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…]

Tag des Fahrrads – The Day of the Bicycle

Sunday, 24th February, 2013 sees the return of “Oberursel fährt ab – Tag des Fahrrads” – an event organised by the town itself in co-operation with the ADFC.

Billed as a “bicycle and tourism fair”, the Stadthalle will play host to a combination of presentations, discussions, and a selection of stands from local dealers and tourism outlets.

The fair open at 11am, with a flea market for used bicycles taking place between 11.30am and 12.30pm.  Bicycles for sale have to be registered in advance on www.oberurselfaehrtab.de. [Read more…]

A new manager at the monthly celebration for the Waldorf School

Each month the children of the Waldorf School in Oberursel, the Freie Waldorfschule Vordertaunus, show each other what they have learnt in a „Monatsfeier“. Twice a year this is held in public so that their parents and anyone else who is interested can come along and watch.

Dr. Ralf Gissel (Photo: Freie Waldorfschule Vordertaunus)The public Monatsfeier this autumn was not only a chance to do just that in the Stadthalle, but also to meet the school’s new manager, Dr. Ralf Gissel.

Now the idea of a school having a “manager” (Geschäftsführer) may sound pretty strange, but maybe it is the terminology that makes it that way. Dr. Gissel, himself a parent of 3 children who have visited or are still at the school, explained that the “head” of the school is split into three roles. There is the academic head, the manager and the chair of the charity (e.V.). The academic head can concentrate on academic matters within the school, while the charity is concerned with raising the money to fund it.

The manager sits between the two and is responsible for the administrative part of the school for which he has six employees and many of the parents in supporting roles.

Dr. Gissel also explained the difference between an “Ersatzschule” and a “Privatschule”, [Read more…]

Why Oberursel can’t afford to build a new swimming pool

The Stadthalle was packed full on Wednesday evening for the “Bürgerversammlung” to discuss the new swimming pool.

Hans-Georg Brum (Mayor)

Hans-Georg Brum (Mayor)

It all started off quite well, with the mayor Hans-Georg Brum asking the question “if we don’t build it now, when will we?” and pointing out the value of the new indoor swimming pool for the schools in the town and in general for children, youths and older people, stressing the fact that it was not just for the swimming club (SCO) and the lifeguards (DLRG).

With a nod to the financial problems he asked the politicians in the town to stand behind the project, claiming that if everyone wants it to happen, somehow it will be possible.  For this he received a round of applause.

The next presentation was about the building itself, but finally led to the calculation of how the project is going to be financed.  For the first time, the public were shown a list of the pieces of land that are to be sold off to raise the capital.  Or at least, the roads in which these pieces of land are in.

Perhaps most interesting at this point was [Read more…]

New town development plan discussed in the Stadthalle

Discussing the town development plan in the Stadthalle

The new town development plan for Oberursel was discussed at a kick-off event in the Stadthalle this evening.  The current plan dates from 1977/78.  Residents are being encouraged to get involved and put their suggestions forward on how the town should develop.

Die vier Jahreszeiten – The Four Seasons – A Children’s Musical

Musical notes - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / snehitdesignDie vier Jahreszeiten (The Four Seasons) is a children’s musical being performed at the Stadthalle in Oberursel on Sunday, 22nd April, 2012 at 3pm.

The performers are aged between 4 and 13 and come from 5 different nations.

Tickets costs 8EUR for adults and 3EUR for children.

Antiques and Jumble Sale in the Stadthalle

Oberursel StadthalleAn antiques and jumble sale is being held in the Stadthalle in Oberursel on Sunday, 11th March, 2012 between 1pm and 5pm.

Anyone wishing to sell items should call 06172 778463 in advance to reserve a space.

Kevin Kenner plays Chopin and Debussy in the Stadthalle

Musical notes - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / snehitdesignAmerican pianist Kevin Kenner will be playing pieces by Chopin and Debussy in the Stadthalle in Oberursel on Sunday, 4th March, 2012 at 8pm.  An introductory talk will be held at 7pm by Gerhard Schroth, also a pianist.

Tickets are available in advance at the usual places in the town and on-line at www.adticket.de

Bazaar for Teenies and Ladies

Oberursel StadthalleThe SPD is holding a spring bazaar for “Teenies and Ladies” with clothes sizes between S and XXL in the Oberursel Stadthalle on Saturday, 3rd March, 2012 between noon and 2pm.

The Stadthalle is located opposite the Rathaus, in the town centre, and the bazaar is in the rooms called “Weißkirchen” and “Stierstadt”.

Proceeds of the bazaar are being donated to charity.

Day of the bicycle – “Oberursel fährt ab”

Oberursel fährt ab 2012Sunday, 26th February, 2012 is the “Day of the Bicycle” (Tag des Fahrrads) in Oberursel.

Some residents may remember similar events being held on the Epinayplatz, but this year it has been re-styled and is being held between 11am and 5pm in the Stadthalle.  It is being organised by the town of Oberursel and the ADFC.

Entry costs €2, with free entry for children under 13.

There will be presentations on cycling in the Taunus and Rhein-Main areas, using GPS, e-bikes, and one highlight will be the debate in the afternoon on using bicycles to get to school.

According to the ADFC, only 10% of children in Germany use a bicycle to get to school.  Taking part in the debate at 2pm will be representatives from the Kreis, the town, the ADFC, the police and at least one headmaster.

Local bicycle dealers will be exhibiting during the day, and at 11.30am there will also be a selection of used bicycles on offer.  Other exhibitors will be showing how to play a cycle tour, both in the area and further afield, and visitors will also be able to learn more about the ADFC itself.

Finally, visitors will have the chance to have their bicycles “coded”, meaning that if they are stolen they can be identified by the police and returned to their rightful owners.

The Fahrradkodierung costs €13 and in addition to the bicycle itself, proof of identity (eg. ID card of passport) and ownership (eg. the receipt) are required.  The price also includes entry to the event.

For an additional €3 a new system called Fahrradkodierung 2.0 will also be available.  A special sticker is attached to the frame, which can be scanned using a smartphone.  The phone then shows whether or not the bicycle has been reported as stolen, without showing the details of the owner.

Further details (in German) and exact times for the presentations can be found of the website: www.oberurselfaehrtab.de

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