The Versammlinge are social meetings held in eastern and southeastern Pennsylvania throughout the year to celebrate the culture and language of the Pennsylvania Dutch. They each include a meal and entertainment, e.g., skits, speeches, etc.
Unlike the Groundhog Lodges, which are fraternal meetings, the general Versammlinge are open to all. Listed below are most of the Versammlinge in existence, although new ones are occasionally created and smaller ones are hard to find.
The schedule for the Versammlinge for 2018 is below. The official names of the Versammlinge are in bold followed by translations of the names (where relevant). The locations and dates of the Versammlinge are listed in italics.
Pennsylvania German Zammelaaf (Pennsylvania German Social Gathering) – Lebanon High School, Lebanon, PA, March 10, 2018. Click here for information on this free event.
Barricks Kaundi Versammling (Berks County Assembly) – Leesport Auction Hall, Leesport, PA, April 2, 2018. Click here for information on getting tickets.
Pennsylfaanisch Deitscher Goddesdinscht (Pennsylvania German Church Service) – Zoar Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA, April 8, 2018. Click here for information on this free event.
Unner Mahanoy un Nochberschaft Versammling (Lower Mahanoy and Neighborhood Assembly) – Wiconisco Fire Company, Wiconisco, PA, April 20, 2018. Click here for information on getting tickets.
Die Weibsleit Grundsau Lodsch vun der Bariomedaal (The Women’s Groundhog Lodge of the Perkiomen Valley) – East Greenville Fire Company, East Greenville, PA, April 24, 2018. Click here for information on getting tickets.
Die Pennsylfaanish Deitsch Zammelaaf (The Pennsylvania Dutch Social Gathering) – Virginville Grange, Virginville, PA, May 5, 2018. Click here for information on getting tickets.
Huffa Karich Versammling (Huff’s Church Assembly) –Huff's Church, Alburtis, PA, May 5, 2018. Click here for information on this free event.
West Berks Versammling (West Berks Assembly) – St. Paul's UCC, Robesonia, PA, October 6, 2018.
Oley Daal Versammling (Oley Valley Assembly) –Oley Fair Centre, Oley, PA, November 11, 2018.