Even though it’s November, Longboat Island Chapel couldn't miss a chance to celebrate one of its favorite events of the year, Oktoberfest.
Because Chef David Stone was ill in October, the chapel had to cancel its annual Oktoberfest event that was to be held on Oct. 8. So the chapel pushed back the date and made it Novemberfest, while still honoring the beloved German traditions.
Novemberfest was held on Nov. 5 after the 11 a.m. church service.
Associate Pastor Jeffery Nunes said it's a way to welcome back the snowbirds as they make their annual return and that the event had the biggest turnout of any at the chapel in the past couple months.
Chef Stone made a variety of authentic German dishes. German beer and wine were on offer as well. Everyone raved about the food while enjoying good company, fellowship and conversation.
“This party is just so fun. We just got back from Pennsylvania,” said Sue Reese, a chapel congregant. “I’m excited to be back because look at this place. Everyone is always so welcoming, especially at the chapel.”
Preparations and planning have already started for Christmas in the Garden. The chapel partners with local businesses and organizations in decorating trees on the grounds to share the spirit of Christmas. Christmas in the Garden will open Nov. 26.
Correction: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Kim Johnson’s name.