The word went out by word-of-mouth, by newspaper, and by radio: “those who wish to form a German-American Club, let’s meet at the Alvarado Hotel.” There were 39 persons there that night at the historic hotel. Free beer was served on the patio, and after a while the group met in one of the conference rooms and formed a loose, informal organization. The last names of the participants read like a cross-section of Americana – Beckman, Cowper, Dufray, Buers, Fugit, McHutchinson, Tafoya, Jones, Zuni, Parker – but all had some ties to Germany, either born there, or married to a German. Note the first names of some of the ladies: Brigitte, Hildegard, Gisela, Elfride, Maria, Helga, Berta. These were the Charter Members.
The club underwent more renovations by adding a Bauernstube-very authentic, which can also be used as a food service unit. Our latest addition is the renovation of the bathrooms and addition of a second bar which is used as a Sekt bar or Shooters bar, depending on the season, and a meeting room. We have also added a great Edelweiss lamp (hand-crafted by John Gossett) to the outside of the building.
The facilities currently include a large ballroom, a bauernstube, bar, kitchen, playroom, meeting room with a small bar, and office, with total seating for over 200 people. It is used throughout the year for various social events, including a number of Fasching events, the Vienna ball, Maifest, Winefest, Oktoberfest as well as celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day, Smingus-Dyngus (Polish), Cinco de Mayo, and various other dance parties, such as Country-Western, Hawaiian Luau, Roaring 20’s Dance, and Hispanic Festival. During the week you can take dance lessons in Irish ceili, and Volkdancing. The facilities are available to members for private meetings, parties, weddings, etc.
Indeed, the Edelweiss is thriving on the Rio Grande.
Submitted by former German Culture Chair, Brigitta Walker and former President, Larry Lopez