Germany’s culture came alive on Millersville’s campus on Saturday, Sept. 19. Oktoberfest, coordinated by the Deutsch club, was presented in the promenade of the Student Memorial Center. Taking place from 11-2 p.m., the Millersville Community was able to try food traditionally served for the cultural event prepared by the Upper Deck.
German exchange student Bianca Heinze assisted in leading participants in traditional German dancing during the event.
“I have been here for one month,” says Heinze. “It’s different but it’s nice that it’s different. That’s why I came here.”
Heinze noted being impressed with living on campus and how friendly everyone is in the U.S., especially through the availability of office hours by teachers, which she said Germany does not have.Upon graduating, Heinze plans to teach English and Biology to high school students.
The food served at the event included: hot German potato salad, spaetzle, hot soft pretzels with mustard, vegetarian meatballs in tomato sauce, German style roast pork, drunken chicken, knackwurst with sauerkraut, German cucumber salad, red cabbage and sandwiches. Desserts included apple pastry and black forest cupcakes.
While guests ate their lunch, they were able to listen to music provided by Polkadelphia, a German music band from Philadelphia. While they introduced several toasts throughout the event in the German language, they also performed music they adapted from American culture. They played pop culture music tunes such as “Funkytown”, “Eye of the Tiger”, “Sweet Caroline” and the theme song from the Muppets. In addition to these tunes, more traditional music was played like “Edelweiss” and “Who Stole the Kishka”.
Heinze’s spoke of her favorite things about Oktoberfest; “beer, music and being together. You sit around table and you all sing along and you get set up and you clink your beer cups. It’s a special day in the year.”
Additional activities available for students included a competition of eating whipped cream pies the fastest, bobbing for apples and answering trivia questions to win a t-shirt. Between the food, music and dancing, attendees were able to learn about a far-off region of the world and to get a taste of cultural diversity.