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 May 2009 - Nr. 5

This time we focus on the Hansa Haus in Brampton simply because we attended two events there.

Easter Egg Hunt

Robert Gutwein, M.C.One of our favorite events is always the Easter egg hunt for the children. In an odd way I always feel a bit like a kid myself and I am overjoyed when at the end of the event someone hands me a basket with Easter goodies, as Mrs. Gutwein did just before we The Gutweinswent home. It is almost as exciting as Christmas and receiving an unexpected gift. I added it onto the beautiful Easter bakery and eggs I had received from the nice folks at the Lesezirkel. They sure know how to make me happy and I thank them!!

 

Weiss-Blau Bayern Juniors
Weiss-Blau Bayern Juniors
Weiss-Blau Bayern Juniors Weiss-Blau Bayern Juniors
Weiss-Blau Bayern Juniors Weiss-Blau Bayern Juniors
Weiss-Blau Bayern Juniors Weiss-Blau Bayern Juniors
Weiss-Blau Bayern Juniors

Albert DittgenI always think that Easter and Christmas are the two only events when the grandparents can convince their children to come to the club with their offspring to partake in the customs of the old country. For Irmgard & Reiner Walteranything else many of them are too busy with work and raising their family. It appears that these two activities please everyone and I hope we can keep it up for a long time.

Doing crafts
Doing crafts Doing crafts

There is nothing sweeter than watching the little ones getting their faces painted or doing crafts, and searching for eggs. How darling when one child finds a lot of eggs and another none and then we can observe a sharing between the children. And when the Easter Bunny comes to hand out the baskets to every child the smiles are very big, mostly, but there are also a few instances when there is fear, just like with Santa Claus.

Children & the Easter Bunny
Children & the Easter Bunny Children & the Easter Bunny
Children & the Easter Bunny Children & the Easter Bunny
Children & the Easter Bunny Children & the Easter Bunny

It has to be said that the children are willing to work for their treats. The many children in the Weiss-Blau Bayern Schuhplattler group perform quite extensively before the Easter Bunny hands out the rewards. Watching them it becomes clear that they love dancing. Some of them are so small they can hardly keep up with the bigger children, but want to be part of it anyway. They try very hard and look adorable! Just look at the pictures we took.

Children and their families
Children & their families Children & their families
Children & their families Children & their families
Children & their families Children & their families
Children & their families Children & their families
Children & their families Children & their families Children & their families

Three generationsAll age groups, often 3 generations together at one table, were there that Sunday before Easter, even some teenagers made it and we want to thank them for their courage!

Peter and Hans LamprechtEveryone was happy! The atmosphere was great with live music and coffee and cakes for the grownups!

 



51st Hansa Club Anniversary

Susan Fennell, Mayor of BramptonAnother happy event was the 51st anniversary dinner shortly after Easter. Being one after the big Five O last year there were not as many politicians this year. As a matter of fact our beloved Hurrican Hazel, Mayor of Mississauga, could not make it at all. We were fortunate that Susan Fennell Otto Rosenmeyer and companyof Brampton and an entourage could make it for a short while before she had to dash off to other important evening events. However, we spotted a lot of wonderful people that we do not always see around, including Benno Mattes of Dell’s Pastry and Otto Rosenmeier of Brandt Meats.

Helmut & Angelika GschösserThe dinner was well cooked and well served and quite delicious. Ample portions of meats with a classic gravy and vegetables and potatoes pleased all after a fresh salad. The best, of course, was the torte with café afterwards, I scrambled for a second slice!

Lou & Lilo WegnerOf course there was wine, a red one called Black Oak, which is the restaurant brand of Reif Winery, was particularly tasty, but then so are all their wines. The white wine was by Colio. Lou Wegner, representative of Reif Winery in the greater GTA, personally went around asking if everyone was happy with the red wine. I only heard praise for this blend of grapes.

Honouring of members Honouring of members
Honouring of members Honouring of members

Honours to Carmen Harany
Honours to Carmen Harany Honours to Carmen Harany

Besides dancing there were of course honours handed out in gratitude and thanks for longstanding memberships. A special Thank You went to Carmen Harany, who is the President of the Weiss-Blau Junior Schuhplattler. Without her amazing affinity Carmen plays the cowbellsfor children I do not think the kids would love dancing so much. She also plays some mean cowbells, as she demonstrated again that night. The speed with which she handles those bells is astounding, and I have never heard her make a mistake!

Weiss-Blau Bayern Seniors 
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Weiss-Blau Bayern Seniors  Weiss-Blau Bayern Seniors
Weiss-Blau Bayern Seniors 

Reiner Walter & SabineWhile the small children had danced at the beginning of the evening, and the choir had welcomed everyone in song, it was the older parts of the dance groups that entertained throughout the evening. At one point members of the public were asked to participate, and they did very well. Maybe they should swell the ranks of the group on a regular basis!

Audience participation  Audience participation 
Audience participation  Audience participation 
Audience participation   Audience participation Audience participation 
   
Almrausch Dancers  Almrausch Dancers 
Almrausch Dancers   Almrausch Dancers
Almrausch Dancers   Almrausch Dancers
Almrausch Dancers  Almrausch Dancers   Almrausch Dancers
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Love to dance! - with the Golden KeysKitchener’s Golden Keys were there to play for everyone’s dancing pleasure. These popular musicians certainly know how to create the best mood for any festivity.

Erika & Ekko HildebrandtHave you not been to a German Club lately! I can recommend it, is good clean fun! The Hansa Haus is hosting a few folk fests and I hope to see you there, as I am MCing one of them, namely CARABRAM. Come join in the fun and participate and show that you are proud of our heritage.

Until next time

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister






Sybille reports as a German-Canadian about culture, arts, entertainment, community events from her unique perspective as an artist

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