The Mercantile Guide to Bockfest 2011

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Despite the decline of beer culture in Germany, it continues to do well here in “Over-the-Rhine”, and it’s time once again for the city’s lesser malt-beverage-oriented fest: Bockfest.  We recommend this festival and its attendant parade, and offer this modest guide to maximize your enjoyment.

-Goats, much-maligned throughout the ages as symbols of Pagan debauchery, etc., are actually quite nice and are far more environmentally friendly than, say, lawnmowers.  That being said, they have indiscriminate, voracious  appetites, especially when they’ve been drinking.

-It’s easy to miss the parade…  but Cincinnati’s most venerable watering hole, Arnold’s, where the parade kicks off, gets pretty crazy.  We recommend obtaining a cassock, taking a quick vow, then falling in with the monks behind the “Trojan Goat”/rolling keg.

Bungs from beer kegs are projectiles and, as such, ought to be considered with caution using only one eye.

-If it looks like you’ve actually walked into a frat party, never fear.  They’re not “Greeks” but developers, intoxicated by the Brewery District’s halcyon future.

-When Tarbell waves some sort of magic wand and says a few words, the parade is over, but there’s still a weekend of fun to be had.

-If you thought you just saw Woody Guthrie, you didn’t… It’s Jake Speed come to serenade his old friend Schtnitzel the goat.

-Ed Scripsi

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  1. And 46 Long is playing at Arnold’s from 6 to 8 on Friday.

  2. […] unlikely to take in any Bockfestevents because we just don’t go to events.  We never got in the habit, and we’re not very good at […]

  3. Have you considered the Bach to Bock Brunch at Memorial Hall on Sunday 2-4pm? It sounds exceptional: http://www.boldstatementwebdesign.com/OTRFoundation/News/?p=173

    Here’s the description:
    On Sunday March 6th, the Bach to Bock Brunch at Memorial Hall features German-style fare from Mecklenburg Gardens, classical music by 17 Mile Brass and a special presentation by Kevin Pape, principle of Gray and Pape, the firm responsible for excavating Washington Park’s grave sites.

    The event begins at Noon with a meet and greet reception, followed by a buffet brunch in the Hall’s historic first floor meeting space. Completed in 1908, Memorial Hall was designed by Cincinnati’s most famous architect, Samuel Hannaford. Guests will dine in the heart of its grandeur, surrounded by ornate wooden carvings, marble staircases and soaring winged windows.

    Following brunch, guests will enjoy Pape’s presentation in the second floor auditorium, famous for its stunningly elaborate and detailed architecture. Before its purchase by the City of Cincinnati in 1855, Washington Park was the former site of an Episcopal and a Presbyterian cemetery. Pape will enlighten audience members on the fascinating findings during excavation.

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