Festive fall fun rolling into Grosse Pointe Park

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 12, 2017

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GROSSE POINTE PARK — It might be just a little early, but for fans of German cuisine and beer, there probably is never a bad time to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Atwater in the Park, a German-themed brewery located at 1175 Lakepointe Street at Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park’s Kercheval business district, The Park, is holding its second annual Oktoberfest from 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sept. 30.

Because the event requires blocking off a portion of Lakepointe from Kercheval to the alley behind Atwater, the Grosse Pointe Park City Council needed to approve the event. The council voted unanimously to allow the temporary street closure during a meeting Aug. 28.

“We approved this last year,” Park Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni told the council. “It was very successful for them.”

The Park district has become a popular destination not only because of its many new businesses, but also because of city-sponsored events like After 6 on Kercheval and events by private businesses such as Atwater. This Friday, the district will host its first An Evening Out at Market Square, which will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 15 and will feature food, adult beverages, dancing and music by the Teen Angels.

An Evening Out at Market Square is being organized by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Park Market. There will be food and beverages from Red Crown — including four or five different draft beers — along with wine and specialty drinks, plus desserts and entrees from Cabbage Patch Café, and dishes from Cornwall Bakery and People’s Pierogi Collective.

Brad Etheridge, the brewer at Atwater in the Park, said Oktoberfest really gets going around noon, and the street is cleared by 10:30 p.m.

“It’ll be open back up for traffic by 11 p.m.,” he told Park officials.

Event Co-Chair Kat Stevenson said the event will have Bavarian hair-braiding, German food and games including cornhole, fowling, and giant Jenga for participants. There will be live music by “Beary Gordy” — aka Yorg Stormrunner — as well.

There will be exclusive beer tappings, beer stein hoist challenges and prizes for best Bavarian attire, so it’s time to don those lederhosen. Admission to Oktoberfest is free, but there are, of course, charges for food and beverages.

“Last year, it was one of our biggest events of the year,” said Stevenson, adding that Oktoberfest drew an estimated 700 to 800 people, many of whom came from outside of the Pointes.

Etheridge agreed.

“It was a busy event,” he said.

Festivities will take place indoors and outdoors, Etheridge said.

For more information, call Atwater at (313) 344-5104 or see its Facebook page.