The Annual Christmas Party took place at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in Kitsilano in the main dining hall. Around 80 or so people attended, the December 1st, 2015 event, which began with a champagne reception at 6 pm. Beatrice Schreiber, President of the German Canadian Business Association, introduced the VIP’s, which included Deputy Consul Bertram Dierkes-Leifeld. She also read two poems, one traditional German one and one Christian German one, which talked about Advent, Nikolaus and Christmas.
Board members included President Beatrice Schreiber, Secretary Rebecca Lees, Treasurer Alden Aumann, Communications Elke Porter. Hans Gust (Vice-President) and Monika Redekop (Membership) couldn’t make it.
Then Hardo Ermisch, Pastor of the St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church gave a talk about Christmas and finally it was time to eat. The budget included tasty vegetables, roast beef, turkey, fish, salads, crusty French Baguette slices, rice, potatoes, and, of course, an amazing buffet.Every guest could choose between coffee and tea, and then the performance of Richard Theiss (tenor) and his trio began. There was a pianist and a soprano, and they began the 45-minute show with the song “Hosanna in Excelsis”. The performance included Opera pieces, a song with Andrew Lloyd Weber, The Bluebells of Scotland, and singalongs, such as O Tannenbaum und Stille Nacht. Music was performed in English, German and Italian. In one song, we were even asked to sing along. “Don’t cry for me, Argentina.”
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