Third Annual Family Oktoberfest

The third Annual Family Oktoberfest happened on an summery Sunday in late September. Families, friends and staff of the German school were climbing up the stairs to the grand ballroom at the Union Temple, where the festivities were held this year for the first time. A lot of Oktoberfest visitors were wearing traditional Bavarian “Trachten” (we saw a wide variety of “Dirndls” and “Lederhosen” on adults and kids alike). Upon entering the ballroom, parent volunteers were already manning the stations, selling tickets, handing out refreshments (beer!), assisting with “Lebkuchenherzen”-decorating, spinning cotton candy, serving sausages and pretzels.

The beautiful ballroom was decorated in traditional white and blue ribbons offering the perfect backdrop for live music, dancing and other highlights that were happening through out the day-long program. The Oktoberfest committee consisting of Christine Hofmann, Derek Nievergelt, Luise Stauss, Maren Koehler, Rita Heinemann, Sonja Du Bey, Theresa Aberle, Cassandra Neyenesch, Sara Nodjoumi and Maya + Vinz Feller had planned an entire day of entertainment and fun.

Cold drinks were organized by DSK’s Randi Lockemann. Raffle items were displayed on long buffet tables. Raffle tickets were purchased upon entering and the lucky winners were presented with their prizes right after a “Trachten” fashion show was presented toward the end of the day. The GSB would like to thank all raffle item donors for their generous support of our school.

Two bands were supplying dance tunes, Moona Luna und Niko’s Kids. Tricia Patrick lead through the program as MC and the kids’ favorite clown “Schimmel” (aka Simon of the Galli Theater) performed a funny show for GSB students, siblings, and friends. DJ Tim “Fatboy” Mohr was hovering over the sound board, as kids and parents were mingling, dancing, snacking and playing. The audience was visibly moved when 4th and 5th graders whipped up a traditional “Schuhplattler” dance performance, thanks to Nora Stephens, GSB’s very own dance teacher.

The Union Temples president Beatrice Hanks attended and joined in for some gingerbread heart decorating. The Union Temples staff assisted the PA with the logistical aspects of turning the venue into a “Festwiese”. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all parent volunteers that made this unforgettable event possible. Volunteer jobs ranged from cooking, baking, sign designing, ad sales, set up, clean up, and hauling around a lot of bulky things. A special thank you goes to Vinz Feller, who coordinated the efforts and is known to find a solution for just abut every hick up along the way.

Another Thank you goes to Michael Nagle for captioning unforgettable moments with his camera and making our memories last.

Nicholas Blechman, has – once more – designed an impeccable poster featuring GSB’s iconic yellow color and elegant yet playful graphics, that we just love to brag about.

The event was powered by the Sparq event app and the gracious support of its founder, Marc Aberle.