Gauverband Nordamerika. Along with the formation of the national organization, the bi-annual convention and dance competitions were originated. It was at this time the Schuhplattler und Bauerngruppe Blaue Donau felt the need to disassociate itself from the parent singing society in order to further its aims in folk dancing. On October 21, 1966, the members voted to become independent and remain in the Gau. Thus, the Schuhplattler und Trachtenverein "Bavaria" as it is known today, was named and formed.
In 1968 as our group began expanding its horizons, the members decided, upon returning from a Fahnenweihe in Buffalo, that they too would like to acquire their own club flag and dedicate it with all the proper honors and ceremony. This great milestone in our club history, our Fahnenweihe, became reality in May, 1972, when with the aide of our Patenverein Edelweiss-Detroit, we dedicated our flag at St. John's Cathedral.. About 1200 dancers and guests came to Cleveland to help us celebrate this monentous occasion. During the same year, Steve Bencic started the Oktoberfest here in Cleveland where our "Bavaria" group continues to entertain hundreds of thousands of people every Labor Day weekend.
1973 was an eventful year for our dancers when they attended the 4th Gaufest in Washington, D.C. and placed first in one of the most memorable events in our club history. Since that first time, "Bavaria" has brought back home to Cleveland 7 gold medal awards and various other honors displaying their expertise in their gift of dance.
Through years of friendship with the plattlers from our neighboring state of Pensnsylvania, we were very pleased when we were asked by the Alpen Schuhplattler und Trachtenverein, Pittsburg to sponsor them at their flag dediction in 1982 as their Patenverein.
The Bavaria group to this day is comprised of a young children's group and a teen-age through adult dancer group. All members remain enthusiastic about this unique form of entertainment. Dances are still done from the various areas of the Tyrol in Europe and performed in the beautiful costumes or "tracht" which are authentic dress from an area where the dances originated. Other musical talents in the groups' organization include singers and instrumentalists who help to put the whole picture into perspective. We presently meet at Donauschwaban's German-American Cultural Center for choir practice on Mondays and dancing on Fridays.
For family entertainment at its best, the Schuhplattler dancers appear at a variety of functions providing Cultural enjoyment for audiences in all different areas and interests. Join us at S.T.V. Bavaria's next performance. Come bring your family and friends and see if they don't all agree that it was an afternoon or evening worth attending.