May 16, 2017 – St. Catharines
The Bavarian culture was on full display at the open house of Social club Heidelberg, St Catharines during the Niagara Folk Arts Festival 2017. The audience had a chance to witness the ringing of the alpine bells, various folk dance groups, dance to the music of Band Europa and tasted various delicious German food.
Tom Vogt explained some of the cultures on display in an interview with Mosaic Edition. Bavaria, a southern province of Germany is typically a land of farmers.
The farmers in the Alpine regions identify their cows in the fog when grazing by worn bells. The farmers can know where their cows are and differentiate their cow from that of their neighbours’ by listening to the sound of the bells. Now it is part of cultural performances as different tones are put together to form songs. The audience was able to learn about the farm life of the people of Bavaria during the wood choppers cultural dance.
The event was incomplete without the German beer. “Prost,” says Tom Vogt raising a glass of beer.
The president of the club, Lou Cesar was quite happy about the contribution of Social Club Heidelberg to Niagara Folk Arts festival.
In his Canada 150 message, he said, “We are very fortunate living in this country.”
“I hope we continue to have what we have and it stays like this for generations,
I am happy we are here and all nations get along.”
Christa Wenckstern, Board member and Liquor Supervisor of Social Club Heidelberg, St Catharines appreciated the diversity of cultures and people in Canada.
She was happy to see that more recognition is being accorded the Indigenous native Canadians.
Christa Wenckstern had paid a visit to the native center to learn about the culture of those who she said, “allowed everyone to come to their land”.