A lot has happened in September and I have no idea if we will
get it all into this issue, but we will try. Anything that does
not fit in can later be found on our website www.echoworld.com
and by then going to the button that reads Echo Germanica.
The climate was not bad at all, especially the political one was
mellowed by the royal visit, despite unfortunate rainfalls. It
made us forget about the misbegotten affairs of the US politics
that we are dished up daily, even on all our Canadian TV
channels and news outlets.
We followed the Harmony Brass on their Octoberfest trail, went
to Niagara to visit a Krupp gun of World War I, listened to
James Bacque and watched the documentary “Other Losses” that
caused much emotion in the audience, including myself. We went
to the Ukrainian Street Festival and briefly visited the Polish
one on the day the sun blessed the occasion.
Sybille cannot hold back her tears while recounting
her father's return from the Rhine meadows prison camp
Sometimes we escape for a movie and lunch date. We saw Pete’s
Dragon, a wonderful story with a lesson for everyone to learn.
With all this activity we enjoyed as often as possible our
garden. Occasionally it was too cold for breakfast, but we could
make it for lunch or a little “Kaffeeklatsch” in the afternoon.
Watching the dozens of birds feeding, enjoying the squirrels
looking for peanuts, and admiring the Blue Jays coming on to the
fence next to our table also looking for the nuts is delightful.
It is a respite that can only be rivalled by a visit to the big
horizon of a lake or ocean as Ingrid Oppermann so well
The next few weeks have again a fair amount of German related
content, which of course we will observe. There is more
Oktoberfest, rarely happening in October, and then there is the
German Pioneers Day in Kitchener, which again is not happening
in Toronto. Perhaps we can manage to put it together for next
And thus the year is marching on, soon the fall colours will
offer the splendor of the coloured leaves and then we will turn
our interest to all things Christmas with seasonal fairs and
Watch for us as we will watch for you!
PS: Fantastic news! The Berliner Philharmoniker are coming to
Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall November 15 and 16. They are on a
North American tour and Toronto is the only city where they will