Summer Solstice – 2008

 

2008 Summer Solstice Celebration 

21 June 2008 was the celebration of the Summer Solstice, and Sharkhunters President HARRY COOPER (1-LIFE-1983) was invited to the huge gathering for this event at the compound of MANFRED ROEDER (1517-LIFE-1990) somewhere in the heart of Germany.  As always, it was well attended and just fantastic!


The tables were set in the meeting room for the guests.

A great deal of cooking has gone on.

Guests will soon be relaxing on this veranda and elsewhere.

But first, it is necessary to raise the flag.

This is the emblem of the organization headed up by MANFRED.  The three torches symbolize – Truth, Honor and Justice.

MANFRED speaks to a packed room.

Then it is time for a quick snack.

Everyone serves himself – no waiters here; just great food!

Then the Torchlight Procession and the Ceremony


The steady beat of the drum led the procession from the compound.

…………..with steady, measured steps……………….

………….to the field for the ceremony.

Songs were sung and speeches were made,

then the torches were put to the pyre……………

…………..and the flames grew higher…………..

……….until the night sky was ablaze with the flames and passion……

………………………until only the memories remained……………..

The Russians Arrive the Next Day.


Leader of the Russian contingent, ANNA (7371-2008) and
 
MANFRED lead the procession to raise the Russian Flag.

The Honor Guard is ready for the ceremony………….

………….ANNA is ready with the camera

and the Russian Flag is hoisted.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

After a beautiful moment of classical music by ANNA, some of the group drove (in five cars) to the nearby home of a friend, Konrad Schneider, who was celebrating his 80th birthday.

The banner states, in Russian “Russia Awake!

A present of a boxed bottle of wine and glasses.

Interesting emblem on the box…………….

Getting a photo of the wine case

MANFRED and the Guest of Honor
     The guests are enjoying some great pastries and drinks
and the warm hospitality of a friend’s home.