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October 2010 - Nr. 10
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

Traditionally we featured on the front page of our October issue a Pioneers Day related photo. This year the day that remembers the German Pioneers in Ontario is falling through the cracks in Toronto. We were informed that there are other, more important fish to fry this year. And while we agree that 20 years of a re-united Germany is very, very important, we feel, since we do live in Canada that our Pioneers Day should be equally important to local politicians, especially Queens Park, where the bill for this event was passed.

So instead of combining the 2 occasions or arranging for 2 events at Queens Park we only have something German, German going on, namely a German Flag Raising Ceremony, nothing German Canadian.

What a shame. After last year’s success and general enthusiasm and agreement that in order to make this event grow a local committee had to be formed, and was, the Pioneers Day was bumped from the agenda in Toronto. Anyone who wants to celebrate our German Canadian Pioneers Day has to repair to Kitchen the day after Thanksgiving, where it will be celebrated with usual vigor.

Perhaps next year the constellation of dates is more conducive to commemorate the 2 events together again.

In the meantime we go down our own memory lane and do what we have always done: rejoice in the fact that there is something to celebrate, regardless of what it is, as long as it relates to us.

Oktoberfest at the Danube Swabian Club ScarboroughWe certainly did and still do with the various Oktoberfest in the area. Amazingly we had a call from someone non-German in Oshawa looking for a Polka band in this busy time. We did what we could to help, but have no idea if it worked out.

Oktoberfest at the German Canadian Club Hansa at the border of Mississauga and BramptonWe attended a few Oktoberfests, but simply cannot manage all of them. You will just have to go yourself, perhaps to the now ongoing Oktoberfest in Kitchener, the second largest in the world. Of course you know that the original one in Munich is the biggest one and celebrates a 200th Birthday this year. Awesome!

If you want to know more about German festivities go to the Website of the German Consulate General. There you will find all sorts of information on Oktoberfest, the German National Holiday and various customs and information relating to culture, language and commerce.

Here in Canada we celebrate next Thanksgiving, which is much more dominant here then the German Erntedankfest. One day after that is of course German Pioneers Day. Halloween follows at the end of October and is another reason to get together for some ghostly fun.

We shall cover some cultural events such as concerts. You can read a preview of some offerings under “What’s on”.

Looking forward to giving thanks for all that is good in our lives I remain yours truly,

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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