What a special night to be a Dumbonian, the first evening of Dumbo's first Oktoberfest! Things kicked off with Melina and the Oompahs providing the quick and celebratory German tunes. A man wrapped within a large white tuba stood and played almost all evening to Melina's right, anchoring the band, and playing in tune and in time with Melina's melodic and enthusiastic voice.
If you speak German, you knew exactly what she was saying. And if not, you felt and enjoyed the drums pressing into the cobblestoned streets below all the same. Like any festival, the music made the difference. Men and women presenting their best afterwork faces and dressed in their finest early autumn gear made their way around the archway all evening, carrying around beers that had been poured into mugs with Dumbo gently emblazoned diagonally across the side.
Pretzels, sausages, and accompanying sauerkraut made more than a few cameos. And while some of the picnic tables held only one or two people smiling and laughing and maybe doing a bit of chair-dancing as Melina's band did its thing, other tables overflowed with six, seven, or even eight people who were more than ready to soak in Dumbo's very first Oktoberfest.