Five Best Things About Lake Worth's Oktoberfest

Michele Eve Sandberg

Picture it: Munich, 1810.

OK, so you probably can't without the help of a Google search. But that's when Germany's first Oktoberfest took place to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Since then, the world has been celebrating that special day by boozing heavily while garbed in lederhosen.

Traditionally, Oktoberfest starts late September and ends on Germany Unity Day, October 3. We do it up in South Florida until two weeks before Halloween with beer, babes, and brautwurst.

This past weekend marked the second Oktoberfest celebration this year of the American German Club of the Palm Beaches at 5111 Lantana Road in Lake Worth. Since it's one of the largest Oktoberfests in the country, we decided to attend and see if the fest really lives up to its reputation.

The verdict? Yes, yes it does. Although it was hard to narrow it down, here is our list of the five best things about Lake Worth's Oktoberfest.

See also: The American-German Club of the Palm Beaches' Oktoberfest 2014 in Lake Worth (Photos)

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Halloween Horror Nights 24: The Scares Are There, but Go For the Novelty (Video)

Sneak Peak of Halloween Horror Nights 24 at Universal Orlando from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

The sun had set and the sky was indigo. As you walked passed the revolving globe and up to the arches, the eerie music coming from the loudspeakers and musky, earthy smell of the lingering rainfall set the scene perfectly.

Though Universal Studios Orlando can't control the weather (and they likely wouldn't want it raining on their parade as often as it does), the trickling mist after the afternoon downpour made the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights 24 (HHN) feel as if you were transported into a classic horror movie.

And after walking through the gates and encountering any scare-actors roaming the streets with chainsaws, yeah, you totally felt like Laura Strode.

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Americana Music Festival & Conference 2014: Finest Moments From Nashville

Alisa B. Cherry official photography
Lee meets the great Ian McLagan: Bucket List Moment Achieved!

It's the final night of the 2014 Americana Music Festival and Conference, and the final event of a spectacular five day run. Lucinda Williams is about to begin a last minute invitation-only performance at the newly opened City Winery in Nashville. But first, Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly walks to the microphone. Americana is now a very real, living, and breathing genre that finally found true context, he declares.

It's a statement that's obvious to all who attend, as evidenced through the music, through the bonds of fellowship, through the shared experiences that ebbed and flowed throughout the festivities. Yet, what Hilly doesn't point out, but what is equally true, is that the term Americana may have finally outgrown its initial meaning. For what had begun as a broad patchwork of singer/songwriters with a feel for the heartland and a scrappy roots rock, alt-country sound has now found a larger audience, one that embraces artists from all over the world -- from the U.K. and Europe to the far realms of the Pacific. Indeed, the very term "Americana" seems something of a misnomer now, especially considering the international evocation.

See also: Lucinda Williams on Requited Love, Elvis Costello, and Bobbie Gentry

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Florida Burlesque Festival: the Good, the Awkward, the Funny (VIDEO)

The First Annual Florida Burlesque Festival from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Video by Mitchel Worley

Every seat in the house was packed opening night of the first ever Florida Burlesque Festival at Fort Lauderdale's Cinema Paradiso. Attendees scrambled to save seats for friends who were on their way. It was even a risk to use the restroom, as your coveted seat might be stolen. Popcorn was sold in traditional movie theater bags as well as bottles of wine. Preshow, attendees were able to purchase boas, Pure Romance items like lube, pasties, and books with titles such as Tickle His Pickle, Ride em', Cowgirl!, and The Complete Guide to Sexual Positions.

See also: First Florida Burlesque Festival Starts Tomorrow at Cinema Paradiso

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Barre at the Bar Proves Nightlife Fitness Is Here to Stay

Sara Shake

Usually, C&I Studios is a establishment reserved for cool kids clad in tight pants, slathered in red lipstick after roaming art walk. Last night, however, upbeat music played where typically indie tunes rule. Yoga mats covered the floor where Toms and Chucks often walk, and women in tight workout gear got flexible where normally drinks are guzzled.

No, it wasn't a fitness-themed art show; it was a class from Pure Barre called Barre at the Bar. For 25 bucks each, participants received access to a pop-up boutique of workout clothes and a complimentary cocktail.

As weird as the whole "nightlife-themed workout" thing sounds, it really isn't that odd.

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Ten Jimmy Buffett Parrothead Fashion Essentials

Sayre Berman

When we heard Jimmy Buffett, the king crooner of Margaritaville and Land Shark lager, was playing these parts, we grabbed our leis and lawn chairs and headed over to Cruzan to watch him perform. And although there are still cheeseburgers in paradise, it was all the parrotheads that caught our eye.

