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Project by holzmichel posted 05-17-2010 09:29 PM 1121 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year on the last day in April people in many towns here in Southern Germany put up a “Maibaum” (maypole) and have a great “First of May party”. It is a tree cut in the woods and brought to town. It is often painted or carved and there are often crafts signs on it. There is a competition from a local brewery and a jury elects the most beautiful tree. This year we decorated the tree and the surrounding space with the characters of a fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” from the Brothers Grimm. There are witches of course – one in the house, 5 high up in the tree and one carved into the tree. I did the carvings: the witch, a black cat and the year – 2010. It was not too difficult, but it was fun. By the way, the tree ist 23 metres (about 75 feet) high and today I read it won first price – a great honour (and lots of free beer!!!)
PS. Excuse my mistakes in English!

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#1 posted 05-17-2010 09:32 PM

Sehr Schon ! wunderbar ! Sie kahn sehr gut mit den arbeiten .Ich wunsche Sie und ihre familie viel spass und viel gluck Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 05-17-2010 10:58 PM

It’s wonderful. I want one in my back yard!

Congrat’s on the prize.

-- Kate,

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#3 posted 05-17-2010 11:41 PM

Your English is far better than my German… Oma has been gone too long now I think…

Lovely work on that Maypole… And yes, free beer is a good thing, unless it is an American Light Lager, then pass it up… (We do have some excellent micro brewery beers that are truly world class, but most of the beers that people know as American are truly nasty tasting…)

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#4 posted 05-18-2010 01:07 AM


I miss der Maibaum…. this one looks great!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 05-18-2010 02:21 AM

Nice picture. Congratulations on winning first place with your tree and carvings.


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#6 posted 05-18-2010 04:30 AM


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#7 posted 05-19-2010 01:32 AM

Awesome job on the may pole, it brought back memories of Germany, the six year i spent over there in the Army. Sehr Schon ! wunderbar ! P.S. I miss the food over there.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 05-02-2014 05:10 PM

When my parents immigrated from Germany, 1952, they lived in Minnesota and sent me to a parochial school that celebrated all the traditional Germany holidays and festivals including the Maibaum celebration.

Your Maibaum brings back a lot of memories of both Germany and my time in Minnesota!

Vielen Dank!

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#9 posted 05-02-2014 06:09 PM

Did it again this year. Motto was soap box racing. And we got first price again (the 4th time in seven years)

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