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Dick Altermann at his computer




Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of Auld Lang Syne.
For Ault Lang Syne, my dear,
For Auld Lang Syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
For Auld Lang Syne

A festive Hansa hallThis lovely old tune, played by the Golden Keys at the Hansa Haus, ushered in the New Year for about 350 guests with the customary glasses of bubbly.


The Golden Keys


Smiling Faces

Hugs, kisses and congratulations all around plus stomping on the balloons that had been dropped from the ceiling of the great hall at midnight to the blaring of little paper trumpets and throwing of paper streamers.

Happy New Year!

Hugs and Kisses


Smokers gatheringThe "Auld Lang Syne" – a very old Scottish tune – was written down by Robbie Burns in the 1700s and is now sung by most English-speaking people on New Year’s Eve. It could be translated as ‘times gone by’ such as: "We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet for times gone by". Especially one Scottish visitor must have felt right at home.

Bar Beauties

Even the Hansastube was sold outTo facilitate all the guests and still maintaining a large enough dance floor, the organizers had split this event into two venues: the great hall, to seat about Axel Menzefricke's straw trick250 guests and the Hansa Stube (upstairs) to seat the balance of the guests. Music for dancing upstairs was provided by the Vogel from Mississauga.

The head tableA delicious dinner was served with red and white wines on all the tables by the friendly staff.

Seven huge pots of yummy goulash soup were simmering on the big stove in the kitchen – carefully watched by resident ‘Chef’ Vlasta – which was servedDancing pleasure with bread, after midnight, to a grateful bunch of revellers, that had gotten hungry again from all the dancing and exercise doing the many waltzes, polkas and a polonaise among other musical delights. .

It starts as a polonaise......converts to a tunnel...





...and ends in a tight squeeze

Our tableWhat about the traditional "New Year’s Resolutions"? Almost everybody makes them, but very few follow through. The impulse to reform, to start something new, runs at a deeper level than just the desire to become richer or thinner or Dancing to the Golden Keys - Lilo & Lou Wegnerhealthier or to quit smoking in the year to come. In most of us there is an innate desire to become better – more thoughtful or considerate of others and better citizens etc. But resolutions are fragile, evanescent like the bubbles in the champagne at midnight and are usually at the curb with the Christmas tree on pickup day. We may mean well, but are easily Prosit!distracted by the daily grind, demands and temptations – unless others around us remind us and are trying to help – or by people that can serve as shining examples, worth emulating. But of course there is always next year! My own resolutions? Same as last year! None!

Prosit Neujahr!

Happy New Year

Dick Altermann


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