Maifest Fundraiser Celebrating Krefeld and German Heritage

Maifest is a German celebration for the arrival of spring where people dress up in German attire and often sing, dance, and celebrate around a traditional German Maibaum (maypole). In May of 2003, Charlotte Sister Cities hosted a large fundraising event to showcase the spring traditions of our friends in Krefeld, Germany. It was held in collaboration with Krefeld, the German international business community in Charlotte, and the many German cultural and educational organizations located in Charlotte (the German American Chamber of Commerce, Alemannia German Society of Charlotte, German American Club, former Bruns German Immersion School, Deutsche Schule, Pfeiffer University, and more).  The former Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kurt Waldthausen, was also there and has always been a strong supporter of all Charlotte Sister Cities events celebrating Charlotte’s partnership with Krefeld.  A raffle was held with German themed prizes and popular Krefeld beers and German food were brought in for everyone to enjoy.  Bruns German Immersion school teachers coordinated student choirs who sang traditional German songs and they also organized special Maifest games for kids to play throughout the day. Charlotte Sister Cities hosted the popular Krefeld Saxemble Quartet, who performed at the event as well. Members of the Saxemble Quartet stayed with local host families and enjoyed many different experiences throughout their time in Charlotte. 

Provided by Tracey Trimble, Charlotte Sister Cities


Maifest Fundraiser Festivities

Krefeld - Charlotte Relationship Timeline

May 28 - June 27, 2009 – Three Central Piedmont Community College students study in Düsseldorf, Germany. They visit Krefeld for the “Flachsmarkt” and Sister Cities activities.


Spring 2008 – Presentation about  at the Main Library (part of the International Partnerships series)


November 6 - 18, 2007 - Gaby Siems visits again to showcase her colorful pearl necklaces, rings, and earrings at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte.


May 2007 – Maifest event held at the Waldhorn Restaurant


May 2007 – Picnic to recognize Charlotte students exchanging with Krefeld


May 16 – 20, 2007 – A delegation from Krefeld, including Mayor Gregor Kathstede, meets with Charlotte officials and Mayor Pat McCrory.


Winter 2006 - Gabriele Leigraf visits Charlotte to display crafts at the Southern Christmas Show. She makes handmade sculptures like little Santa Clauses and Krefelder Crows out of a paper mixture and bowls produced out of layered paper decorated with sand, silk and glass stones in seasonal colors.


April 23 – May 2, 2006 – A group from Charlotte visits Krefeld for the Mai Fest celebration.


Winter 2005 - Jürgen Oetzelmann of Krefeld visits Charlotte for the Southern Christmas Show. He is a master jeweler who creates pieces from Italian Murano glass.


Fall 2005 – Krefeld student Stephanie Schiest'l interns for three months with the Charlotte Sister Cities Committee.


November 11 – 21, 2004 - Gaby Siems displays her glass bead jewelry at the Southern Christmas Show. She makes the jewelry with steel wires and colorful beads.


May 2004 – Maifest event celebrates our relationship with Krefeld, held at Park Road Shopping Center


November 13 – 23, 2003 - Beate Hansen, a sculptor, shows her art at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte.


May 2003 – Maifest event celebrates our relationship with Krefeld, held at Park Road Shopping Center


April 24 – May 4, 2003 – Saxemble, a saxophone group from Krefeld, performs at Queens University in Charlotte.


November 13 – 24, 2002 - Beate Schumacher visits Charlotte to show her accessories, jewelry, and ceramic works at the Southern Christmas Show.


November 3 – 19, 2001 - Ursula Riefers, a painter, visits Charlotte for the Southern Christmas Show. She makes miniature paintings depicting the lower Rhine area where Krefeld in located. 


October 27 – November 3, 2001 – Rudi Bretthauer tours several local universities and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.


October 7, 2001 – South Mecklenburg High School’s partner school in Krefeld personally presents a letter signed by the student body and administration to German teacher Tom Skinner, expressing their condolences about the September 11th terrorist attacks.


May 25 – June 4, 2001 –Charlotte delegation visits Krefeld for the “Flachsmarkt,” a historic fair. They tour several area castles and museums and stay with host families in Krefeld.


November 9 – 19, 2000 - Armin Küpper displays wooden bowls and decorative carvings at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte.


September 1999 – A group from Charlotte visits Krefeld.


May 1997 – A group from Krefeld visits Charlotte.


February 14 – 20, 1996 – A delegation from Charlotte visits Krefeld to meet with city officials.


July 28 – August 9, 1993 – The Park Sharon Under-15 Classic soccer team visits Krefeld while competing in Europe.


July 19 – August 27, 1993 – Several Charlotte families host medical student Uta Hüskes.


June 1992 – Charlotte Country Day students go on an exchange trip to Krefeld.


October 16 - 24, 1992 – The Krefeld Collegium Musicum visits Charlotte to play several concerts.


June – July 1992 – Helmut Döpcke, Manager of the Nature Conservation Department in Krefeld, visits Charlotte to learn about environmental protection and planning.


June 9 - 26, 1991 – The Coventry Handbell Ringers from First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte stop in Krefeld during their European tour.


October 1991 – Students from Krefeld visit South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte.


July 21- August 30, 1991 – Recent medical school graduate Larissa Vossen visits Charlotte.


June 1990 - A group from Krefeld visits Charlotte.


July 9 - 13, 1987 – Mayor Gantt and the Charlotte Friendship Baptist Church Choir visit Krefeld, where the choir performs.


September 1986 – A delegation from Krefeld pays a return visit to Charlotte.


May 23, 1986 – Mayors Dieter Pützhofen and Harvey Gantt sign official agreement to make Krefeld Charlotte’s second Sister City.

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