Friday, October 28, 2011
“HUP SA SA!” – Shelly Imholt and Ryan McAlexander team up on accordion and tuba for a Swiss folk song, “From Lucerne to Weggis,” with active audience participation, at the Oct. 22 Edelweiss Days at Mtn. View Orchards in Parkdale. The traditional Swiss walking song was among dozens of Swiss, Austrian and German tunes sung during Edelweiss Days, an annual tribute to the farm’s Swiss and German roots. McAlexander is the son of farm owners Lyle and Ruthie McAlexander, who reported record crowds for the Oct. 22 event, where crowds lined up for a traditional central European buffet including Ruthie’s famed strudel. Imholt is the daughter of the late Walter Appli, a Swiss immigrant who formed the Gorge band “Edelweiss Irregulars,” for years the featured band at Edelweiss Days and other local events. Appli died in 2007, and fellow Irregular Dieter Nachmann passed away in the summer of 2010. “We miss them both terribly and we’re honored to carry on the tradition,” said Imholt, who also showed off her yodeling chops. The day’s musicians included German-born Tobias Ammon of Mt. Hood and Austrian-born Helmut Riedl of Hood River and his wife, Pam.
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