Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Alpenmeister Chuck Anderson receives congratulatory certificate from Anne Stephens, Wallowa County representative on the Oregon Community Foundation's Eastern Oregon Leadership Council. Seated are Alpenfest board members Tom Powers, Mary Wolfe and Peter Brandt and volunteer Merla Clark. Also present were board member Lynn Wolfe and volunteers Joe and Rita Ehrler.
An Oregon Community Foundation grant of $5,000 to support Oregon's Alpenfest was made official at a meeting of the Alpenfest board of directors Tuesday, July 1.

Anne Stephens, representing the foundation, presented a certificate to Alpenfest and explained the foundation's focus and purposes. She encouraged Alpenfest to continue to apply for OCF grants and promised to be an advocate for more OCF grant funds to be directed to Alpenfest, Wallowa County and Eastern Oregon.

The OCF grant is the largest single grant ever received by Alpenfest, which became eligible for foundation support last year when it was granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. The determination made contributions to Alpenfest tax deductible.

The grant will be used primarily to pay performers and support marketing initiatives aimed at expanding the audience at Oregon's Alpenfest. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


This isn’t going to be your grandfather’s Alpenfest. Sure, there will be polka music, bratwurst and beer, but the 2014 edition of Oregon’s Alpenfest also will feature Global Ruckus, the unusual DJ with Alpine electronic dance music, folk-step and German hip-hop.

Global Ruckus is the stage name of Kurt Ehrler of Portland, who has traveled the world collecting and playing recorded modern music with an Alpine flair. He is the son of Joe and Rita Ehrler of Joseph, supporters of Alpenfest since its inception in 1975.

Global Ruckus will entertain at After Hours at Alpenfest, alcohol-free dances from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 26 and 27, at the Edelweiss Inn at Wallowa Lake. Admission is $5.

“We’re wanting something more present-day for visitors to do at Oregon’s Alpenfest,” noted Chuck Anderson, the event’s alpenmeister. “Global Ruckus was a hit at last year’s festival and we hope more teens and young adults will visit us this fall to see and hear him.”

Global Ruckus has entertained in the Portland area and throughout Europe, Australia and Canada. He frequently is the opening act at concerts of big-name electronic bands.

At After Hours at Alpenfest last year, young members of The Polkatones band and the Tirolean
Dancers of Oregon staged a spirited dance-off with followers of Global Ruckus involving break dancing and other decidedly non-polka moves.

To learn more about Global Ruckus: www.facebook.com/DJGlobalRuckus.