From September 3 to 5, an official delegation of the City of Freiburg headed by Mayor Dr. Dieter Salomon returned the visit Mayor Paul Soglin had made to Freiburg at the beginning of June celebrating the 25th anniversary of the sister city partnership between our cities. Freiburg's delegation visiting Madison comprised the Mayor for Social Affairs Ulrich von Kirchbach as well as seven municipal councilors of various parties. Five members of the Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft (Freiburg's Sister City Committee, abbreviated FMG) travelled to Madison too and were invited to participate in a program that the City of Madison and the Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee had generously prepared. The following picture gallery only poorly reflects the hospitality of the the people of Madison and the impressive program arranged for us.
First Impressions on Arrival
Mayor Paul Soglin welcomed his visitors at the hotel and took his time taking us for a walk down State Street. Mayor Dr. Dieter Salomon, his Chief of Staff Helga Mayer, and Municipal Councilor Anke Dallmann on the right as well as the President of the Freiburg Madison Gesellschaft (FMG) Toni Schlegel and Vice-President Frauke Feix, left, attentively listen to Mayor Soglin's explanations. In the back green energy counselor Ted Petith is watching the scene.
Following the walk in the sunshine the group had lunch at the food carts down State Street. Toni talks with Mayor Soglin while Mayor Salomon and the ladies dig into their food. Two of those famous food carts are seen in the back.
Visit of the State Capitol and Its Rotunda
In the early afternoon the group was taken for a guided tour around the impressive State Capitol.
On Our Way to the Common Council Meeting
On our way to the Common Council Mayors Dieter Salomon and Ulrich von Kirchbach paused briefly to commemorate the partnership between Madison and Freiburg.
Attending the Common Council Session
Again St. George's Cross: Madison welcomes Freiburg. People on the
yet introduced are
Mayor Soglin at the rostrum presiding at Madison's
The Freiburg Resolution of the Madison City Council:
Here is the German translation:
Sister City Committee Dinner at the Madison Club
At the terrace of the Madison Club: Mayor Salomon in discussion with the
former Sheriff of Dane County
President Michael von Schneidemesser
addresses the guests at the dinner organized by the Sister City Committee
At the Wednesday Farmers' Market
At the Children's Museum
Waiting for access while the freshly washed floor in the Children's Museum dried up.
To the left Freiburg's international relations expert Petra Heß, to the right Municipal Councilor Michael Moos. In the back to the left of Toni Schlegel Steve Cover, Head of Madison City Planning, in front a Museum employee.
Madison's Children's Museum with "hanging gardens" on the roof.
Brain storming, brain washing, or just relaxing?
At the New Central Library
More than a renovated building. The new Public Library invites the user to a full communication package that in times of e-books still includes "old-fashioned" paper books. Will this work with food permitted in the reading rooms? The building has the fastest WLAN I have ever used but the main goal of the project is not internet use nor reading but to establish personal communications between visiting people.
The children's corner. The director explains to his visitors the equipment permitting children to play and to learn.
Organ Concert at the Overture Center
This was the most impressive acoustic ever heard.
Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery Reception
Mayor Salomon addressing the crowd jokingly. To the
right three members of the University of Wisconsin:
Group portrait with Art Shegonee, a member of the Menominee and Potowatomi tribes in Wisconsin, and familiar faces. The person to the left next to Art is Freiburg's Municipal Councilor Daniel Sander (©CJ).
Frauke and Mike posing with Art. On the right Steve Cover (©CJ).
Official Dinner at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Toni Schlegel hands over to Mayor Soglin a gift of the FMG (©CJ).
Although it does not start in Madison but it winds from Chicago to LA more than two thousand miles all the way the Black Forest Badgers nevertheless gave us the kicks on Route 66 (©CJ).
City Planning and Transportation
Steve Cover gave a well-balanced presentation on Madison's city planning and development.
Sector 67 Maker Space
The mix of gas bottles and electricity apparently
presents no hazard.
The Visit to Madison in Freiburg's Local Press
As soon as the official delegation had checked in at
the Madison Airport for their flight to New York the Sister City Committee invited the remaining
members of the FMG to a pub crawl.
The American beer scene not hampered by the German Reinheitsgebot
is experimenting a lot developing new flavors. The first micro brewery
we visited was the
Waiting for the next round. The lady in red is Carol Heidenway, a long-time backer of Freiburg-Madison relations.
We all were in good humor.
The colors of the various beers offered at KARBEN4 were amazing and just simply inviting.
Not only Luanne and Charles had a good time.
Boat Tour on Lake Mendota
While Eric studies the beer list I take a photo of (©KS) ...
... Carol, Eric's daughter-in-law, and Kendall who already was going strong on a Guinness.
The boat people are back ashore. Thank you all for such a beautiful stay in Madison.
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