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Of Glockenspiel and Gothic Revival
Monday 23 October 2017   —   Category: Dining Out
In my last article I recounted my ex­pe­ri­enc­es dining out in Silverton, Oregon. Just a short 4.5-​mile drive north from Silverton, on Oregon Route 214, is the small town of Mt. Angel, which my wife and I visited one day in April 2017.

Mt. Angel is famous for it’s Oktoberfest. First held in 1966 with an attendance of 39,000, these days it can attract huge crowds of up to 400,000! In a town of only 3,500! Fortunately, the day we were there was calm and uncrowded.
 
Sure to grab your attention is the 49-foot glockenspiel tower, centerpiece of the Edel­weiss Building.

Sadly, we were there at the wrong time to see the glockenspiel in action, so we headed inside the building to the action at the Glockenspiel Restaurant.
 
My wife had breaded cod with a lemon tarragon sauce, grilled asparagus and spätzle (knöpfli). She said it was pretty good but not great.
 
I chose the Surf and Turf, which the menu described as “a flame-broiled 8 oz New York steak with tiger prawns and Béarnaise sauce, grilled asparagus and spätzle (knöpfli).” Everything was really good!
 
To accompany the meal I had a Warsteiner Premium Pilsner. According to the brewer, it is:

“A refreshing, pale golden pilsener with a clean taste perfectly balanced with hints of barley malt, subtle bottom fermenting yeast tones and mild hoppy bitterness.” Meas­ure­ments: 4.8% ABV • N/A IBU

I forgot to take notes that day, but if I remember correctly, it was OK but a bit weak and watery.
 
Another highlight was the Oktoberfest Joy fountain sculpture, by Jerry Joslin. The waterworks and lighting were designed and built by volunteer Bill Kuchan. A plaque reads “Dedicated to the youth of Mt. Angel, September 13, 1998.” Marilyn Hall reminisces about Connie Lauzon:

“To help the sculptor (the late Jerry Joslin) create the statue, we had to make authentic Bavarian costumes to put on the [sculp­ture’s] polka dancers and it had to be of material that could burn away in the bronzing process. Connie had picked up an old white shirt from Goodwill, cut one of her own blouses and aprons down to size, and gathered felt, buttons, leather le­der­ho­sen, suspenders with plastic buckles and you name it. We made quite a sight arriving at the artist’s beautiful Lake Oswego home piled high with bags of felt, a sewing machine, an ironing board, three Bavarian hats and my 2-month-old baby. As funny as we appeared, we got it all done and thanks to Connie and the rest of the people in Mt. Angel that helped make it happen, [the sculp­ture] is still there for everyone to enjoy.”
 
A very large attraction was the historic (finished 1912) Gothic Revival St. Mary Catholic Church.

As you can see in the new Mt. Angel 2017 album, I took quite a few photos of this impressive building from different angles.
 
We didn’t go into the church, but as we were walking on the sidewalk along the side of the building I spied one of its original 26 large stained glass windows through the door. I stopped, got a bit closer to the door, knelt down (that’s what you do at a Catholic church, right?), and got this shot.

Hanging in front of the window is, in silhouette, a chandelier and a bit higher up, the alter lamp.

By clicking on the image to the right you can see a larger version. But even at that size, this window has amazing detail which you cannot fully see and appreciate. Therefore, in the photo caption I have included a link to an even larger photo. Be sure to check it out!

For details about my previous 2012 visit to Mt. Angel and Silverton, see the article Catholic Goats and a Lutheran Church and the accompanying Mt. Angel and Silverton 2012 photo album.
 
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