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Oktoberfest and the Harrison Beer Festival

Oktoberfest & the Harrison Beer Festival

 

 

 

 

 

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's Meadow") in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wies'n".

The yearly anniversary of this celebration is Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest has become the world's largest fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.  Over the past 200 years, Oktoberfest was canceled 24 times due to cholera epidemics and war.

In Munich in recent years, almost 7 million litres of beer is served during the 16 day festival.
Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, at a minimum of 13.5% Stammwürze (approximately 6% alcohol by volume) may be served at Oktoberfest. The beer must also be brewed within the city limits of Munich. Beers meeting these criteria may be designated Oktoberfest Beer.  The Reinheitsgebot (literally "purity order"), sometimes called the "German Beer Purity Law" or the "Bavarian Purity Law", was a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany. In the original text, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops.

The breweries that can produce Oktoberfest Beer under the traditional criteria are:

Augustiner-Bräu
Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu
Löwenbräu
Paulaner-Bräu
Spatenbräu
Staatliches Hofbräu-München

By 1960, Oktoberfest had turned into an enormous world-famous festival. Since then, foreigners have pictured Germans as wearing the Sennerhut, Lederhosen, and the girls in Dirndl.

Traditional Oktoberfest Bavarian hats (Tirolerhüte), contain a tuft of goat hair. In Germany, goat hair was highly valued and prized.  The more tufts of goat hair on your hat, the wealthier you are considered to be. This tradition ended with the appearance of cheap goat hair imitations on the market.

There are many problems every year with young people who overestimate their ability to handle large amounts of alcohol, and who pass out due to intoxication. These drunken patrons are often called "Bierleichen" (German for "beer corpses”).

For them as well as for the general public, the Bavarian branch of German Red Cross operates an aid facility and provides emergency medical care on the festival grounds, staffed with more than 100 volunteer medics and doctors per day.

Nearly 1,000 tons of garbage result annually from the Oktoberfest.

In 2004 the queues outside the toilets became so long that the police had to regulate the entrance. To keep traffic moving through the restrooms, men headed for the toilets were directed to the urinals (giant enclosed grate) if they only needed to urinate.

Approximately 1,800 toilets and urinals are now available during the Festival.

"We're not in Kansas Anymore Dorethy!"

We're Not in Kansas Anymore... Dorothy!

 

 

 

 

 

Let's see if we have this right...

Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz, a five minute drive from Harrison, has been transformed into the imaginary town of Wayward Pines, ID.

Pioneer Park, usually an open green space with towering trees, is now home to "Wayward Pines" a Fox event TV series about a secret service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) that comes to town to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents.  He’s involved in an accident and wakes up in the town’s hospital with no ID or cell phone.  Burke finds himself caught up in more mysteries than he counted on and unable to connect with his wife (Shannyn Sossamon) and son (Charlie Tahan) back home.  Because…he can’t figure out how to secretly borrow a phone?

Hmmmm…

The show will be directed by master film maker M. Night Shyamalan, whose successes include "The Sixth Sense", "Signs", "Unbreakable" and "The Village", all of which seem to offer up weirdly bazaar takes on reality.

Hmmmm…

Like A&E’s Bates Motel, the upcoming 10-episode series is a cross between Twin Peak and The X-Files.

Melissa Leo (The Fighter) plays a nurse who takes care of Burke and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games) is Dr. Jenkins, the psychiatrist who treats him. He with no wallet or proof of health insurance??

Hmmmm…

As the TV series evolves, the hero and the beautiful lady begin to see beneath the thickly layered veneer of small town life.

Terrence Howard (The Butler) plays Sheriff Pope and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers) has been cast as the town’s bartender Beverly.

The cast also includes Carla Gugino (Political Animals) as Kate Hewson, Burke’s ex-partner at the Secret Service and Tim Griffin (Covert Affairs) as Burke’s boss.

Sword of Truth
According to the fictional world created by Terry Goodkind in his fantasy book series "Sword of Truth," the wayward pine is a massive tree with drooping bows that offers shelter to travelers. These protective fortresses are throughout Goodkind's stories in the fairyworlds of Westland and the Midlands.

World of Warcraft
In the gaming world, a wayward pine is a member of a raiding guild composed of older players. Members consider their loosely organized guild to be casual and welcoming, offering players whatever intensity of play they desire.

