Saturday, December 29, 2007

No more Blob's of gemütlichkeit

Max Blob's Bavarian Biergarten
[UPDATE 2008.10: Max Blob's great nephew has plans to reopen the dancehall, and is currently renovating it. Information at the new website at]

Blob's Park has long been a Maryland oasis of German gemütlichkeit — and Eastern European celebration — located in Jessup, between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

But, like the now few-years gone Haussner's Restaurant of Baltimore, Blob's Park is closing. In fact, New Year's Eve will be its final celebration of polkas and oompah and good lager.

A few hours after 2007 ends, a final accordion note will fade away, hundreds of dancing shoes will shuffle to a halt and Blob's Park, a gathering place for European immigrants and other lovers of old-world ways for four generations, will close for good.

Dance Hall Patrons Lament Last Call for 'Polka Time!'
Washington Post, 29 December 2007.

I've been to Blob's a few times — as a beer salesman and as a customer. 'One-and-two-and': with the surname of Cizauskas, I do polka!

Acių, Blob's.

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