Backgrounder on Oktoberfest 2001

In December 2000, Mr. Hans Jurabeck from the Alliance of German Speaking Clubs was invited to meet with the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa members to share his experience in hosting Oktoberfest celebrations. Kiwanis Club of Ottawa wanted to revive the fall event in as authentic a manner as possible.

Mr. Jurabeck introduced us to the Schuhplatter Folk dancers who joined Mr. Thomas Schmid, former First Secretary at the German Embassy for a presentation “Kick-off”. The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa hosted a luncheon during which Mr. Schmid spoke of the history of the Bavarian tradition. We later enjoyed a brief performance from the Schuhplatter Dancers who impressed everyone with their whips.

Making the final decision of selecting a caterer for our Oktoberfest was relatively easy as everyone kept telling us whom it should be. Lindenhof Restaurant quickly agreed to bring their special talents. And of course, in Kiwanis tradition, no event would be complete without a raffle. Hunt Club Volkswagen graciously agreed to provide a V.W. Beetle for 20 weekends as our prize.

The sponsor for the fundraising event is Nova Networks. Nova is an Ottawa based firm in the computer field offering a wide range of products and services. Kiwanis Club of Ottawa raises funds through events such as this and the annual Duck Race to put back into the community.

Our motto is “Serving the World’s Children”. The 84-year-old club has had a major impact on the city through the years. Most recently we were able to donate one million dollars to CHEO.

Details: Saturday October 13, 2001 Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park Doors open at 6:30 His Excellency Mr. Christian Pauls officially opens with keg tape at 7:30 Tickets are $10.00 for admission or $30.00 for admission, two drinks and dinner. You can download an order form from www.oktoberfestottawa.com or leave a message at 798-9545 for a call back. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door,