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German American Club Heimatabend, April 14

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The German American Club of Spring Hill is set to celebrate a classic German tradition via a festive event. Guests will enjoy dancing, music, food, and drink as they immerse themselves in a rich legacy of true international culture.

The club will host a Heimatabend celebration on Sunday, April 14th, at the Hernando Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St, Brooksville. Manni Daum will perform the music. The dress code is ‘Trachten’ or Club casual. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and dancing will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Food will be served in the form of open-face sandwiches, coffee, and cake, which are included in the ticket price. BYOB.

“Heimatabend is an event where we remember and treasure the heritage of our, or our ancestor’s, country of birth, specifically the regions within the country,” explained German American Club Secretary Jack Yaskulski. “Members and guests will be dressed in traditional clothing typically worn in those areas. Tables will be decorated with small items from the “old country. There will be a variety of music from overseas, as well as American standards. Every song has a nice rhythm for dancing or just listening.”

This traditional clothing, otherwise known as Trachten or Tracht, is described as a distinctive style of dress once worn on a daily basis by men, women, and children in the Alpine regions of Bavaria and Austria. For men, the most recognizable element of Trachten is the lederhosen; for women, the dirndl is the most typically worn example of this unique form of fashion.

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Heimataband is an event that enjoys a rich history at the German American Club of Spring Hill.
“Our club began in 1982 and has had a Heimatabend event every year since!” Yaskulski stated. “In 2023, we had sixty-nine people attend.”

As in years past, Manni Daum, an act specializing in native German and popular dance music, will provide musical entertainment for this festive event. Manni Daum plays at German-American clubs and other venues across the state.

Those interested in attending the 2024 German American Club Heimatabend celebration should call social secretary Lisa Yaskulski at 352-688-3744. Please call at least one week in advance. B.Y.O.B. Tickets in advance only: members $22.00, guests $26.00. Visit the club website, germanclubspringhill.org, for more information.

In other news, the German American Club of Spring Hill named a new Board of Directors and appointed a Committee Chair for 2024 at its annual Inaugural Ball, held January 14th, 2024, at the Hernando Shrine Club.

These honored officers are Assistant Treasurer Jerry Downing, Treasurer Herb Heise, President Heribert Thomas, Vice President Mike Benner, Secretary Jack Yaskulski, Social Secretary Lisa Yaskulski, Assistant Entertainment Chairman Dennis Marquis, Entertainment Chairwoman Anne Marquis, Hostess Gabriele LaBounty (rear), and Membership Chairwoman Rosemarie Koenig (front). Club member Stacy Downing administered the oath of office.

On Heimatabend, the German American Club brings a timeless German tradition to a local audience.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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