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07.26.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nancy Wilkes
It's race day!  I can barely steady my paws to write this blog, I'm so excited.  Arguably, the dogs take center "stage" at German Fest this afternoon, with the Doxie costume contest at 1 p.m. and the wiener dog races at 3:15 p.m.  The competition will be fierce this year, with all 50 entries were filled, but I am keeping my eye on the prize. Since I had the honor of winning las...
07.25.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nancy Wilkes
Frankie, here, with tonight's entertainment news from German Fest.  Last night, the barrel was rolled out with some great German and Milwaukee music acts and we are ready to keep it rollin' tonight.  Go ahead and print out a stage schedule for tonight's hefty lineup of live music.  Also, keep these additional "must-do" and "must-see" events in mind while you're at the Fest tonight. A German M...
07.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nancy Wilkes
Tonight’s the night, folks.  It’s the first day of German Fest 2008 and it’s Usinger’s Family Free Night.  That’s right, free admission for all from 5 to 10 p.m. plus food deals, true-blue German entertainment, and two great Milwaukee bands.  Also, the 620 WTMJ’s Bill Michaels 5K Run/Walk for the Hungry happens tonight at 7 p.m. To get a schedule for tonight’s music lineup, vis...
07.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nancy Wilkes
    The best thing to pair with a little dog such as myself is a little kid.  They love to play, get messy, and eat foods that stick to their face, and so do I.  That’s why I’m excited that German Fest is featuring a lineup of kid-friendly attractions and activities for the 2008 Fest.  Here’s a run-down of the kiddie-fun that has my tail wagging:     All Weekend Long: German Fest...
07.21.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nancy Wilkes
  Get on your thinking caps, grab a deck of cards, and head to the sheepshead match to “trump” all others. Following tradition, German Fest is hosting hourly sheepshead sessions each day of the Fest. There is a new location this year, so look for the card tourney on the north end of the grounds across from the Potawatomi Bingo Tent. Anyway, if you need a refresher course in sheepshead, I...
07.17.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nancy Wilkes
        You can save your “dough” and eat more strudel at German Fest this year by taking a few tips from me and checking for great admission deals each day of the Fest.  The first thing to know is that everyone is a V.I.P. on Thursday July, 24 with free admission and food deals compliments of Usinger’s Family Night.  So, enjoy $1 brats, hot dogs and ice cream on Thursday, then co...
07.15.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nancy Wilkes
                The wait for German Fest is a little shorter this year.  We’re kicking the Fest off adding a new night of great entertainment and free admission on Thursday, July 24. So, I’m calling it an extended weekend and starting the party on Thursday with Usinger’s Family Night from 5 to 10 p.m.  What’s better?  I can still afford to come back all weekend since Thu...
07.10.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nancy Wilkes
You know what I love more than kibbles, more than table scraps even? The food at all of the bars and restaurants on the German Fest grounds, of course. I’ve got my eye on some new menu items, including a smoked beef sausage called the landjäger, and a giant Oktoberfest pretzel imported from the Fatherland in Bavaria. The combination of a nice salty, smoked landjäger and a warm pretzel is “...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Cutting a rug at Pakistani weddings

A woman plays the dholak, a Pakistani drum, while other women surrounding her croon offbeat to a yesteryear Pakistani classic, “Teri meri jori barri fit rawai gi” (“Our couple would fit very well together”). A little girl bangs on a tambourine in her own little world. And the other side of the room starts booing. “Start the dancing! What is this oldie singing?” screams a boy. The “other side,” the groom’s side, wants to start the dance competition, while the aunts from the bride’s side want to sing their old classics.
07.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nancy Wilkes
There are a lot of reasons I run. Sometimes I run for practice before the big race, sometimes I run to fetch a tennis ball, sometimes I run because chasing my tail gets boring after a while. While my four-legged friends and I will be racing on the German Fest grounds on Saturday July, 26, you and your two-legged friends can join in for 620 WTMJ’s Bill Michaels 5K Run/Walk for the Hungry, benefi...

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