I haven’t blogged since before Oktoberfest. A blessing you say? Maybe. But I prefer to think of my blog entries as necessary building blocks to the new year, heading into the next Oktoberfest. You see, the Ale House year begins the day after Oktoberfest, always a Sunday. Oktoberfest is our New Years Eve. And that day after, Sunday, is New Years Day. Alas, we do not celebrate New Years Day like maybe we could or should because New Years Eve is always celebrated to the max and there is nothing left for the next day. But that could change, right? A two-day Oktoberfest?

Indeed, the month after Oktoberfest is spent in recovery. And this year’s recovery was especially well met with mellow attitudes and a kind of languorous mood. The new year looks good because Oktoberfest was just too good again.

I could recount for you the details of the day that made Oktoberfest one of the best – perhaps the best – yet. But I don’t want to do that. Instead, I will say that Gardner is back. Oktoberfest is back. The Chair Luge is back. And Masskrugstemmen (Steinholding Competition) is just begun! Thank you all who were there; physically and otherwise. It’s just not as good if we don’t have at least 2,000 people doing what we are supposed to do: Party In The Street.

Our thanks go out to all of our sponsors, and they were many and many new ones too! Just look at this list of generous sponsors:

  1. SANCTUARY MEDICINALS
  2. THE CITY OF GARDNER
  3. BOUCHER FUNERAL HOME
  4. M. CHARTIER CONTRACTING
  5. MOON HILL BREWING CO. (US)
  6. GFA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
  7. MACK PROTOTYPE
  8. CANDOR REALTY
  9. O’REILLY AUTO
  10. SHARP IMAGE
  11. GARDNER TEN PINS
  12. MAYOR MICHAEL NICHOLSON
  13. STATE REPRESENTATIVE JON ZLOTNIK
  14. STATE SENATOR ANNE GOBI
  15. GARDNER CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT ELIZABETH KAZINSKAS
  16. ELITE ACCOUNTING SERVICES
  17. TIMPANY CROSSROADS
  18. PERRY POOLS
  19. SALVADORE AUTO
  20. JBC DJ SERVICES
  21. HOMETOWN BARBERS
  22. LYMAN SIGNS

 Yes, 22. And MOST of these sponsors came to us and volunteered to sponsor. It was truly unprecedented and a sign that things are going strong in our part of the world. Thank you to our sponsors. You made Oktoberfest, the Chair Luge, the Steinholding Competition, everything, possible. And thank you to the people of Greater Gardner. Getting greater every day.

Gardner Ale House
Moon Hill Brewing Co

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Gardner, MA 01440

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