7.12.09 Roosevelt House Oktoberfest 80th Birthday Party

The opportunity to be a part of Alice’s Oktoberfest themed 80th birthday party came only two weeks before the date.

How could we turn down an Oktoberfest in July?  Beer, sausage and peppers, polka, lederhosen…

Jeff and I arrived at the Roosevelt House in the Poughquag Dalton Farm community and made our way under the sign announcing “Oktoberfest” hung over the stone archway to the beautiful stone patio under the shade of the trees.  Alice’s daughter, Joanna, had decorated in blue and white, a moveable cutout of a plump German man stuck to the wall behind the bar.  He was wearing (yes!) lederhosen with a pint in hand.

Roosevelt House is so named because FDR resided there for over 35 years.  The historic stone building is over 200 years old.  If you know someone who lives in the Dalton Farm community, it’s the perfect place for a rehearsal dinner, engagement party, bridal shower, or even an intimate wedding.

We played authentic German folk music, polkas and waltzes, to set the mood as guests arrived.

But let me tell you about Alice.  What an amazing woman!  So vital and full of energy, I couldn’t believe she was eighty years old.  Alice was the first one to hit the dance floor, coaxing her friends up to join her.

After doing a little homework for this Oktoberfest party, I discovered that a world record was set at the 1994 Oktoberfest in Zinzinnati in honor of the crown prince of Bavaria’s visit: the world’s largest chicken dance…over 48,000 people flapping and clucking at once.

So, it was entirely appropriate that the Chicken Dance made an appearance.  Alice laughed at her family and friends as they danced with her.

Before the cake, Alice’s three sons and daughter toasted their mother, thanking her for the unfailing support and encouragement she had given them through the years.  I felt honored to be a part of the celebration for such a loving, tight knit family.

The grand finale featured Alice dancing with her sons and grandsons to, “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra.

I hope to have as much zest for life as Alice does when I turn eighty.  Heck, I’d like to have that now!

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