Wayward Pines are large pine trees whose branches droop close to the ground while leaving a large hollow interior. They are scattered throughout the New World, particularly in Westland and the Midlands. They are known as a "friend to any traveler" as the inside hollow area is typically used by travelers as a small but cozy shelter for the night or to wait out a rain. Most wayward pines are large enough to almost allow a grown man to stand inside. The branches are typically bare near the trunk, with needles on the ends, leaving the hollow interior. The tree is fire-resistant as long as one is careful, allowing the traveler to build a small campfire inside. The smoke from the fire curls up the center, near the trunk. The needles typically grow so thick that even in a good rain it remains dry inside as well as provides concealment for its inhabitants.

A Wayward Pine
Because of the method of seed dispersal, it isn't uncommon for a pine tree to pop up in an unexpected location, far from its parent tree. This would be a wayward pine in its most literal sense.
Wayward Pines is based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch, who has said the story was inspired by the ’90s TV series Twin Peaks. It’s been adapted for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club), and... is described as:  a mind-bending thriller in which nothing is what it seems.  Hmmmm...

 

We're not just a beach, we are a beach!

We're not just a beach... we ARE a beach!

 

 

 

 

From shoreline picnic grounds, to the public boat launch,  sandy beaches with a kids play park and public washrooms,  the float plane dock where people in their teens prefer to lounge, and the water sport dock that offers everything from kayak rentals to speed boat rentals, leisurely boat tours to the magnificent Rainbow Falls,  a truly “sick” floating water park perfect for teens and adults…guided fishing tours for salmon and sturgeon, guided eco tours featuring our local wild life, seals popping up to check out the action and Bald Eagles and Great Blue Heron soaring above.

Wheelchair accessible pathways make simply walking the beach front easy and peaceful.
Southerly winds in the afternoon make windsurfing and kiting here a truly breath taking experience.
Water skiing, wakeboarding, sea-doo-ing, blaster bumper boats, banana tube rides… if you can’t find something to do in Harrison it’s because you haven’t visited the beach or the watersports dock on the lake at the front of the Harrison Resort and Spa.

If your idea of water sports means actively and "relax-ively" watching the water and other people sporting upon it while you enjoy the warm summer breeze and exceptional food, drink and dessert, you couldn't ask for better places to do this than local restaurant patios that look out over the beach!

Slow food cycle tour 2013 - agassiz

Slow Food Cycle Tour 2013 - Agassiz

 

 

 

 

This summer, join us in the Fraser Valley for two family-friendly Slow Food Cycle Tours. Agassiz’s 7th annual Cycle Tour Agassiz will be held on Saturday, July 27th and Chilliwack’s 5th Cycle Tour will be held on Sunday July 30th.  It’s going to be a wonderfully s-l-o-w weekend!

Online Registration is now open!  Our cycle tours are increasingly popular so we encourage you to pre-register.  Participation will be limited to 1000 cyclists per tour to ensure the farmers are not overwhelmed and you and your friends and family have a quality experience.

The leisurely self-guided Slow Food Cycle Tours provide an educational and culinary experience exploring many farms; some that are open to the public for this day only!  The tours give a rare chance to meet the farmers and learn about agriculture in the spectacular Fraser Valley.

Support the Slow Food movement and our local Fraser Valley farmers.  Agassiz and Chilliwack will feature farms that are unique to their areas, so be sure to sign up for both cycle tours and spend the weekend at one of the comfortable Valley accommodations.  Each Cycle Tour is around 23km (give or take) and relatively flat.  And best of all, kids and youth 18 and under cycle for free.  There will be some free samples along the way and others will charge for food.  Be prepared to enjoy both!

To register visit www.slowfoodvancouver.com

Agassiz Tour Date: Saturday, July 27th, 2013. (Rain or shine)
Time: 9am - 4pm (arrive and leave at your leisure!)
Start location:  Registration is located at the Agassiz fairgrounds, 6660 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz.

Spend the weekend! Enjoy great accommodations and romantic getaways in the area, from the Harrison Hot Springs Resort, to nearby Provincial and private campgrounds, to cozy bed-and-breakfasts.

A shopping shuttle service has been provided by Tourism Harrison and Limbert Mountain Farm. They collect your purchases from the farms and bring them back to the registration area for you to pick up.

Chilliwack Tour Date: Sunday July 28, 2013 (rain or shine)
Time: 9am - 4pm (arrive and leave at your leisure!)
Start Location:  Registration is located at the Tourism Chilliwack Visitor Centre, located off of Exit #116, in front of Heritage Park (the big red building) at 44150 Luckakuck Way.  Come early for breakfast (not included in cycling fee).

Cost:   Agassiz only - $15/person | Chilliwack only - $15/person

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