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Austrian Echo in Toronto


     Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

Embassador Dr. Otto Ditz with Dr. Norah MaierFebruary 26 of this year saw another gala ball of the Canadian Austrian Society under the patronage of his Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria Dr. Otto Ditz. Consule General Frank Stronach and Trade Commissioner Dr. Karl SchmidtA reception with champagne, of course it was one with Austrian Schlumberger pedigree, got the affair started for the many festive guests as they arrived in their best black tie outfits, among them even some real couture.

At the Reception

President Christine Meyer (c.) at the receptionPresident Christine Meyer appeared everywhere to greet the new arrivals, as they filed in to pick up their tickets on the same floor of the Fairmont Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto where Mr. Fontino was being given his farewell party from his post as the Police Chief of our city. f.l.t.r.: Mrs. Schmidt, Frank Stronach, Dr. Karl Schmidt & Mrs. Elfriede StronachAll the strenuous music and honour guards and uniforms in such close proximity certainly added to the energy of the evening and spilled over into the Austrian Ball quarters.

The Head Table

Old friends, the Sonntags, the Stritzls, and the BaumannsThe tables in the Concert Hall were splendidly decorated and after most people were seated the members of the head table arrived. Herbert Wolf as MC welcomed all attending to the Austrian Societies 32nd annual "Ball Austria 2005- A Salute to Graz". While the Matt Lebar Band played the Radetsky March in the background Mr Wolf announced the members of the head table as they were escorted in and seated by the Maitre’D: MS. Chrtistien Meyer, President of the Austrian Society and Mr. David Greiner of SOS Children’s Villages Canada, Mr. Alfred Wirth, Wirth Institute , and Ms. Allison Dyer, Mr. Peter Schmied, Executive Magna International and Ms. Linda Villareal, Toronto City Councillor Ms Sylvia Watson and Mr. David McCutcheon, Consul And Trade Commissioner Dr. Karl Schmidt and Mrs Schmidt, Consul General Mr. Frank Stronach and Mrs. Stronach, His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Otto Ditz and Mrs. Dietz.


When all were seated Christine Meyer held a short welcome speech. She especially thanked Mr. Stronach for attending and voiced the hope that he would return to this ball from now on as one of his more favourite activities. The end of this speech Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Suidan/Austrian Airlinessignalled the beginning of a most delicious dinner after Mr. Wolf had introduced a few more dignitaries, among them Mr. Joseph Suidan, regional Manager of Austrian Airlines, the sponsor of the big door prize, and his wife.

While the music played and the fabulous first course was served, Lachsteller Erzherzog Johann - who dreams up these names? - conversation was becoming very animated and hardly slowed down when the Steirische Kuerbiscremesuppe followed. Only with the arrival of the Filet Mignon a la Austria could a momentary lull here or there be observed, while the diners cherished the tender and perfectly cooked meat with all sorts of delicate vegetables and a risotto. To go along with the fine fare Austrian red and white wine kept our pallet wet.

Classical Entertainment

During the dinner someone came around with table favours for the ladies. Swarovsky’s little sea stars looked really good on the ladies when they immediately were put on! And during dessert everyone was treated to a musical intermezzo in the form of famous Viennese melodies performed by lovely Helena Holl, soprano, and Yevgeny Yablonsky, baritone.

On the Dance Floor

Then it was time to open the ball officially by Christine Meyer and the Ambassador Dr. Ditz, as well as the other head table guests. It must be said that some of them did better at the waltz than others, and surprisingly it was the none-Austrian compatriots that did very well indeed! It did not take long and the ample dance floor was filled while Doug Zimmerman played everyone’s favourite tunes. Later the bandleader serenaded folks at the table like a troubadour. This was a new and very nice touch! Visitations between tables took place, conversations continued to thrive, and a really good time was had by all.

Later on past president John Raschke officiated in thanking the sponsors and got the draw of the grand door prize organized. Gerald Schorn of Waterloo, who was extremely pleased, won the Airline tickets of Sybille Forster-Rentmeister with Austrian Airline Executive Joseph Suidan & wifeAustrian Air and the hotel accommodations in Vienna and Graz donated by Herbert Wolf, a Director of Tour Development for Atourz. 40 more prizes were drawn quietly and available in the connecting salon to the winners.

The JeschkesAfter these proceedings a slow fade out started to occur as usual. It had been a long and happy evening, full of Austrian traditions and charm, yet one thing was missing, something that we all had come to expect every year: Goulash soup at midnight, the perfect refresher before driving home. Perhaps this custom will come back next year? Pretty please!!!



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