At long last Tacoma has launched the website for the 28th Pacific Coast Swiss Singing and Yodeling Festival, www.swiss-sangerfest-tacoma-2014.org .
As you can see when you visit the site, hotel reservations can be made via the link to Hotel Murano taking advantage of our group rate.
As noted on the Badges and Tickets page, we do not anticipate having the badge pricing or links for group and individual registration available until about October 1st.
The Vancouver Swiss Choir invites all music enthusiasts and lovers of Swiss tunes to their annual Spring Concert on Saturday, June 15th, 2013. The Spring Concert is part of the year-round celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Consulate in Western Canada. The concert features songs in all official Swiss languages and of course, yodel songs.
A special treat will be the guest performance of the Edmonton Swiss Men’s Choir who will make the trip to Vancouver deliberately for the LIKE +++ MINDED since 1913 celebration.
Location of the concert is the Mennonite Church, 11295 Mellis Drive, Richmond, BC V6X 1L8. Tickets can be ordered from Marie-Louise Hanna (604 536 6382) or from any choir member. The price is $20.
When: 18 May 2013 at 10 am
Where: Princess Park North Vancouver
Leader: Peter Schaerer
The walk begins in Princess Park at elevation 220 m and ends at sea level at the mouth of Lynn Creek. It is mainly downhill and level on trails in and at the side of forests with short distances on sidewalks and road crossings. The total distance is approximately 8 km requiring 2 hours walking. After reaching Vancouver Harbour we backtrack to Main Street and take the bus to the parking at the starting point or go home directly. The bus fare is $ 2.75 and $ 1.75 for seniors.
Lunches may be consumed either from backpacks in the park at the lower Lynn Creek or in eating places at the Tilford shopping centre.
We meet at 10:00 hours on the parking area of Princess Park. When arriving by car, take Exit 18 (Lonsdale Avenue) on Highway 1, drive 8oo m distance uphill and turn right into Osborne Road at the North Lonsdale United Church. Princess Park is at the end of Osborne Road where the road makes a sharp left turn. When travelling by public transit, board the Seabus at Waterfront at 08:45 h and change to Bus #230 “Upper Lonsdale” at Lonsdale Quay (there might be a 15 minutes waiting period). The bus stops right at Princess Park about at 09:45 h.
Trip leader and information source: Peter Schaerer,
Telephone: 604-987-3716; e-mail: email@example.com
Need volunteers for Euro fest 2013 will get free entrance tickets.
For Saturday,25 May 2013
From 17:00 to 21:00 in 2 hours segments for serving
07:00 to 11:00 and 18:00 to 22:00 on cash register
For Sunday,26 May 1013
from 11:00 to 13:00 serving
Please email to Jacques Goldschmidt at :
firstname.lastname@example.org or call me after 6 pm at 604-596-6253.
For the first time, the annual European Festival will be a 2-day event!
The dates are May 25-26th, 2013. Please visit the all new website www.europeanfestival.ca for detailed information about the festival schedule, artist and vendor information and possibilities for sponsorship. Besides the cultural and culinary highlights, there will be a talent show (registration on the website), a tombola with great prices, and the bands Abra Cadabra (tribute to ABBA) and The Fab Forever (tribute to The Beatles) will entertain the guest after 7pm.
The Vancouver Dorfmusik will perform on Saturday morning and during the Flag Parade at 1pm and the Swiss Choir will perform on Saturday at 4.20pm.
Switzerland will be the featured country at the European Festival and will get the possibility to display its culture and diversity in a special Swiss Tent. Please contact Aio Haeberli (email@example.com) if you want to help with the organization of these special activities.
Jacques Goldschmidt organizes all aspects of the Swiss food booth. Please contact him (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to volunteer for one or both days. As always, volunteers receive free admission and a meal.
To order a ticket for the festival at a reduced price of $5 please contact Mirjam Mai (email@example.com)
The Large Hadron Collider, the Higgs Discovery and the Big Bang
Last July’s announcement of the discovery at CERN of a Higgs-like boson has been heralded as the breakthrough of a generation if not the century. It wouldn’t have been possible without Canada, and it wouldn’t have happened without Europe.
In the context of Europe Day on May 9th, which commemorates the birthday of the European Union, a scientific symposium organized by the EuroFest BC Society (in particular Rolf Brulhart and Mirjam Mai) and TRIUMF will highlight the role of collaborative science and technology in connecting Canada and Europe. The keynote address will feature the spokesperson for the Canadian team at CERN and will highlight the tight partnerships that made the Higgs discovery possible as well as what this breakthrough means for science and society. A panel discussion will follow with the opportunity for the audience to ask questions. After a casual luncheon the participants are invited to tour TRIUMF. Engagement of several European consulates has been confirmed.
