German Club toasts October celebration

By Marion Hohn
The Catskill Mountains, in all their fall splendor, were alive with the sound of German music Saturday when members of the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills held their ninth annual Oktoberfest at Belleayre’s Discovery Lodge in Highmount.
More than 700 people enjoyed an authentic Bavarian celebration complete with music by Bud Gramer, the Adlers and folk dancing demonstrations by Germania Almrausch.  Bratwurst and Leberkaes were served with homemade potato salad and sauerkraut as well as hot pretzels, Black Forest cake and other German specialties.  Imported Spaten and Franziskaner beers were also available. Crafts, gifts and jewelry were offered at reasonable prices. 
Three door prizes were drawn, the grand prize was a $100 gift certificate to the Phoenix Restaurant at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mt. Tremper.
This was the club’s ninth annual fund-raiser in support of many worthy causes such as hospitals, fire departments,  the animal shelter, hospice care,  cancer research, servicemen returning from war as well as the new German-American Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. 
In addition each May the club awards two $500 scholarships to local high school seniors going on to college whether they are studying German or not.
Monthly meetings of the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills are held at the Arkville Firehall on the second Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. Visitors are always welcome.   For more info please call 845 586-2246 or visit the club’s Website at