Frisch Marionette Company
Saturday: 1PM-2PM and 4PM-5PM
Sunday: 1PM-2PM and 4PM-5PM
To call a production by The Frisch Marionette Company a puppet show would be like calling the Indy 500 "some cars driving." Not too many puppeteers have found themselves featured on Showtime and in People magazine. Frisch has been featured in both. In terms of staging, lighting, artistry, and originality, Frisch transcends the usual, and ventures into the extraordinary, mesmerizing children and adults alike with their productions. Doubters need only visit the Testimonials section of the Frisch website, where words and phrases like, "enthralling", "...best school performance I have seen in my 21 years of teaching," "Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!," and "The children were spellbound" are the norm. This type of entertainment is rare. This quality of entertainment is even rarer.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
The Frisch Marionette Company began as all good things do, with a thought, a dream and a committed passion to making that dream real. We could say that the beginning of the Frisch Marionettte Company goes all the way back to a childhood puppet show whose impression never ended. That would be true, but it was much later, after many years meandering through the arts that Kevin Frisch rediscovered the beauty, the challenge and satisfaction of puppetry.
By 1986 Kevin had moved to New York City and joined Nicolas Coppola and The Puppetworks of Brooklyn. Working with the many talented puppeteers at the Puppetworks, Kevin developed his own art, craft and skills as a puppeteer and artist. The next nine years were spent touring the New York Metropolitan area as well as performing in The Puppetworks permanent theatres in Brooklyn and Macy's Herald Square.
In 1995 Kevin moved back to Cincinnati to begin what is today The Frisch Marionette Company. Working with a talented team of puppeteers and artists, Kevin has established The Frisch Marionettes as an exceptional entertainment and educational experience for children and adults alike.
Working primarily with marionettes, The Frisch Marionette Company performs in the traditional styles of 19th Century European Puppetry. Drawing inspiration from the great Europeon troupes such as the Salzburg Marionette Theatre, we endeavour to bring one of the great old world arts to young, contemporary imaginations.
Every aspect of a Frisch Marionette production is designed, handcrafted, created and recorded in our own workshops. Each and every puppet is handcarved, every costume is sewn and custom tailored for each character. We take great pride in our craft, but we're even more proud of the excited, twinkling eyes of wonder that surround us at the end of each performance.
Wine & Food Pairing
Chef: John Roberto
Beer not good enough for you? Your tastes are more sophisicated... or maybe you'd just like them to be? Fine then. The Cleveland Oktoberfest will be hosting our first annual Wine and Food Pairing event in the Oktoberfest Educational Pavilion from 5PM-7PM on Saturday, Sept. 1st. To guide you on your tour of German wines will be a representative of Heidelberg Distributing. Joining Heidelberg will be Oktoberfest's own Chef John Roberto, who will provide dishes to accompany each of the six featured German wines. Ever found yourself sniffing corks and swirling wine to impress a date, despite secretly not knowing what you were supposed to deduce from all the sniffing and swirling? Well, you will find this event enlightening, and really, regardless of what you know coming in, all should emerge with a deepened appreciation for the rich variety of German wines, some knowledge of Germany's wine regions, a connosieur's palette for appreciating the magical elixir that is wine, knowledge of how to pair food and wine based on their characteristic tastes and textures, and firmer, tighter abs. ...Okay, so maybe the abs part is overstating a bit, but wine is said to be good for your heart, so some health benefits, however modest, can be expected... unless you're a grape. And no, sadly we cannot claim that no grapes were harmed in creating this event. Plenty were, and likely plenty more will be as a result.
Click here to find out about the featured wines.
Gingerbread House Building
Polka Dancing Lessons
When: Saturday at 3:00PM
Sunday at 3:00PM
Where: Educational Buiding
With polka music legends like Fred Ziwich, Joe Wendel, and Hank Haller in the house, every year the Cleveland Oktoberfest dance floors fill up with polka dancers. Heck, there's even a style of polka named after our fair city. But what if you don't know how to polka? Would the Cleveland Oktoberfest let you just sit there with your pretzel looking sad? No, we would not. That's why in 2012 we'll be offering FREE polka lessons in our Educational Building to anyone who wants to learn. Now we know that the cool-conscious teens and twenty-somethings among you may think the polka dated. Well, you're right. It's not the latest craze, and you won't see Spring Breakers dancing the polka on MTV's Grind, but like baseball and apple streudel, the polka is a classic. It is timeless, romantic, and moreover, as Clevelanders, it's a part of our heritage (and one well worth preserving). In the end, dancing is just a way to express joy, and you can never learn too many ways to do that. Besides, equipped with your new polka moves, you might just impress that special someone. Your guide as you embark on your polka odyssey will be Casey Karbowski.
