Bres­lau and Elmira lo­ca­tions get in on the Ok­to­ber­est ac­tion that starts Fri­day

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THANKS­GIV­ING WEEK­END MEANS PLENTY of turkey and all the fix­ings, but in these parts it also means the start of Ok­to­ber­fest. The Bavar­ian fes­ti­val is cen­tered in Kitch­ener, but spreads out into the re­gion, in­clud­ing the town­ships.

The Slove­nian Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion – the Sava Club – is hold­ing its an­nual fes­tiv­i­ties at its Bres­lau lo­ca­tion. The multi-award win­ning event, in­clud­ing Best Small Hall 2014, is putting on a mix of tra­di­tional en­ter­tain­ment, dance, mu­sic, food and drinks with a few mod­ern tweaks, that prom­ises to be a rous­ing good time for adults and fam­i­lies.

Au­then­tic is the word, says Mag­dalena Razpot­nik, Sava Club vice-pres­i­dent and or­ga­nizer of fes­ti­val, as well as high-en­ergy, as per­form­ers and mem­bers are com­ing decked out in their tracht – the tra­di­tional folk gar­ments that are so much a part of the night, and Ok­to­ber­fest en­ter­tain­ment abounds.

In Elmira, the Ki­wa­nis Club is hold­ing a dance at its Festhalle fea­tur­ing the “stomp­ing old time blues” mu­sic of the Vaudevil­lian band. The tra­di­tional meals are on of­fer and best of all the money raised goes back into the com­mu­nity.

Fea­tured at the Sava Club will be the per­for­mances from the Mladi Glas Planika folk danc­ing troupe based out of Toronto, and a Ger­man band fea­tur­ing both old and mod­ern tunes. The menu will fea­ture savoury and sweet, with crispy schnitzel, goulash and sausages and ap­ple strudel.

“Ev­ery­body likes the schnitzel, but in our club its ac­tu­ally still made by lit­tle ladies, lit­tle Euro­pean cooks, me be­ing one of them. I was the ap­ple strudel queen,” laughs Razpot­nik. “We do it the old way.

“The schnitzel are lit­er­ally … cut by hand, grounded sea­soned and breaded and then deep fried as or­dered, so it’s con­stantly fresh.”

Ex­pect to be up on your feet as well, cau­tions Razpot­nik, for games and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing the like of a polka dance com­pe­ti­tion – “no ex­pe­ri­ence needed,” she adds.

“Whether you’re a child, whether your an older per­son, there’s some­thing to make ev­ery­body happy, and that’s what we like.”

The club is hold­ing the event for two nights in a row on Oc­to­ber 13 and 14, but the Satur­day night event is full up. There are still some tick­ets left for the Fri­day party, says Razpot­nik, but they are quickly dis­ap­pear­ing.

The Ki­wa­nis Club, mean­while, is hold­ing a night of dance and mu­sic and fine foods

and bev­er­ages that are sure to de­light. And peo­ple can drink know­ing they have a ride home, with the Ki­wa­nis tran­sit bus on of­fer to ferry peo­ple for free a rea­son­able dis­tance from the party. The event is be­ing held on Oc­to­ber 14 at the Lions Hall.

More in­for­ma­tion about the Ok­to­ber­fest fes­tiv­i­ties that get un­der­way to­mor­row can be found on­line at www. ok­to­ber­fest.ca.

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