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Explore beautiful Bavaria in film

Final program of series shows off S. Germany

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Rich in history, rife with fairy tales and blessed with truly magnificent scenery, "Bavaria and the Black Forest" is the travelers' favorite part of Germany.

Fran Reidelberger has been chasing mountains to see what's on the other side since his childhood days in Nashville, Ill., and tomorrow night he will bring to our armchair audience his truly spectacular film on Bavaria. From springtime in the sparkling alpine valleys to winter sports in the spiraling Bavarian Alps, this new film includes the familiar attractions Mad Ludwig's castles, Munich's Oktoberfest celebration, the Romantic Road and the world-famous Passion Play. The woodcarvers of Mittelwald, cuckoo clocks, cakes and Old World customs are still alive in the Black Forest. Roman ruins in Regensburg and Augsburg, wildlife and waterfalls in the Bavarian Forest, glass workers in Passau, spa "cures" in Baden Baden, a spectacular train ride near the border of Austria, university life in Heidelberg and automotive life in Stuttgart are all part of the travelogue.

We will visit the flower gardens of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgaden, with Hitler's infamous Eagle's Nest; Dachau's pretty village, forever linked with the Nazi's first concentration camp; the 100-year old glockenspiel in the popular Marienplatz in Munich; the Olympic stadium and park and Albert Einstein's birthplace, Ulm, the site of Europe's tallest cathedral spire.

The physical boundaries of these regions have changed dramatically throughout the centuries. What hasn't changed, however, is the physical beauty, fascinating history, incredible food, magnificent music, handsome handicrafts and colorful festivals.

"Bavaria and the Black Forest" is designed to showcase the best of Germany. It is the final film of the current series and one that you won't want to miss. A look at next season's offerings will be available at this performance as well.

Season ticket holders may pick up their tickets to the University Ballet performance on April 20 and the Utah Lyric Opera performance of "The Magic Flute" on April 26.

Reidelberger's major studies were history and journalism at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., and Central Michigan University. The U.S. Navy gave him an opportunity to continue his travels -- from coast to coast of the United States and throughout the Far East. Fran was stationed in Pearl Harbor for two years, and it was there that he began a 14-year career in daily newspaper work. He started as a club reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and ended as editor of the Decatur, Ill.,inois Herald and Review. He won a number of awards for writing, editing, newspaper design and creative use of news photos. The Reidelbergers, Fran and Brooke, joined the travelogue profession in 1977. They love people and believe if the people of the world understood one another just a little better, there would be less chance for hostility and more chance for world peace. Their excellent color films are made with that objective in mind. They are informative, interesting and exciting productions that not only entertain but also educate.

The free shuttle bus from Rice Stadium will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Tickets for the final travelogue of the season are on sale weekdays at the Kingsbury Hall Ticket Office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.