Northwest town unleashes Bavarian hip-hop

Here's your suggestive regional tourism work of the week: a hip-hop video for the town of Leavenworth, Wash., featuring beer-wench cheerleaders and a dirty-minded nutcracker mascot called Woody Goomsba, who just wants to "get his Goomsba up" while watching the ladies gyrate and chant, "Woody knows how to show you a good time!" (Woody is 18 inches tall and looks even bigger on camera.) Leavenworth is best known for its faux Bavarian buildings—thus the German theme. Nancy Smith, executive director at the town's chamber of commerce, acknowledges that the video (by Howell at the Moon Productions) has surprised some Leavenworth regulars, who "found it not to be depicting the Leavenworth they know and love." But it's aimed at younger folks, anyway—those who appreciate a skimpy dirndl now and then.