Octoberfest/Oktoberfest in the US

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by davestlouis, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Flat Foot Floey

    Flat Foot Floey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    ...and the only kind of yodeling I like is Hank Williams.:p
     
  2. Hepville

    Hepville One of the Regulars

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    Lederhosen... why not? But not those Seppelhosen:)
    Some "Lovesick Blues" by Mr. Hank Williams, a bottle of Becks or Jever besides... Prost!:beer:
     
  3. 1961MJS

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    Actually Hepville, if y'all put on a Munich Independence Day celebration with something resembling Texas BBQ, Cajun Music, carnival rides, a Miss Independence contest (preferably with swimsuit competition), a parade, and fireworks, a bunch of goofs from America would show up for it. Just don't actually have it on July 4th because that's when EVERYTHING is here. Have it when the weather is in the 70's F and you'll do fine.

    My home town is considering moving their 4th of July celebration that's been going on for more than 50 years because EVERY town around them also has a celebration.

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  4. Hepville

    Hepville One of the Regulars

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    Got ya, 1961MJS.
    It´s just so annoying that the German culture is often reduced to bavarian folklore... have worked for a few years abroad and have experienced this a couple of times... that´s not doing justice to the bavarians and the rest of us.
    A hanseatic guy from the north shore like me don´t want to be compared/ equalized with Knödel eating, Weißbier drinking folks on the Oktoberfest...apart from that most of those are Aussies anyway I guess;)

    And I think a person from New England e.g. don´t want to be called Redneck either ;)
     
  5. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I understand how you feel about that one. I live in Kansas, and we had a guy move here about 20 years ago from New York City. He didn't understand that we didn't wear a cowboy rig and a couple of .45 Revolvers every day.

    I only know where one of my ancestors came from, his name was Berund Mueller from Sögel in the Emsland district, in Lower Saxony, Germany. We still have the packing crate in the garage with the Bremerhaven or Wilhelmshaven (don't remember) label on it. Great-great Grandfather come over in 1865 and was supposed to have been stuck behind Abe Lincoln's funeral train on it's way from Washington DC to Illinois.

    Later
     
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    "Aussies" = from Austria? Osterreich? Not Australia!
     
  7. The Lonely Navigator

    The Lonely Navigator Practically Family

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    I agree with that. Everything is either Bavarian or Black Forest...the part of Germany that I have an interest in is simply forgotten altogether. Maybe that's why I'm just not crazy about all the German festivities...because it's all south German culture.:(

    And before I end - there is also this in my state:

    http://www.mifflinburgchristkindlmarket.com/

    I'm sure there's others about the U.S. much like it. Again - with emphasis on south Germany...

    *sighs*:(
     
  8. dnjan

    dnjan One Too Many

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    Never been to Bavaria, but I try to always include a couple of days along the Rhine whenever I am in Germany. No crowded beer "tents", just relaxing Weinstuben.
     
  9. JimWagner

    JimWagner Practically Family

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    I played tuba in a German band here for around 14 years. I can say that with the exception of the actual Germans in the audience most people wouldn't have known or really cared much about the distinction between Bavaria and the rest of Germany. What our customers cared about was drinking some good beer, eating some good food and having a good time. Which they did. As for the Germans, they were happy because we actually played old German tunes from all over Germany and other places, not just Bavaria.

    It was a party, not a social studies exercise.
     
  10. 1961MJS

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    :eusa_clap Good one Jim, topping that one will be HARD. :eusa_clap

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