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Sunrise Rotary's Oktoberfest Draws More than 300

First event in club history to become an annual event after wild success Oct. 20 at Greek church.

Ooom, pah-pah, ooom, pah-pah! The Bavarian harvest season spirit was celebrated Saturday night by the Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise, which for the first time staged an Oktoberfest at the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church.

More than 300 people showed up Oktoberfest wearing costumes of their own or those provided by the club. The Sunrise Rotary, with just under 50 members, organized the event and served beer, brautwurst, chicken and German potato salad. Guests danced the Polka and learned the  “chicken dance” to the music of a German-style “ooom-pah” band. 

Club President Harry Thomas called Oktoberfest a smashing success.

"The community of Novato turned out in force to support our club and its community activities. They also had a great deal of fun," he said.

The Greek church was decorated with authentic German trimmings and many attendees came in full Bavarian costume, giving the place the look and feel of a Munich beer hall. Festive folks found themselves in a conga line — "yes, a conga line at an Oktoberfest ... go figure," Thomas said — and doing the "chicken dance." Attendees went through 400 sausages, 100 chickens, 80-plus pounds of potato salad, mountains of cabbage, sauerkraut, apple strudel and ice cream. Beer was provided by Moylan's Brewery Restaurant.

"I was astounded by how many people were dancing," club member Mike Di Giorgio said.

The event was a fundraiser for community and international projects and supported by many local businesses who donated silent auction items, food and drink. The club meets at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant on Rowland Way. To learn more about the club, click here.

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Sylvia Barry October 24, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Caroline and Harry, the Pres, the Oktoberfest committee and the members of this 'the Small Club that Can' did an outstanding job pulling this together. The support from the community was amazing and looked to me all had a wonderful time!
David Stompe October 24, 2012 at 05:40 PM
What a great event and what a great crowd. Lots of smiles! Thank you to all whom attended!
NovatoAVID July 03, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Looking forward to the 2013 Oktoberfest at the Greek Orthodox Church on October 5. Get your tickets early. Contact Carolin Guerrero @ Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise, P.O. Box 356, Novato, CA 94948 or call for tickets 415-883-0800 (Voice Messaging)

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