Black Forest Hall - Inauguration
Black Forest Hall in St. Märgen inaugurated - Celebration of the event - congratulations from a lot of prominent figures
Lots of music and folklore under the wooden roof
ST. MÄRGEN. Never ending congratulations could be heard when the completed Black Forest Hall, St. Märgen´s new gem, was inaugurated on Sunday. The event was celebrated with lots of guests from far and near. Various speeches focused on the laudable efforts that had been made in order to realize the project. The festival hall, principally realized by the associations and clubs of St. Märgen, willing to work unpaid, was generally described as a commendable example of community life.
Many guests of honour attended the celebration.
There was a long list of invited guests who left their entry in the Guest Book; among them … Gerdi Staiblin (Minister of Agriculture), Sigrun Löwisch (member of the “Bundestag”), Konrad Schröder (Government President), Jochen Glaeser (District President) as well as the mayors Gottfried Rohrer (St. Peter), Stefan Wirbser (Feldberg), Clemens Hensler (Friedenweiler), Richard Krieg (Furtwangen), Thomas Klüthke (Gütenbach) and Eugen Jehle (Glottertal). The municipal councillors of St. Märgen belonged, of course, also to the long list of guests.
"This hall will last for decades and generations", said G. Staiblin. She was deeply impressed by the construction, realized with simple means by a co-operation of different associations and groups. She pointed to the fact that though the total costs amounted to only half a million DM, 168 00 DM (ca. 84 000 €) had been granted as a subsidy from the development programme "Support of Rural Areas".
„We're living in a time of general money shortage”, Mrs Staiblin said. "In future it will be more and more important to value what communities are willing and able to do for themselves before they are asking for state grants", she added.
Mr. Waldvogel, mayor of St. Märgen at this time, answered full of pride and self-confidence: “We did not just ask for the public hand. We tried to manage the project ourselves and took municipal autonomy seriously.
Mrs Staiblin, though she loved to be in St. Märgen and felt great sympathy towards people living in rural areas, again stressed the growing importance of own initiatives. In this context, she spoke about the financial situation of her district::
"Although it is not long ago that I took the position I have, I've already reduced the expenses by a third - compared to former times. And I guess, nobody did really notice it". At the same time, she underlined the important role clubs and associations played in municipal life: "Associations are the most important stability factor in rural areas". The guests were particularly impressed by the wooden construction of the hall built according to the plans of architect Eugen Knöpfle from Rötenbach and structural engineer Paul Schmitt from St. Märgen.
District President, Jochen Glaeser, said: "This festival hall clearly shows us what our local forests are suitable for. It is a wooden cabin - that's true - but a very nice one”, he added and hinted at the comment of a member of the building control office who once had doubted that realizing a hall of that size could even be possible with the financial means available. And Mrs Staiblin shouted into the microphone: "I invite you all to come to St. Märgen and to learn how to handle the building-material wood".
Forest district leader Elmar Klein - known as initiator of the publicity campaign called "Where possible - wood!" fully agreed on Mrs Staiblin's words.
Sigrun Löwisch, member of the German Conservative Party "CDU" commented as follows: "This hall is suited to you - heart and soul participated in this building."
From all parts, congratulations were given to mayor Mr Waldvogel who had accompanied the project and given it prime importance from the beginning on. "Nice to have such a mayor" and - on the other hand, addressed to Mr Waldvogel - "nice to have that kind of citizens" was the general opinion, supported by Hansjörg Löffler, a St. Märgen inhabitant who had pushed the construction of a solid festival hall as substitute of the old tent with a remarkable stubbornness. Addressed to the various St. Märgen associations whose spokesman Mr Löffler has been for years, he expressed his thanks towards them for supporting him and his ambitions. Once he was criticized with words like "I could rather give the sermon next Sunday than you would be able to build such a hall". Löffler's answer now is: "I'd really like to listen to that sermon now."
Mr Löffler seemed to be less successful as gastronomic organizer of the festival. Already before the official ceremony that had started with a mass hold by Father Roman, was over, the special festival dish - ox meat with horseradish cream sauce and cranberries - had gone out.
Hardly a housewife was busy with cooking that day. The opulent cake buffet in the afternoon, however, made up for the useless wait at noon.
The association "Countrywomen St. Märgen" - also reponsible for the rich flower decoration of the hall - offered a huge selection of various cakes on the hall galery.
There were numerous presentations of regional music bands and folklore dance groups on the stage, e. g. the traditional bands of St. Märgen and St. Märgen-Glashütte, the "Glasbacher Dorfmusikanten", the "St. Märgener Musikanten", the St. Märgen folklore dance group and the buglers' group.
Invited guests from Erdeven/Bretagne got a lot of pleasure from all these presentations on stage. They attended the festival with their mayor.
Government President Mr Schröder proved his knowledge and welcomed the French guests in their mother language.
A partnership was planned between St. Märgen and Erdeven.
Johann Maurer, Badische Zeitung, May 6th 1997