On Wednesday evening we sang a few songs at the “Celebration of Life” gathering for Kay Heggestad who passed away on Friday 1/13. She was married to long-time Maennerchor member Paul Wertsch. We extend our condolences to Paul and the family.
Kay wrote her own obituary and it has gone viral, so I thought I would put these links on the web site for those of you who haven’t seen them yet.
Here is her obituary, and here is the story from Channel 3 about her obituary going viral.
“Tom George Greenway is for Thomas T. George (1924-1999), a Madison lawyer, alderman from 1971 to 1975, and a Heritage Heights resident who lived at 905 Inwood Way.”
Tom sang with the Männerchor for many years. This Greenway is located off of Cottage Grove Road on the East side of Madison.
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.
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.
The key to the group photo form 1951
Here are some photos from the rehearsal on April 9.
Paul (in the NY Yankees ball cap) with the choir
Paul and Mel
Paul and Dorothy with Joe
Paul and Dorothy with Mel; the photo is of Paul’s German exchange student group
I’ve also posted this on our Facebook page, but in case you didn’t see the article in last Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal about the brewing program at UW – Madison, click here. The class is taught by MMC member Hans Zoerb.
No singing for us at the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest again this year, but a couple of us took part in the 5 K race. It was a very hot and humid morning, so naturally we were very thirsty when we finished the run.
MMC members replenishing fluids after completing the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest 5 K run.
I really like to post sock photos, but every once in a while you get the chance to step outside of the box, so I just had to post this photo of a T-shirt at our rehearsal tonight:
I think this is even better than the famous “Irish yoga” T-shirt…
The choir didn’t sing at the Middleton Good Neighbor Fest this year, but several of us took part in the 5 K race. And naturally we had to “replenish fluids” after the race.
We’re looking for a second tenor for next year’s race, to complete the quartet.
MMC singers after finishing the 2013 Middleton Good Neighbor Fest 5 K race
Former Madison Maennerchor director Ron Rockow had the opportunity to direct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at their concert at the Overture Center in Madison on Tuesday June 18, 2013. The Wisconsin State Journal has the full story here. The State Journal also has some photos of the rehearsal and concert.