It was a balmy and beautiful fall evening as multiple generations of South Pasadenans descended on our downtown area for the 2018 Fall Arts Crawl and Oktoberfest. Once again the genuine bonhomie was in abundance as friends, couples and families could be found walking up and down Mission Street, eating at food trucks and restaurants and popping into shops for art activities and concerts. Music literally filled the air, from Pascale Music students playing their string instruments near our festive pumpkin patch to Green Brooms Carriage House concert, serious rock and roll coming out of Griffins of Kinsale and South Pasadena Music to the sweet strains of R&B coming from the lot behind The Dinosaur Farm.
The mouth-watering smell of onions, purple sauerkraut and authentic German sausages being grilled filled the senses as one approached the beautiful South Pasadena Historical Museum as the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation and The D.U.D.E.S. (Dads Uniting Dads in Education & Service) hosted their infamous Oktoberfest. Blue and white checkered decorations, the lederhosen clad Oompah band, Der Wagnorettes, handcrafted beer and glorious German sausages were being served up by Hector Ornelas and the D.U.D.E.S. Later in the evening, Michael Gravlak along with some “dudettes” got the crowd going with some rock and roll karaoke!
The always jovial founding member of D.U.D.E.S., Ed Donnelly, tells us “once again the South Pas D.U.D.E.S. were grateful to see folks of all ages at one of our community building events with smiles on their faces. We’re looking forward to planning even more events this coming year that give us the chance to bring everyone in South Pasadena together.”
It was a fun filled night on the town full of art, shopping, music and great food brought to you by SPACE, the Chamber of Commerce and all the local participating businesses. The popular Artisans’ Corner all around The Walking Man and shops like Retreat offered the vocal stylings of Jackson Mankowski, Hotbox Vintage had live music from Serena Foster, Michelle Vezilj & Sylvia Bosco, while Winter River played at Handle gift store and so much more!
Ghostbusters was screened at the beautiful Rialto Theatre and revelers could be seen lining up in costume and scary make-up. Artwork was on display at the library, SPARC Gallery and at just about every open venue.
Another Arts Crawl is in the books and a most wonderful time was had by all!