Dancing Around: Phoenix 95th Anniversary & Oktoberfest, by Michael Fricker

Most of our interactions and dealings with the First German Sport Club Phoenix happen on the soccer field or in meetings about the soccer administration. Yes, from time to time our members attend each other's events and enjoy them quite a bit. We typically also both take part in the Steuben Parade in Philadelphia as … Continue reading Dancing Around: Phoenix 95th Anniversary & Oktoberfest, by Michael Fricker

Dancing Around: A Couple of Sets, Lots of Wurst and Even More Friends at the Delaware Saengerbund

On Friday, and Saturday, September 9 and 10 respectively my friends in the Delaware Saengerbund and the Enzian Volkstanzgruppe many times expressed excitement that "my people" or "my club" was to be coming and dancing on Sunday. Well, when the day finally came, it wasn't the greatest weather of the weekend. The rain came down … Continue reading Dancing Around: A Couple of Sets, Lots of Wurst and Even More Friends at the Delaware Saengerbund

No, We Don’t Have a “Kindergruppe.” by Michael Fricker

I don’t know how many are really familiar with our club By-Laws. What today encompasses our dance groups of any and all ages is outlined near the end of the document under Article XVII. The subtitle of that article is “Children’s Cultural Group.” This article includes six numbered by-laws outlining the purpose, function, and coordination … Continue reading No, We Don’t Have a “Kindergruppe.” by Michael Fricker

Dancing Around: Augustoberfest with HK and DSB, by Michael Fricker

There’s a line a lot of our folks say when we get together especially after weekend after weekend of dance jobs, fests and performance dates. “Why do we do this?” The line is dripping with sarcasm usually and colored by staying up too late, definitely too many beers and the aches and pains of dancing … Continue reading Dancing Around: Augustoberfest with HK and DSB, by Michael Fricker

A Conversation with Michael Fricker (Part I)

"Recently I took some time to talk with my friend, Michael Fricker, about his favorite topic: the United German Hungarians. It's also a topic that, as a new member, I am always interested to learn more about." -Mike Stirm II

Manhattan Club: 1960 Beverage List

Inflation is rampant despite what my neighbor would like us to believe. Recession is not a recession if we change the definition (modern problems require modern solutions.) The price of beer, wine, and liquor is up for many reasons ranging from supply chain problems to inflation. I’ll say, thank goodness we don’t live in Australia.  … Continue reading Manhattan Club: 1960 Beverage List

Behind Our Name: Part V, by Michael Fricker

In part IV, we discussed the various buildings that our club has called home and the names we gave them. Now this month we will finally tell the story of how our club went from the Banater Männerchor to the United German Hungarians of Philadelphia and Vicinity.

Behind Our Name: Part IV, by Michael Fricker

A club is not a building. It is not a field or a stadium. It is not a bar, a dance floor or a grove. A club is a social gathering of people around common feelings, ideas or goals. You, the members are and always were the club. Naturally, a club needs a gathering place and we have had a variety that we have given numerous names.

Behind Our Name: Part III, by Michael Fricker

In Part II, we expanded the definition of German-Hungarians as an ethnic group. With an eloquent passage from Rudy Rack we described the feeling of community these people gathered around in America. Then in 1922, our athletic club formed and in 1930, it took on the familiar name.

Behind Our Name: Part II, by Michael Fricker

Last week we discussed the Banat, the region that was once the home of our founders and many of our members. We ended on a note that after its founding in 1910, the Banater Männerchor became a rendezvous for all German-Hungarians in Philadelphia.