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 worked together for the morning to prepare for our sharing session this afternoon. The students were as equally respectful and cooperative as they’d been all week, and our final sharing was chock full of only a smattering of what we’ve been doing over the previous four days. Words fail to aptly describe this further, so we won’t try. Check out these pictures from Day 4.
The Singspiel students might have had a lot of “swag” to take home with them, but more importantly, they are taking home new friendships, wonderful learning experiences and meaningful memories that will help build and shape their futures and hopefully, if nothing else, a respect and growing love for German language, music, culture, food, traditions, and dance has been planted. If we did that alone in 4 days, we’ll have fulfilled the mission of our program. Somehow, from what we all saw today, I think we did a little more than that!
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From the teachers: Thank you to all who made this wonderful camp such a resounding success- parents, students, high school student volunteers, Liederkranz members who volunteered in the kitchen, and the Liederkranz executive committee and trustees. To all of the many people supporting us and the students every day, we, the teachers are exceedingly grateful!