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Moments in Time

Moments in Time

By Morgan Smith
Staff Writer

It is the evening of Sept. 20th and fall festivities are finally here. As the rainstorm breaks, I arrive at the Sitzmark Bar & Grill to kick off the fun with an evening of music by the Polka Chips, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect atmosphere. The cool air, large Oktoberfest banners on display, and the glow from within the bar set the mood.

For the next two weekends, Sept. 20-21 and 27-28, the Sitzmark Bar & Grill has a schedule packed with a variety of traditional Oktoberfest activities. It is a must see for the whole family, and entry is free.

There are several Polka bands performing each day ready to get you dancing. If you are in it for the traditional German food, you won’t be let down. There is a ready to eat buffet filled with entrees like Sauerbraten, Pork Schnitzel, Pork shank, grilled Bratwurst or wieners. They are served with choices of German potato salad, braised red cabbage and sauerkraut. There are sides to choose from also, including pan fried Spaetzle with mushroom gravy or mac and cheese. For dessert, there are Bavarian delicacies. Food is available until 10 p.m. To top it all off, there is a beer garden with wine and German themed liquors.

As I entered the building, I found an adorable German themed face cut out to take photos, which is always a fun way to start the evening off with a laugh. As I wrapped up taking photos, music start to fill the air. The energy from the polka music was contagious, and I could feel the excitement from the event.

Some of the Oktoberfest partakers were dressed in lederhosen and other traditional German clothing and it only enhanced the experience. Long tables filled with patrons consuming delicious looking food made the air smell intoxicating, and I couldn’t wait to jump in. People were dancing and smiles were strewn about the room.

The food was as scrumptious as I had hoped. And watching the adorable couples dance to the Polka music solidified my future return to this event. How often do you get the opportunity to see three accordions on one stage?
For a full schedule of events, go to alyeskaresort.com.

Morgan Smith / Glacier City Gazette

Morgan Smith / Glacier City Gazette