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Kara Sewell: Grab Your Dirndl!

(Source: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Kara Sewell, FOX19 NOW)

I don’t know a lot about my family history and if I wasn’t so cheap I might consider purchasing a membership to ancestry.com.com;
talking to my relatives about our lineage has left me with more questions than answers and in the age of Google you would think I could learn more.

In the meantime, I’m going to embrace German history, why? I was recently asked to be the Burgermeisterin (female pronunciation) for Germania Society’s Oktoberfest.

I was a bit taken back at the request, I am asked to emcee events often but in my decade of doing TV news I’ve never been asked to tap a keg wearing a dirndl! I was intrigued to say the least and once my boss approved, I committed to being the best Burgermeister this side of Frankfurt.

A dirndl is a type of traditional dress worn in southern Germany. I ordered my dirndl from a catalog and the Germania Society was kind enough to buy me a top, skirt, apron & socks. It was beautiful! The embroidery is impeccable and it fit like a glove.

This week, I got to practice my keg tapping skills before the big event at Hofbrauhaus in Newport. The last Wednesday of every month they tap a special keg of beer and serve it during happy hour.

It’s no easy task to use a mallet to tap a keg but I did in three taps (the pros can do it in one!) and I feel ready for my big debut in August. Germania Society’s Oktoberfest is August 28th-30th and I will tap the keg that Saturday.

More than 60 taps of beer, homemade German foods, including sauerkraut, Oktoberfest chicken, pastries, pretzels plus entertainment for all ages including games of skill will be taking place throughout the weekend.

As someone who doesn’t have a lot of history to hold onto, it has been special to watch people so passionate about their culture; I feel fortunate to get a peek inside a world where your past is so much a part of your present.

Prost! (that’s German for ‘cheers’)

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