Fall is here, there is no doubt about it. It was glorious so
far, even if a bit too cool as of now. All that does not matter
much, because we are so busy with the season’s activities. As I
write this Oktoberfest in Kitchener has started, The Danube
Swabians in Toronto had a new beginning with their Oktoberfest,
the Germania Club in Hamilton had an Oktoberfest, as did the
Hansa Club, and the Germania Club also celebrated its 150th
In the City of Toronto one festival chased the next and the
latest was of course Nuit Blanch. Germany is having a 24th
anniversary of unification, actually on October 3rd,
but only commemorated here on the 8th, after we go to
press. However, for the first time ever an official of the local
government has sent a commemorative message. See Premier Wynne’s
address. Upcoming are more German related events like Pioneers
Day, taking place in 3 locations, Markham City Hall, Toronto at
Queens Park, usually around noon, and in the late afternoon in
Kitchener at City Hall. Unfortunately we do not have more data
There will be concerts and Opera, see ads, and all sorts of
other community events relating to fall, like Thanksgiving, to
look forward to before we have to think about Christmas.
Now, now, don’t yell at me, I already bought my cards over a
month ago at Costco together with my spring bulbs (among others
100 tulips, which were graciously planted by pastor Dr.
Goegginger’s daughter Eva in my front yard). I can hardly wait
to see them in their full glory next to the hundreds of
Daffodils I have planted there. The neighborhood thanks me every
year for the splendor.
Now for a bit of housekeeping. I have to apologize for mistakes
made in this publication. In the last issue especially we
goofed. There was an article about the commemorative plaques
installed at Concordia Club Kitchener, which we are trying to
rerun this time. The
picture underneath mistakenly identified the person in it as
Toni Baumann. It should of course have been Anton Bergmeier,
President of the National German Canadian Congress.
In our defense I would like to remind everyone, that we are only
two people working on producing the actual paper and if there
are technical difficulties, which can happen in this computer
age, especially last minute ones, we get a bit overwhelmed and
mistakes can happen. Again, please except our apologies.
Another item: I am being asked by many people in the region why
I am not contributing anymore to the Hansa Choir’s concerts with
my readings. Please do not ask me. It is not up to me, ask the
I guess that covers it for this time.
I hope to see you at this or that venue, as many as you can
manage. Let us support our community events as best as we can
and be grateful for what we still have going on. It is