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By Diane Pajak | September 10, 2012
Kick-start your fall at the annual Oktoberfest at Bob's BMW Motorcycles in Jessup. The festivities last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29, and authentic German foods will be offered. “This is a family-oriented event,” says Hanna Creekmore, marketing manager at Bob's. “And vendors will be on-site to answer any questions (motorcycle) riders may have.” The event attracts riders from all over the region, she says, adding that 2012 is also the year that Bob's BMW celebrates its 30th anniversary.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
The city vetoed plans Tuesday for a proposed open-air beer garden across from Cross Street Market in Federal Hill, but one of the owners says it'll open by Oktoberfest. "There will be a beer garden there come October," said the Crossbar owner, Brian McComas, who also owns Ryleigh's Oyster. How exactly he plans to make that happen isn't clear. The proposed beer garden in the first block of East Cross Street, which has been hotly contested by neighbors in the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, was granted an expanded liquor license from the city's liquor board last week.
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By GAIL FORMAN | October 20, 1991
Last year with a little help from a German friend, I gave the best ever Oktoberfest-picnic-bonfire right in my own back yard. It would be a cinch to duplicate, requiring only a little effort and a willingness to experiment.Though many Americans believe Oktoberfest originated as a harvest festival, tradition claims it began in Munich with the flamboyant wedding celebration last century of Ludwig II, the "mad king" of Bavaria. Now Munich breweries co-sponsor the city's annual fall harvest festival, which takes place in a large meadow called the Oktoberfest Wiesen.
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October 4, 2013
The annual St. Nicholas Church Fall Bazaar will be held Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m., at 8603 Contee Road. The bazaar offers crafts handmade by parishioners, homemade baked goods, children's activities including a visit by the Chick-fil-A cow, St. Nicholas Boutique, theme baskets to raffle, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, One-Grand raffle and citrus fruit fundraiser table. Food concession will include breakfast and lunch both days and, new this year, an Oktoberfest dinner on Friday night will be followed by polka instruction and dancing.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | October 21, 2002
There are some who would say that my visit to this weekend's Oktoberfest put on by the Brewers Association of Maryland was a cheap, transparent excuse to carouse, but that was not it at all. Oh, there was plenty of beer to be swilled at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, 35 beers in all, from 12 regional breweries. But we were also there for the food and live music and other festivities, although the sight of a half-dozen grown men in lederhosen and alpine hats near a bandstand naturally had me concerned.
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By DAN FESPERMAN and DAN FESPERMAN,Sun Foreign Staff | October 3, 1995
BERLIN -- When the gregariously noisy Volk of Bavaria gather to shout and sing at this time of year, it usually has something to do with one of their two great passions: the foaming beer of Oktoberfest or the Bayern Muenchen soccer team.This fall the fiercest roars have been saved for the sake of religion, with Bavarians vowing loudly and angrily to keep the cross in the classroom.The shouting started last month when Germany's highest court, citing the constitutional separation of church and state, overturned a Bavarian state law requiring that a crucifix be displayed in every school classroom.
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By ROB KASPER | September 25, 2002
WHEN I THINK of party-hearty types, the Germans don't automatically come to mind. Yet during this stretch of September and October, not only do Germans loosen up their lederhosen, they lead the world in a celebration of suds known as Oktoberfest. The official Oktoberfest shindig runs from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6 in the beer halls of Munich. The party got started back in October of 1810 as a bash marking the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Also figuring in the festivities was the old-time practice of drinking up the Marzen, the lager that had been stashed in March (Marzen)
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | November 1, 1992
Of all the movies in the world, "101 Dalmatians" is 3-year-old Brett Bachman's favorite.And for Halloween, his mother spent a day-and-a-half sewing a Dalmatian costume for him -- floppy ears, spots, tail and all.Yesterday at the Columbia Association's fifth annual Oktoberfest, Brett won a blue ribbon and a dinosaur game for best costume among children ages 1 to 4.He sported brown-and-black circled eyes, a black nose and whiskers -- even matching Dalmatian booties."I'm...
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By Mike James | December 30, 1990
For 57 years, Katherine Peters has been in the entertainment business, and her cross-cultural dance hall, Blob's Park in Jessup, has united people of all ages and nationalities.Throughout its years of success, Blob's has done little to change.Perhaps that is why it has fared so well.Peters values tradition. "Why change a good thing? People enjoy it here as much now as they did when I took over in 1965," she says.But along with her sense of frivolity, it is her holiday spirit that sets her apart year after year.
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By ROB KASPER | September 22, 1993
Oktoberfest, traditionally one of our underutilized German holidays, seems to be making a big splash this year in Baltimore.This year more beers brewed for this autumn celebration have made their way to our town. The other day I tasted seven Oktoberfest bottled beers, and one plain old heavier, autumn beer, that can be found in Baltimore area liquor stores.I confess I have never been entirely sure what Oktoberfest celebrates. I grew up in a half-German, half-Irish household. The Irish side did most of the celebrating, often well into the night.
