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Weihnachtsfeier at GTEV Edelweiss

“Edelweiss musicians” – all the musicians and singers that practiced for a few weeks for this year’s program

Sterling Heights, MI“Die staade Zeit” – Advent. A time of quiet contemplation. At GTEV Edelweiss, the members enjoy a day together to relax to beautiful Advent music, visit with friends, and wish each other “Frohe Weihnachten.” On December 8 Edelweiss held its annual Weihnachtsfeier with about 70 people attending at the Carpathia Hall in Sterling Heights. The beautifully decorated room added to the festiveness of a day we look forward to all year.

Music director Rick Michels again put together a wonderful program of traditional song and music for the twelve musicians and five singers. With so many talented musicians, it’s easy to break them into several ensembles that give variety to the program. In Bavarian folk tradition, the ensembles are named to reflect their content. “Nah und Fern Musi” consists of clarinet player Herbert Gruber and tenor horn player Dennis Hoshield. Herb lives in the area (“Nah” or close) and Dennis lives in Petosky (“Fern” or far away)—thus their name. The “Porthauser Okarinamusi” consists of Anni Porter and Andrea Edelhauser playing ocarinas, small egg-shaped wind instruments that date back to ancient times. We were also treated to our four ladies, dubbed “Singmädla,” who sang together for the first time in beautiful harmony.

In between the twelve musical numbers, Marianne Billo, who grew up in Bavaria, read an amusing poem in dialect that captured the frenzy of the season. Rick Michels’ poem “Was mia Eich wünschen” spoke to the true spirit of Christmas, putting the peace of Jesus in our lives. The Christmas story from the Book of Luke was interspersed in German and English remind us of the reason for Christmas. The last song of the program is always “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,” which brings out tears for so many in the room.

After the nearly hour-long program, we enjoyed Carpathia’s delicious dinner buffet. Many members brought desserts, cookies, and sweets to share. The gift raffle is a favorite annual activity since it’s always fun to see what treasures you’ll win. After a couple of hours of visiting with friends and relatives, the day came to a close and people left wishing one another Merry Christmas. And to our friends in the German-American community, we also say “Frohe Weihnachten und ein guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr.”

Karin Dean Kraft

Paula and Horst Uebrueck as well as their children and grandchildren are long time Edelweiss members

 

 

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