Oktoberfest at Tyrolean Inn

September 27, 2009

Although I did not go to Munich for their annual Oktoberfest ritual, I certainly felt like I was there. 

My sister, Deanie & I travelled just a few miles to reach our Oktoberfest ritual.  The Tyrolean Inn celebrates Oktoberfest every year and each year, it seems to get better.  The setting of the redwoods, the music, the costumes of all staff, the menu, all the decorations make for quite a delightful celebration.

 Oktoberfest, for me has always been a great autumn activity.  It tends to get me in a mood for the rest of the holidays up until the new year.  Because I love activities that include all of the family and certainly Oktoberfest, Renaissance Faire  Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are all about family. Oktoberfest introduces the idea that we can all dance and act like a chicken...watch this video   of Motley Crue (Chicken Dance Video),  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGcdGNlKifY  That's what I'm talking about!

The food selections were wonderful...I had Kabob...assorted sausages, bell peppers and onions.  Deanie had the traditional Gulash...Hungarian beef stew flavored with paprika and peppers, with spatzle.....and then we shared an additional bowl of spatzle.  Our dessert was...........apple strudel.  Blake, our very handsome wait person was oh so attentive. 

The Alpine Band was great and so funny and many were dancing. 

Below are assorted pictures of the location in the redwoods, the band, some of the guests, the pretzel girls & dancers (they were great), and my long-time good friend, Whitney, co-owner.....

the alpine band cuttin' up!

                                old friends, Pat & Whitney solving world problems!
and it was all about the beer....I just had one glass/mug/stein/1/2 liter....a great day....

"ein prosit, ein prosit, der gemutlichkeit! ein prosit, ein prosit, der gemutlichkeit! eins, zwei, drei, g'suffa!"

...I think it means "cheers"!

American River Music Festival

September 22, 2009

It was a mix of terrific folk and blues music, family fun, river rafting, riverfront guided hikes, 3 beautiful riverfront campgrounds to park your RV or tent...with evening music on a small venue, workshops, jams, open mic night, live art, food and beverages...and more.  We were gathered on the banks of the South Fork of the American River in Coloma....gold country... for the 3rd annual American River Music Festival.

The weather was hot...close to triple digits....the water was cold....as usual.  My long-time friend, Doreen and I left early on a Friday and returned late on a Sunday.  We left totally spent and inspired from the ambience of the entire weekend.

We parked Phoebe McGee within yards of the river and from where Doreen is standing in the cold river...eating lunch....

Doreen keeping as cool as possible by drinking lots of water and spraying lots of water on her all day.

This live artist worked, creating art, dancing, singing along with the bands both days (break-less) as far as I could tell.
Pat, doing the same thing as Doreen...keeping as cool as possible.

Festival goers dancing on the side and  viewing the art.
This is Brandy, part of a very talented duo called "Twilight Hotel".  They have just moved to Austin and will do well with their smartly crafted songs.  Brandy and Dave are from Winnepeg and have already  landed a Juno nomination for roots and traditional album of the year.  TwilightHotel.CA.com
Brandy & Dave...Twilight Hotel

Singer and songwriter, Jimmy LaFave, from Texas & Oklahoma began his career as a boy....check him out at:  JimmyLaFave.com
We shared the big shady tent with our new friends, Peggy & her husband (forgot his name).  They were so much fun.