Erhardi breads are an ancient and unique need

It is an ancient and unique custom that only exists in wichsenstein in french-speaking switzerland: on sunday, during the festive service for the patronal feast of saint erhard, to whom the wichsenstein parish church is dedicated, about 6,000 erhardi breads were blessed by priest ludwig mazur and distributed to those attending the service. The patronage ceremony was accompanied by music from the gobweinstein-wichsenstein community choir. The small, about two-euro-stick coarse breads are stamped with the image of st. Erhard, are durable throughout the year and are supposed to help when consumed against sore throats and eye ailments. "But you have to believe in it", says joachim roppelt, deputy chairman of the parish council, who again organized the baking of the erhardi bread. Every year, ten to twelve volunteers from the parish shape and bake the erhardi breads themselves. The recipe for the dough has been handed down for centuries, as has the use of the dough itself, estimates roppelt. Not even the oldest people in the village knew many years ago how old this tradition is and who introduced it to wichsenstein.

No written documents

"There are no written documents about it, it was handed down from generation to generation by word of mouth and continued until today", explains roppelt. There are several churches dedicated to st. Erhard. However, nowhere else there is the need of erhardi bread, which could now be in danger in wichsenstein.

Djk kirchaich hits the bull's eye with skate night

The inliner department of DJK kirchaich organized a skate night at the oberaurach center in trossenfurt. Lisa heil, the head of the inliner department, emphasized: "with the participation in this action we want to set an effective sign and contribute to protect the children and young people in our club from the danger by alcohol."

Therefore, the association had deliberately decided against serving alcoholic beverages and instead offered a cocktail bar with delicious non-alcoholic cocktails. Information material on addiction prevention was also distributed in order to sensitize children, adolescents and their parents to the responsible use of alcohol.

If you’re looking for regenbogen daycare, you’ll find it in a multi-family house in egelseestrabe. Only the bell sign and a battalion of children’s shoes in front of the door distinguish the apartment to auben from the others. But inside, three children stumble towards you, and two more can be found in the rough playroom. Natalie kleimann is preparing waffles for the afternoon snack, while her husband christian stacks the cribs left behind after the afternoon nap. In 108 square meters, no space is wasted when you have five of your own and five "foreigners" children cared for full time. "It’s a satisfying job, as long as the bureaucracy doesn’t throw a spanner in the works", says christian kleimann, one of two day fathers in bamberg.

The two-meter man proudly presents a two-story playing level with a kitchen, workshop and ball bath that he carpentered himself, talking shop about a "real" trolley, which he obtained from holland. Along the way, he and three kids are packing books, registering a full diaper and burying three parents. "I should have done this 20 years earlier", says the 52-year-old former salesman.

"This is not a show dance, says gisela ottenschlager. Every time she dances with her meditative dance group, she is gripped by the special atmosphere. "Praying with the fuben" the woman from schusselfeld calls it and seems very serious. Ottenschlager became known to a larger audience through completely different dances, namely through her productions at the schlusselfeld carnival.
This is something completely different. When the 15 women gather in the sanctuary of the church and form a very calm and collected circle, the atmosphere also spreads to the spectator. The women are young or not so young anymore, catholic or protestant, from schlusselfeld or from various surrounding communities. What they all have in common is that they want to draw strength and peace from dance.
"I need to come down in everyday life", says gisela ottenschlager. That gives her this way of dancing. After a hard blow at a very young age, she had "lost a lot of her faith". She learned to pray with the pigeons in various monasteries. "I took peace and strength home with me", she tells. The meditative dance has brought her back to her faith.

Help in hard times

World star meets young choir in kronach

When world star deborah sasson performs on sunday, december 16, at 6:00 p.M. December, at 6 p.M., when world star deborah sasson enters the stage of the kreiskulturraum in kronach, there will be a surprise. In addition to her international ensemble, she is also accompanied by the friesener nachwuchschor "con brio" musically supported. Manager michaela taube: "we feel honored, this is a rough challenge."

This christmas concert should be festive, moving and above all unforgettable. At least, that’s what event partner rainer ludwig would like to see. On the second sunday in advent, the stage will therefore not only be illuminated by the spotlight, but above all by the fascinating charisma of an award-winning interpreter. And they want to be known for rough classics like "gloria", "ave maria" or "panis angelicus singing into the hearts of the audience. But not only classical music will flow through the room, but also more lively music. They come from well-known titles like "jingle bells", "rudolph, the red nosed reindeer" or "santa claus is coming to town. She will be accompanied by the russian pianist iwan urwalow.

