Brownstown - Our 41st Annual German-American Festival was held on
June 1 and 2 this year. Six weeks of committee meetings and countless hours
of planning with a healthy dose of physical labor paid off as we were able
to pack the house on both days. A big “Thank You” to our friends from the
Austrian Society, the GBU Saxonia Rheingold, the GACC, the Lansing
Liederkranz, and the representatives from the City of Brownstown, who
attended in big numbers.
On Friday, the festivities started off with music provided by the
Sorgenbrechers; their lively tunes were enjoyed by all of our guests. The
evening continued with the largest Flag Parade that our club has enjoyed in
years. The US flag was carried by treasurer Scott Floyd, the German flag by
festival chair Sabine Aytes, the Austrian National flag by Bob and Walter
Kokal, the Austrian Society flag by president Guenther Braeuner, the GBU
Saxonia Rheingold flag by president Edith Kupplent, the GACC flag by
president Marianne Kranzer, the Michigan flag by Julian Aytes, the City of
Brownstown flag by Supervisor Andy Linko, the Germania Club flag by vice
president Randy Krueger, the Germania Karneval Group flag by Denise Lucas,
the Germania Shooting Group flag by Kathy Baganz, the flags of the Cities of
Wyandotte and Dearborn by Austin Floyd and Simon Aytes, followed by our
youngest members Griffin Aytes and Ansley Floyd waving small American and
On Saturday two popular bands provided music for listening and dancing - the
Martin Brothers played in the afternoon and The Rhinelanders entertained in
the evening. It was great to see so many people on the dance floor enjoying
themselves. The appearance of the Jaegermeister Girls in the evening added
to the fun.
Our many volunteers prepared, cooked and served delicious food -
Knackwurst, Bratwurst, potato salad, Sauerkraut, Schnitzel, and
steak tartar sandwiches. Siegfried Rickert, with the help of his apprentice,
his grandson Julian Aytes, gave us one more year of delicious potato
pancakes. The way that people lined up for this yearly treat was really a
great thing to see.
Steve Aytes, our bar and beverage chairman, had an outstanding selection of
beer and beverages on hand and none of our guests had to go away thirsty.
Once again the Weinstube, headed by Denise Lucas, was a glowing
success. It provided a calm oasis, beautifully decorated, where people could
enjoy a glass of wine and conversation.
The Pastry Kitchen was full of life and decadent treats thanks to Kathy
Baganz talent for baking. The Schwarzwaelder Kirsch and Haselnusstorten were
a great hit.
The Shooting Booth in the North Hall made a welcome return this year. Thanks
to Steve Gornyecz for constructing the booth, and to his trusty assistant
Simon Aytes who helped keep safety first during all the fun. Our heartfelt
thank you to all who came to help us celebrate our 41st German American
Festival. We hope to see you again at a future event. You can visit us on
facebook or on our website
President, Germania Club Downriver