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Märchenabend (Fairy Tale Evening)

Published: August 1, 2018

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An important part of German literary history is die Märchen (fairy tales)-- with famous fairy tale collectors die Gebrüder Grimm (the Brothers Grimm) hailing from Hanau in southwestern Germany. Most of the fairy tales held dear in the English-speaking world and the Disney realm stem from classic German folklore characters.

So last night, a number of these folk tale figures came to visit each house for  Märchenabend (fairy tale evening). Campers met some beloved characters Hänsel und Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Aschenputtel (Cinderella) and were tasked with writing a short story involving all of the characters that they met, which the characters would then act out for the whole group.

The houses living in Max Kade Haus (Düsseldorf, Marburg, Freiburg, and Regensburg) had the opportunity to get to know die böse Stiefmutter (the evil stepmother), Dornröschen (Sleeping Beauty), der Wolf (the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood), and Rapunzel. After meeting each character individually, each house spent twenty minutes writing their story together.

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The four houses within Max Kade Haus came downstairs at the end of twenty minutes and had a representative from each house read the story aloud to the group as the characters acted out the story. Most stories had fun twists-- der Wolf became a vegan in Haus Freiburg’s version of events, ate die böse Stiefmutter (the evil stepmother) in Haus Düsseldorf’s story, and started a revolution in Haus Regensburg’s. It was a fun and creative evening, and Haus Marburg even set their story to the tune of a beloved Waldsee song, Skifoahn, an Austrian song about going skiing. What a great way to spend a rainy evening!

Check out even more of our fun with the photos on the Waldsee Flickr for this session!