Casey Karbowski learned to polka dance by going to "learn to polka dance" night at a Cleveland polka bar called the Brookstate Inn. He is a member of the Cleveland Polka Association, where he also teaches polka dance lessons. He travels the country dancing the polka and specializes in polka dancing. He loves to polka dance and works to keep polka dancing a vibrant and popular art form. He also promotes polka dancing through his website clevelandpolka.com. He invites you to come to the polka dance lesson and hopes that you also can learn to love to dance the polka.
Euclid Beach Park Now
When: Saturday, Sept. 1st 1-7pm
Sunday, Sept. 2nd 1-8:30pm
Monday, Sept. 3rd 1-6pm
Exhibit featuring memorabilia from Euclid Beach Park will fill the Educational Building Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Euclid Beach Park Now, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit group, will be hosting the display. Memorabilia from the Euclid Beach Boys® collection will be on display along with information about the rebirth of the Euclid Beach Park Carousel at the Western Reserve Historical Society History Center in University Circle. Picture collages of scenes from the Park which operated from 1895 to 1969 on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood will be exhibited. Euclid Beach related merchandise ranging from books, T-shirts, pictures, videos, and audio CD’s will be available for sale. Please stop by to discuss your favorite Euclid Beach memories with our Board Members and consider membership in our group which includes a quarterly newsletter. Come visit our display area and learn why Euclid Beach is truly “Cleveland’s most beloved amusement park”. On Sunday and Monday, an audio-visual presentation featuring two DVD’s produced by Russell-Kelleher will be shown.
Sunday at 2pm - “Euclid Beach Carousel – The Long Journey Home”
Monday at 2pm - “Euclid Beach Park – Footsteps into Yesterday”
Western Reserve Historical Society
In addition, every hour, WRHS will hold a drawing for 2 free tickets to the Western Reserve Historical Society. Their collection of historical Cleveland artifacts (such as the restored Chief Wahoo from the old Municipal Stadium) is second to none, so if you haven't yet paid them a visit, you definitely should.
WRHS' Mission Statement
Homebrewing Demonstration and Talk
Garin Wright (award winning brewer from Buckeye Brewing Company) and Paul Schick of SNOBs (the Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers), will be on hand starting on Friday Night at the Oktoberfest Microbrew Competition in the Bier Garten, and then throughout the weekend outside the Educational Building, where they will be brewing up an special lager and discussing the process of homebrewing with all who are interested. Garin and Paul will also be giving a presentation on homebrewing in the Educational Building from 6:00-6:30pm on Sunday.
Chef John Roberto
Volkswagon Van Show
Members of LEAKOIL (Lake Erie Kombi Owners Involvement League) will pull a van or two into the educational building and share information on the pedigree of the vans. The fact that so many VW buses are still running is a testament to impeccable quality of German engineering. It is also a testament to the VW bus' place in American history that so many are so dedicated to keeping these wonders of the road in working order. They are mobile time capsules that drive us back to one of the most turbulent, yet also one of the most creative, eras our country's history. Some may have parts held on with duct tape, or gaskets sealed with bubblegum, but still they run--and when all's said and done, they're just plain fun. ...Like the vans they drive, they're owners tend to be pretty colorful too.
LEAKOIL is a group dedicated to promoting and maintaining air-cooled VWs. The members own a wide varietty of bay, split-window and vanagons, and will be camping at the Oktoberfest in the area of the car show. Camping is not restricted to LEAKOIL members. Anyone who comes to the Oktoberfest in an air-cooled VW buss will be directed to the VW entrance and will gain FREE ADMISSION to the Oktoberfest! Information on the VW Campout can be found on this page.