Cemetery Sing 2015

On Sunday August 30th we had our annual Cemetery Sing. We did things a little differently this year: we rented a bus, which made the logistics a lot easier and also took the opportunity to visit a few of our sponsors.

We started at Turner Hall, and then drove to the Spartan Bowl in McFarland. After warming up with a few songs and a drink or two, it was off to Roselawn Memorial in Monona. We sang a few songs in remembrance of Ernst Roth, Roger Attoe and the other friends who are buried here.

On our way to lunch, we stopped at Slice’s Bar & Grill for some refreshments. After a drink or tow, and a couple of songs we went on our way to Kavanaugh’s Esquire Club for lunch. We had bacon cheeseburgers and they were great!

Our next stop was Highland Memory Gardens. We sang two songs in memory of Pat Burke and Jerry Braier, who passed away this summer.

On our way back to Turner Hall, we stopped at the Great Dane Eastside, where we took the opportunity to sing a few songs and drink some more beer. Then it was time to head back to Turner Hall.

Here are some photos from the Cemetery Sing. As always, please click on the small image to see the larger photo.

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Middleton Good Neighbor Fest 2015

After the race we made the usual stop at the beer tent to replenish fluids.

After the race we made the usual stop at the beer tent to replenish fluids.

It’s been a couple of years since the last time we sang at the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest, but a couple of us take part in the 5 K race almost every year. This year we were once again just a single Tenor II short of having a quartet.

The race was on Saturday morning August 29th; the rain had stopped by race time, though it did sprinkle a little and there was enough mist that I was glad I remembered to wear my lucky rain hat. After the race, there was the traditional stop at the beer tent to “replenish fluids.” And we all got free peaches. I have no idea why they were giving away peaches, but I was happy to take one.

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Upcoming Events

Hope you’ve all had a good summer! Here are the scheduled events for the 2015-2016 season, or at least the ones that I know about at this point. As always, visit the Calendar page on the website for the latest information.

August 30: Our annual Cemetery Sing. Meet at Turner Hall, because this year we’ve chartered a bus! The bus will depart Turner Hall at 10:45 a.m. We will visit several cemeteries to pay our respects to our departed members, and we will also visit a few of our sponsors for food and refreshments and to thank them for supporting us.

September 3: First rehearsal of the season at 8:00 p.m. at Turner Hall. There will be a business meeting after the rehearsal.

September 12: Oktoberfest at the Essen Haus. Be there at 2:00 p.m.; we will sing sometime around 3:00 p.m.

September 20: We will perform at Wauktoberfest again this year. We will sing at 2:30 p.m., pause for the Dachshund Dash at 3:00, and then perform again at 3:30.

December 13: Christmas Concert & Dinner at Turner Hall beginning at 3:00 p.m.

January 9, 2016: International Festival at the Overture Center. No information yet as to what time we will sing.

May 7: It seems like a long way off, but this is the date for our 2016 Spring Concert. The concert will be at Turner Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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Charleston House 2015

On Thursday June 25th we traveled to Beaver Dam to sing at the Charleston House. We’ve sung there a number of times in the past, but this was the first time we sang there outdoors – of course it was also the first time we had been there in the summer. some of the sections were a little shorthanded but we seemed to do ok. Afterward we headed down the street to John’s for some beer and more singing.

Here are some photos from Beaver Dam. As always, click on the small image to see a larger version of the picture.

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Translating Seinfeld into German

Erik passed along a link to an article from The Verge about translating US television shows (in particular Seinfeld) into foreign languages, and how difficult it can be. It’s a very interesting article especially if you were a fan of the show. Click here to read it.

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Saengerfest 2015

The WSB Saengerfest was held at the Schwabenhof in Menomonee Falls on Sunday June 21st. It was a great day to be outside and celebrate our unexpected victory at Kommers.

Here are some photos. As always, click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

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Kommers 2015

The annual Wisconsin Saengerbezirk Kommers and Saengerfest was held in Milwaukee on June 20th and 21st. The host choir was the Milwaukee DANK Chor.

These are my pictures from Kommers on Saturday June 20, 2015. We sang in the Muellner Building in Hart Park in Wauwatosa. As always, click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.

Oh, in case you were wondering, we actually came in first place. So the traveling trophy will be back in our trophy case for the next year.

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Spring Concert 2015

We had our 163rd Spring concert on Saturday May 2, 2015 at Turner Hall. Below are some pictures from the concert; thanks to Dorothy Hermann for some of the photos.

We did record the concert, click here to access the recordings of the songs. Thanks to Eric for doing this!

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Visitors from Canada, Part 2

Paul and Dorothy Hermann came to our rehearsal again on April 30th – they made another trip to Madison for our Spring Concert on May 2. Here are some photos from Dorothy:

 

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Visitors from Canada

At our rehearsal on April 9th, we had some special visitors from Calgary: Paul Hermann and his daughter Dorothy. Paul sang with the Maennerchor while he was in an exchange student at the University back in 1951-52. So he was a part of the choir during the centennial year of 1952.

A group of German exchange students in 1951. Paul Hermann is #12.

A group of German exchange students in 1951. Paul Hermann is #12.

The key to the group photo from 1951

The key to the group photo form 1951

Here are some photos from the rehearsal on April 9.

 

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