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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998 - 71 Internationally known orchestra coming to St. John's Oktoberfest Get ready to polka! Walt Groller and his Orchestra will play authen- tic German music at the St. John's Oktoberfest.. The internationally known musicians will perform a free concert between noon and 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, on the festi- val grounds near Milford Middle School. The Walt Groller Orchestra spe- cializes in German, Austrian and Bavarian music. Every other year, the band entertains at the Munich (Germany) Oktoberfest that runs for three weeks. Their European tour also includes performances in Austria and Switzerland. Walt Groller's parents emigrat- ed from Austria and he began playing the accordion at age 4. At age 14, he formed his own orches- tra, performing at hotels, shuffle- board meets and private parties. Since then, he's become famous for writing 250 songs, some of which have been recorded by Eu- ropean artists. His polkas are espe- cially popular, and the polka mae- stro was inducted in tional Polka Hall of Fame in Chicago in 1986. Authentic German dancers are also performing, at the St. John's Oktoberfest at i:30 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Enzian Folk Dance Group of Newark, named after the blue flower growing in the Alps, are members of the Delaware Saengerbund, which formed to preserve and perpetuate the dress, music and dance cus- toms and traditions of Germany's Bavarian regions. The Enzian Folk Dance Grou F performs two types of dance: The Schuhplattler, or shoe-slapping dance, and the figure dance. The Schuhplattler dates back some 250 years when Bavarian lumberjacks working high in the Alps would observe a grouse-like bird called the Auerhahn during their ritualis- tic mating antics. The lumberjacks were so impressed with the birds during these rare appearances that they incorporated some of their movements to their own dances. Festivalgoers can also enjoy oth- er free musical performances by Kathie Martin and the Hot Rods, 7 and 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2; The Honey Combs, 7 to 10 p.m., Satur- day, Oct. 3, Loose Endz of Bethany Beach,. noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4; and Gabriel's Fire, aChristian group, 2 to 3 p.m., Sun- day, Oct. 4. Other entertainment includes Mexican dancers, 7 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 3, and the Hispanic band KATARI, 5 to 7 p.m, Oct. 3, which plays folk music from Mex- ico, Central America and the An- des. New this year will be a special "Blessing of the Pets," which will be led by the Rev. Michael Angel|- n| and the Rev. Christopher Kopek at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4. This unique service is open to the pub- lic and will be held outside St. John's Church on Oktoberfest grounds. The Oktoberfest will also tempt the palate with a wide array of food and drink. Menu items in- clude bratwurst, Polish kielbasa and Italian sausage, sauerkraut and German potato salad, and American fare such as hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, french fries, popcorn, funnel cakes and more. Karl Thomas of Milford will once again offer his German apple streusel and German bread. Pa- trons can wet their whistles on German and American beer, soda, coffee and chilled water. Kids can enjoy carnival rides, decorate pumpkins, create sand art, play in the Jolly Jumper or ride the Jelly Bean train. The youngest can explore their own toyland or tug at the ear of Fluffy the Reading Rabbit of READ- ALOUD Delaware. Adults, meanwhile, can browse at garden, White Elephant, sou- venir and gift booths. An arts and craft show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Satur- day, Oct. 3. For more information, call Bar- bara Tigner at 422-9073. o-  .'o-  The Sussex County flag license tag comes with stainless screws for easy mounting. Cape Gazette Salutes Sussex Experience our New Fall Menu (@S A IESTAUINIT Reservations Suggested Sussex County was under the jurisdiction of William Penn, he decreed that the Sussex County .seal should be identified by the sheaf of wheat, Kent County by ears of corn, etc. Since flag design should be as simple as possible, the sheaf of wheat is superimposed on the horizontal On the eve of the nation's 19.76 bicentennial, Bill Scott, of Selbyville and Lewes, set out to create a flag for Sussex County, Delaware. The boundaries of the state's largest county as they exist today were finally established just a year before the thirteen colonies of England declared their independence in 1776. Through the following 200 years, Sussex County had no flag nor any real need for one. The design created by Scott includes elements related to the county's earliest European set- tlers: the Dutch who landed and established a community in the area of Lewes in the early and mid 1600s, andthe English who later, under William Penn's guidance, confirmed that Delaware's southernmost county should be known as Sussex. Scott wrote the following bckground history for his design: "The flag of the Nether- lands since 1630 has been equally divided horizontal stripes of red, white and blue. The flag for the county has adapted this pattern but instead of equal distance the propor- tions of the colors are 1/4 red (on top), 1/2 white, and 1/4 blue. The sheaf of wheat comes from the fact that when New Subscriber Special Serving Dinner Nightly from 5 p.m. Cio Wednesdays 50-C Wilmington Avenue Rehoboth Beach 227-5767 Dutch colors, thereby making a colorful and easily recognizable flag." Scott's design was present- ed to Sussex County officials on Return Day in 1974. The Cape Gazette recently ran with Scott's design idea and has created a new license tag for" the front of Delaware vehi- cles. The newspaper joined forces with Lewes's award-win- ning artist Connie Costigan and commissioned a new version of ScoWs design with a little artis- tic license. Using a representa- tion from a stained glass win- dow in Groome Methodist Church in Lewes as her guide, Costigan drew a shock of stalks bending under the weight of mature wheat grains. Costi- gan's shock was then superim- posed on the Dutch colors to create the latest edition of the Sussex flag. This new version arrives at a time when Sussex County is focusing on the need to pre- serve its valuable farmland. The tag punctuates the histori- cal and contemporary impor- tance of agriculture to the Sus- sex community. The new Sussex County flag license tag is available free to new Cape Gazette subscribers or for the nominal fee of $3 for current subscribers. The tags are also available to non-sub- scribers at a cost of $10. The tags, metal with baked- on enamel paint to capture the vibrant colors of the Sussex County flag, come with a pair of stainless steel screws for easy mounting. Ii I'd be proud to have the new Sussex County tag. I | Please print | I I | Your name I I Your address I I I I ciw State Zip I I Your phone I I Second address (Snowbird) I I I I SUBSCRIPTION RATES I I (Enclose check) 0.   ,. I | {3 $25 Sussex County (52 wk) Jkllt. f/ | I {3 $13 Sussex County (26 wk)  I I {3 $40 Out-of-County (52 wk) I | {3 $22 Out-of-County (26 wk) I | {3 $30 Snowbird mailed Out-of-County part of the year. I | {3 $30 College Student (9 mo.) I I {3 $2 Senior Citizen Discount (52 wk) ' I | " I ! Make check payable and mail to: Cape Gazette, Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958, or call to place credit card order at (302) 645-7700. L = = mm = m= m m mm m mm mm m m m mm mm m= m m mm = am m m m am = mm J