This year, the Statesman’s crack investigative team blew the lid off a long-running secret society that’s been clandestinely bowling in a nondescript building off the Scholz Garten beer garden for more than 100 years.
OK, so not really. The story was about the bowling wing of Austin Saengerrunde, a private group founded almost 135 years ago by German immigrants to promote fellowship and preserve and celebrate German songs and the language. One component of the social group’s activities is bowling in a six-lane bowling center in a place that doesn’t exactly advertise its existence as such. There’s bowling and low-stakes poker there a few nights a week, but most of the people at Scholz scarfing brats and knocking back pilsners don’t have a clue.
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