German Fest Organizers Say Wilkommen
Putnam Valley is the site of a gala German Fest set for Saturday, July 20 (3 to 10 p.m.) and Sunday, July 21 (12 noon to 8 p.m.), rain or shine.
Renate Rao is the public relations volunteer for the German American Social Club of Peekskill, whose facility is in Putnam Valley, on Kramer’s Pond Road. Twice a year the club hosts festive activities to which the entire community is invited—the German Fest in July and an Oktoberfest in September.
The Courier spoke with Renate, who is married to popular News 12 weathercaster, Joe Rao, last week to learn more. The group itself was founded in 1936, meets monthly, and has a current membership of about 100 people. She added that the club is always looking to expand, and would welcome more young people in particular.
Music is one key to any successful German event. This year’s performers will be the German band Die Spitzbuam, as well as accordionists Henry Leschke and Erich Bayer.
The other keys to success are food and beer, and this event will have plenty of both. There will be a German beer truck, roast beef, potato salad, frankfurter platters, bratwurst, potato pancakes, and more, as well as pretzels, a full bar, and a Viennese café with delectable cakes and coffee. Food prices are very reasonable, Renate told us. Admission prices are also reasonable—just $10 for adults, with children under 14 free with an accompanying adult.
The German Fest is a very social occasion—there are lots of tables and chairs, a huge tent, and room for dancing. Games include a ring toss and hammerschlagen (a German game involving hammer, nails, and a tree stump). There will also be vendors, ice cream and candy, and a free bouncy tent for the children.
For directions or more information on the German Fest and the German American Club, visit www.GAC1936.com.