Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Oktoberfest in September

September 24, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Event Navigation

Oktoberfest in September – Papa Oom Pah Pah Returns to IOOF Hall

Leap into your lederhosen, and dust off your dirndls, it’s time to celebrate Bavarian style. September 24th at 3pm Music On The Divide invites you to the Georgetown Oddfellows Hall for the September “Oktoberfest” featuring Nevada City’s celebrated Papa Oom Pah Pah Band.  Audiences will be treated to traditional German music by the six-member band playing selections on saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, accordion and tuba. There will be dancing and food as part of the festivities.  Local draft beer and wine will be available for purchase. Fest goers are invited to come in costume to add to the traditional atmosphere. Tickets are available at the door, which will open for public seating at 2:30pm, one half hour before the concert. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students, and children under 5 admitted free. Members of Music On The Divide are admitted free as well. Memberships may be purchased by contacting the MOTD website, or calling Carol Gernes, 530-350-8354.

Historically, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest folk festival, first held in Bavaria in 1811 to promote agriculture. In Germany, it is often a 16-day festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October. Our celebration in Georgetown will be held this year in conjunction with Georgetown Founder’s Day, and extend that activity-packed event into the evening with a rollicking good time of German food, dancing and music.

The Papa Oom Pah Pah Band is a collection of extraordinary musicians. Paul Trethewey (saxophone) formed the Papa Oom Pah Pah Band to play at the Oktoberfest for the Gold Country German-American Club in 2012. He has been arranging and performing since 1962, and brings with him the experience of a diverse musician who has performed for Air Force field bands, Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra, the Power of 12 Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Band, Sierra Gold Big Band, Sierra Stages pit orchestra, In Concert Sierra, and the Blatweasels Saxophone Quartet. Phil Kember (trombone): has had a musical career that has spanned more than 40 years and taken him all over Europe and the US.  He has recorded records, TV commercials, and movie sound tracks. Walter Webb (tuba) has been playing music since middle school, and 50 years later, in addition to playing the whole family of saxophones, piccolo, flute, bass fiddle, and E-flat alto horn, Walter has moved on to play tuba. For his day job, Mr. Webb teaches special education at Lyman Gilmore Middle School in Grass Valley.  John Frantz (Trumpet) is in his 14th year in Nevada County, and leads the band programs at Lyman Gilmore Middle School in Grass Valley.  His trumpet playing has taken him all over the world, performing with such artists as Lalo Shiffrin, Ritchie Cole, and Dizzy Gillespie. He currently enjoys playing his horn in a variety of groups, including the Sierra Nevada Wind Orchestra, the Power of 12, and occasional gigs through Music In The Mountains and In Concert Sierra.  John is principal trumpet with the Folsom Symphony. Henry Hansen (clarinet) has been a clarinet teacher and performer in north central California for 31 years.  He plays regularly with the Sierra Nevada Winds and the Foothill Chamber Winds. For several years Henry has served as the principal conductor of the Nevada County Concert Band. Henry has also performed with the late Richard Geisler, the great Grass Valley enthusiast of German music and leader of Dorf  Musikanten. Patsy Hannebrink (accordion) is a retired elementary school teacher who began playing the accordion at the age of nine. She holds a B.A. degree in music on piano. Patsy plays keyboards in Sols, a local Nevada County band, and clarinet in the Nevada County Concert Band.

If you missed this event last year, this is your chance to experience an authentic German Oktoberfest complete with German food, drink and dancing. The Oddfellows Hall is on the corner of Hwy. 193 and Main Street, in the heart of Georgetown. Come early for good seating! For more information please go to:



September 24, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Georgetown Odd Fellows Hall
Main St, and Hwy 193
Georgetown, CA, 95634 United States


Music on the Divide