oktoberfest Reading Liederkranz

It’s time for chicken hats, chicken dances, chicken meals, blue and white Bavarian flags, beer tasting, beer drinking, beer toasting, beer songs , polka, oldies, dancing, laughing, singing, cheering, singing, love and life. It’s time for Oktoberfest to return to the German-American Reading Liederkranz club on the picturesque flank of our beloved Mount Penn, 143 Spook Lane, Lower Alsace Canton.

Now in its 136th anniversary, the Liederkranz Book Club is a German song and sports company dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of age-old traditions like the Oktoberfest, which commemorates the marriage of a prince and a princess of the German state of Bavaria on October 12, 1810.

In essence, every time you enjoy an Oktoberfest party, you are celebrating the birthday of Crown Prince Ludwig and his wife, Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. NS !

After being forced to slow down the party last year due to COVID-19 regulations, the amazing team of volunteers at Reading Liederkranz jumped into the action right away, and they’ve planned a mountain party that will be bigger and better than ever.

I have been a member of the club for over 30 years, and during that time I have enjoyed participating in times that have become extremely happy memories with great people who come to the mountain to relax, recreate and enjoy the traditional culture. , delicious food and refreshing drinks. I couldn’t be more excited for Oktoberfest this year, and tonight is opening night!

That’s right, tonight starting at 5 p.m., the Reading Liederkranz Oktoberfest, (ranked # 1 in the US by an independent news organization), opens with authentic German cuisine, continuous Oktoberfest music and American oldies to dance on, family entertainment, traditional Schuhplattlers dances, German choral singing, Bavarian games and more in the weather-protected outdoor pavilions and the party tent.

I will be there tonight with Dave Kline & The Mountain Folk Oktoberfest Band to open the festival with music from 6pm to 10pm, with the biggest Oktoberfest band I have ever assembled for the event. Ken Kemmerer, Alan Rochlin, Heidi Rochlin, Mike Anderson, Terry Trout, Dave Lewis and Mitch Wolfe will join me in serving a fun assortment of traditional Oktoberfest songs, with a healthy dose of fabulous old American songs, just the genre. of things you hear during modern Oktoberfest celebrations in sacred beer tents in Munich, Germany.

In the club’s most recent newsletter, club president Mike Feeney announced that on Saturday the club will try to set a world record for group kazoo play. At 4 p.m., just before their traditional parade, the participants (including you if you wish) will gather on the festival grounds to play kazoo while trying to break the world record.

The Kazoos will be sold on the grounds that day for $ 2, with the proceeds going to the club’s traditional song and dance groups, as well as the club’s scholarship fund. The attempt will be filmed and submitted to the Guinness Book of Records. You can be part of the story!

Just in case you are not sure, I thought it would be good to provide some translations of phrases that you might hear frequently on stage during the five days of this year’s Reading Liederkranz Oktoberfest.

“Ein Prosit der Gemutlichkeit”: roughly translated into English means “I toast, I drink for well-being and good times”.

“Oans, zwoa, drie, gsuffa! “: Means” One, two, three, drink! “

“Zigge, zagge, zigge, zagge, hoi, hoi, hoi!”: Means “A toast, a toast, in a warm and cozy place, yes, yes, yes, (or hey, hey hey)!”

“O’zapft is! “: Means” The first official beer keg of the party has been tapped or capped and it’s party time! “

Other bands and musicians performing at this year’s festival include the ever-musical Dr. Squeezebox, Kermit Ohlinger, Daily, Mike Surrat & The Continentals on Thursdays, The Alex Meixner Band on Fridays, (footnote: I’ll be joining Meixner’s Mad Train Chaos again so get ready for action), the John Stevens Polka Band on Saturday, BeBe & The Polkahaus on Saturday and Fred Ziwich & The International Sound Machine on Sunday.

Inside the festival, the news is that club member Dieter Wolter has been brewing schnitzel for weeks and, as always, the end product will be something people will love. Club volunteers cooked, peeled and processed over 2,000 pounds of potatoes for the festival’s famous German potato salad.

Auf gehts! (Here we are!)

Dave Kline is an award-winning writer, photographer, host and producer, singer-songwriter, travel guide and community advocate. Contact him at [email protected]

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