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Enjoy beers, brats and books at Franklin library’s Oktoberfest

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 30, 2019

 Bratwurst, pretzels and plenty of other German favorites will be available to guests at the third annual Oktoberfest event to benefit the Franklin Public Library.

Bratwurst, pretzels and plenty of other German favorites will be available to guests at the third annual Oktoberfest event to benefit the Franklin Public Library.

Photo provided by Florence Rouquet, of the Franklin Public Library

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FRANKLIN — Not all of the fun festivities that fall brings are for the kiddos.

The grown-ups deserve a good time too.

That’s what they’ll get at the third annual Oktoberfest at the Franklin Public Library Oct. 4. Sue Levytsky, the president of the Friends of the Franklin Public Library, said the event is a good fundraiser and an even better night out for Franklinites.

“In the summer we do so much that’s family friendly downtown, with the Movies on the Green and the Round Up on Labor Day weekend. It’s nice to have something to celebrate in the fall, and this one is a little more geared toward the adults, with the music, the terrific food (and) the beer, of course,” said Levytsky.

The Bavarian-style celebration will take place in a tented biergarten, just next to the library’s new outdoor reading garden. Guests will be able to peruse an assortment of craft beers provided by the Farmington Brewery, dig into a traditional German-style menu catered by Frank N Dean’s and enjoy treats from the Franklin Cider Mill. High-energy oompah music, performed live by the Kielbasa Kings polka band, will get everyone out on the dance floor.

“What’s been really great to see is the younger people who’ve been coming, the groups of young couples,” Levytsky added. “If they live in the village, they can walk up, and it doesn’t involve getting dressed up. It’s not a big ticket price — $50, I think, is affordable for most people. And everyone really seems to enjoy getting together (with) other people in the community.”

All that fun will benefit a good cause, Levytsky explained. Along with the price of tickets, proceeds from a silent auction will be put toward library projects, like summer reading programs, building repairs, audiobooks and DVDs for residents to borrow, furniture upgrades, and more.  

“We usually raise a little less than $3,000. But we started out small, and now that we’re growing, we’re looking for bigger sponsorships to host bigger events and maybe bringing more money,” said Heather Mydolski, the event chair. “Our tent is bigger; our band is bigger this year. Everything is bigger.”

Auction items in the past have included gift cards for popular restaurants, yoga studios, salons, gourmet markets, spas and other goodies. A crowd favorite, Levytsky said, was an outdoor copper fire pit filled with an assortment of craft beers and artisanal spirits.

“The merchants around here are always anxious to get involved and introduce themselves to the community with donations,” she said.

Oktoberfest will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Tickets cost $50 each and can be purchased at the library. For more information, email librarian Teresa Natzke at tnatzke@franklin.lib.mi.us.

The Franklin Public Library is located at 32455 Franklin Road in downtown Franklin.

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