A few circumstances surrounding the Lions 50th Anniversary Bierstube event, set for this Saturday, have raised a lot of questions. Like, for example, where are the roads?
Fortunately, North Wright County Today and Tony Dehmer of Dehmer’s Meats and the St. Michael Lions Club are both here to help.
NWCT: So, what about the roads? Where are people going to be able to park for this thing since Ash, First Avenue and others in the area of the St. Michael Catholic School are torn up?
Tony: Well, the Lions have reached an agreement with the City (of St. Michael) to use the lot behind St. Michael Liquors, next to the American Legion, so we can put a lot of cars there and into that space next to it. Then, people have in the past been able to park over at the St. Michael Community Education building, behind the church. We’ll set up some fencing and have people out to help move them around. Some of the roads that are torn up are leveled, so we can park on them if we have to. The weather looks like it will be dry.
NWCT: Break down the food and entertainment for us.
Tony: The polka music will run until from about 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. We’ll have a break, and then Todd Hurst is going to go from 8 to 11:45 p.m. The dinner will be bierstube sausage, traditional potato salad, German potato salad, kraut and some fixings. We’ll have root beer and lemonade for free all night. And Andy’s Pizza has donated free pizza for after 9 p.m. so people can snack later. That will go until it’s gone. The bottomless mugs start at 8 p.m.
NWCT: All the old-timers want to know if the mugs are glass, like they used to be?
Tony: No, they’ll be plastic. But you can hang on to them.
NWCT: How about rides home? I’m sure there will be a few who need some help.
Tony: We’re working with Thorpe (distributing) to offer sober cabs for just five bucks, and they’ll take your car and you home. So you don’t have to head up there on Sunday and find your vehicle. It will come home with you. Hopefully that will encourage more people to play it safe. We want everyone to be safe after it’s over. Christie Cab and some of the others will be on hand, too, for the crowd that hangs around and needs a ride.
NWCT: Is this a “one shot deal” or could we see the Bierstube return?
Tony: That’s something the Lions are talking about as a group. We’re working with the St. Michael Catholic School and the church to see if this is something that could become a regular event, again. It kind of died off with the lake cabins and all of the events on weekends, but if we can have a good turnout Saturday and support for this going ahead it could be something that comes back.