Going German in Wiscasset

Posted:  Monday, October 16, 2017 - 2:45pm

Dennis Pelletier of Freeport tried for the Bavarian wine glasses in the silent auction at First Congregational Church of Wiscasset UCC’s Oktoberfest celebration Saturday.

He was outbid. They went for $35, one of the highest bids in the auction, part of the annual fundraiser benefiting the church’s programs and having fun with all things German. The church’s Summerfest in June benefits area causes.

Keith and Suzanne White of Halifax, Nova Scotia, visiting cousin Carol Donnell of West Bath, enjoyed the bratwurst and sauerkraut. Their winning $31 bid in the auction got them a photograph Donnell took of the Washington monument at cherry blossom time. Organizers said a family tea basket drew the afternoon’s high bid of $75.

This year’s Oktoberfest was very well-attended, according to committee members. “I’m very pleased,” Chair Beth Maxwell said. “We had a great turnout from the community and it was good for people to come and see the church.”

That was one of the things Sarasota, Florida’s Brenda Flanders said she wanted to do at Oktoberfest. Raised in Wiscasset, Flanders recalled attending the church as a child.

Wiscasset’s Gail Burke helped with the auction and while there the church member got some pumpkin whoopie pies and salted pretzel brownies.

Near the close of the four-hour event, church member Nancy Roby was packing up baked goods and other items including a decorated kitchen glove filled with Jelly Bellies and popcorn. Glenn Milley was packing his car with items including his wife Carol Bradford’s German figures decoration he said was from Germany, where Bradford lived for eight years.

Maxwell did not have a tally yet on the funds raised Saturday.