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September 2003 - Nr. 9


The Editor
Antje berichtet
Elizabeth Kuehn
Dear Mom
Rachel Seilern
Over the Fence
Music Toronto
25 Years Musik
KW and Beyond
City Elections
Top Honor in Venice?
Toronto Film Festival
Mustard Festival
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Financial Advice
The White Wale
Planet in Focus
After the Flood
Sahara-Touristen frei
Berlin Wall
Comics Fair
Rediscover East Germany
Literary "Wunderkind"
350 Years of Opera
"German Trilogy"
New Element

Cutting the Mustard…

  A shady rest…in Hamilton at the 6th annual "Mustard Festival" at King William St. and Ferguson Ave. That is also the corner where the Black Forest Inn is located, who, by the way, maintained an outdoor café type patio under shady trees for people to sit, relax and enjoy one of the fabulous "Bratwursts" and a glass of "Warsteiner" (on tap). Of course there were all sorts of condiments to go with the bratwurst, including mustard – but no "Grey Poupon". (…and no Rolls Royce)

Great mustard collectionBut if you wanted to taste or buy a variety of "Maille" mustards you could go across the street, to the mustard tent and taste about 20 different varieties from mild honey mustard up to ha,ha,ha holy smoke!

The Black Forest team - Gaby, Wolfgang & HerbertThe expression "Cutting the Mustard" is defined in Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary as "to achieve the standard of performance necessary for success".

When a person was too old or feeble to harvest the mustard plants anymore he was said to be no longer able to cut the mustard.

Claudia doing bratwurstTasty delights





Coming off stage: the Kids CorporationThis event has turned into something of a "Volksfest" – a festival where young and old find something of interest to see, to eat or drink or things to participate in. Games, music, face painting, petting zoo, quality artisans’ and crafters’ displays and of course mustard.

Love at first sightBody painting





Thousands of visitors took advantage of the fair weather and on Friday evening – at the "Toronto All-Star Jazz Band" concert, the Ferguson Avenue was so crowded that is was almost impossible to walk. The wall-to-wall jazz fans came despite a little rain earlier!

Wine and beer gardensAdmission was free, there were licensed patios but you were encouraged to bring a lawn chair, although there were lots of chairs set up in front of the stage already.

If you have missed this event in the past, it might be a good idea to earmark it for next year’s Labour Day weekend.

If you want to know more about mustard go to the Internet and find it at www.johnshepler.com or just put "Mustard" into your browser for a large selection of other websites.



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