American/German Club news


Frank Nechvatal

If you did not attend the September meeting, here is some news of interest: Oktoberfest Dinner – this year, we will have our club dinner on the 24th. It will begin with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. in the Horizon Room with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. The menu is Chicken Schnitzel with salad, German warm potato salad, veggie and dessert (drinks are not included). The cost is $15.00 per person. If you did not sign up for the dinner at the September meeting, please call Frank at 883-9262 beginning after October 1, 2018. Monies are to be paid before the dinner. A club representative will be available to collect monies on Fridays, October 5, 12 and 19, in the Puzzle Room from 10:00 a.m. to noon. On the 19th, the final dinner count will be turned in to the Horizon Room. Members may bring guests if they wish but, remember, their dinners must be paid for by October 19.

The dinner will serve as our October meeting. Please note that the date of October 24 is a Wednesday! In Munich, Germany, this year, Oktoberfest began on September 22 and closed down on October 7, 2018. It is the largest Volksfest (folk festival) in the world. This fest began as a celebration of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria’s marriage to Princess Therese of Saxe (in 1810) and grew into what it is today. Typically, 7.7 million liters of beer (66,000 U.S. beer barrels) are served. Tents are erected on the fairgrounds, and within are rows of long tables and benches. People sit, drink and eat while being entertained by numerous bands.

Here are some words associated with Oktoberfest – Ein Stein Bier – a mug of beer, Biergarten – beer garden or bar, Hofbraeuhaus – the “royal brewery” and restaurant, Wurst – sausage, Kartofelsalad – potato salad, Schnitzel – cutlet (usually veal or pork), Bretzel – pretzel, Kartoffelpuffer – potato pancake, Schweinebraten – pork roast, Sauerkraut – sour cabbage, Sauerbraten – red wine marinated pot roast served with kraut and dumplings, Spaetzle – small German dumplings. Das schmeckt ganz gut!

Auf wiedersehen, sei brav!