The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Oktoberfest USA

Munich may be the grand-daddy of Oktoberfests, but old grandpa has spawned lots of kids.

What began in 1810 as a festival to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig I of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, the annual beer, food, and music bash now has imitators all over the world. And it goes without saying that the US has some wild blowout events every September and October.  Gayot.com has a list of stateside Oktoberfests throughout the north, south, east, and west. Most are held toward the end of September.

And what does everyone do at Oktoberfest?  They drink beer of course. Oh and they eat and dance too. Traditional eats include sausages, and as this is the perfect opportunity to showcase hometown specialties, you’re bound to find as much local fare as imported, and that goes for the beer too.

Not surprisingly, many of these multi-day parties are very popular, so if you’re even thinking about heading to one, it’s best to make reservations.

Photo: Wikipedia

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Rev. Al Sharpton, near left, with members of Tyre Nichols' family

Youtube Screenshot

Black Lives Matter.

Now, can everyone understand the desperate, defiant power of those three words? Can all those who tried to act as though they didn’t get why the phrase needed to be said — over and over — finally stop pretending?

Keep reading...Show less

Vladimir Putin

Youtube Screenshot

Militarily and politically as well as economically, the war in Ukraine has been a major drain on Russia. President Vladimir Putin and his allies in the Kremlin were hoping for a quick, easy invasion, but Ukrainian forces have been much more skillful fighters than Putin anticipated.

Moreover, the invasion of Ukraine has had an unintended consequence: the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Sweden and Finland, for many years, stayed out of NATO; in 2022, they applied for membership. And U.S. President Joe Biden, in contrast to former President Donald Trump’s anti-NATO views, has welcomed NATO’s expansion.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}