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Something a little different; a real blast: Oktoberfest on Mt. Tam

From: Alan
Sent on: Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:28 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for East Bay Ski & Snowboard!

What: Oktoberfest on Mt. Tam

When: Sunday, September 19,[masked]:30 AM

Where: Nature Friends Tourist Club
30 Ridge Ave.
Mill Valley , CA 94941

Something a little different; a real blast. Anyone who hasn't been to an Octoberfest party, will find it something not to be missed. Always filled to capacity with over-capacity entrants turned away. Held outside: German band, polkas, "shuplatten", beer, etc., etc.

The birthplace of Alpine (downhill) skiing is reputed to have occurred 70 or 80 years ago, in the idyllic Austrian village of "Lech", and the nearby town of St. Anton. One ?Hannes Schneider? of the St. Anton ski school, developed the ?Arlberg? turning technique (the stem) at the time when only Norse (cross country) skiing was known and practiced. Lech (see photo), is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the Alps.

In Austria and Germany, one of the most joyous holidays is Oktoberfest. There's music (German band) -- and beer, singing -- and beer, dancing (polkas etc.) -- and beer, Austrian/German food -- and also beer.

Here in the Bay Area, on Mt. Tamalpais, as some of you know, there?s a most unusual Austrian/German organization, called "Nature Friends Tourist Club". Among other holiday feasts, the most festive is "Oktoberfest" (also billed on their website as ?Kinderfest?-- but there are always many more adults than kids). This year it's being held on Sunday, September 19th, from noon to 6 pm. The $15 entrance fee is payable at the door upon arrival.

For a description of the place and directions -- particularly with respect to parking ? please see their website. For the parking instructions, be sure to click the ?Calendar? page, and read the paragraph, ?Fest Parking?, under the heading, "Fests", on that page. The link for their website is as follows:

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