Oktoberfest at HA

Room 202 was briefly transformed into a mini Bavarian gathering place as seventh and eighth grade students in Mrs. Sternig’s German classes celebrated Oktoberfest with song, food, drink and of course good old German Gemütlichkeit!

The room was decorated with the typical blue and white colors of Bavaria (and our school colors!!!). After learning about how the celebration of Oktoberfest began in 1810, as a wedding reception between Prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa, students sang a favorite German song, “Schnitzelbank”, which translated means a “wood carving bench”. Each year the students enjoy repeating a series of rhyming words in this nonsensical song, working backwards from last to first and of course ending each with the resounding chorus “O Du Schöne Schnitzelbank!” (O you beautiful wood carving bench!”) Students interlocked arms as they swayed back and forth to the music of several other traditional German songs. Sprecher Root Beer was the drink for this year’s Oktoberfest and wonderful German recipes were shared such as a strawberry cream pastry roll and Apfelkuchen, roasted almonds and lots of cookies and pretzels. We kept the foods relatively simple since it is the first and second periods of the day! A good time was had by all!

Sixth grader Hans Frey entertained the sixth grade German class recently with some German songs he has learned on his grandfather’s accordian. Hans also plays the piano and violin and is currently learning guitar in music class.

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