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By Amelia Tarallo
With the sound of summer cicadas in the air and the warm evening weather setting in, last Friday night was perfect for hanging out with friends and family, and taking in the last few days of summer. On Friday, August 23, the Boylston Schul-Verein, the German-American Club, hosted its final Biergarten of the season.
Guests walking up to the event were instantly hit with delicious aroma emerging from food trucks. A waffle truck serving fan favorites attracted a long line of customers. Everyone could find something that they wanted, with the choice of both sweet and savory waffles. “I can have dessert for dinner,” joked one patron before taking a sip of his beer. Other guests waited patiently for their pierogis, before taking them to nearby tables and grabbing their choice of beers.
Just a few feet away, families were busy dancing the night away. “We’re going to give you some good news, so dance okay?” promised one of the singers of the band, The Heirloom Seeds. The group played some covers of popular reggae tunes, like “Stir It Up” and “Feel Like Jumping.”
Two sisters twirled around the dance floor with their mom and aunt. A young boy giggled as he danced with his mom, while his dad snapped a quick photo of the perfect moment.
With pierogis, waffles, and beers in hand, many people made their way to the long beer hall tables. Friends Martha, Janice, Bob, and Arnie took time to enjoy some brews together and munch on some pretzels. Bob enjoyed a Hacker-Pschorr Dunkel Weisse beer. Arnie drank an IPA. “I haven’t gone around yet,” said Janice of her lack of beer. For this group of friends, coming to the Biergarten is an annual tradition.
Still, the Biergarten represented many people’s first experience of the German-American Club. The Bowden family, for example, had never been to the Boylston Schul-Verein. However, after talking to Vice President Andreas Becker, the 13 members of the family decided to visit. “We love the music and the dancing,” said one member of the family. Just minutes before, most of the family had been on the dance floor, grooving to the reggae tunes. Once they had their fill of the great music, the entire crew moved on to sitting at one of the long beer hall tables, enjoying each other’s company and some nice German beers.
As summer ends, there are sure to be many in the community who will miss these warm evenings at the Biergarten. From the quality music to the dancing to the fantastic German beers, it has a little bit of everything for people to enjoy.