Alsbach-Hähnlein extends network with Italian Community
Translation of an Article Published in „Melibokus Rundblick“ Edition of November 2021
Alsbach-Hähnlein (tt). It has been on the table since July 13, 2021: the unanimous decision of the Municipal Council on town twinning with the Italian city of Sulmona. It has still not been confirmed. And many citizens of Alsbach-Hähnlein thinking the European way hope that the ink under the treaty of town twinning will dry soon.
One of them Mr. Hans Hermann. He wishes that the dialogue between both communities will soon have an official character. The exchange has been vivid for a long time the chairman of the partnership association of Alsbach-Hähnlein points out. An intensive contact to the city in the province of L’Aquila in the region of the Abruzzi has existed already for almost ten years.
On occasion of the Christmas Market a delegation from Sulmona – due to illness unfortunately less numerous - were our guests at Alsbach-Hähnlein partnership association. Members of our association kindly provided again private accommodation and meals so that the association did not have to bear any costs.
Our Italian friends were very interested in the Christmas markets, which they have not yet known like that. Visiting markets at Zwingenberg, Alsbach-Hähnlein, Jugenheim and Darmstadt gave an impression on how we make pre-Christmas spirit come alive. This was completed by attending Santa Claus Jazz by a band called „en Haufe Leit“ (lots of people) at “Octagonal House” Jazz Club at Darmstadt.
A further item of the programme was a visit to the Exhibition of the political sketches by Mr. Heitzinger (a famous German cartoonist) at local history museum at Hähnlein. The cultural consultant of the city of Sulmona, Mrs Manuela Cozzi, noted with great pleasure that the goat is the symbolic animal of Hähnlein. She runs a biological farm at the Abruzzi where there are 1,350 sheep, 300 goats and 51 sheep dogs and offers a number of courses and hands-on trainings: scuoladelgustoabruzzo.it
Former mayor Rausch, Mrs Manuela Cozzi, Mrs Sofia Caprioli, Mayor Bubenzer, Ms Antonella Caprioli (from left to right)
Goats: at Hähnlein and on Mrs Cozzi’s farm at the Abruzzi
In 2019, two kind ladies from Capestang took part in the fair at Alsbach and informed themselves during further days about our community and its surroundings. They were positively impressed by the friendly welcome of the members of our partnership association and of the official representatives of the community. („Merci encore pour votre accueil"). They very much liked the atmosphere at the fair ("Beaucoup de bons souvenirs dans la tête..."). Moreover, excursions to Rhine River, to Weinheim and Heppenheim were part of the programme. As usual, members of our association provided accommodation for the guests from our partnership communities.
After barrel tapping – from left Nicole Dangmann, Michele Ghiazza (both from Capestang), Hans Herrmann (PVAH)