Friday, December 13, 2013

NEW YODELER FOR 2014 AND OTHER CHANGES

A new headline yodeler, a street fair in Enterprise, more accordionists, a German car show and staging of all four major performances at Wallowa Lake are among upgrades planned for the 2014 edition of Oregon’s Alpenfest Sept. 25-28.

New to the festival lineup will be Arthur Brogli, a widely acclaimed Alpine yodeler from Lodi, Calif. He is a son of Swiss immigrants and, like the late Lisa Ward, accompanies himself on a button-box accordion.

Arthur Brogli
“After Lisa’s unfortunate passing, we conducted an intensive search and are incredibly fortunate to have come up with Art,” said Chuck Anderson, Alpenfest’s alpenmeister. “High-caliber Swiss yodelers are rare in the U.S and Art is one of them. I’m sure that Lisa’s many admirers will be happy to hear Art.”

Enterprise businesses will organize an Alpine Art, Antique and Craft Fair on Main Street next to the Wallowa County Courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 25, before a Main Street procession to the courthouse gazebo for the traditional opening ceremony.

Additional Alpine Fairs will be located in Joseph and at Wallowa Lake Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26-28.

After the opening ceremony, Terminal Gravity Brewery in Enterprise will host the ceremonial tapping of the first keg of Alpenfest Ale, followed by “Accordions at Alpenfest.”

The Terminal Gravity accordion concert will launch four days of accordion music. Strolling accordionists will play at Joseph businesses along Main Street and at the Joseph Alpine Fair Friday through Sunday. They also will serenade diners at the Alpine Breakfasts at Wallowa Lake’s Edelweiss Inn Saturday and Sunday.

Mercedes-Benz and Porsche owners from throughout the Pacific Northwest have been invited to exhibit their vehicles at “Autos at Alpenfest” Saturday afternoon at Alpine Auto on Main Street in Joseph.

Alpenfest directors decided at their December meeting to move the Friday performance of polka music, yodeling, folk dancing and alphorn playing from Joseph to Wallowa Lake, where the other three performances are held.

“Our initial intent was to have the Friday show in Joseph to benefit our supportive Joseph businesses, but in the past two years it didn’t result in any additional patronage for them,” Anderson said.

Returning favorite headline acts in 2014 will be the Polkatones dance band, the Tirolean Dancers of Oregon, Wallowa County alphornist Bruce Coutant and DJ Global Ruckus with German hip-hop and remix dance music at “After Hours at Alpenfest” Friday and Saturday nights.

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