Alpenrose  Schuhplattler Verein
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Our History

A Brief History of the Alpenrose Schuhplattler Verein In   1958  ,   after     traveling     weekly     o   the     Reading     Liederkranz     to     learn     dances  ,    Joe     Pichler     and     Frank   Scheingraber    started    a   group    at    the    Lancaster    Liederkranz    called    the    Liederkranz    Dancers. The    group    began    with    six    dancers:      Joe    Pichler,    Richard    Wagner,    Frank    Scheingraber,    Mary    Ann    Shreiner, Agnes    “Sis”    Schreiner,    and    Betty    (Bertz)    Weiss.     New    members    were    eventually    added,    and    the    group    continued    to    learn   more   dances.    A    tailor    in    group,    o    Weiss,    Sr.,    made    skirts    for    the    ladies,    and    the    men    purchased    their    lederhosen    from   Germany. In    addition    o    performing    at    the    Lancaster    Liederkranz,    they    continued    to    travel    to    Reading    o    perform    with    the    GTV   Edelweiss   Schuhplattlers    and    also    o    Altoona    to    perform    with    the    Almrausch    Schuhplattlers,    the    Unter    Uns.    Early   performances    included    the   Knights    of    Columbus,    the    Philadelphia    Swiss    National    Holiday    Celebration,    and    on    a    WGAL    TV   local    interest    program. The   original   group    remained    active    until    1962    when   the     military     draft    took    some     members    into    the     service.    Other   members    were   beginning     o     marry     and     start     families,     and     the     group     officially     dissolved     in     1963.     Original     members,     Tony   Koenig    and    Frank   Scheingraber    went    on    to    become    members    of    the    current    group. The    current    dance    group,    the    Alpenrose    Schuhplattler    Verein,    was    formed    in    1973    by    Vorplattler,    Tony    Koenig.   Original   members   of    the    group    were:    Tony    &    Kitty    Koenig,    Lamar    &    Mary    Swisher,    Paul    &    Sis    Meisenbach,    Joe    &    Josie    Jakob,    Peter    &    Connie    Knapp,   Heinz    &    Anna    Simon,    and    Bob    &    Jane    Heagy.    Their    first    performance    wa  s    at    St.    Phillips    Catholic    Church.   In    1988,    Paul    Stanavage   wa  s    elected    as    Vorplattler    of    the    group,    and    remains    in    that    position    today. In     2006,     after     countless     hours     of     hard     work     and     fund-raising     efforts,     the     Alpenrose     Schuhplattlers     purchased     their     first   flag   (fahne).    The    flag    was    hand-made    in    Germany;    and    members:    Paul    &    Barbi    Stanavage,    John    Blank    &    Barbara    Trostle,   Bill    &    Barb   Klein,     and     Russell     &     Elaine     Kuhn     traveled     o     Germany     to     bring     h     flag     back     to     our     club.     The     flag,     considered     a   visual   representation    of    the    Verein,    was    dedicated    at    the    Schuhplattler’s    Fahnenweihe,    which    was    held    at    the    Lancaster   Host    Resort,    June   30-July    2. The    Alpenrose    Schuhplatter    dancers    continue    o    uphold    the    tradition    folk    dancing    which    originates    from    Bavaria  ,   Germany    and   the    Austrian    Tyrol.
Original Alpenrose Schuhplattler Verein Couples - left to right: Tony & Kitty Koenig, Lamar & Mary Swisher,   Paul & Sis Meisenbach, Joe & Josie Jakob, Peter & Connie Knapp, Heinz & Anna Simon, Bob & Jane Heagy