The heaviest of Saturday’s rains held off until after St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Fleeton’s Oktoberfest was through.
“The weather was much better than expected,” Rev. Sandi Mizirl noted, “Real rain would have kept people away.”
As it was, more than 400 people came from as far away as Harrisonburg to feast on German cuisine and beer, as well as local oysters. The only casualty to the weather was the bouncy tent the church had ordered. According to Mizirl, the company that was to supply it canceled due to fear of possible high winds. The kids didn’t seem to notice, as they stayed busy in the children’s room with face painting, pumpkin decorating and games.
According to Mizirl, St. Mary’s Oktoberfest is the only one at which you can buy oyster dinners instead of German ones. The oysters were available raw, steamed, as oysters Rockefeller and as Dr. Emory Lewis of Lighthouse Oyster’s newly contrived “oyster puppies,” oysters fried in hushpuppy batter.
Read more in this week’s edition of the Northumberland Echo.