Witches and Wizards

 

Babenhausen, Germany

 

1979 - 198?

 

Wizard and Witches, Nieder-Roden

 

In 1978 I moved to Babenhausen, Germany, which had it's own American army Kaserne (base). At the time there wasn't a square dance group, so in 1979 together with some interested people we founded one. Of course we had to find a name, and since there's a so-called witches tower in Babenhausen, I came up with the idea: "Witches and Wizards". I introduced the name suggestion to the "Gateway Twirlers" and they all thought it perfect... thus, the "Witches and Wizards" came into being!

 

For a number of years we continued dancing at the recreation center on the Babenhausen Kaserne with various callers and German as well as American members. Then it got more and more difficult for people to get on the base because of security issues and a new place to dance had to be found. A few members moved the club to Rodgau Nieder-Roden but I decided not to continue being a member. I had a family with two kids and my own folk dance classes to teach. It was a fun time while it lasted!

 

 

 

Our first, improvised, club badge

 

 

Finally we had an "official" badge"

 

 

 

Walpurgis Night,

 

April 30, 2010

 

Finally I managed to visit the Witches and Wizards annual "Walpurgis Square Dance Event" which always takes place on the evening before May 1 and follows a German tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

With the club's president, Gerhard Simon.

 

 

up-date: 12.03.2011