…at the Danube-Swabian Club. Wonderful choirs and powerful voices got together for an evening of fun and spirited entertainment, hosted by the German Harmonie Choir.
After a welcoming address by President Rosl Schwabe and a welcome song by all the choirs, the Harmonie Choir, under the direction of Manfred Petz – who also served as master of ceremonies – sang the first set of four spring-oriented songs, followed by Alan Williams and the Hansa Choir, under Wolf Schepp, with treasured old tunes.
Hilde Schulz plus Heide and Fred entertained with solo performances afterwards.
Then it was the Edelweiss Choir’s turn to take the stage, also under the direction of Manfred Petz, with three songs including a "Jodler" followed with a solo by Alan Wiliams.
Ingeborg Scholz did a wonderful "Christl von der Post" (Vogelhändler) that garnered rich applause. No less entertaining was Günther Rausch with his interpretation of one of Carl Millöcker’s "Bettelstudent" solos (Ach ich hab’ sie ja nur…).
Then it was the turn of the Heidelberg-Rheingold Singers from St. Catherines under the direction of Lucille Vogel with four songs that included ‘Gory (sorry Glory) Halleluja’, with German text and an invitation for the audience to participate. Great presentation!
After the break the audience was invited to sing a number of songs before resuming the programmed activities with the Male Choir Harfentöne from Toronto, under the direction of Horst Hartmann, with their wonderfully strong voices.
To conclude this colourful evening the "Mass-Choir" took to the stage under the direction of M. Petz, W. Schepp and L. Vogel with three more renditions of well-loved melodies.
Easter Fest at Downey’s
This annual event at Downey’s Farm Market on Heart Lake Road in Brampton was planned a week earlier this year and the weather could have been better. Several days of rain did much to drench the ground, which made parking a bit of a problem.
This inclement weather may have discouraged some of the parents from visiting the market place, this year. But then the wine boutique was open, offering all of their Gold and Silver Medal ‘price-winning’ fruit wines for tasting and eventually purchasing some for consumption during the Easter holidays.
But being a little muddy did not discourage the – mostly rubber-booted - kids from going out into the wet field searching for their share of plastic eggs and to then turn them in at the collection station where they were exchanged for a small basket filled with chocolate eggs. As usual a big white rabbit was in attendance and provided a disarming photo opportunity and chance of taking the memory of this event home for the future. Many of the children took advantage of the "Face Painting" offered in the Ice Cream Parlour by a couple of ‘bunnies’, and soon there were a whole new bunch of ‘bunnies" running around, visiting all the other kid-oriented amusement opportunities such as decorating eggs, puppet show, hot chocolates and donuts, Steve Baker’s magic – on the first weekend – and the "Smudge Fundays" on the second weekend - with better weather, wagon rides and other activities provided by Ruth and John Downey, their family and staff.
The market opens again on April 26 and features Asparagus
and Rhubarb as this year’s earliest fresh ‘produce’ contributions to your
‘gourmet’ kitchen. For additional information visit Downey’s website at:
www.downeysfarm.on.ca and their
ads in this paper to stay well informed throughout the year.
Kinderfest at the Hansa Haus
This was a wonderful and very colourful event, hosted by the Weiss-Blau Bayern Junior Schuhplattler group. About 100 youngsters had shown up and about 70 of them participated in the mutual entertainment. (I counted 73 kids in the ‘Polonaise’ at the end of the afternoon).
S.T.V. Weiss-Blau Bayern
The entertainment started with the very junior ‘Schuhplattler’ and some traditional dances.
Followed by Shiamak Davar’s Indo-Jazz & Bollywood Dancers, complete with traditional Indian music and fantastic golden costumes that outshone anything else on the floor this afternoon.
The Loreley Youth Dancers
The K.G. Loreley Dance Guard
The Loreley Show Dance
Next in line were the Loreley Youth Dancers, from Oshawa in their new black ‘Garde’ uniforms followed by their older peers who entertained with a traditional ‘Guard Dance’. Did I mention colourful, yet? They also performed a ‘Show dance’ later in the afternoon to a theme from the musical "Mama Mia", which is currently running in Toronto.
The Enzian Schuhplattler from Kitchener
The Enzian Schuhplattler Verein, Kitchener performed next and was followed by three young ladies – and one boy – from the Grant School of Irish Dancing. This was awesome! I have never seen feet move that fast on anyone – while the rest of the body was held rigidly still. I think it is needless to mention that they received roaring applause by the audience, not just for the wonderful costumes, but also essentially for these flawlessly executed performances.
The Croatian Parish Folklore Group "Marjan"
The Croatian Parish Folklore Group "Marjan" – complete with their own live band – sang and performed traditional folk dances. The four musicians, a Base fiddle, two guitars and a small mandolin- that almost sounded like a Banjo, were a joy to listen to and greatly appreciated by the spectators.
Then came the part of the afternoon the kids had been patiently waiting for – especially those that had been here in previous years.
The children were placed in a large circle on the floor with the Piñata hanging in the centre overhead. Henry Lopez selected one of the youngsters, handed out a long stick, blindfolded him or her and pointed the kid to the target. This was repeated, alternating between boys and girls for quite some time before finally one of them managed to strike the piñata and release some of the candy therein. This resulted in a mad scramble over the floor. But since this wasn’t the end of, it the game continued for quite a while yet with every so often a few pieces of candy falling out starting the scramble again. The kids just loved it. A final ‘coup de grace’ ended the first round and the little ones made room for the juniors, who had the same trials and tribulations. It really was great fun – but not just for the kids, the adults enjoyed it at least as much as their offspring.
The ‘Tombola’ raffle with almost 200 prices was one of the
largest I have seen in along time, always appreciated by the guests, and
always a great fund-raiser.
Kindertrachtenfest at the Danube-Swabians
All pictures were supplied by the Szauter Family.
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