Weekend full of Oktoberfest celebrations
BERLIN/OCEAN PINES — Although the regularly held Oktoberfest at Ocean City’s R.E. Powell Convention Center will not be held this year, there will be plenty of activities going on throughout the weekend on the other side of the Assawoman Bay in celebration of German tradition, food and of course, beer.
FRIDAY, Oct. 12
North Main Street, Berlin
Time: 5:30-9:15 p.m.
Under 21 Allowed: Yes
In an extension of Berlin’s normally one-day German-inspired extravaganza, the inaugural RockTober will feature four area rock bands to kick the weekend off with a more Americanized influence.
“The whole weekend is all about bands, beer, food and fun,” said Michael Day, economic and community development director of Berlin.
North Main Street will be closed to traffic from Jefferson to West Street and numerous tables and chairs will be set up in the center of downtown Berlin. This setting will give visitors the opportunity to walk around the downtown area and to visit vendors on the streets as well as the shops that expand their hours for the event. There is no admission charge.
Each band will play a 45-minute set on a stage at the intersection of North Main and Broad Street. The opening act, Parental Guidance, will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Consisting of three students from Sussex Technical High School — Zoe Collins, Garrett LaCurts and Justin Fisher — the band plays classic covers from bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Who. The group also plays hits from modern bands such as the White Stripes and some of its own material.
Parental Guidance is no stranger to Berlin’s main events, as it performed at the town’s Mayday Playday event earlier this year.
At 6:30 p.m., Ocean City mainstay, The Galaxy Collective, will play its funk and blues-inspired tunes. Local musicians Phil Knight, Otto Grundman, Sage Kane and Matt “Smitty” Smith play original songs along with covers of jam bands such as The Grateful Dead.
Monkee Paw from Bethany Beach, Del. will then take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Mike Givens, Adam Ask, Rick Smith and Scott Bloodsworth play a variety of covers featuring artists of entirely different genres, from rocker Tom Petty to the alternative music of Citizen Cope and on to the rapping of Biggie Smalls.
Finishing the night will be an acoustic solo performance of musician Aaron Howell at 8:30 p.m. Hailing from the Eastern Shore, Howell wields his acoustic guitar with authority through a large repertoire of songs.
Area businesses and organizations such as Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon and Abundant Life Apostolic Church will sell Oktoberfest-inspired foods on the street, but there will be plenty of beer available, as well.
The Berlin Chamber of Commerce has called on Burley Oak Brewing Company to distribute its Oktoberfest beer on Main Street.
“It’s a traditional German-style beer that has a slight toasty flavor and a clean, dry finish. The beer is great to have on a nice fall night and it’s only a 5 percent alcohol content,” said Sean Sasscer, a brewmaster at Burley Oak Brewing Company.
Oktoberfest from Burley Oak will cost $5 a beer. The chamber will be selling cups inked with “Berlin, MD” text on the front for $5, as well. Using that cup, beers from that stand will be $1 off.
The Atlantic Hotel will also sell beer in front and in a beer garden area on the side of the building will give Oktoberfest fans an additional area in town to sit and relax.
The Globe will not serve beer, as it normally does during town events, but there will be another area in front of the restaurant providing more seating.
SATURDAY, Oct. 13
North Main Street, Berlin
Time: Noon-6 p.m.
Under 21 Allowed: Yes
Emcees Brendan Kashuba, also known as DJ BK and Alphonse Renuccaridi, better known as DJ Big Al Reno of Irie Radio 98.1 will take the stage for the second annual Octoberfest.
This is also the day when many people just might take to the streets dressed in traditional German garb while two polka bands take the stage throughout the day.
The Continentals from Washington D.C. will play two two-hour sets starting at noon and 4 p.m.
In between those sets will be a two-hour performance from local musician Frank Nanna’s band, Frank Nanna and the Cow Polkas at 2 p.m.
Although entertainment will differ from the previous day’s event, food and drink options will remain the same.
SUNDAY, Oct. 14
Ocean Pines Yacht Club (1 Mumfords Landing Road), Ocean Pines
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Admission: $40 per person
Under 21 Allowed: No
In conclusion of the weekend full of German-inspired festivities, the Ocean Pines Yacht Club will set up a buffet of custom holiday cuisine and feature an appearance from the owner of Burley Oak Brewing Company, Bryan Brushmiller from 5-7 p.m.
Taking place on the club’s second floor, the event has been planned as something of a beer and food pairing.
“It’s going to be an educational event to give Bryan [Brushmiller] the opportunity to talk about his craft and meet the locals,” said David McLaughlin, general manager of the Ocean Pines Yacht Club.
Brushmiller will discuss how brewmasters develop their beers, while new executive head chef of the Yacht Club, Chett Bland, will discuss how he created his menu around the flavor of Burley Oak’s brews.
The brewery’s seasonal Oktoberfest beer will be available, along with three of its other brews, Just the Tip, Rude Boy and Bunker C varieties.
At the end of the night, members of the audience will be able to vote on which of the three non-seasonal beers they would like on tap at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club. Once the vote is calculated, a new tap featuring the highest-voted beer will be installed in the facility’s bar.
Advanced reservations are recommended, but the $40 admission can be paid at the door. Including food and three Burley Oak beers, only those 21 years old and older may purchase a ticket.
For more information, or to reserve a spot for the event, call 410-641-7501 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.