Bratwurst, sauerbraten, and warme kartoffelsalat mit speck, oh my!
That last one is German potato salad, for those who don't speak Deutsch.
St. Luke's — Winters — Lutheran Church, in New Windsor, is celebrating its annual Oktoberfest from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.
Joyce Brozik, who chairs the event committee with her husband Jim, said that what sets this Oktoberfest apart from other similar events is the authentic German food.
"The recipes are from my husband's mom and everything's homemade," she said. "This year you can get the platter for $11, but for $1 more, you can add any of the baked desserts to it, so that's a little bit different."
The platter includes ¼-pound German bratwurst sausage or sauerbraten with ginger snap gravy, sauerkraut, red cabbage, green beans, hot German potato salad, pickled beets, and bread and butter. A la carte items include a foot-long wiener, bratwurst hoagie, German potato salad or green beans and pickled beets.
"We've got a children's menu outside because most kids aren't going to eat the German sauerbraten and all that," Brozik said with a laugh. "We'll have hot dogs and lemonade and that type of stuff for the kids."
Desserts include apple pie, strudel, German chocolate cake, black forest cake, apple cake, and apple dumplings.
The event is designed to entertain whole families, she said, with plenty of children's activities, such as crafts, pumpkin painting, and face-painting, all for a small fee.
"They're very nominal, like 50 cents. For the scarecrow, bring your own clothes and its $3, or $5 if you use our clothes," she said. "We just want the kids to have some fun."
The Variety Trio from Rosedale will be returning to the event, playing traditional German music as well as some more mainstream songs.
"This band, this is our third year that we've had them, and people really do get up and dance — they really draw them out," Brozik said.
The public is invited to dress in German clothing and dance to the music, whether they know how to do an official polka or not.
"We just want everyone to enjoy themselves," she said. "It's like a community outreach, too."
The church will have mums and asters for sale, as well as a treasure table, offering high quality used items for sale, with everything from household decor to children's toys.
"We try to be careful not to make it like a big yard sale," Brozik said, but it gives church members a chance to pass on things they no longer need and attendees a chance to hunt for some bargains.
St. Luke's — Winters — Lutheran Church is at 701 Green Valley Road, New Windsor. For more information, call 410-635-6177.
Bull and oyster feed
The Union Bridge Fire Co. is hosting a bull and oyster feed at the fire hall on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Tickets are $35 per person, and the menu includes oysters prepared in four different ways, pit beef, steamed shrimp, side dishes, beer and soda. Doors will open at noon and food will be available from 1 to 4 p.m.
The fire hall is at 8 W. Locust St. in Union Bridge.
For more information, call 443-340-9421.
Church cookbook sale
In conjunction with the church's 250th anniversary, Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ, in Tyrone, is offering a cookbook.
The book contains 542 recipes from five generations of Baust Church members. The book is in a three-ring binder format featuring a picture of the church on the front cover.
The books are $20 each and can be ordered by calling 410-848-8638 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Silver Fancy Garden Club of Taneytown and Emmitsburg is hosting a program with Master Beekeeper Steve McDaniel at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Taneytown.
McDaniel, of Manchester, has been beekeeping since 1979 and took the rigorous Master Beekeeper's Exam in 1994. He is among about 120 people with that title in North America, according to the club's press release.
He maintains about 20 colonies of honeybees, producing several hundred pounds of honey each year. Last year his honey and wax won 18 blue ribbons and five champion ribbons at the Maryland State Fair, the Maryland State Beekeepers Association Honey Show and one county fair.
McDaniel teaches an annual course in beginning beekeeping and gives many presentations and slide talks illustrated with his award-winning photography to clubs, schools and nature centers about various aspects of beekeeping and bee biology.
The program is free and open to the public, starting at 12:30 p.m. with refreshments and the talk will begin at 1 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church is at 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown.
For more information, contact Angie Bowersox at 410-848-1549.
Cancellation of New Windsor breakfasts
The New Windsor Fire Co. has decided to cancel the community buffet style breakfast it has offered on the first Sunday of every month from October through April. The decision was made as a result of department vote, and the fire company would like to thank all of its loyal customers members have served over the 25 years of this event.
If the department decides to offer any themed breakfasts, such as the annual Breakfast with Santa, advertisements will be made in local media and on approved departmental social media.
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