MARCY— Get your Deutsch on and celebrate German heritage in the Mohawk Valley as the Utica Maennerchor presents its annual Bavarian Festival, Friday through Sunday, July 13-15, at 5535 Flanagan Road.
Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Get a feeling of aufregung (excitement) as this three-day festival features live music, beverages, souvenirs, linens, clothing, woodworking, raffles and a Kiddie Korner with games and activities for children.
If it’s the German food you’re craving, be prepared to indulge in Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Torte) at the popular cake booth, and other German culinary creations including sauerbraten sandwiches, German potato salad, variety of wursts with sauerkraut, imported biers and more.
A special Opening Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Friday with the singing of the national anthems of the United States and Germany and a tapping of the ceremonial keg to check the quality of the beer.
The Frankfurters will perform all three days. Their colorful show features demonstrations on hand-carved wooden Swiss Alphorns, the haunting Singing Saw, and Alpine Bell ringing, along with yodeling and lots of good old fashioned German "gemutlichkeit." The Utica Maennerchor's Edelweiss Schuhplattlers featuring adults and children will entertain each day with traditional folk dancing.
Admission is $5 each day or $10 for a three-day pass. Children 11 and younger are free. Parking is free.
For information, visit www.uticamaennerchor.com.