Maple Leaf Almrausch Club

GermanClub logoMaple Leaf – Almrausch Club Inc. 3928 Farmers Way Carlsbad Springs ON  K0A 1K0

(613) 822-0737

Directions and map to the Maple Leaf – Almrausch Club

Contacts

Club House at
Club@MLAC.ca or (613) 822-0737

President:
Stephen Volkmer, recipe President@MLAC.ca or (613) 831-2758

website:  www.mlac.ca

The Maple Leaf Almrausch Club is a non-profit organization owned and operated by its Members; there is no private interest involved. The club was founded in 1964 when the Maple Leaf Soccer Club and the Almrausch Bavarian folk dance Group decided to amalgamate. The result was the Maple Leaf Almrausch Club Inc. Through the efforts of this young group, health they managed to obtain the land and to build a chalet-type clubhouse. The original clubhouse, view which was built as a centennial project, was completed in 1967. In 1978/79, it was enlarged with the help of a Wintario grant but on January 13, 1980, fire destroyed the chalet portion of the clubhouse. That portion was rebuilt and some major remodelling was undertaken at the same time. The result is as it stands today, the only German clubhouse in the Ottawa area.

The directors of the club decided to make its official language English. This means, happily, that it is not necessary to speak German in order to enjoy its many offerings. You only need to enjoy our music, food and the traditional types of Feste (festivals) that occur at various times throughout the year.

The club has a variety of groups, each of which is described on its own page on this web site:

  • Schuhplattler (Bavarian Folk Dancers)
  • Schützen (Shooters)
  • Soccer
  • Skat
  • Schafkopf
  • Table Tennis

Besides the activities of these groups, the club also holds a variety of traditional functions throughout the year.

We celebrate the spring with the Maifest (May Day Festival) and the raising of the Maibaum (May Pole). The Schuhplattler perform their traditional dances around the May Pole. Then, brave souls can try climbing the May Pole to get the prizes that are attached to it.

In the autumn, we celebrate Oktoberfest. Our traditional Oktoberfest is held at the Clubhouse, usually over more than one weekend. Since the event is always well attended, it is a good idea to get tickets early.

The Club also holds other dance parties throughout the year, many with a special theme. The Schuhplattler stage a Bayernfest (Bavarian Festival) every spring, and the Schützen (Shooters) present the Schützenfest (Shooters Festival) in the spring and the Jägerball (Hunters’ Ball) in the fall.

We must not forget the Christmas parties: one for the children, and one for the adults. Finally, there is the big blow-out of the year, the New Year’s Eve Gala.

There is one more major event that takes place every year on the third weekend in November, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is our Annual Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market). This has become a favourite in the area, not only for those who come to shop, but also for the vendors who come from all over Ontario and Quebec and sell a wide variety of items. You will find a special treasure for everyone on your Christmas shopping list. There are refreshments available in the Schenke, where you will find something for every appetite from snacks to hearty meals as well as wonderful cakes, coffee and Glühwein (hot mulled, or spiced, red wine).

All of these parties and events are announced and described on our events page.

If you would like to become a member of our club, you need only complete an application form. The membership fee structure is on the membership form and you are free to choose the one that best suits you. If you are interested in one of our groups, contact information is on the relevant page. For information on any of the functions being held in the Clubhouse, or if you are interested in renting our facilities for a private gathering, please contact the Club at (613) 822-0737 or club@mlac.ca

1955 The group is founded by Paul Volkmer, Victor and Inge Volkmer, Albin Lauton and Willy Reichert. They are named D’Gamskofler.
1957 The group changes its name to G.T.E.V. Almrausch.
1959 First little club house build on land owned by Albin Lauton.
1963 The Maple Leaf Soccer Club and the Almrausch Dancers unite to form the Maple Leaf—Almrausch Club. From that day on, the dancers are known as the G.T.E.V. Maple Leaf—Almrausch.
1967 The Chalet Clubhouse is build.
1977 The dance group, sponsored by “The Boys from the Austrian Alps” of Kingston, Ontario, becomes a member of Gauverband Nordamerika (Regional Association [of folk dancers], North America).
1980 On January 13th, the chalet is destroyed by fire. In November, the new club house is reopened, having been rebuilt by its members.
1990 The dance group hosts a Fahnenweihe (Flag Consecration Ceremony) and unveils its new flag.
2001 The dance group wins 3rd prize at the Gaufest in New York. A Gaufest (Regional Folk Dance Festival), held once every two years, is a competition of folk dance groups from all over North America.
2005 The dance group celebrates its 50th anniversary.