Photo contributed by John Paul Henry
Cody Campbell plays the accordion with members of the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Polka Band at Maiden Alley Cinema's Oktoberfest last year. The band will return, along with the Solid Rock'it Boosters, to provide entertainment at the second Oktoberfest on Saturday.
Photo contributed by John Paul Henry.
Guests to Maiden Alley Cinema's Oktoberfest enjoy sausage, beer and polka music in downtown Paducah last year. Organizers of the event are preparing for more than 100 people to attend the cinema's fundraiser, which begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“Beer. Sausage. Polka. Repeat.” The tagline for Maiden Alley Cinema’s second Oktoberfest is as straightforward as the sentiment behind it.
“It’s a real good time if you like being outdoors. ... (It’s) music, beer and good food,” said Louis Kirchhoff, owner of Kirchhoff’s Bakery & Deli in downtown Paducah.
Kirchhoff’s will kick off the event Friday with a German dinner held in the deli on Market House Square. Laura Duff’s A Pampered Palate will provide four courses of Bavarian-style food, with an emphasis on sausage and beer, Kirchhoff said.
A representative of St. Louis-based Schlafly Beer will talk about the brewery’s products. Kirchhoff said that even the desserts will include dark ale from Schlafly, which is sponsoring the dinner.
Two dollars of every ticket for the beer dinner will go to Maiden Alley Cinema.
“They seem to be supplying a service to the community with their films and their actions,” Kirchhoff said of the cinema.
The dinner will whet guests’ appetites for the festival, which begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The event will include food from Kirchhoff’s — “We’re going to really test them,” he said of the guests, who will be offered smoked beef tongue, among other delicacies — as well as live music from the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Polka Band and the Solid Rock’it Boosters.
Last year’s Oktoberfest drew nearly a hundred people to Maiden Alley, and MAC Executive Director Landee Bryant said she expects an even bigger turnout this year. “We’re really trying to make it one of the signature events for Paducah,” she said.
To purchase tickets to the Beer Dinner or Oktoberfest, visit maidenalleycinema.com.
Call Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641.
Want to go?
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Maiden Alley, between Max’s Brick Oven and Maiden Alley Cinema in downtown Paducah.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
What: Oktoberfest Beer Dinner
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Kirchhoff’s Deli, 118 S. Second St., Market House Square
Tickets are $36, with $2 of each ticket benefiting Maiden Alley Cinema.