February 15, 2014

St. Catherine Church German Mardi Gras

Ellis County Fairgrounds -1343 Fairground Rd - Hays-5 -11 pm - 785-625 5478      

A German style Mardi Gras that serves as a fundraiser for the church.  This unique celebration blends the traditional Ellis County German style festival, polka dancing, food and raffle with the New Orleans flair of gold and green decorations, costumes, beads, masks and streamers. 

Social Hour from 5-6 pm, Dinner 6-7 pm, Dance 7-11 pm.

Call 785-650-1746 for more information. Email - stonehill@ruraltel.net




February 24, 2014

Sunflower Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Fasenacht

Munjor Parish Hall – 11:30 am-3 pm – 785-625-6638

Check our website for current programs.  http://www.sunflowerchapterofahsgr.net/

Celebrate the German version of Mardi Gras and enjoy the traditional “Feast before the Fast”.

Annual gathering and meeting held prior to Ash Wednesday.  Social hour, refreshments, food, music and a special program. Email - krupp@ruraltel.net   

March 2, 2014  (held on Sunday March 9th due to the weather) 

St. Francis of Assisi Church Traditional German Wedding Meal
Munjor Grade School
– 4-7 pm - 785-628-1970 – www.stfrancis-church.com

This is a traditional Ellis County style of German roast beef dinner that also includes stewed chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and drink. Raffle & Country Store.  785-625-5314  

Email - http://office@stfrancis-church.com      

May 4, 2014

Sunflower Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

Spring Meeting

Munjor Parish Hall - 11:30 am-3 pm – 785-625-6638

Check our website for current programs http://www.sunflowerchapterofahsgr.net/

 Find out about your Volga German heritage in songs, foods and genealogy.  Chapter library is open the duration of the meeting.  Meeting begins at 1:00 with a program to be announced to follow.


May 25, 2014


St. Fidelis Catholic Church - 900 Cathedral Ave - Victoria - 785-735-2777


The Sunday before Memorial Day in Victoria is a community celebration at the St. Fidelis Church fundraiser! The morning begins with visits to the local cemeteries followed by Mass at St. Fidelis Church. After Mass, the festivities begin with a German wedding style dinner served until 2 pm. The Country Store features homemade baked items and a gift shop includes religious articles, rosaries, notecards, and manay other items. Throughout the day are free kid's games, musical entertainment, a beer garden, hamburger and braut stand, a drawing with BIG CASH prizes and an auction of 200-300 new items donated by businesses and parishioners. Proceeds are used to maintain the church, which is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. Email - fidelis@ruraltel.net



August 8-9, 2014


Honey Braun Park -Victoria -785-735-4851 –  www.herzogfest.com/

Celebrate the German heritage of this Volga German community with polka music, concerts, parade, talent show, free swimming, food booths, kids pedal pull and fireworks show.  Event features free entertainment on Friday and Saturday night with national recording artists and local bands. Saturday includes a 5K Run/Walk, parade, traditional German Welcome, horseshoe tournament, bingo, pinochle, beer and food booths, polka music, German singers, talent show and fireworks. Various vendors will be set up and food booths will have a variety of local favorites including dumplings, brauts, beirocks, galushkies and green bean dumpling soup. Saturday afternoon Polka Mass at 4 pm is a traditional Catholic service with polka music and German singers. FREE - All are invited to attend. Email – marome@ruraltel.net




August 10, 2014

Sunflower Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia  

Summer Picnic

Munjor Parish Hall – 11:30 am-3 pm – 785-625-6638 – Check our website for current programs http://www.sunflowerchapterofahsgr.net/

Social hour, refreshments and a special program.  Email - krupp@ruraltel.net  

September 7, 2014

German Feast

St. Anthony Community Center209 Front St. - Schoenchen - 4-7 pm - 785-628-3968   www.volgagerman.net/Schoenchen.htm

Enjoy a traditional Ellis County style German meal while you listen to old time German music including polkas and waltzes.   German buffet includes green bean dumpling soup, sauerkraut soup, German sausage, ham and beans, noodles, homemade bread, pies, kuchen and other desserts.  Handmade items, raffle and prizes.

