Summer may be winding down, but there is still plenty to do here in Palatine on weekends. The American Legion is having their monthly pancake breakfast as well as a Texas Hold’em Tournament and the Rotary is celebrating Oktoberfest.
The Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.) are holding their monthly pancake breakfast on Saturday, September 15th from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM at the American Legion Hall 122 West Palatine Road in Palatine. The S.A.L. will be serving “all you can eat” pancakes and French toast. With the pancakes and French toast, the S.A.L. will serve sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk.
“We want to invite the community to join us for our monthly pancake breakfast which we hold on the third Saturday of the month,” said Garrett McNally, Commander of the S.A.L. “We will be holding our breakfast upstairs in our hall. The breakfast costs $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children between 6 and 12 years old and children under 5 years old are free.”
Starting on Friday night and running through Sunday the Rotary Club of Palatine will be hosting their 5th Annual Oktoberfest complete with authentic German music, food and activities in Fireman’s Memorial parking lot on the corners of Brockway and Slade streets in downtown Palatine.
The event runs from Friday at 4:00 PM until midnight, Saturday from noon until midnight and Sunday from noon until 6:00 PM. Oktoberfest features German food from Bauer’s Brauhaus, as well as cuisine from Heybeck’s Meat Market, Morkes Chocolates and Tre Amici. Mugslingers will also be on site with coffee and smoothie creations. Beverages include Schofferhofer and Radenberger as well as a special Oktoberfest brew from The Onion Pub and Brewery in Barrington and a variety of wine. Pop and water, traditional landjager sausages and popcorn will be available for purchase.
The weekend kicks off on Friday with a traditional keg rolling ceremony at 5:00 PM, complete with a tapping of the firkin by Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz. Phenix will entertain the crowd from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM followed by Die Musikmeisters from 8:00 PM until midnight.
On Saturday, families will be entertained from noon until 3:30 PM with Family Day activities including The Great Sobotka Magic Show from noon until 1:00 PM, followed by the Palatine Children’s Choir and the Quest Academy Choir from 1:00 PM until 2:45 PM. Family Day activities conclude with a performance by the Bonnie Lindholm School of Dance. At 3:30, a children’s raffle will be drawn and the winners of the Village of Palatine Scarecrows on Parade contest will be announced.
“Our Family Day is one of the highlights of the weekend,” said Oktoberfest co-chair, Cindy Stoeckel. “Throughout the afternoon we will feature face painting, the Police K-9 unit and a variety of kid's games. The Metropolis Performing Arts Center will have a music making station for infants through 5 years old. Once Family Day concludes, Die Musikmeisters will be performing from 3:30 PM until 7:30 PM followed by the return of Phenix from 8:00 PM until close at midnight."
Die Lustigen Musikanten will perform on stage Sunday noon until 3:00 PM and the musical line up for the weekend ends with the Oktoberfest debut of Johnny Wagner from 3:30 PM until 6:00 PM. Dobby’s World Wide Liquors will also present a German wine tasting from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday.
If you enjoy Texas Hold’em, take a break from the Oktoberfest activities and go back to the American Legion Hall. The S.A.L. are holding a Texas Hold’em tournament from 4:00 PM until Midnight.
“Come out, play some poker and have some fun,” said McNally. “We’ll start the evening with some $2.00 to $8.00 cash games and start some $20.00 to $40.00 buy in tournaments as more people arrive. The main tournament will start at around 7:00 PM and will cost $75.00. There will be prizes for the top five winners in the main tournament.”
Cash tables will run all night until midnight. If you are still hungry after Oktoberfest, grilled cheese or hot dogs with chips as well as pizza will be available for purchase. A service bar will be open upstairs for the tournament and a full service bar will be open downstairs in the clubroom. “Our goal is to make this a friendly neighborhood game,” said Matt Christie, Project Co-Chairman. “We encourage camaraderie between the players as well as with their dealer.”
There is plenty to do for the whole family this weekend. Take the kids out for pancakes on Saturday morning and then over to Oktoberfest for some entertainment. For the adults in the family, come out and enjoy some good German beer and then try your hand at Texas Hold’em on Saturday night. Once again Palatine has all the activities you need for a fun weekend that is guaranteed to leave you at least a little tired going into the work week.