It’s Officially Oktoberfest Where We #PartyLikeAGerman @PhoenixClubCA

Ready, Set, OktoberfestThe time has come, the wait is over! It’s finally Oktoberfest time!

Out of all the Oktoberfests in Southern California, the Phoenix Club has the most established, biggest, most family-friendly, AND most authentic one. Awesome, so let’s go there! Last weekend was opening weekend, and the Opening Ceremony was on Sunday.

Oktoberfest will keep running every weekend, Friday through Sunday, throughout October 27, so there are plenty of weekends to go and have fun. If you need a reminder how to dress properly, check it out here. And if you want to stay up-to-date on all the Oktoberfest happenings, specials, and tips, like the Phoenix Club’s Facebook page.

And here are some pictures from Sunday. Happy Oktoberfesting, everyone! Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Oktoberfest! How To Dress Right! #PartyLikeAGerman @PhoenixClubCA

Ready, Set, OktoberfestWho is ready for the biggest, most authentic and family-friendly Oktoberfest in all of Southern California? With opening weekend coming up September 13 for Oktoberfest at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, there is no time to waste to get ready to celebrate Oktoberfest in style!

My mom sent us a surprise package, with a new set of “Festkleidung” for the upcoming Oktoberfest. I thought this would be an awesome opportunity to teach you all a few tricks about Oktoberfest wear: The Dirndl and the Lederhosen. Continue reading

Despite It All – I Am Proud To Be A German American (Kind Of Part 6)

The Phoenix ClubSurprise – There’s a Part 6 after all! Who would have thought! This Tuesday was Activity Group Night at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, a German Cultural and Events Center here that has given me personally a home when I most needed one. The members of the Phoenix Club welcomed me with open arms as soon as I showed up. They have truly become my German family away from Germany and made it possible for me to have a stronghold amidst the chaos that has been reigning my life.

In Part 1-5 I have focused on counting our blessings, my immigration story, how I became a divorced weekend mom because I forgot how to count those blessings, and how I remembered to count those blessings again. This part takes a bit of a different approach. While I am still proud to be an American, I think it is possible for me to say that because I have first learned how to be a proud German. I have learned that if I don’t embrace who I’ve always been, if I don’t embrace my innate culture and roots, then I am just sort of lost, always looking for an identity. And while it would make sense to look for that identity within the American culture now, deep in my heart I am German (because I was exclusively German for the first 21 years of my life). It’s just that I am a German who’s been in the U.S. for the past 9 years. So – I now proudly call myself (and my son) a German American. Because that’s truly what we are. Continue reading