That’s a wrap!
Gemütlichkeit was what we all experienced the past four days. The German word “describes a space or state of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer. Other qualities include coziness, peace of mind, belonging, well being, and social acceptance.” We could easily rename Sommer Singspiel “Gemütlichkeit Camp,” but it would be meaningless– to feel Gemütlichkeit it cannot be one’s central purpose– it is a side effect of being together in a place like the Lancaster Liederkranz.
We spent 4 glorious days together making music, singing, dancing, learning the German language, playing soccer, and sharing delicious lunches together! What a joyful experience! Thank you to all who were a part of such an amazing four days!
Today two of our Singspielers, Landen Klingenmaier and Sammy Kieffer, asked to share the Bench Dance. It was a special treat! They dressed in their tracht and entertained us first thing in the morning!
More great teamwork, and fun on the soccer pitch! Thank you for four great days, Herr Beck and Tanner!
Music and Movement:
Singspielers have put the final touches on all of their music for our sharing today! They can officially: 1) sing a song in a 3 part round, 2) sing, play a barred instrument, have another rhythm instrument part, and add movement all in the same piece of music, 3) sing songs in different meters, and, 4) compose their own music! It’s been such a joy watching them explore instruments, movement, working together with campers they may not have ever met before, and gaining confidence that they all have something unique and artful to share with the group. What a wonderful week it has been!
We broke our campers into 2 groups to showcase our knowledge. One group was responsible for singing “Backe, backe, Kuchen” and we added a percussion ostinato part on the “Devil Sticks”. We were very impressed with their German and music ability. The second group focused on “der Kuckuck und der Esel” complete with German animal sounds! This week was an absolutely wonderful experience for us and we think the campers had fun too. Thank you for sharing your children with us!
We reviewed our Siebenschritt Tanz from Tuesday that we learned from Mary Ellen Kilp, and were able to learn a brand new dance from Herr Paul Stanavage which we called the “Traveling Polka,” because some of the dancers travel around the outside of the circle during one part. The campers like the new dance so much that they insisted on sharing it later in the day for their parents– learned and performed the same day! What a brilliant group!
Ham and pretzel, tomato, celery & carrots, and fruit salad.
Getting Ready for the Sharing:
Pictures speak a thousand words! We’ll let our pictures speak for themselves! Please share these with your camper!
A special thank you to Judy Zodet, and all of the volunteers that helped in the kitchen over the course of our four days!