Jimmy's loyal band of followers were out in full effect this weekend, some even tailgating seven hours before the show. We were curious to see what the best parrotheads were sporting, so we decided to compile a list for future Buffett concerts. Here are ten things you need to be a proper parrothead.

See also: Jimmy Buffett at Cruzan Amphitheater (Slideshow)

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Ten Flexible Yogis on Their Favorite Yoga Tunes

Natalya Jones

This weekend, we decided to search for some inner peace at YogaFest in Huizenga Park, Fort Lauderdale. We want to say we weren't inspired by overconsumption of weed brownies or Easter candy, but, then we'd be lying. Too much THC and sugar will naturally send you into the downward facing dog and/or child's pose.

Besides the typical yoga classes offered at the affair, there was cool workout garb for sale, delicious organic food, an abundance of good vibes, and a butt-ton of flexibility. We spoke with the most bendy yogis we encountered about which songs are their favorite to stretch to. Feel free to take these tunes and add them to your playlist -- whether used to inspire yoga, sewing, or just plain making pliant amour. And to that we say, "Namaste, bitches."

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Stache Opening Night: Patrons Reveal Their Favorite Mustache Looks

Michele Eve Sandberg

Patrons and employees were swaddled in pearl necklaces, fishnet, boas, and other prohibition era attire this Saturday at the grand opening of Fort Lauderdale speakeasy Stache. The sax was the instrument of choice at this Great Gatsby-style event and the decor consisted of sophisticated bookshelves, sparkling chandeliers and, oddly enough, even a picture of Chuck Norris. But hey, we dig Walker, Texas Ranger as much as Daisy Buchanan.

Despite the name of the place, there were no mustaches present except, of course, the real ones on people's faces. In honor of No Shave November (or Movember) and the name of 2nd Street's newest bar, we decided to talk to the partiers about their favorite mustaches and what they liked best about Stache.

See also: Photos from Stache's Grand Opening.

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EXXXotica 2013: A Germaphobe's First Porn Expo

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Lovely locals from Solid Gold
Chapter One: An Innocuous Plea to Get You on My Side (Even Though I Have Nothing to Offer, Like the People I Will Be in Immediate Contact with Might)

I am neither saint nor devil. I am not here nor there. I don't exist in the classical sense, yet I am part of your peripherals. I am nothing and everything. I am Herman Hesse's Abraxas; Earth Mother, troglodyte and demon deity. My predictions on football (read: soccer) are top notch, bar none and all-encompassing truths. I know a thing or two.

I also know that light switches need to be clicked up and down at least three times before we are sure they are properly turned off. Maybe I have some compulsions, maybe I don't. Whatever I got, works for me.

I've had the small journalistic fortune to be awarded certain jobs by my sheriffs that stem completely out of my norm. As much as I'd like to liken myself to Stephen King's "Gunslinger" in the Dark Tower series or to Zane (Xanathos) in Pierce Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality opus, I'm but a shadow cast in late August.

Bottom line is, I'm the last guy you'd like involved in the midst of violent gonad purges. Aside from ostensibly pretentious musings of the high order concerning pornography; know this my sweet readers, all three of you: I have nothing against this multi-million enterprise.

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- Photos: Exxxotica 2013 at Broward County Convention Center (NSFW)
- Ten Best Stripper Dance Moves of Exxxotica 2013 in Animated GIFs (NSFW)

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Young Nudists at Sunsport Gardens Naturist Resort Reveal More Than Bare Asses (NSFW)

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Liz Tracy
The drive out to Sunsport Gardens, a family naturist resort near Wellington, was an exercise in endurance. Finally off the Turnpike, one thunderstorm later, and somewhere near the Everglades, I passed a sign for a gun show, drove by a Starbucks and Jamba Juice. You know, swamp necessities. Not long after what seemed to be the last Publix on the Earth, I made a right turn onto a well-kept dirt road that led to the place where naked people play.

Loxahatchee Groves is, surprisingly, quite lovely. Where you'd think trailer parks squatted on gnarled plots of land, there are mostly plant nurseries and ranch-style homes with groomed but voluptuous greenery. The area is also about a million miles away from wherever it is that you live. After what felt like three hours, but was realistically two miles, I reached their gate, monitored by surveillance cameras. Behind it, I was the weirdo in a bathing suit with hangups trying to score a conversation with younger nudists here for the annual Florida Young Naturists' Spring Bash.

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- Young Nudists at Sunsport Gardens Naturist Resort Talk About Intimacy, Hairy Pits, and Freedom (NSFW)

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