Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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Reminder: Germanfest this Saturday

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[October 12, 2010]  The public is invited to Germanfest, a celebration featuring a traditional German meal and four hours of polka music. Germanfest has become a favorite annual tradition in Lincoln, with benefits going to St. John United Church of Christ mission projects.

The event takes place Saturday and centers on the church parking lot at the corner of Eighth and Maple streets. Hours for the dinner and polka band are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day's meal features bratwurst or hot dog, German potato salad, red cabbage, sauerkraut, applesauce, dessert and drink.

Also on-site will be the Market Strasse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will include craft items, home-show vendors and a used book sale.

Plans are for the drive-through lane for the meal to begin at the Eighth Street entrance to the small hospital parking lot that services Lincoln Health Care Specialists. The serving line will be at the south end of that lot. The organizers say this will speed up the carryout process and allow more meals to be served.

The Alley Kats are a ballroom band versatile in polka music. They will set up in one of two large tents to be erected on the church parking lot. The other tent, close enough to watch the dancing, is for serving and eating.

Band leader and electronic accordion player Terry J. Dutko of Granite City organized the Alley Kats over 20 years ago. Tom Roussin at saxophone, clarinet, flute, piccolo as well as vocals, has been with the group around 16 years; he hails from St. Louis. Drummer Stan Soboleski of Fenton, Mo., joined over a decade ago. Dan Franke of Belleville and Dallas Blair of Clayton, Mo., completed the current lineup about three years ago. Franke is featured on guitar and Blair on the trumpet, and both also contribute on vocals.

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Cost is $8.50 per German meal and $3.50 for hot dog meal. The number to call for free delivery of meals is 732-6957. At least six meals must be purchased with tickets in advance from the church office at the same phone number or from a parishioner. Shut-ins can also have meals delivered free.

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]

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