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September 30, 2013
Aberdeen Proving Ground will host its second annual Oktoberfest, "Hooah with Oompah," Oct. 11 to 13 at the installation's Shine Sports Field. The free event is open to the public, however, there will be a cost for souvenirs, food and beverages. The purpose of the event is to foster relationships and continue to strengthen existing bonds with the surrounding communities. The three-day event will salute the communities around the installation, including the town of Bel Air and the city of Havre de Grace Oct. 11 from 4 to 11 p.m.; the city of Aberdeen and Edgewood all day Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Cecil County Oct. 13 from noon to 6 p.m. Salute ceremonies each day will feature local government leaders and APG senior leadership paying tribute to each community for its unwavering support of the post for almost a century.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
In what organizers say is a first, Aberdeen Proving Ground is opening its gates to its neighbors this week for a free four-day celebration. The Army base in Harford County is staging its version of Germany's Oktoberfest from Thursday through Sunday. On tap: German food and beer, a festhalle with live entertainment and all the conviviality the military can muster. The purpose of the party, APG spokeswoman Teresa A. Kaltenbacher said, is "to enhance community relations and highlight the towns and counties.
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By Diane Pajak | September 10, 2012
Kick-start your fall at the annual Oktoberfest at Bob's BMW Motorcycles in Jessup. The festivities last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29, and authentic German foods will be offered. “This is a family-oriented event,” says Hanna Creekmore, marketing manager at Bob's. “And vendors will be on-site to answer any questions (motorcycle) riders may have.” The event attracts riders from all over the region, she says, adding that 2012 is also the year that Bob's BMW celebrates its 30th anniversary.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2012
Timothy Michael Hillman, who had been beer manager at The Wine Source in Hampden and its predecessor for two decades and was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic supporter of Baltimore's craft beer movement and microbreweries, died Sunday of a heart attack at his Timonium home. He was 49. "I've worked with hundreds of people in 22 years, and no one bears greater accolades for our success than Tim Hillman," said David Wells, owner of The Wine Source. "He's our version of Cal Ripken.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2011
Since mid-September, lots and lots of bars in town have been touting specials and tie-ins in observance of Oktoberfest, the 200-year-old celebration of Bavarian culture and huge excuse to drink lots of beer. But few places in Maryland have a right to these promotions quite like Blob's Park in Jessup, a nearly 80-year-old resident that claims to be home of America's first Oktoberfest. Blob's is Maryland's very own Valhalla, a beer hall as big as an airport hangar where German culture is celebrated year-round, though with especially distinguished gusto during these few weeks in the fall.
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October 6, 2011
The Maryland Brewer's Oktoberfest will happen this year Saturday, Oct. 8, noon-6 p.m., at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. This event, which is celebrating its 10th year, will feature over 80 beers, including 15 from area breweries. There will also be all sorts of German food as well as a host of competitions, such as a Carry Your Wife Contest, a Miss Oktoberfest Contest, and a Beer Belly Contest. Admission runs $15-$35. Call 800-830-3976. Festive boating A four-day boat festival known as the Trawler Fest will take place Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 6-9, in the Inner Harbor's Rash Field/BMC Inner Harbor Marine Center.
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By Rob Kasper | October 17, 1999
OKTOBERFEST IS kaput in Germany, but here in Baltimore we don't care. We are going to continue our autumnal ritual of drinking the seasonal beer.That is the attitude that fueled our panel of tasters as we sampled 18 different brands of bottled Oktoberfest brew and picked our favorites. We knew that the German version of the shindig -- a 16-day Munich festival that traces its roots back to the celebration of the 1810 marriage of Bavaria's Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen -- had ended early in October.
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By Rob Kasper and Rob Kasper,Sun Staff | October 1, 2003
THIS IS a great time of year to drink beer. But then again, when isn't it? In the fall, however, beer drinking can become a semi-sanctioned civic activity, provided it is connected to Oktober- fest. This is the annual celebration that dates back to the 1810 marriage of Bavaria's Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The happy couple threw a big party then, tapping the beer that had been wheeled out of winter storage caves. The good-time rite has been on many fall calendars ever since.
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By Hannah Moulden, Special To The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2011
New York City Off-Broadway Week Good news: Off-Broadway week, a chance to see a play in New York City on the cheap, is here. Now through Oct. 9 (it's technically more than one week, but who's counting?) Broadway junkies can pick from a variety of genres, including musicals, comedies and dramas at a 2-for-1 discount. You can choose from more than 25 Off-Broadway productions, including "The Submission," staring Jonathan Groff, "We Live Here," "The Awesome '80s Prom" and "Fuerza Bruta.
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March 24, 2011
Busch Gardens opens What: Busch Gardens opens this weekend, kicking off the season with the debut of "Mix It Up," a new chef-inspired musical show featuring performances of some of Italy's most popular songs. The Easter Bunny is also hopping into town for photo ops through Easter Sunday at Der Marktplatz in the park's rejuvenated Oktoberfest village. The village now features a pretzel bakery, more games and a new performance space, all of which capture the look and feel of a traditional Oktoberfest celebration.
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