Country stars coming to DL for WE Fest
Thursday, July 31
Come for music, magic and comedy at Jasper's Theater, Park Rapids. Starting today, there are shows every Thursday at 3 p.m. throughout July and August. There is a magic pre-show 15 minutes prior to each performance. For more information, call 218-237-4333 or visit www.jasperstheater.com.
Live at the Lodge
Enjoy music, fun, good food and drinks at The Lodge on Lake Detroit. Jazz duo Dave Ferrera (vocalist/ pianist) and Tim Sparks (guitar) will be the featured performers at the resort's Live at the Lodge concert series, from 7-10 p.m. in the fireside lobby. Members of the public and hotel guests are invited. Admission is free; no cover charge.
As the country approaches the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, North Dakotans will have the chance to hear from the president himself, on stage at the Everett Albers Chautauqua Program. Veteran Chautauqua scholar Dr. George Frein portrays President Lincoln as part of the "Lincoln, Land, and Liberty" program. The Chautauqua will visit Bonanzaville in West Fargo for two shows at 1:30 and 3 p.m., and the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead for a 7 p.m. show. The evening show will also feature performances by Charles Everett Pace as Frederick Douglass and Dr. Carroll Peterson as Walt Whitman. The three scholars will explore the connections between Lincoln, Douglass, and Whitman, in a forum moderated by Jerry Tweton.
Celebrate all the reading enjoyed over with summer with a 150th birthday party for Minnesota at 2 p.m. in the DL Library. There will be cake decorating and party games in addition to a silent auction where participants can bid their library dollars to try to buy various items. This program is free and a part of "Look What's Cookin' at your Library," the 2008 Minnesota Summer Reading Program.
Guided Refuge tour
Tamarac Wildlife Refuge hosts a guided Refuge Tour from 10 a.m. to noon. Join one of the volunteer guides for an informative and fun adventure on the refuge. Search for wildlife and learn about the natural and cultural history of Tamarac. Meet at the Visitor's Center.
Friday, August 1
Country music legend Charley Pride comes to Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino on Friday, Aug. 1, for an 8 p.m. show. Charley Pride has produced 36 number one hit singles and sold more than 70 million albums, including 31 gold and four platinum albums. Memorable Pride hits include "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone," "I'm So Afraid of Losing You," "Mississippi Cotton Delta" and "You're So Good When You're Bad." For ticket information, call 800 313 7469 or visit www.starcasino.com.
Saturday, August 2
Come for music, magic and comedy at Jasper's Theater, Park Rapids. Starting today, there are shows every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through July and August. There is a magic pre-show 15 minutes prior to each performance. For more information, call 218-237-4333 or visit www.jasperstheater.com.
Step back into time and visit an "Early Settlers and Logging Encampment" at the Hubbel Pond Dam, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn about life in a sodhouse, lumber cruising, log rollers, cutters and crew; see a blacksmith shop and watch the blacksmith pound out tools for the lumberjacks; and visit with the campers about how logging has changed since the 19th century. Then come back to the campfire at 7 p.m. for some storytelling. To get there from Detroit Lakes, drive east on Highway 34 to Becker County Road 29, then turn left and follow the signs to the camp.
Sunday, August 3
A Taste of Dorset
Make the drive up to Dorset for the annual "Taste of Dorset" celebration, which is dubbed "a culinary feast for the entire family." The local businesses take their wares to the street and restaurants sell small samples of their food items. Other shops sell their individual goods and the community provides live music and entertainment for all to enjoy. The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. Visit www.dorsetmn.com for more information.
Step back into time and visit an "Early Settlers and Logging Encampment" at the Hubbel Pond Dam, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about life in a sodhouse, lumber cruising, log rollers, cutters and crew; see a blacksmith shop and watch the blacksmith pound out tools for the lumberjacks; and visit with the campers about how logging has changed since the 19th century. To get there from Detroit Lakes, drive east on Highway 34 to Becker County Road 29, then turn left and follow the signs to the camp.
Tuesday, August 5
Fair Hills Resort hosts a Hootenanny with a smorgasbord from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and a show at 8:15. Make reservations at 847-7638 or 532-2222. In existence since 1965, this is the longest running musical show in the entire Midwest.
Tuesdays in the Park
The Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series continues this week in the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, with a performance by the Purple Pan Steel Drum Band. There will be free, live music at the bandshell every Tuesday through the end of August, starting at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved to the nearby DL Pavilion. For more information about the concert series, contact the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-SHOW (7469).
Wednesday, August 6
There will be a Larry's Plus square dance at the Detroit Lakes IOOF Hall at 7 p.m. The public is welcome. Caller is Larry Johansen.
Thursday, August 7
The 26th annual WE Fest country music festival gets underway today at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch. Among the featured performers are Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Neal McCoy and 32 Below. The festival continues through Saturday. Visit www.wefesttickets.com or call either 218-847-1681 or 1-800-4WE-FEST (toll free) for more information about tickets and camping packages.
The Weekly Entertainment Calendar appears weekly in the Becker County Record. Submissions, questions and corrections (labeled "Entertainment Calendar") may be sent by fax, 218-847-9409, by mail to Detroit Lakes Newspapers, 511 Washington Ave., P.O. Box 826, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502, or by e-mail to Vicki Gerdes at firstname.lastname@example.org.