January / February 2018


SINGERS OFFICERS 2018 Congratulations to incoming officers: James Fonda, President; Mona Starczewski, Vice President; Marnie Aucoin, Treasurer, and interim Secretary Zeena Tawfik. We?re looking forward to an exciting year- join our volunteers as we make great things happen!

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS now available at High school seniors graduating in New Britain or neighboring towns are eligible. Application deadline is March 31, 2018. Follow directions on application. Winners will be notified and awards date will be set. Call Fred Strasser with questions, 860-690-0769.

CULT MOVIE & BISTRO NIGHTS are set for Saturdays- January 27 and February 24. Jan. 27 film: The Big Lebowski, bistro serving Maude?s Meatloaf Sandwich, Dude?s Cowboy Chili, Bowling Alley Finger Foods, Pastries, free popcorn! The bar will feature Dude?s favorite cocktail: White Russians! Feb. 24th movie is tentatively: Blues Brothers. Bistro kitchen opens at 6pm, cartoons begin the show at 7pm. We are renting a new 65? TV and sound system to enhance our viewing. Movie buffs- gear your clothing to the announced movie! Suggested donation $3. Open to Club members and their guests. For info and to RSVP, call Darrell Kern at 203-482-4481.

AUSTRIA DAY In mid-May, the Dancers will help the Sick Benefit Society and the Singers celebrate Austria Day. If you are interested in serving on our Committee please let me know. The new Bier Garten will encourage outside activities that day- a Maypole dance can be scheduled! Let?s make our third annual Austria Day celebration a great one! Prost, Donau -Dennis

A SATURDAY NIGHT EVENT Many years ago Club dances with an open kitchen were scheduled for Saturday nights. With the advent of Heimat Abend and the Heurigen Nacht Friday nights became the evenings for entertainment and food. Let?s go in together to promote activities on Saturday nights. Darrell Kern is organizing a movie night, see his announcement in this letter. I think that the Singers and Sick Benefit Society can co-sponsor a monthly evening of music and food on a Saturday. If you have any suggestions let me know. We need volunteers and a ?chef? to make this happen. Prost, Donau -Dennis

Successful Cultural Events: December?s Weihnachtsfest Holiday Fair was a tremendous success, thanks to Karen Kummer and Zeena Tawfik who organized the event and enlisted volunteers. Pencil in December 1, 2018, to save the date! Steffie?s Apfelstrudel and Zwetschgenknödel, fresh plum dumplings, classes were a big hit, even spectators enjoyed our classes. It?s wonderful to have Steffie share her skills with us, she?s really a treasure. We?re planning future dates, call Mona 508-8236 to sign up. Apfelstrudel? Funnel cakes?

VOLUNTEER ONLINE! For your convenience, we?ve developed a method for you to easily volunteer for upcoming events through our website,! If you?ve become a member during this last year this is an easy way to fulfill your volunteer hours! We hope to have more members volunteering so we may continue to offer our varied events.

DONAU YARN & CRAFTERS continue to meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 7-9pm. If you have another portable craft, please join us for the camaraderie! Anyone interested contact Wendy Kwas, or 860.523.5527. Cancellations occur so please make sure you get on the email list with Wendy.

GERMAN LANGUAGE CLASSES will resume March 2 after a winter break. The Honorable William McNamara, assisted by his daughter Megan, will again teach this intermediate level class Friday nights at 6:00pm. Please feel free to join the class at any time to refresh your skills in German. A beginners? class is possible if there is sufficient interest. Call Dennis with any questions.

SUPER BOWL! Sunday, February 4 at the Donau, come down to enjoy some food and beverages. Please bring your favorite game day dish to share. Check at bar for details as the date gets closer.

SETBACK Well into its 4th year, the Setback group is growing and growing! Join this friendly group on Wednesday nights, no ongoing commitment required. Richard Krause has done a fine job of leading this enterprise! There is an informal pot-luck and the bar close by for beverages. You are invited to join us!