Email – sauerkraut@ruraltel.net



September (no date has been determined yet for 2014)

Feast Day Celebration of the Exaltation of the Cross

Holy Cross Church - Pfeifer – 3 pm – 785-623-0163


The Exaltation of the Cross Feast Day is held at the Holy Cross Church in Pfeifer as a special mass to celebrate this feast day. Although the church was closed in 1993 and is no longer an open and active parish, they do hold a traditional Catholic Mass service in the month of September to commemorate The Exaltation of the Cross Feast Day.  All are invited to attend.


September 20-21, 2014

4th Annual Harold Dorzweiler Cancer Memorial Fund Polka Fest

Ellis County Fairgrounds - 1343 Fairground Rd – Hays - 785-625-5256

Activities begin at 10 am on Saturday morning with the polka bands playing the region’s best polkas, waltzes and schottische dancing favorites.  A traditional Ellis County wedding dinner is served both days.  Beer garden and set ups for purchase. No membership required and all are welcome to attend.  Fundraiser for cancer patients and their families and donations can also be made at the Bank of Hays for the Harold Dorzweiler Memorial Fund. Janie Dorzweiler encourages any cancer patients with travel and other expenses associated with cancer treatments to contact her at 785-625-5256.  The Polka Fest goes from Saturday 10 am to 11 pm, Sunday 10:30 am to 6 pm with a Polka Mass at 10:30 with Father Earl Befort and the Catherine and Victoria Choirs. The Polka Mass is free to attend and open to the general public. The German meal is $10.00 per person. 785-623-6847   Hays Post Video   


October 10, 2014                                             

Eagles Oktoberfest German Meal

Eagles Lodge – 121 E. 8th – 10:30 am-3 pm - 785-628-8647 – German dinner featuring cabbage rolls, potatoes and dumplings with beans.  Hot chicken sandwich and baked goods available.


October 10, 2014

FHSU Homecoming/Volga German Society Oktoberfest

Frontier ParkSouth Main - Hays – 11 am-7 pm - 785-628-2624


Volga German Society Oktoberfest held in conjunction with the Fort Hays State University Homecoming weekend. German food, traditional tapping of the keg, over 70 booths, polka music and entertainment.  FHSU Homecoming website






November 2, 2014 

Antonino Fall Feast

Our Lady Help of Christians Church – Antonino – 4-7 pm – 785-623-4561

Old fashioned German roast beef dinner with all the trimmings.  Home baked cakes, pies, rolls and cookies are served and are also available through the raffle drawing.  Craft items, canned goods and handmade holiday gifts available to purchase.  Call 785-625-5494 

Email - kwasinger@ruraltel.net



November 7, 2014 


Cottonwood Star Cultural Corner (located a the Kris Kuksi Fine Art Gallery

807 Main St. – 5 pm - 785 656 2744

The festival of lanterns is a German tradition that takes place in the evening on or around the Feast Day of St. Martin where parents, families and neighbors gather together for a small, neighborhood parade led by St. Martin and his white horse.  The children sing traditional songs in the glow of handmade candle-lit lanterns that symbolized the light St. Martin brought into people’s lives. 


The Lanternfest is an evening for children to make a lantern, learn the lantern songs and sing them as they walk the downtown streets with lanterns in hand.  After making the lanterns and baking the little Weckmänner, the story of St. Martin is told, a shadow puppet show is shown, and the parade of lanterns goes into the streets where participants will sing the newly learned songs.  Come enjoy warm baked goodies and beverages as well as a warm glowing atmosphere. Please bring a canned good for donation as well as $5 per family. 

Email gwyn.kuksi@gmail.com

December 14, 2014

Sunflower Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

Christmas Potluck

Munjor Parish Hall – 11:30 am- 3 pm - 785-625-6638

Check our website for current programs www.volgagerman.net

Social hour, refreshments, lunch and a special Christmas program. 

Email - krupp@ruraltel.net 

Membership renewals are accepted at this meeting for the new year.

December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28, 2014 

Little Town of Bethlehem Christmas Nativity

St. Boniface Church in Vincent presents their Little Town of Bethlehem Christmas display on Sunday afternoons in the month of December.  Hundreds of handcrafted items, miniature houses, shells, rocks, bridges, streams, animals and figurines make up this large nativity scene that has been displayed since 1927. Sundays 1-5 pm - Free admission. Religious gifts items(rosarys, cards, ceramics, etc...) available. Open after Christmas Day by appointment or tours are available by calling or 785-735-9258 or 785-735-4836. jcf@ruraltel.net


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