We have many departments for various interests. Our departments have meetings, activities, and events that happen throughout the year. Find out more about what the Germania Verein has to offer below!
The carnival season is celebrated every year, starting on the eleventh day of the eleventh month and ending on Ash Wednesday in February. Our group holds a traditional Costume Ball at our club house which is always well attended.
The Carnival Group is a member of German-American Mardi Gras Association (GAMGA), an umbrella organization for all the carnival groups within the U.S. and Canada. Every year this association holds a big carnival event in Las Vegas, which is attended by approximately 1400 carnival lovers coming from as far as Germany.
We also have other get-togethers with good food and dancing, enjoying each other’s company.
In our present form we have been carrying on the best of German classical and folk musical tradition since 1973, when the Germania Women’s Choir and Germania Men’s Choir combined into one choir. The Germania Mixed Choir has been enjoying an especially creative period under the direction of our directress Diana Mayper, a choral music specialist who has been with us for 10 years). With over 30 women and men singers, we have been impressing listeners all around the Bay Area.
The Germania Verein Tanzgruppe (dance group) is always interested in people with any ancestry, not just German, Austrian, Swiss, to join us! Germania Verein is especially family-friendly. The Tanzgruppe welcomes all ages. Regardless if your interests lie with dance, costumes, language, or music, Germania Verein Tanzgruppe will surely have something of interest for you.
If you are interested in joining our club, the first step is to visit us during our monthly rehearsals at our historic clubhouse’s spacious dance floor. Neither prior dance experience nor fluency in the German language is necessary to join us. Prospective members are eligible after three visits to our clubhouse and participation in any of our activities, whether they are social, rehearsal or performances. We want to get to know you all, and for you all to get to know us!
Our dancing activities include: Country Western, Bohemian, Polish & German Polka, Waltz, Schottische, Rheinlander, and Folk Dancing. Our dance section meets monthly, generally on the last Friday of the month, from 8pm until our feet hurt, throughout the year (except July). A social no-host Stammtisch (happy hour) usually follows rehearsal at our Jägerstube (upstairs bar) or at Ludwig’s German Table, our award-winning in-house restaurant. For more information, contact Stephanie Tuma. Auf geht’s!
The Language Group is a roundtable group that meets monthy at Germania Verein for a few hours of conversation, grammar, friendship, fun, and “Gemütlichkeit”, while practicing speaking German.
- We meet on the announced Wednesday each month upstairs at 7:30pm. We welcome all levels of German language ability for a couple hours of conversation. Beginners are welcome! We start with introductions (mostly in German) so we can get to know each other better and then we discuss a theme or topic… in German of course.
- Beer and soft drinks available for purchase and consumption on the 2nd floor with German Club drink tickets. Alcohol purchased from the restaurant on the 1st floor must remain on the 1st floor due to licence rules. I will bring some snacks to share or bring your own food or you can purchase food from the restaurant. Non-members are welcome to “check us out” up to 3 times before applying for membership. We can help you become a member if interested so please ask me about the benefits. Please consider $1.00 per meeting donation to our Language group for expenses.
- Please request that your email to be added to our evite list so you can receive reminders about our meeting
Each Fall, the Germania Schützen Verein hosts a traditional dinner dance in full uniform splendor, reminiscent of an earlier time. We never miss the opportunity to enjoy food, beverage and comraderie at our monthly meetings and target shootings.
The highlight of our year is the Annual Schützenfest and presentation of our king or queen. Our royalty reigns over our annual King’s Ball, hosts social events including the Summer King’s Party, and represents our Verein at other shooting events. In addition to honoring our king or queen, we recognize our top shooters, the accomplishments of all members, and their important life events.
The Schützen remain very active in supporting the Germania Verein and its many cultural and social functions.