French Art Colony will host Oktoberfest, Monster Mash this Saturday

By Dean Wright - [email protected]

GALLIPOLIS — The French Art Colony will be playing host to its Oktoberfest and Monster Mash this Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting until 10 p.m.

According to Joseph Wright, FAC’s executive director, Oktoberfest will happen first. It was originally scheduled for Oct. 3 but was postponed because of inclement weather.

“Oktoberfest is traditional,” Wright said. “It will feature German food and a beer garden. We have StillWater Lite performing live. That event goes from 4 to 7. Stillwater Lite will perform from 5 to 7. From 4 to 5, we’ll have just German music playing.”

According to Wright, a ticket for both events is $5. Food and drink is purchased separately.

“It’s an outside event that we want to utilize the new pavilion space for,” Wright said. “There will be space for dancing.”

At 7 p.m., the Oktoberfest event will end and the FAC will open its doors for the Monster Mash Halloween party. The event was originally planned to be held outside as well, but FAC representatives anticipate the evening to be cold. Music will be held, karaoke as well as zombie line dancing. The DJ, Elaine Wheeler, teaches line dancing.

A costume contest is expected to be held as well as spontaneous games. The entirety of the FAC facility will be used for the party. The library will be used for ghost story-telling activities.

The Monster Mash is open to individuals 21 and older as alcohol will be served at the event. Oktoberfest will also have hard drinks but is open to families.

“The first event is a fundraiser for the French Art Colony in general,” Wright said. “The second portion is a fundraiser for the Riverby Theatre Guild, which is a division of the French Art Colony. It’s our actors that will really be making the Monster Mash happen. We’ll all be in costume doing various things. It’s really a kind of a spontaneous group with (improvisational acting).”

Wright said the group would gauge a lot of its activity on the crowd that attends.

Wright also anticipates a paranormal investigator to visit the French Art Colony later in the month. According to him, he believes he has felt the presence of an entity in the building. Wright said the FAC facility used to belong to Dr. Charles Holzer and its construction started in 1855. Holzer used to treat some of his patients in the home, so the building has had plenty of time to contribute to the local history of Gallipolis.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright

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