Sunday, September 18, 2011

Oktoberfest 2011

Just like the lebkuchen we got in Germany's Nuremburg Christkindlmarkt.
There was good participation in the chicken dance.
This little liebling reminded me of our Sarah at that age.
Aren't they cute?  They're a yearly fixture.
He marched to all of the songs and little sister followed like a shadow.  It was so sweet.
The girls did a great job with the maypole dance
as shown by their completed weaving

A little violin solo of "Eidelwiss"
A cute group including 2 expectant mommies
The girls picked their partners from the circle of boys

Pretty hops

We ventured up the hill to the Weiner dog races

and to listen to The Voices of Hope concert in the beautiful St Mary's Parish Church.
I love the strong sense of community at Mt. Angel.  It warms my heart to hear the locals greet one another by name as they pass one another amidst the throngs of visitors.  It was nice to be able to share Oktoberfest with Sarah and her family this year.  Of our girls, she has the most memories and emotional attachment to Bavaria/Germany from when we lived there.  It was like stepping back in time; seeing her blonde, braided hair, daughter in a shop, admiring a dirndl set for her doll.  I found some more candles for our Christmas pyramid. (They're kind of a tricky size.)  Seeing all of the hops adorning the booths, reminded  me to pick some of ours and bring in the house.  I usually forget about them until they're spoiled by the fall rains. I'm enjoying them on the dining chandy.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Thank you for inviting us! Loved it!


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