Ein Prosit! Ein Prosit! The Germans know that there's only one way to deal with the approach of a long, cold winter, and that's to drink beer. (Responsibly, of course. Achtung!)
On Saturday, Oktoberfest returns to Allen Street, where it was last celebrated in 1984. Between Elmwood Avenue and Days Park, Allen will be transformed into a bit of Bavaria. Kicking off the festivities at 3 p.m. will be the Frankfurters, an oom-pah band with a lot of oomph. Rock bands will follow, including Mudtown Rudy, the Fibs, Alison Pipitone (above), the Buffalo Song Project and the Outer Circle Orchestra. (We wonder if they'd consider adding a tuba for the occasion?)
Mulligan's will be dishing out sausage, sauerkraut and other German specialties under a big Oktoberfest tent, and other restaurants also will offer specials and German beer. Allentown artists make the picture complete, creating work in front of and inside the College Street Gallery, located at Allen and College.
Oktoberfest happens from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday on Allen Street between Elmwood and Days Park. Admission is $5, which benefits the restoration of Coit House and entitles the buyer to one free beverage.