot of Austria in Vermont.
Prost Donau!  Dennis

FALL ACTIVITIES RESUME- breakfast, steamed cheeseburgers, darts, and German language classes with Prof. McNamara are all back on schedule.  Yarn crafters will resume on Thursdays, 7pm. Contact Wendy Kwas at or 860.250.9953 to get on her distribution list. 

TIE DYE NIGHT- expert Hallie Lehmann will once again offer a fun tie dye night on October 12. Call Hallie for details and to reserve a spot, 860-833-9142. 

HOLIDAY FAIR "WEIHNACHTSFEST" returns December 1. Coordinator Zac Cole steps up this year with Karen Kummer and Zeena Tawfik to make this year's fair bigger and better!  Call Zac to participate or volunteer, 860-402-3699.  

CULTURAL COOKING class led by Steffi  returns on September 28 and October 26.  Call 860-508-8236 to sign up.  

SCHOLARSHIP SCHNITZEL November 3! Tickets available at bar.  Join us for a delicious made from scratch dinner, with entertainment from our dancers and Scha-Musi in upstairs hall.  
We need raffle prize donations and volunteers.  Kindly call Fred Strasser 860-690-0769. 


In Memoriam – Robert W. Wolf Jr.

The passing of Bob Wolf on March 8, 2018 has saddened members of the Sick Benefit Society and the Singers.   Bob was a staunch supporter of the Austrian Donau Club.   He advocated for the German/Austrian culture.

Bob’s grandparents August and Josephine Wolf emigrated to New Britain from the Burgenland in Austria. He learned German by himself.  He travelled to Austria and Germany frequently.  Often would he relate the good times which he shared with his cousins in Minihof Liebau and Vienna.

Bob served the Club in capacities, most notably as President and then as Trustee.   He encouraged the Club to donate to German-Austrian organizations (which we have done).  He established our German language library.  He was chiefly responsible for our structure of our website and its cultural emphasis.  He would volunteer in our many activities as his time and health permitted.

For many years he served as our representative to the New Britain Sister City program and travelled and enjoyed the many trips to Rastadt Germany as our representative.

Finally he volunteered his investment acumen so the Club could remain strong financially.

In so many ways Bob stood out.

Stolz – pride – was his Motto.

We can be proud of him and all that he accomplished.

Danke viel nals, Bob

Prost Bob Wolf
Prost Donau