Labour Day is behind us and luckily we are still enjoying what
summer largely had denied us: warm temperatures and sunshine,
which robbed me of any desire to work. I guess I am getting
older and slower. However, when we can combine work with
pleasure we have an ideal situation.
Thus we went to a couple of
great concerts in August, and of course the Canadian National
Exhibition. We even managed a few days at our favourite beach.
Hopefully the warm weather will last for a few more weeks so we
can enjoy an extended summer period.
There are a few items I have to mention for good housekeeping
purposes. In the last issue we reported about the fabulous Hansa
House Carabram event and I failed to mention some of the major
contributors. This of course is unforgivable and thus I will
remedy the situation with my sincere apology to the neglected
parties and the general public for not telling them the whole
As with any major festivity there is a loyal group in the Hansa
House that always performs when needed, and that is the Hansa
Choir. Under Dieter Wuetherich’s direction the choir sang a
medley of popular folksongs for the public and as a special
treat a guest artist, Margarete Schauer, performed afterwards
some Austrian jodlers that caused a lot of astonishment among
|The Hansa Choir with Dieter
Wütherich conducting and Gretel Schauer's great
In the back of the house, on the new patio, Albert Dittgen, had made his headquarters and played out his heart on
the accordion while folks had a few beers and delicious potato
pancakes, German style.
We had wanted to go to the new Piller’s Chicken Barn party that
was also a fundraiser for the Concordia Choirs but unfortunately
could not make it happen.
There were a lot of other picnics, some of them on the same day.
You know what the saying is concerning being only able to dance
at one party at a time….
September has a lot to offer: The Goethe Institut is renovated
and will reopen its doors after 2 month of rebuilding, the
Toronto International Film Festival is on in Toronto, an Exhibit
of the Berlin Wall is starting in Kitchener Waterloo at the
University, and a new German Consul General will make the rounds
and introduce herself to the local population. Yes, you heard
right, this time it is a lady Consul General.
It is going to be a busy fall season with Pioneers Day and
Oktoberfest with the 3rd of October celebrating 20
years of fallen wall in Berlin and many other activities.
We will try to be there for you, if we can and perhaps we see
some of you there.
PS: As you can see we are still on summer time and the issue has
a summer size. Hopefully September will put all of us into a