May 25. 2003 - An Evening in May
An article by Jill Benz
An Evening in May

On a beautiful spring morning on 24 May we set off in convoy in the direction of Luzern to enjoy a very special and quite exceptional weekend event  “An Evening in May”. Swing fans and lovers of the 20’s to 40’s decades gathered at the foot of Mt. Pilatus, to be taken up the mountain with the steepest cog-wheel railway in the world! The trip up the mountain was incredible, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and countryside. 

Sitting in the sun outside the vintage hotel, Pilatus–Kulm we were all able to enjoy the fresh air and incredible beauty and majesty of the Swiss Alpine region.

A welcome aperitif and vintage “soundies” picture show had been organised in one of the hotels lovely rustic dinning rooms after which the main event took place in the magnificent Victoria Ballroom. Dinner was served at around 8.00pm and between courses we were able to enjoy entertainment of the highest standard, provided by the group “Six in Harmony” -  an excellent show  with original arrangements from the legendary “Comedian Harmonists”. Dance music was played in best form from top DJ’s Frank’s “Saturday night fish Fry” and Herb’s “Dr. Rhythm” through to the early hours of the next morning and - as I often say – a good time was certainly had by all!!!

I’m sure that Delphi Specialevents would like to join me in expressing our appreciation to swing fans who travelled from as far away as north Germany, Spain and England making this a truly international experience. Organising such events requires a lot of time and effort and I was rather disappointed at the partial lack of support from Swiss swing enthusiasts – and truly hope that we can count on more local support for our next upcoming special event, the Rhythm and Swing weekender in Davos (places still available).

I know that the organisation, co-ordination and logistics in connection with “An Evening in May” proved to be much more difficult than anticipated,  and I would also like to personally thank Sabine and Hugo for their efforts and dedication in putting on such a unique event,  that managed to combine style and class with a relaxed and informal atmosphere, making it a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable occasion for us all.