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A wunderbar weekend

Say it’s not so.
Do we really have to retire our lederhosen and dirndls for another year? It’s hard to believe how quickly PA Oktoberfest came and went. Perhaps that old saying really is true — time flies when you’re having fun.
And more than 35,000 people had plenty of fun at the event that has grown into an annual tradition at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs each September.  We were there for the start of festivities on Friday when skies were bright, and we stayed long after sunset.  We sampled a few (or maybe more than a few) German brews, which we paired with classic NEPA favorites — pizza and potato pancakes — and a few delicious menu items new to us – Caribbean jerk chicken wraps and Andouille sandwiches.
Excuse us, but how does one say “yum” in German?
Then we burned off those calories dancing with the fabulous German singer Romy, and jumping up and down and screaming wildly to cheer on our favorite dogs at the Wiener Dog Races.
And you thought the only wieners at Oktoberfest came in a bun!
The Wiener Dog Races were the place to see and be seen by this pooch lovin’ crowd. We didn’t arrive early enough to land a seat on the hay bales that lined that racing center, but we didn’t mind. With a big screen projecting the pups’ every move and Rock 107’s Mike Duffy calling the races, everyone was able to join in the fun.
The 9 p.m. heat was impressive. The crowd was roaring as Duffy posed the question: would the grand prize winner be Max or Salty?
Hmmm, Max or Salty. Both adorable. Both lightening fast. Both apparently in it to win it. It was any dog’s race at this point.
In the end, Max was declared the grand prize winner and Salty took the honor of the people’s choice award.  Oh the joy of sweet victory.
Speaking of canine celebrations, we fluttered through a festival devoted to dogs on Sunday — Bark at the Park at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. A fundraiser for animal rescue organizations, the event featured a craft fair, demonstrations, live music and more. It was a great day to spend a beautiful September afternoon with your best friend.
We found plenty to keep us busy. In addition to checking out all the vendors, we enjoyed seeing so many different breeds of dog in one place —  pugs, chihuahuas, cocker spaniels, black labs, yellow labs, sheepdogs, German shepherds, rottweilers, poodles, daschunds, shelties, shitzus, basset hounds  and mixed breeds.  You name the breed, it was there.
If you’re a dog owner, you might want to find a sitter for Poochie on Oct. 7 because we’re Broadway bound. That’s right — friends of Judy McClane, a native of Olyphant who’s starring as Donna in Mamma Mia on Broadway, are organizing a bus trip to New York City to see her perform. The show starts at 2 p.m. and McLane fans plan to make a day of it. They’ll leave Jessup at 8 a.m. and arrive in NYC by 10:30 a.m. They’ll have time to enjoy lunch, sight-seeing and shopping before the curtain rises. There will also be a meet-and-greet with McLane after the show. The price of the trips is $99, which includes transportation and an orchestra ticket to the show. To reserve your seat, call Ed Kolesar at 383-0555.

—  cb

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