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By Christopher Manion, The Wanderer, December 27, 2020

“Christmas markets closed in Austria and Germany this year.” The headline this week went by quickly, but then a pause. . . . And a memory.

It was December 18, 1988. I had a free afternoon on a business trip to Austria that had brought me to Salzburg, so I naturally gravitated towards the Kristkindlmarkt at the Domplatz. It was heavenly…row upon row of Wurstl stands, hot cider, Gluehwein, music, and, of course, lots of beer.

At the end of one row, near the cathedral, a local duo was singing. Not just singing, but singing American folk music! I hung around for a few minutes — out of nostalgia as much as anything else, since I’d sung on the street all over the world. I support the genre and those who play it. ….

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