Oom Pah Pah Oom Pah Pah played the Northern Sounds band from Ocala, Florida, as local residents and visitors basked in the warm sunshine enjoying the Oktoberfest party at the Esplanade on Sunday, October 17. Some folks danced, some strolled from table to table, and some sat in the shade listening to the music, and enjoying the beautiful October weather and the goings-on around them.
Sponsors the YMCA, Affordable Landscaping, the Marco Eagle, and Whitman Industries, brought Northern Sounds back for this year’s Oktoberfest—they had received such a great response when they played at the 2008 event– because of the great mix of oldies and standards they bring. Also, there to entertain the crowd with his music was popular musician J Robert. Vendors at Oktoberfest were: Starbucks, Coldstone Creamery, Guy Harvey’s, CJ’s on the Bay, Publix, Kretch’s, and Kerry’s Café.
Dale Rod and his dancing partner, Donna, the “Fest Masters” for the event were dressed in traditional Bavarian garb and danced the polka to the delight of the audience. Jim Lindsey, On Premise Account Manager for Budweiser, brought the “Shock Top” bug–a colorful VW Beetle advertising Belgian White wheat ale. Jim also manned a beer tent along with volunteer helpers, “best friends” Susie Walsh and Mary Ann Cassidy. These cheery ladies, both residents of Marco Island, are regular volunteers for the Chamber of Commerce.
Chris Clayton, from Moonwalk and More of Fort Myers, provided a Bounce House, Inflatable Slide, and the Rock Wall for the children’s entertainment. Tommie Barfield student, seven-year-old Stephanie Carter made her first ever attempt to climb the Rock Wall.
CEO of the YMCA Cindy Love said, “It’s great to see so many vendors support this community event, and so many volunteers give their time for free. And it’s wonderful to see all these folks enjoying themselves.”