June 2013 - Nr. 6
What a time we had last month. Motherís Day was great. We
attended a banquette at the Danube Swabian Club in Scarborough
and checked out a Schnitzel dinner at the Hansa Club.
We saw a marvelous Russian ballet called Rodin, about the life
of this famous French sculptor.
We researched Fatherís Day, which is now about 100 years old and
we find that it deserves more attention than it is getting. We
are telling you some of the history and offer a couple of poems
that have different perspectives of this special day. And
please, donít say that it is just another day to make money for
the retail trade. Remember without fathers, there would hardly
course we did a lot of work in the garden planting and pruning
so we could enjoy breakfasts, lunches and dinner outside when it
was not raining or too cold.
We saw a soccer game from London featuring two German teams
battling for the top spot of the European title. It was hard to
know whom to support, so we yelled for both teams!
We watched the local antics surrounding Ford Nation, and found
it, as a friend said, very entertaining.
Sadly we said good-bye to friends, like Gunther Gawantka and
Willie Pelzer; and we sent Peter Pijet off into well-deserved
retirement with a party.
And we collected other stories from other contributors to our
publication, for which we are very grateful: There is Marianne
Schmidt from Berlin who reports this time from Milano!
Rolf Piro is giving us a local history lesson about the war of
Irena Syrokomla reports on Ontarioís theater scene.
Bernard supplies food for soul and tummy and there are of course
the words of wisdom from our pastor Matthias Hartwig.
We hope you enjoy this sampling of engaging Canadian
cross-cultural culture. I must warn you, we might or might not
have an issue next month. If the weather is nice enough I want
to take a real extended vacation this year, something we have
not done in decades!
In that case I wish all our fathers a very special day, and all
of the rest of us a wonderful summer!
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, editor, editor-in-chief of
Echo Germanica, comments, cultural, artistic, political, daily events,
German-Canadian, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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