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!
"ein prosit, ein prosit, der gemutlichkeit! ein prosit, ein prosit, der gemutlichkeit! eins, zwei, drei, g'suffa!"
...I think it means "cheers"!
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.
This live artist worked, creating art, dancing, singing along with the bands both days (break-less) as far as I could tell.Brandy & Dave...Twilight Hotel
We shared the big shady tent with our new friends, Peggy & her husband (forgot his name). They were so much fun.