Ringing in 2022
Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St., held a Silvester Feier New Year’s Eve celebration Dec. 31, 2021. The event was billed as a “Ring in the New Year with a European flair.” It began 3 p.m. with a hot buffet meal. The cost per attendee included the meal, beer, soda, juice and water. Cake, with coffee or tea, was served after 5 p.m.
Attendees were asked to celebrate their German and Austrian heritage with a 6 p.m. Champagne toast, set to coincide with midnight in Vienna, Austria, whose time is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
The revelers hoisted their Champagne glasses 6 p.m. and toasted to 2022. Balloons were released from the ceiling, and celebrants sang and danced to Auld Lang Syne. Originally a Scottish song, written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788, Auld Lang Syne is a nostalgic song adopted for a variety of purposes around the world.
The popular Emil Schanta Band provided ethnic Austrian and German music and traditional New Year’s songs 4-7 p.m.
This was the fourth year the Silvester Feier was held at the Saengerbund.
One attendee noted she appreciates the event is over by 7 p.m. because it gives her enough time to get home safely and watch the televised New Year’s Eve ball drop in New York City in the safety of her home.