Annabel I. crowned Fountain Queen

“The Queen is dead – long live the Queen!” might not have been the most subtle way of telling Vanessa I. that her reign as Fountain Queen (Brunnenkönigin) had come to an end, but it was with these words that Charmaine Weisenbach took the coronation ceremony from a carnival atmosphere back to the middle ages.

The evening had started with a performance of “We want to entertain you” by members of the “Academy of Stage Arts”, and entertain us they did with performances of hits like “Voulez Vos coucher avec moi” and “Time Warp”, but it was the topical performances by two completely different groups of performers that signalled the end of Vanessa’s year and the start of her successors, with Annabel’s identify being kept for almost the first two hours.

To see Vanessa off, the “Garde” (similar to majorettes) of the Bommersheim Carnival Club (BCV) performed one piece after another, starting with the youngest children and going from one age group to the next.

Before long, it was time for Vanessa to hold her last speech as Fountain Queen.  As ever, she spoke in rhyme.  “Nun vorbei ist meine Zeit, die neue Königin steht bereit” she concluded (my time is over, the new Queen is standing by). [Read more…]

Good bye, Vanessa!

With her time on the throne as Oberursel’s fountain queen (Brunnenkönigin) coming to an end, the time came last week to say farewell to Vanessa I. before she officially hands over to her successor on 23rd March.

In the past year she has had 150 official engagements in the town with a approximately a further 20 outside in other towns.

She was accompanied, as ever, by her “Brunnenmeister” Harry Hecker, of whom Mayor Hans-Georg Brum said that you could always tell whether things were going right or wrong with an event by the way he looked.

He also complimented Vanessa, saying that she “always had a smile on her lips”. [Read more…]

Christmas Market in Oberursel 2012

The Christmas Market in Oberursel was opened on Thursday, 29th November, 2012 by Mayor Hans-Georg Brum, accompanied by the Fountain Queen Vanessa I, City Manager Wolfgang Bräutigam, Fountain Master Harry Hecker, Treasurer Thorsten Schorr, Alderman Wilfried Abt and Council Chairman Dr. Christoph Müllerleile.

The market stretches from the Rathaus through the Vorstadt and Strackgasse to the Marktplatz.

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Oberursel Wine Festival

Wine queens from the Rheingau Region at the opening of the wine festival in Oberursel

Wine queens and princesses from the Rheingau region at the opening of the wine festival in Oberursel with Brunnenkönigin Vanessa I. and Brunnenmeister Harry Hecker.

From left to right they are:

Dorina Feske (Oestricher Weinkönigin)

Stephanie Kopietz (Kostheimer Weinprinzessin)

Sophie Egert (Oestricher Weinprinzessin)

Elena Berischke (Rheingauer Weinkönigin)

Vanessa I. (Oberurseler Brunnenkönigin)

Louisa Follrich (Hattenheimer Weinprinzessin)

Harry Hecker (Oberurseler Brunnenmeister)

Maren Berg (Erbacher Weinprinzessin)

Daniela Hecht (Erbacher Weinkönigin)

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Oberursel Wine Festival

Brunnenkoenigin Vanessa I. with Brunnenmeister Harry Hecker at the opening of the wine festival

Brunnenkönigin (Fountain Queen) Vanessa I. with Brunnenmeister Harry Hecker at the opening of the 12th Rheingau Wine Festival in Oberursel.

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Brunnenfest: Visitors from Épinay-sur-Seine

Visitors from the Twin Town of Épinay-sur-Seine at the Marienbrunnen

Visitors from the Twin Town of Épinay-sur-Seine at the Marienbrunnen with the Brunnenkönigin (Fountain Queen) Vanessa I., her Brunnenmeister (assistant) Harry Hecker, Mayor of Oberursel Hans-Georg Brum and chairman of the town council Dr. Christoph Müllerleile.

 

Brunnenfest: Marienbrunnen Inauguration with Apple Wine

The Inauguration of the Marienbrunnen with Apple Wine poured from a Bembel

The Inauguration of the Marienbrunnen with Apple Wine poured from a Bembel

Brunnenfest: Brunnenkönigin Vanessa I.

Fountain Queen (Brunnenkönigin) Vanessa I. at the restored Marienbrunnen in Oberursel

Fountain Queen (Brunnenkönigin) Vanessa I. at the restored Marienbrunnen in Oberursel

Brunnenfest: The Brunnenkönigin making her speech

The Brunnenkönigin (Fountain Queen) - Vanessa I. - making her speech at the opening of the Brunnenfest (Fountain Festival) 2012 in Oberursel

The Brunnenkönigin (Fountain Queen) – Vanessa I. – making her speech at the opening of the Brunnenfest (Fountain Festival) 2012 in Oberursel

“Orschel nennt man Brunnenstadt,
weil es hier viele Brunnen hat…”

Bahnhofsfest: Hans-Georg Brum and Dr. Justus Förschner

Hans-Georg Brum and Dr. Justus Förschner open the Bahnhofsfest in Oberursel

Mayor Hans-Georg Brum (2nd from left) and Dr. Justus Förschner (SEWO, left) open the Bahnhofsfest in Oberursel on Saturday, 26th May, 2012.  In the Background are Brunnenkönigin Vanessa I. and Brunnenmeister Harry Hecker.

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