We are visiting Rosemarie Sathrum-Gasteiger at Hohenegger Hof above Kitzbühel, directly on the Ganslern slope. The rich ground contributes significantly to providing for the whole family.
Rosemarie inherited the farm from her father and lives there in the 3rd generation with her international extended family. Her daughters-in-law come from Korea and Switzerland, her husband is American. It is just as colourful when the musical family meets to make music. Cohesion is very important. Here, people, animals and plants live a wonderful life together. For the most part, the animals determine the daily routine and the large vegetable garden determines the work in the four seasons.
We are a big family and without a big family nothing happens with us.
When the days get shorter and autumn rolls in
Then the harvested fruits from the numerous fruit trees around the farm are processed – juices, jams, syrups, schnapps and other delicacies for home consumption.
From the 100-year-old pear tree, the dried pears go into the delicious “Klotzenbrot”, which has been baked by Rosemarie herself for decades during Advent. The smell creates a Christmas atmosphere and when the family meets in the parlour for a house concert, the Christ Child is not far away.
Everyone helps out, everyone has their tasks on the farm. There is enough to do all year round. But when the snow cannons are brought to the surrounding slopes, it gets quieter in the house, or does it? For Rosemarie, the snow cannons really sing, the buzzing doesn’t bother her at all – on the contrary. She is sure that the grass grows particularly well in the spring, and above all, it saves watering.
The snow cannons start singing – a whole concert – a real lullaby
Rosemarie grew up with music; her father was a bandmaster with the Kitzbühel Stadtmusik and also composed. Rosemarie not only passed on her passion for music to her children, but also did so for a long time as an ambitious music school teacher.
Music is always a part of our live
For Rosemarie, the joy of music is everything. In her time at the music school, she has directed many students, ensembles and choirs. Not all of them were talented, but witnessing the enthusiasm and development of the music students was the most important thing for her. Rosemarie has placed many small gifts from pupils in her music room, not throwing away a single little thing from her pupils. She can also proudly say that some of her music students are now professional musicians in large orchestras all over the world.
Singing is THE instrument, singing is the anti-wrinkle remedy par excellence
The carillon in the Gothic Katharinen Church in the middle of Kitzbühel’s city centre is also a cherished activity of Rosemarie. As an 11-year-old girl, she was allowed to play there in public for the first time. The excitement and pride back then were immense. There are 18 special keys that are played in a certain key so that the bells sound bright and beautiful. That is unique to us. For Rosemarie, the Turmstüberl in the bell tower is a place of peace and quiet, a microcosm or bubble to be in. A very special atmosphere high above the roofs of Kitzbühel. Almost like being in another world.
Look outside the box, there are so many beautiful things out there
#LocalHeroes from Kitzbühel
People are behind all the special moments in Kitzbühel and its holiday villages of Reith, Aurach and Jochberg. Such personalities are the focus of our “Local Heroes” series, in which we turn the spotlight on the true heroes of our region. Though these courageous individuals probably don’t consider themselves to be heroic, in our eyes they are. After all, their passion contributes to Kitzbühel’s unique way of life.