Crabtoberfest 2015 deemed a smashing success

MD-Crabtoberfest crowd 3x

Dorchester Banner/Gloria Rojas
The glory of Crabtoberfest was the opportunity to come dressed in German-inspired garb.

CAMBRIDGE — The 10th Anniversary of Crabtoberfest in Cambridge was celebrated on Saturday night, and I mean “celebrated!” It was a smashing success by any measure … hundreds of people, including children, danced and sang, and ate and drank. Stands that circled the bandstand and open area at Craig’s Drug Store parking lot on Race Street served German and domestic beer and delicious food.
Who knew that the elegant Bistro menu would have traditional meaty sausage and peppers like every food festival should have? Also, could any Cambridge festival be complete without crabs and oysters? As for measuring success, the $5 entrance fees piled up in the metal containers to insure financial success for this fundraiser with an international flavor.

The money raised provides funds for the Dueren Dorchester Partnership, a group that sponsors an exchange program for local students who visit Dueren, Germany, to learn about their culture and share our own. Many people showed up in traditional German dress (including untraditional modifications on men’s lederhosen.) Still, the costume prize was won by Dr. Paul Stagg of Cambridge, who sported a very elegant outfit that he brought home from his military service in Germany many decades ago. Both Dr. Stagg and the outfit looked very spiffy.

Crabtoberfest is a great way to promote cultural appreciation for those of us who don’t do the traveling. A yodeling duo, Lieb und Schneid, provided a medley of pretty songs, the Herb Frederickson Folkdancers provided a sample of traditional steps, and the five member band, Echte Frunde, rocked the festival with a great, loud musicality that had lots of people dancing and even doing the “Shoe Clap,” a rhythmic audience accompaniment where your hands wearing your shoes do the dancing. A local 7-year-old, Braebon Wefelmeyer, joined the band for a number, adding to the delight of the crowd who truly appreciated the spontaneous and remarkably “wunderbar” band. At 10 p.m., it was “auf wiedersehen,” which literally translates as “till we meet again.” So…see you at Crabtoberfest 2016!

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