Sixteen of the Edelweiss musicians performed an hour of
traditional Bavarian Advent music. Rick Michels, music director, with the
help of his daughter Christina and Edelweiss Vorstand Erwin Rauschendorfer,
work hard to bring this and other musical programs to our members.
Advent is a time of quiet reflection, a time to prepare your heart for the
coming of the Baby Jesus. For GTEV Edelweiss members, our beautiful
Weihnachtsprogramm is the time to slow down and get into the real spirit of
Christmas. The musical program is interspersed with readings in German and
English of the Christmas story from the book of Luke. For over two months
before the program our musicians and singers meet often to practice with
Richard Michels, music director. The 16 musicians rarely all play together.
Instead they break into ensembles of two to ten players, making for a varied
and enjoyable program of traditional Bavarian folk music. Add to that two
different singing duets and poems in Bavarian dialect, and you have nearly
an hour of music designed for “Advent, die staade Zeit.”
About eighty Edelweiss members and their friends enjoyed the meaningful
program at the beautifully decorated Carpathia Hall on Sunday, Dec. 12,
2010. The music ended all too soon, but other festivities followed. While
everyone delighted in the cookies and sweets at every table, Santa Claus
made a visit and passed out gifts, admonitions, and advice to young and
older. How does he know so much? After a delicious meal, it was on to
another Edelweiss tradition—the Tombola with hand-rolled tickets for donated
prizes. So many winners, so many losers, so much fun.
Before you know it, the afternoon is over and everyone takes leave of their
Edelweiss family with wishes for a “Frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch
ins Neue Jahr.” Edelweiss extends its wishes for a healthy and happy 2011 to
all the readers of the Wochenpost. We hope to welcome you at one of our
meetings or events this year.