Schuhplattlers plan Maifest

The annual Maifest for the Altoona Almrausch Schuhplattlers (German Dance Group) will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. May 24 at the Unter Uns Club, Van Buren Avenue and 14th Street, Altoona.

The Schuhlplattler Dance group has been in the Altoona area for 77 years.

The current group has members who are third and fourth generations of the original members.

The group just recently performed in Pittsburgh, helping a fellow dance group celebrate their anniversary.

The day will start with the serving of a Schnitzel and Spatzle dinner from 1 to 3 p.m.

While dinner is being served, music featuring the music of The Rhinelanders from Johnstown will be played.

After dinner, the dance group will take the stage and perform some of its old, as well as some new dances.

The dancers will be dancing in and out of the Glockenspiel. Following the dancers, the feature band, the Grammy-nominated Alex Meixner Band, will take the stage, playing from 4 to 8 p.m.

This band has played in Altoona many times. It played at the St. Mary’s Church Oktoberfest to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

They are a band that not only plays polkas and waltzes, but many modern numbers as well.

The members play a variety of instruments.

Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased at the Unter Uns or calling Dot at 944-0258 or 937-6475.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.