"Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee Celebrates the Holiday Season" Private Residence - December 6, 2003

Report and pictures by Rosemarie Reisch

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the home of Rosemarie Reisch. On December 6, 2003, she invited the members and friends of the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee to celebrate the holiday season together. Walking through the lights in the garden and upon entering the festively decorated house with the beautiful Christmas tree and the many tables decorated with orchids and spruce, the guests began to feel the magic and the spirit of Christmas instantly. In her welcome speech, Rosemarie Reisch thanked the members and friends of the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee for their support throughout the years. Among the guests were Consul General Dr. Hans-Juergen Wendler and Mrs. Gudrun Wendler, Councilman Tom LaBonge, Stelle Feuers of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Claudia Gordon, Director of Villa Aurora, Elke Sommer and her husband Wolf Walther, Helma Bloomberg as well as numerous leaders of organizations and institutions committed to promoting German-American relations.

Following the reception, the guests enjoyed an excellent musical program presented by Gregorio Gonzalez, baritone (Resident artist of L.A. Opera), and Katja Rothfuss, soprano, accompanied by Victoria Kirsch at the piano. The English and German Christmas songs enchanted the guests and everyone joined in with “Silent Night, Holy Night …” This year, something special had been planned: A traditional German Christmas Dinner with duck, red cabbage and other holiday favorites. During the dinner, an animated exchange took place with Louise King providing festive background music. One of the highlights of the evening were the spontaneous presentations by Gregorio Gonzalez who touched the audience with his “Ave Maria”, as well as the German songs sung by Katja Rothfuss and Elke Sommer. When the evening ended, everyone felt that the holiday season had begun.