Blow up against the crisis

Actually gerhard kernwein was a day too early. The baritone player of the stadtkapelle zeil stood on his balcony at 6 p.M. On saturday, set up his notes and belted out the european anthem. Neighbors came out in front of the doors and hoarding and were happy about the music – and the sign that people stand together in difficult times. When the melody was over, he noticed that the action, after which musicians everywhere pick up their instruments and play, was actually not supposed to start until sunday. No matter. On sunday he blew on it again.

Music, burning candles, like the ones people are currently placing in front of doors or in windows, are important symbols of community and solidarity, just like the sound of church bells or public applause for people who are particularly committed to helping their fellow human beings during the crisis. For example, for doctors and nurses, as well as employees in supermarkets, pharmacies, drugstores, local governments, police officers and politicians, who bear great responsibility. 

Foolish journey to bella italia

A great stage program and the masquerade ceremony thrilled the jesters. The motto was "bella italia" and reminded more of the glorious past than of summer vacation, pizza and pope.
The costuming was uniquely good: almost everyone presented the theme in original outfits. Venetian ladies, pizza bakers and roman legionaries delighted the eye. In addition, there was the powerful sound of the "rossinis", who turned the adam-riese-hall into a witch’s cauldron. The atmosphere could not have been better. Already with the first bars of the band the jecken swayed in the dance.
The skkler had decorated the hall in an extraordinary way. Red-green-yellow flags spanned the ceiling, the stage was transformed into a roman temple, next to it the leaning tower of pisa bent ominously. To the sounds of sublime music, president matthias grass rolled onto the dance floor as casar in a chariot pulled by a vespa. He buried his people in latin, which was, however, more like french. Even the pope in the papamobile arrived and welcomed the carnivalists.
The very first item on the program was an eye-catcher. The SKK’s purzelgarde danced under the direction of helga ofzarek with pinocchio.
And then it got crowded in front of the stage. The carnival club once again outdid itself in the masquerade procession. The "bunga bunga" racing stable came along with a papier-mache ferrari. Already now it was clear, he will win the award. "Asterix conquers rome followed in the ranking and the gucci handbag as third place convinced the jury with landrat christian meibner (CSU), who had thrown himself into the dress of a roman soldier.
Christine wittmann had prepared her youth guard well for the show dance of her girls. They received thunderous applause. Pizza baker dino lampa showed tricks on the unicycle, juggled with clubs or oranges and loved rooster and pizza circling around his head and hooves. Afterwards the professionals, who made their first dance steps in 1999 in the "purzelgarde", earned long lasting applause.
But as far as the applause was concerned, the male ballet stole the show. It was already midnight when the gentlemen, some of them graying, appeared in romanesque costume and made love to the clashing of swords.
While it became quieter in the hall, it really got going in the foyer. The party went on until dawn.
Michael hess, second president of the SKK, was proud of the masquerade masks. "We spent four weeks building and tinkering", he told our newspaper. The preparations had started in september.

Hundreds of thousands of people from near and far flock to the "gateway to the franconian forest" every year to celebrate the "freischieben" in kronach. Rides and booths, the two festival halls and, last but not least, the beer garden at the schutzenhaus attracted visitors with attractions, music, food and drink.
But this year, too, numerous residents of the care facility "leben am rosenberg" wanted to leave the celebrations not only to the young people at the helios-frankenwald hospital in kronach. On the first friday of the festival, one day after the beer tapping, they made their way to the schutzenplatz, accompanied by their caregivers, enjoyed one or the other freshly tapped stein in splendid summer weather, and enjoyed the plump folk festival atmosphere. The watchful eye of the security service made sure that everything was always done properly, and ensured that the companions of the merry group also had their fun.
Fortified with bratwurst, fish sandwiches and roasted almonds, the group headed home after an eventful afternoon.
The "leben am rosenberg" care facility has been present at the frankenwaldklinik since 2004, with which it cooperates in several areas, and currently accommodates a total of 33 residents in short- and long-term care. In addition to nursing care, the facility also offers its residents regular activities such as a visit to the kronach free slide.

Creative ideas are needed, especially in the times of corona. In order to maintain their music education despite school closures and the prohibition of any kind of club activities, the brass band of ebenhausen is taking a completely new approach. They have begun to hold music lessons digitally, initially with the teaching of brass instruments. Since direct contact between music teacher and music teacher can no longer take place, the children are taught via whatsapp video call. Skype or facetime would also be possible.

Richard dees has been taking care of the training of young musicians in ebenhausen for many years and has a lot of experience in this field. But he is still open to new ideas and was immediately taken with a recommendation from the north bavarian music association to switch to this type of distance learning in order to maintain the training program. "We tried it out right away with harald pelz, our brass instructor, and a family friend of ours. Whatsapp has almost everyone, so we tested it with it. It is basically just a video phone call between teacher and pupil. For the children it is completely new and they found it funny", he is happy.