Let’s gather in Rimbach October 17/18, 2019
Posted: 05 August 2018 07:30 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Let’s have a 50 year reunion in Rimbach.

Why 2019? 1969 was the first year that the site on the Hohen Bogen was in place for the full year and it is a reasonable approximate midpoint for the period the site existed in all its configurations. 

Why mid October?  Avoid the higher summer airfares and the summer heat (they have been having some hot summers in Europe and AC is not as available as here). Wait until Oktoberfest is over so flights into Munich and hotels are more available and cheaper - in 2019 Oktoberfest ends on Sunday the sixth.  So the week beginning the following Sunday, the 13th, seems good. Thursday and Friday of that week are the 17th and 18th.  Those could be the core days for getting together.  If you want to come in before or stay later there can be more to do, but it seems we could have the primary events on those two days - a banquet, trip up the hill to the old site, lunch at the Schönblick, etc. 

To give credit where credit is due it was last year (2017) at the Boyleston Schulverein Beerfest in Walpole, MA, that Christina Annese, wife of Ralph “Monty” Annese, and a native of Furth im Wald/Schafberg, suggested there should be a 50th reunion sometime soon for Rimbacher Americans. So we came up with October 2019 using the rationale as related above. 

Last year I brought the subject up here in the Forums and on the secret Facebook site.  There was some response, but at that point it was still so far away.  Now it is time to get serious. 

There have been about 8-10 promising responses already, plus we have a few former Ridgerunners still living in or near Rimbach.  The number of attendees will determine if we just decide where to eat together when we get there and take a few cars up to the Schönblick, or have to reserve a larger space and arrange for bus transportation.  Charlie Hess has done a great job with planning for reunions in 2004 and 2009, and others. He has offered to assist again.  Let’s make some decisions and commitments.  My wife and I are planning to arrive in Rimbach on about the 14th and leave on the 19th for Munich, Dachau, Neuschwanstein - then set sail on the 23rd on a river cruise from Passau to Budapest.  Anybody who wants to do something like a cruise before or after the reunion should book it very soon.  It’s a year out but the ships are already filling up.

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Posted: 24 November 2018 08:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I would be interested in joining others in Rimbach in October 2019

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Posted: 26 December 2018 08:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I am figuring about 30 attendees now.  With some local close friends in Rimbach plus a few more attendees telling me that they will be accompanied by one, two, three companions we could easily be past 40.

Best info and list of attendees is being kept in the secret Facebook page - might be too public here.  Contact me (private message through this website) for how to get there.

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Posted: 06 March 2019 09:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Make that Thursday October 17,  Friday October 18, Saturday October 19.  The association of former members of the German units on the Hohen Bogen has a small museum with some of their equipment, etc. on display over in Bad Koetzting.  They are open on Thursday mornings by request.  We will visit them on Thursday morning.  On Friday or Saturday morning we will visit the Drachenhöhle (Dragon’s Lair) in Furth im Wald to see the new high tech dragon and other displays about the Drachenstich. I have written a request to the mayor of Furth im Wald for him to personally guide us there.  He is and an engineer who was deeply involved in the development and construction of the dragon and one year was the knight who slays the dragon.  He studied for a while in the US so his English should be good.  One day we will certainly take an excursion to the old site and and German towers on Hohen Bogen and have lunch at the Schömblick.  One evening we should have a dinner in Rimbach.  If the Lindnerbräu in Kötzting is still doing Grillabend at their brewpub we can have dinner over there.

Some of us are staying at Kollmerhof or Bayerischer Hof in Rimbach, or Buchbergerhof in Grafenwiesen.  There are many other places to stay, contact me or Christina Annese for help if required.  Please join the Facebook group for more complete information.  Contact me about how to find our secret group on Facebook.

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