When we started to put this edition of Echo Germanica together I
was a bit lost for words. Not much happened in January after a
very busy festive season. I also did not look for much to attend
since I am really laid off with the shingles, a mean and very
painful affliction that many of us must face. This started at
the beginning of December and is still going on. It is almost a
joke that it started
we got a government ad (published in the January 2017 issue)
that quoted that there is a vaccination available for shingles
and that it is free, but only for people between 65 and 70 years
old, unless you turned 71 in 2016. Maybe I will slip in for
free, or mostly, because it is not totally free.
This gives rise to concern and bares the question: why only for
people of that age? And why not after 5 years of retirement?
I know lots of people who were afflicted with this virus outside
of those perimeters. Can we put it down to the usual o so often
observed inability of governments to deal with the actual need
of the population? Please check out if you are eligible at this
, you might save some money. Wouldn’t that be grand?!
Mardi Gras at Club Loreley
For the very same reason that I do not have anything to say
about other personnel experiences I relied heavily on our
contributors. Thus, we have another New Years event, a concert
of Viennese origin, a “Jägerball”, another New Years event and a
Carnival opening event, the latter 2 events from the Loreley
Club in Oshawa. When we cannot be there they are nice enough to
send some notes and I write it up for them. This is a fine
example how this paper is YOUR paper for YOUR community. If we
all contribute something life is more enjoyable for all of us.
I also cannot stress enough that it is important to support your
local German Club that has given the community countless
hundreds, if not thousands, of pleasurable hours of togetherness
and a home away from home. That is how all of them started out,
giving the people that arrived here after much hardship a place
where they could be themselves, where they were not being judged
for being German.
clubs make all efforts within their means to provide a
continuing place of community, to provide cultural content, and
of course they offer German food and “Gemütlichkeit”, also to
our guests of other cultures. What is offered is quite varied:
Oktoberfest, coverage of the important soccer games, seasonal
choir concerts and sing-alongs, classical concerts like the one
coming up at the Hansa Club, and many more events that cover the
community we share. Come out for some togetherness and bring a
Valentine, if you have one! You won’t regret it!