LA GRANGE — Let me pour you a beer.
I mean it. I want to pour you a nice, cold beer. And a refill.
You’d have to tip me, of course, but it’s all for a good cause.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, at some point from 5-10:30 p.m. at Gordon Park in La Grange, I’ll be a Rocktoberfest celebrity bartender (that’s an official title, not me bragging about a celebrity status. I pretty much know I’m way lower on the food chain than any Kardashian third cousin twice removed.)
Rocktoberfest has become a traditional and fun way to kick off the autumn season around here. The event is presented by the Women’s Auxiliary of Community Nurse, and benefits Community Nurse Health Center, an organization that provides health care services and education to residents who have limited access to health care throughout the western suburbs.
I first heard of the event when I actually heard it. A couple of years ago, I was sitting on my front porch on a nice night and heard the sounds of a band wafting through the mid-September evening and thought, “Well, that sounds fun.”
My husband and I went to the event last year, and had a great time, even if he was slightly embarrassed that I essentially screamed along with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” when one of the bands was performing it on stage. (“Hold on to that feeeallinng!”)
This year, three bands are putting the rock into Rocktoberfest: Wedding Banned, a party band that gets crowds on their feet with ’80s and ’90s hits; Far-Sighted, a band comprised of Lyons Township High School students Christian Noval, Mitch Galgan and Nathan Zaworski; and Teknikal Diffikulties, a group featuring five local musician-dads, including the current and former heads of the La Grange Business Association, Steve Jasinski and Ryan Williamson, respectively.
Rocktoberfest-goers also will enjoy food — including the requisite brats — from a variety of local vendors, such as Tate’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, DeVries Grocery and Market, Armand’s Pizzeria, and La Cabanita. Officers from the La Grange Police Department will be on hand to serve up some fest food.
All in all, it’s a great night.
“The kids are back in school and everyone is looking for one more fun activity before we head into the winter and holiday season,” said Greg Eklund, director of development for Community Nurse Health Center. “It’s just a fun event that brings a lot of folks together from all over the area to enjoy good music, food and fun with friends.”
As an objective, unbiased journalist, I asked Eklund about the celebrity bartenders. And if I was his favorite one — you know, so I can get more “tips” to benefit the nonprofit organization and the people it serves.
“We love all our 19 Celebrity Bartenders who are giving their time and energy to raise tips this year! And yes — you are our favorite celebrity bartender from the Doings!” Eklund replied.
I was so happy, I poured myself a beer as a way to celebrate and get in some practice. And then I realized that I am the only celebrity bartender from the Doings.
Kidding aside, I’ll drink to that, and hope you do, too.
To learn more about Rocktoberfest, and tip your favorite servers, visit http://www.communitynurse.org/rocktoberfest or call (708) 352-0081.