Sunday, March 23, 2014


A new headline yodeler, more accordionists 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, our longtime yodeler, 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 will host a Main Street procession to the courthouse gazebo for the traditional opening ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 25. Everyone is invited to join in rather than wait on the sidewalk.

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

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

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 alpine electronic dance music, folk-step and German hip-hop at “After Hours at Alpenfest” Friday and Saturday nights.

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