Howdy Friends! And welcome to our new Friends!
September public performances:
Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX; Das ist Lustig 4 piece band plus dancers in the Biergarten at Texas' oldest and award winning craft brewery!
Friday Sept 29; 4pm - 9pm
Saturday Sept 30; 4pm - 9pm
This year, there's a whole party package! The brewery will have their limited edition festival blend on tap; the Prost Y'all! Tanzenfest Volkstanzkreis will perform both days from 5:15 - 5:45 - Don't miss their authentic presentations!
October Public Performances:
Friday Oct 6; 5pm - 6pm & 7:00 - 7:30 at the Main Stage
Saturday Oct 7; 2pm - 6:30 at the Polka Stage
Wednesday Oct 11; 6pm - 9pm
All inclusive Oktoberfest dinner with beer pairings - Admission information (281) 665-3007
The Union Kitchen Kingwood; 23918 US-59 North, Kingwood, TX
Thursday Oct 12; 6pm - 9pm
All inclusive Oktoberfest dinner with beer pairings - Admission information (832) 644-9067
Clyde Oktoberfest; 222 Oak Street, Clyde, TX; 4 piece band with Ross, Robert, Rick, and Valina
Saturday Oct 14 Times TBA
Sunday Oct 15 Times TBA
Evelyn singing and yodeling on guitar and Tanzenfest Volkstanzkreis performing too!
Tulsa Oktoberfest; River Park, Tulsa, OK; 4 piece band plus dancers
Wednesday Oct 18 (corporate night) Times TBA
Thursday Oct 19 Times and location TBA
Friday Oct 20 Times and location TBA
Saturday Oct 21 Times and location TBA
Sunday Oct 22 Times and location TBA
Galveston Oktoberfest; 1st Lutheran Church, 24th and Winnie, Galveston, TX
Saturday Oct 28; 3pm - 6:30pm; 4 piece band plus dancers
Lutherfest / Fall Festival; Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5000 West Tidwell, Houston TX
Sunday Oct 29; 11am - 3pm; The Duo
Das ist Keine Kunst also performing
We will be at Wurstfest Nov 4, 5 ,8, 11, 12 and are planning to have our annual breakfast gathering on Saturday Nov 4 at 9am. We have not chosen a location yet, but may be returning to Golden Corral if they still have the same excellent management and service they had last year.
Behind the scenes: Touring feels a little different this year, with Ross' Dad and my Mom and their health struggles. We're thankful for every day Ross' Dad is still with us. He's stable, and comfortable for the most part. In a good facility with good hospice care. Ross' mom can stay there with him as much as she wants, and it's close by home. Ross drops in between our road tours to visit, play and sing for him. My mom's radiation treatments have created a problem with her breathing and lungs. She's in the hospital this week getting oxygen, and being monitored for changes. She made it to the Walburg Fest at the beginning of this month, but has been feeling worse and worse since then. We're praying the Drs can get this cleared up and she can go home. No more radiation, because of the way it's affecting her. Possibly more chemo, but not until she can get her strength back. She's mad that she can't go to the festivals and see all of you - she misses y'all and all the fun, and so does my dad.
Lots of the Houston area has gotten rain, but somehow, not our neighborhood. The water bill to keep the foundation from drastically moving, and keeping Ross' fruit trees alive was the highest it has ever been this past billing cycle.
In the office, we're still booking a few Oktoberfest shows that are filling in on Tuesday mornings, and Christmas calls are starting to come in. We even got invited to come to Idaho in January, but we can't figure how to make the logistics work to cover the travel costs. But still a thrill to be recommended and requested from so far away! Maybe someday - preferably in the summer months! Contracts for the Tomball German Christmas Market are coming in. The schedule is almost set. It won't be long, and I'll be filling in the breaks with all the folk dancers as their teachers and parents approve the requests.
News from the benefit for Michelle Yglecias is great! Over 20,000 was raised, and every penny is going to help pay her medical and living expenses. She is still recovering from all the injuries, misses her husband terribly, and is unable to work, but she's home and healing with family members helping out. Many of you donated, and we want you to know that she sends her love and thanks to each and every one of you!
Ross's birthday is this week, we're heading to the Code 49 (Sauer Kraut Grill) for dinner and some non-working time for him to chill and celebrate with friends and family.
We hope we get to see you somewhere on the Oktoberfest trail! Stay cool, stay healthy, be happy, travel safe, share a smile with a stranger, and Polka On. Prost Y'all!