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Oktoberfest Events Featured Variety

Gabor Csanyi -- The Tech
OKTOBERFEST -- Harvard Square hosted a variety of music, food, and street performers this weekend.

By Krista L. Niece
Staff Reporter

Harvard Square was host to a day of kaleidoscopic music, food, and enjoyment this weekend as the city celebrated its 19th annual Oktoberfest. The festival, traditionally held over Columbus Day weekend, took place from 12 to 6 p.m. this Sunday.

Musicians performed simultaneously at six locations scattered around the square. Styles ranged from new alternative by artist Tara McLean to the folk-rock guitar of Lisa Cerbone to brass-band jazz performed by the New Orleans based band Coolbone. The Jolly Kopperschmidt's German Band symbolized the national roots of this autumnal celebration.

The lively mix of music gave a festive background to the other performers at the square, many of which catered to the younger generation of partygoers. Davey the Clown, a local street performer, delighted children on the MBTA/Out of Town News Plaza while Royer's one-man Guitar Machine Band pounded out bluegrass melody nearby. There were also enclosed trampolines and other rides as well.

"If it's not here, it probably does not exist,"said Cynthia Miller of the Harvard Square Business Association, a claim that was almost validated by the immense number of vendors that lined the sidewalks and streets. Clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs were popular sale items, but a number of other selections were offered.

German foods featured

The Oktoberfest was a dream come true for those with a taste for gourmet cuisine. Many local restaurants set up booths around the square. Mixed with the traditional German wursts and beer were foods ranging from fried dough to Italian pasta. Cuisine from around the world as well as native New England favorites made their appearance at the festival.

Events planned for the near future at Harvard Square include the Charles Square Tree Lightingto be held November 29, the Holly Fair at Cambridge Center for adult education which runs December 14-15, and the Holiday Crafts Fair at First Parish Church on December 12 through 15 and 19 to 24.

Although the Oktoberfest originated in Germany, Cambridge has added its own flavors and style and made this Oktoberfest tradition uniquely its own.