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Oktoberfest & President’s Point - September 2016

Oktoberfest

 

September 2016

The world’s largest folk festival, Oktoberfest 2016, officially begins in Germany at noon on Saturday September 17. It runs through Monday, October 3 at 11:30 PM Munich time. Munich may be the epicenter, but across the world, Oktoberfest celebrations will be attended by millions of revelers.

Elder Care Services invites you to join in the fun when our Tallahassee festival begins at our new venue, the Centre of Tallahassee, on Friday September 30 at 6 PM for sponsors and VIP ticket holders and at 7 PM for general admission. This event will be the first ever fall fundraiser at the newly renovated mall. Be ready for a fun-filled evening that will make our previous seventeen Oktoberfests pale in comparison!

Oktoberfest has become one of the most popular fall celebrations and continues to increase in popularity in the US. This can be attributed to the explosion of microbreweries and replicas of famous German brew houses such as the 400-year-old Hofbräuhaus München. Hofbräuhaus franchises have opened up in many cities around the country and there are three in Florida:  Hofbräuhaus St. Petersburg, Hofbräu Beer Hall in Miami, and Hofbräuhaus Panama City. Currently there is no Hofbräuhaus in Tallahassee, but for eighteen years there has been one night every fall, where our fair city celebrates our seniors with a festival that will rival any in the world.

The staff at Elder Care Services has been hard at work since the beginning of the year planning and preparing for this event. In addition to unlimited servings of traditional German cuisine prepared by our professional Meals on Wheels chefs, there will be a large selection of German desserts, freshly baked by teachers, students, and parents of the German School of Tallahassee, a fine selection of Oktoberfest beer in our biergarten, plenty of wine for non-beer drinkers, and a compelling, innovative and unique live auction along with a fun silent auction that will pique everyone’s interest.

Attendees will be greeted by the familiar sounds of Tallahassee's only traditional Bavarian oompah band, Gesundheit, led by Mike Grant. The six-piece ensemble will delight with authentic renditions of polkas, schottisches, laendlers, marches, waltzes, and gallops as you feast on Bratwurst and Schnitzel. So break out your lederhosen and dirndls and take this opportunity to celebrate our seniors in true German fashion.

Our final act of the evening is renowned singer, guitarist, songwriter, and recording artist Todd Plant. Todd will serve up a smorgasbord of American songbook standards and multi-platinum billboard hits, including Michael Bublé favorites and the best of Sinatra. Depending on the mood of the audience, Todd will launch into a wide variety of music that will keep everyone on their feet. From the vocal smooth jazz of George Benson, Steely Dan and Michael McDonald to high energy funk and soul of Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder; from the classic rock and pop of Journey, the Doobie Brothers, Santana and the Police to modern hit makers like Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Will Pharrell. Todd promises to please everyone and we can assure you that he will!

We are convinced that this new venue, coupled with some incredible entertainment and an authentically choreographed celebration will delight those who have attended in the past and truly astound our newest attendees. For tickets please call 850-245-5931 or go to: https://eldercareservices.ticketleap.com/elder-care-services-18th-annual-oktoberfest/ 

Thank you for your continued support!

Mark D. Baldino
Contact me @
baldinom@ecsbigbend.org
(850) 245-5930

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