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Oktoberfest
By Terri Heveran

On an unexpectedly dreary, chilly Saturday in early October, The Patio in Dag Hammarskjold Park was transformed into a street in Heidelberg, complete with German beer and super-sized frankfurters done on an enormous charcoal grill. And of course there were familiar German melodies expertly played by pianist Norman Curtis who, it turns out, specializes in German music. Songs from the Three Penny Opera and Lillie Marlene mingled with traditional rathskeller drinking songs, chasing the chills away.

Colorful posters donated by the German Tourist Bureau provided the background, and thanks to Peter Koch of the neighboring German Consulate, a display of exquisite hand-made toys from Germany were offered for sale by Katie Ainslie, co-manager, with Dawn Durham, of The Patio.

Sponsored by the Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Park and the Turtle Bay Association, in cooperation with the new management of The Patio, the Oktoberfest was a first - with a bigger one already planned for next year. And you will all be glad to know, The Patio plans to stay open all winter - watch for changes!

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