If you click on “View” in the top menu bar you will see a photograph that was taken on Sunday 17th January 2016, plenty of snow. One of the nice things about a Blog is that local information and images can be shown to a great number of people. As Drachselsried is situated in the Nature park of the Bavarian Forest it is a major centre for summer and winter vacations and is home to a growing number of international residents. It has a wonderful climate and most amenities needed for a good lifestyle. You can see what the village has to offer from my local map.
The weather is expected to turn colder with temperatures down to -13C. The village has a special machine for producing cross country ski tracks and will be busy the next few days preparing the “Loipe” Other villages do the same, so there are many kilometres of prepared tracks for the daily visitors and hotel guests to enjoy. The downhill ski area on Arber with ski lifts is in full operation, and is only a few kilometers away.
Many Clubs and organisations run a “Christbaumversteigerung” or Auction after Christmas each year to raise funds for their organisation.
On the 6th January 2016, it was the turn of the Drachselsried Freiwillige Feuerwehr (volunteer Fire Service) to hold its annual Christbaumversteigerung, meaning Auction. The hall at the Falter Brewery opened at 18:00 and the evening began at 19:00.
First was a Tombola or raffle for a number of prizes.
Each item had a number. The tickets cost €1 for 3 tickets and all the prizes were donated. Members of the Fire Service went from table to table selling the tickets. Most tables were full of guests and won prizes, which range from wine, spirits, and bier krugs, chocolates, teddy bears, dishes and many small items.