Registration is required at this Europe Day link.
Europe Day Agenda
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10.30 am to 3 pm.
Route: from Picnic area at Terra Nova, southward through the Terra Nova Natural Area and Rural Park , continue along the dyke to Steveston and Garry Point. Spectacular view of the mountains. Return via Transit #401or pre-arranged carpooling.
Distance: 12 km Duration: 4.5 hrs.
Level of difficulty: easy, level ground adjacent to the Sturgeon Banks Estuary. At various points are benches, washrooms at Terra Nova & Blundell Rd.
Meeting time: 10.30 am, April 20th, 2012
Meeting Place: Parking and Picnic area at Terra Nova, travelling west on River Road, passing No. 1 Road and Barnard Drive. (see map).
Equipment: wear good shoes and suitable clothing, even on sunny days it can be windy and cool.
Lunch: bring your own lunch, no restaurants en route.
Visit Pajo’s Fish & Chips and Ice cream at the beach.
Reserve with your trip leader:
Barbara Wirsching: Tel# 604-272-3571
JUNE 29, 30 & JULY 1st, 2013 – GALLOPING GOOSE
The Tyrol Galloping Goose bike ride will be led this year by Heinz Schlingloff and Alastair Campbell. We will leave on Saturday morning June 29th from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal (bikes only), arrive at Schwartz Bay on Vancouver Island and then bike along the flat Lochside Trail past Sydney and on to Victoria. We will bike around the downtown for a while and then ride out to Royal Roads University by mid-afternoon where we will spend the night. On Sunday we will cycle to the far end of the Goose trial to Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, have lunch and a swim at the Potholes and then retrace our route back to the University. (This means that you can leave your extra clothes and gear at Royal Roads which will make the ride easier). On Sunday we will go back to Schwartz Bay and ride the ferry back to Tsawwassen.
The bike trail follows an abandoned railway line that was used by the Galloping Goose railroad. The maximum grade is 2% so we can all handle this with scarcely a sweat. It is a fun route, very picturesque and as always, there will be lots of Tyrol camaraderie.
Ride distances. Day 1 – about 50 kms. Day 2 – about 100 kms. there and back. You can shorten this distance if you want to. Day 3 – 50 kms. On Day 1 we will eat lunch at Mattick’s Farm. We will decide on communal food for the other meals.
Meet time: We will meet at the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal gate with ticket in hand at 8:30AM and we will take the ferry at 9: 00 AM. The fare for adult passengers is $15.50 and your bike fare is $2.00. Please do not be late.
As mentioned we are staying at Royal Roads University which is beside the Galloping Goose Trail. The cost for an en suite room is $73.45 for one or two people. The cost for a single room with a shared bathroom is $45.20 These prices include all taxes.
To book your room at Royal Roads, call Karmell Preston at 1-800-788-8028 (free) or use her direct line at 1-250-391-2549. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will take your credit card number but will not use it until you arrive. Book as soon as you can as accommodations are limited.
If you are interested in this trip, book your room and let Alastair know you are coming at email@example.com. If you want more information on this trip, contact Alastair by email.
On Friday evening, April 19th we are planning a snowshoe trip to the Bowen Lookout on Cypress. We will leave from in front of the Cypress Lodge at 6:30PM.
The trail takes about 45 minutes one way. The route is undulating and it has a few ‘uphill sections’. If you have a forehead light, please bring it but if not, come anyway as there will be enough of them to light the way. We will arrive on top in time to eat, drink and watch the sun set over the western horizon.
Since this is a ‘Snowshoe Farewell Party’ please bring wine or champagne and appetizers to share. Bring a layer of warm clothes as it gets cool while you are eating. To keep your posterior warm, bring some bubble wrap or newspapers in a plastic bag to sit on.
For more information contact Suzanne or Alastair alastair.campbell21@gmail .com.
The Victoria Swiss Society invites everybody to celebrate Victoria Day together with them at the official parade on Monday, May 20th, in Victoria. This event is also part of the LIKE +++ MINDED celebration of the Swiss Consulate and the Victoria Swiss Society will build their own nicely decorated float. Participants will receive a T-shirt or cap. The Vancouver Swiss Choir has agreed to perform during the parade. There will also be a dinner concert on Monday evening.
Please contact Ric Fischer for more detailed information, hotel reservation and your T-shirt size at 250.472.1850 or firstname.lastname@example.org