Harry Rideout (L) and Hartmut "Habo" Müller (R)
Harry Rideout, one of the organizers for the reunion, met him and thus that offer was made. We accepted gratefully, although at first we wondered if such an evening would come about. The gentleman's name was Hartmut "Habo" Müller and he meant what he said. He promised music, dancing and food--at his expense. All that anyone had to pay was whatever they wished to drink.
On Monday, 5 May, a wonderful evening of food and music was held at the sport centre in Mahlberg, a town outside Lahr. Habo went all out for the Canadians and many Germans as well. Thus that evening at the Sporthaus was our second event. This turned out to be another fabulous time.
Habo often works as a DJ at parties--playing music and singing himself--so he was not only our host for the evening but our entertainment as well. We had had 80 reservations for this, but about 150 to 160 people found their way inside. The weather co-operated, so many were outside on the large veranda, one covered overhead, with open sides.
Habo's music got everything going and set the mood for the night with great German folk music, dancing music and Fasching-type music.
The following pictures tell the story. They also show many of the guests who enjoyed it all. As I plan to add quite a few, many will be in small format. To enlarge any, just click on the picture.
Bill Moore, one of organizers, standing beside the bar at the back of the photo
All we organizers wore Trachten that evening.
Marcel Lemarbre (below in red) is a good friend of Hartmut "Habo" Müller.
Food was, of course, a big part of the evening as well. The following pictures show the various platters of Wurst, cheese, breads and sweet things, too.
Sweet breads and Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte or, as in English, Black Forest Cherry Cake. By the time I took the picture, most of it had disappeared. I did, however, get a piece and it was excellent.
Hartmut "Habo" Müller put on a fantastic evening, quite an unusual and heart-warming gesture. He did all of this out of the goodness of his own heart to thank Canadians for all they did for him during his years working with them.