Volksmarch column for April 21
This is Easter weekend, and there are a lot of walks to choose from. There are several Friday and Monday walks and fewer than usual Sunday.
For an Easter-themed event, consider Monday’s walk in Bischofsdhron, Germany, about halfway between the Eifel and Kaiserslautern military communities. The walk’s flier says the five-kilometer route is stroller friendly and the Easter Bunny will be at the control point.
Cleebronn, Germany, looks like another fun place to walk this weekend. This walk is a Stammtisch walk for the Stuttgart German American Wandering Club. That means its blue club flag will fly at one of the tables in the start hall as an invitation to other walkers to visit.
The Stuttgart club is also planning a bus trip to the volksmarch in Alstätten, Switzerland, on Saturday, May 7. Organizers are asking that you sign up and pay before May 3. For more information, contact Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on other club activities, visit www.sgawc.org.
If you’re close to Munich this weekend, consider the walk in Vierkirchen, just north of Dachau. The prize is a pair of model cows dressed in lederhosen.
Clark Soeldner says the walk in Mason Vicento, Italy, is a cherry blossom event. Always held on Easter Monday, this walk takes you through cherry orchards, which are usually in bloom. The prize is a jar of cherry preserves.
If you want to save money and get the prize at the May 15 event in Verona, you must sign up in advance. Visit www.straverona.it (in Italian) for information.
Next Saturday is the Kiddies Volksmarch at Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg, Germany. Sponsored by the Heidelberg International Wandering Club, this event is geared toward kids 12 and younger. There is no charge, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The route is five kilometers and each child will receive a medal and certificate upon its completion. The start is at the library parking lot between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Rob Floyd at email@example.com.
• As more fliers come rolling in, we continue to make note of walks we have enjoyed in the past or that we have read about from reports that have been sent to us. All of these walks are in Germany, except when noted otherwise.
• May 14 and 15: Reudelsterz, near Monreal;
• June 2: Oberelbert, near Montabaur;
• June 4 and 5: Reichweiler, near Baumholder, with prize of beer stein;
• June 12: Weert, Netherlands, a “culinary” walk, no IVV credit;
• June 25: Vianden, Luxembourg;
• June 30 through July 3: Castlebar, Ireland;
• July 2 and 3: Hunningen-Bullingen, Belgium;
• July 2 and 3: Idar Oberstein;
• Aug. 7: Gangelt, sponsored by the Schinveld, Netherlands, club;
• Aug. 27 and 28: Creglingen;
• Sept. 18: Wiltz, Luxembourg.
• Thanks this week go out to: William Castro and Maureen McHugh-Castro; Cath and Rob Floyd; Richard and Donna Glenn; John, Mary and Tess Laub; Tim and Luchi Lynch; “Pat” and Cheryl Patterson; Rick and Wanda Sciascia; Wayne Henry; and Nancy Shawley.
In addition, a tip of the hat and high-fives go out this week to Maureen McHugh-Castro for recently completing her 300th volksmarch. Congratulations on reaching this milestone. May the next 300 be as much fun as the first!
Volksmarch information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO AE 09752