Travel to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic with Sokol Greater Cleveland
Once every six years the Sokol organization in the Czech Republic celebrates sport, culture and community with an international exhibition in Prague. This year is the 6th year, and the 2018 XVI All Sokol Slet, will take place July 1 through July 7 involving participants, spectators and guests from three continents - Europe, America and Australia. Gymnastics, sports contests, stage performances, as well as cultural and educational events will take place. The international All Sokol Slets have a long history spanning centuries, the first taking place in 1882. This year will also encompass celebrating the 100th anniversary of the formation of the independent sovereign state of Czecholslovakia at the end of WWI and the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire in 1918.
Sokol Greater Cleveland (SGC) is one of the largest units within American Sokol, the United States Sokol organization. For many years SGC, housed at Bohemian National Hall, 4939 Broadway Avenue in Cleveland, has sent participants to the international Sokol event. 2018 is no different, and in conjunction with the activities during the first week in July, SGC is offering an extended tour of Bavarian Germany, the Austrian Alps and various sites within the Czech Republic before and during the All Sokol Slet week.
Departing June 23 from Cleveland, the 14-day tour begins in Munich and travels through southern Germany into the picturesque Bavarian and Austrian Alps, and southern Bohemia ending in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Included are all hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts, many lunches and dinners, motor coach transportation, city sightseeing and tours of Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Prague and much much more.
This tour also affords the opportunity to visit the Czech Republic only. Prague has now become one of Europe's regular travel destinations, but popular tours include only one or two days in this beautiful capital city. While there is much to see and do in Prague, the rest of the country goes unexplored. So if you wish to see more of the culture and sites of only the Czech Republic, this portion of the Sokol Slet Tour from June 30 to July 8 may be just what is wanted for less time and lower cost.
Fashions from Germany (Bavaria) at Cleveland multicultural party
A highlight of the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland was the International Fashion Show featuring almost 100 models from about 30 countries.
Laura Vadaj and Jim Stracensky represented Bavaria, Germany's largest state. Laura is wearing a dirndl, the traditional Ladies' dress of Bavaria. Based on the traditional clothing of the farming people of the Alps. The dirndl consists of a bodice and full skirt and is worn with a puffy-sleeved blouse, an apron, and white stockings. A silver necklace is often worn as an accessory.
The colors of dirndl, white and blue-echo the Bavarian flag.
Jim is wearing lederhosen, which are embroidered knee breeches made of leather. Originally worn in the Alpine region for hard physical labor because of their durability. Lederhosen are now considered part of the Bavarian folk costume and are worn at festivals as a symbol of regional pride.
(Click on the white arrow to watch the video)
Jim Stracensky and Laura Vadaj representing Bavaria, Germany's largest state
Cleveland Bavarian community at Cleveland Multicultural Event
The Cleveland Bavarian Community was represented at the 7th annual International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) holiday party on December 14, 2016.
120 people participated in the fashion show and each walked the runway to music from their country. Click on the white arrow to watch the short video of the Bavarian models Edith Hoffmann, Laura Vadaj and Jim Stracensky.
Joe Wendel honored by American Nationalities Movement
The American Nationalities Movement held the annual Captive Nations Dinner in Cleveland on July 14, 2016. Joe Wendel of the German Community and host of the German radio show on WCPN 90.3 was honored with the Freedom Award.
In his acceptance speech, Joe talked about German pride, internment camps during the World Wars and great German people and accomplishments.
Over 185 people gathered in the German Cultural Garden in Cleveland to celebrate the 99th year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.
They gathered with 99 red balloons and posed in front of the huge Goethe-Schiller statue as the Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle (brass band) played the 1983 German pop hit 99 Luftballons (99 re balloons) by Nena.
4 pages of photos and videos from the event including remarks from Honorary German Consul Diana Thimmig, Cleveland Councilman Tony Brancatelli, Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation president Sheila Murphy Crawford and German Garden delegate Hans Kopp.
Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle in the German Cultural Garden
The Cleveland Donauschwasbe Blaskapelle performed in the German Cultural Garden in Cleveland to celebrate the 99th year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.
They played the US and German national anthems, a medley and a few polkas before playing the 1983 German pop hit 99 Luftballons (99 re balloons) by Nena.
In the words of the Executive Committee of his beloved Donauschwaben Center:
"Those involved with our club are fully aware that for 55 years Mr. Holzer was our tireless leader serving our organization as President, Honorary President and Director of Operations. His accomplishments were numerous, but his guidance, foresight, and infectious enthusiasm were the driving force in the construction of our home at Lenau Park in Olmsted Township.
Mr. Holzer was a man whose nature was to never take credit, to always thank others, and to be a friend to all. The love of his heritage is the legacy he leaves; it lives on through those he has mentored, influenced and encouraged, sharing the traditions he loved with younger generations and perpetuating our culture.
Josef Holzer was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He will be remembered and missed by all.
May God bless him on the road he now travels and be with his family during this difficult time."
His induction into the Hall of Fame will now be a special tribute to him. He was excited about being inducted and we are happy that he had the chance to know he was to be honored in this way.
Bunter Nachtmittag 2013 Cleveland Donauschwaben February 10, 2013 Thanks to Joe Meissner for these photos from the event.
Donauschwäbische Blaskapelle in German Cultural Garden
Cleveland German Cultural Garden President Hans Kopp explained the writing on the huge Goethe-Schiller Monument in the German Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio. 65,000 people attended the dedication of the Cleveland monument in 1907. The original is in Weimar, Germany. It is the largest statue in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.
The German-American Cultural Center is home to the Cleveland Donauschwaben (Danube Swabians) ethnic group. The Donauschwaben are a German ethnic group that primarily immigrated to America following World War II and created a society to celebrate their traditions and language.
The Cleveland Donauschwaben have a very active membership of all ages that enjoys participating in a variety of groups and activities. Without the hard work and dedication of all of our ancestors, the traditions we have kept, the friendships that have formed, and the memories that have been made would not have been possible.
The goals of the German-American Cultural Center are to promote and continue the traditions of our Donauschwaben ancestors through the language, song, dance, music, dress and customs of our ancestors. We pay tribute to our ancestors that have endured so many hardships and worked so hard to give the future generations so much.
Postal address: P.O. Box 38160, Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138
Street address: 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Twp., Ohio 44138, USA
The German Language School Cleveland teaches the German language to children and adults in a cultural setting within a supportive classroom environment. Our curriculum, textbooks, and methods are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Assessments, formal and informal, are a regular part of classes.
We offer National German High School Exams (sponsored by the AATG), levels 2, 3 and 4, as well as the German Language Diploma (Deutsches Sprachdiplom), levels A2, B1 and C1. Our teachers participate in annual continued education classes.
German Language School Cleveland is a longtime member of the blanket organization for private German language schools in the USA, the GLSC.
Donauschwaben's German-American Cultural Center P.O. Box 38160 Cleveland, Ohio 44138
(440)235-2646 x 111