Saturday, October 18, 2008

Germantown's Oktoberfest 2008

It's the last call for people to enjoy an evening outdoors. Germantown's Oktoberfest this year was met with partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures (upper 50's). The usual crowds showed up for the 3 p.m. start, especially for the car show. Pictured below is Center St.

Main Street (below) is where most of the vendors gather: food mostly! A number of Germantown restaurants had specials for the evening.

Darryl & The Desirables, a 60's era band, took center stage at 4 p.m. and played for a couple of hours. The guys range from 61 to 70. When they first formed, it was the British Invasion that changed musical tastes enough that they disbanded. Now their music is popular again: do-wop, top 40 tracks from the 1950'and 1960's. All of the guys hail from the Germantown & Farmersville area. Their pounding beat is infectious.

Looking west on Market Street, cars line both sides of the roadway. Good thing, too. It makes walking along and enjoying the antique cars much safer.

At the southeast corner of Center and Main is what used to be the Germantown Opera House, now Rudy's. They brought tables out onto the street and were serving good food when we walked by.

In front of the Germantown Public Library (right side of shot below), were more rows of classic cars. Actually some of them aren't that old but they're all well cared for.

Another band takes stage at 6 p.m. (Billy Myers 'Road Kill') and the festivities go on until 8:30 p.m. By then, it'll probably be too cold to walk the streets without a heavy jacket.

And so with this, the festival season ends for this year.

(Germantown's 2008 Oktoberfest was held Saturday, October 18)