Cowbell decoration
Cowbell decoration

Swiss National Holiday

August 4, 2007

The Swiss Believers in the Carolinas Swiss National Day celebration was held at the "Lodge" of the SIM USA headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jennifer and Laura playing stacking game
Swiss flag on front of lodge
Chatting at the grill
Sausages
Jorge grilling sausages
Jorge grilled the sausages to a beautiful perfect golden brown.
Buffet
As always, a great buffet supper.
Eating
Enjoying fellowship around the table
Enjoying fellowship.
Eating
Geraniums
Little canton flags
Linda and Calvin chatting
Lodge as seen from courtyard
The SIM Lodge was an ideal place for our get-together.
Shooting nerf crossbow at Walter Tell's apple
Shooting nerf crossbow at Walter Tell's apple
Shooting the apple on Walter Tell's head with a nerf crossbow was a fun challenge.
Shooting nerf crossbow at Walter Tell's apple
Shooting nerf crossbow at Walter Tell's apple
Kids plaiying soccer
Listening
We heard the recorded speech by the president of Switzerland.
Listening
Listening
Theo dripping perspiration
The weather was hot.
Chatting in German
Swiss soft hat
Tablecloth design of Swiss cows and wagon.
Hilda talking
Hilda shared stories and photos from her trip to the Alps.
Hans passing out CD's
Hans shared information about the Anabaptist Year of 2007.
Listening
Hans and Jorge chatting
Girl throwing the rock
Boy throwing the rock
Kids playing croquet
Boy throwing the rock
Katia throwing the rock
Theo throwing the rock
Boy throwing the rock
Katia and Theo with prize candy
Katia and Theo won in the children's contest.
Mrs. Hochstetter throwing the rock
Becky throwing the rock
Heidi throwing the rock
Jennifer throwing the rock
Linda throwing the rock
Laura throwing the rock
Hans throwing the rock
Lee throwing the rock
Bruno throwing the rock
John throwing the rock
Phillip throwing the rock
Boy throwing the rock
Eberhard throwing the rock
Calvin throwing the rock
Jorge throwing the rock
Lee throwing the rock
Boy throwing the rock
Lee and Bruno holding up hands
Lee and Bruno tied for the title...
Lee and Bruno grabbing prize candy
Then tussled for the prizes.
Lampion
Lampions
Lampions
Lighting lampions
Lighting the lampions.
Women watching rock throwing contest
Watching bonfire
We made a small bonfire.
Watching bonfire
Watching bonfire
Watching bonfire
The rock-throwing contest had divisions for children, men, and women.
The men's rock was really big. It showed off the strength and style of the guys...!!!

For more information on the Swiss Believers in the Carolinas, contact: Bruno Keller <becky-bruno_keller@sil.org> or
Hans Moser <hansmoser@windstream.net>

 

The Swiss national holiday, August 1st, is traditionally celebrated by Swiss folk getting together, grilling sausages, listening to speeches, and lighting bonfires. Traditional contests such as target shooting and rock-throwing are popular activities. The Swiss Believers in the Carolinas do all of this, combined with acknowledgement of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.