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G.T.E.V. Edelweiss Detroit makes a visit to Bavaria

Group picture in front of the Trachtenmuseum located in Holzhausen

By their top place finish at the Gaufest in Orlando Florida last year Andrea Edelhauser and Kevin Walker secured the opportunity to compete at the Preisplattln um den Bayerischen Löwen. 21 members of   Edelweiss Detroit travelled to Bavaria to support them.

This exhibition of Schuhplattlen and Dirndldrehen started in 2002 and is certainly the highest order of this important aspect of Bavarian culture.  245 individual and 30 groups from 8 Bavarian Gaue and Gauverband Nordamerika were in Gauting near Starnberg to compete and show a dedication to these traditions of Bavaria. 79 American and Canadian Trachtler were among the crowd in the 2000 seat Festzelt to observe. The skill and dedication that the North Americans again brought to Bavaria is felt with respect and pride by all Trachtler. From the encouragement and advice to the relaxed atmosphere and sportsmanship there was much for us to absorb from our Trachtenkameraden.

After announcement of prizes there was little rest in the tent before D’Wuermlust Trachten-verein hosted their Heimat-abend. Several bands and dance groups entertained throughout the evening. Included in the program was a performance of 27 North American couples dancing a Schuhplattler. A set by our Edelweiss Tanzlmusik also was well received by the Bavarians.

 Sunday morning after a mass was celebrated in the Festzelt. 70 units assembled for the 2 kilometer parade. For the first time North American Trachtler walked behind their Gaufahne at a Bavarian Trachtenfest. All Trachtler, Feuerwehr, Kapellen, Schöne Müncherin and other Vereine returned to the tent and continued the celebration with more music, dance and refreshment.

While in Bavaria, Edelweiss Detroit was privileged to enjoy many other activities arranged by Bavarian Trachtenkameraden.  A concert by 7 Blasmusik groups was part of a week-long festival of brass music throughout Bavaria. During this concert our member and Musikwart Rick Michels was recognized for his dedication to Bavarian Volksmusik with the playing of his composition ”Edelweiss Jubiläumsmarsch”.

At a tour of the Trachtenkulturzentrum of the Bayerischer Trachtenverband we were joined by 22 other North American Trachtler. The six buildings their restoration and construction, the documentation and preservation of artifacts show a great commitment by the Bavarian Trachtler for their culture. This group was invited to the hospitality of D’Wurmtaler- Menzing at their Vereinsheim for a Grillabend.

A Volkstanzabend hosted by Trachtenkameraden in Rottenbuch near Weilheim included another performance of our Tanzlmusik. This was yet another example of our acceptance by Bavarian Trachtler, a most enjoyable honor.

These and other highlights of the week made for an experience without equal by any of this group. We North American Trachtler own a lot to the Bavarians who advise, entertain, and accept us into the Trachtenbewegung. We hope that we can soon return their generous hospitality.

RK

Andrea Edelhauser and Kevin Walker

 

 

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