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Tooting their horns: Tuesdays in the Park series underway

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The summertime Tuesday night tradition is off to a good start.

Tuesdays In The Park, a concert series in the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, is every Tuesday night from now until Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.

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There has only been two concerts so far this summer, but they've gone really well, said Amy Stearns, executive director of the Historic Holmes Theatre. Like previous years, the Holmes Theatre is sponsoring the concert series with support from BTD Manufacturing's Community Connections.

Throughout the summer, Tuesdays in the Park will offer a wide variety of music.

"We have a few new artists and some old favorites," Stearns said.

The new artists include folk singers Rhoda Habedank (playing this Tuesday), Shari Breznay (July 24) and Mark Fogelson (Aug. 14).

There will also be a couple of special events changing the Tuesdays in the Park venue.

The June 26 concert will be at Trinity Lutheran Church because it's a Sons of Norway sponsored Scandinavian band. The July 17 concert will be held in the Detroit Lakes Pavilion as part of the Northwest Water Carnival's Dance on Detroit.

Aside from the music, as in past years, there will be food.

Habitat For Humanity's Picnics in the Park will precede each Tuesday's concert at 6 p.m. Habitat members will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, to be served with a choice of beverage and side dishes. Food is served until the concert starts.

Free will donations for the food go to Habitat for Humanity to help them build houses.

"It's a real nice meal, so we ask a $5 donation," said Roger Lee, who helps organize Picnics in the Park.

Lee originally started Picnics in the Park to accompany Tuesdays in the Park in 2009, with two other board members of Thrivent Financial, Bob Jernberg and Chuck Iversen.

"It's been so popular, we just kept it going," Lee said.

He and Jernberg have continued the picnics, always donating the money to Habitat. They usually have six volunteers helping them, often from local churches.

"We really appreciate Bob and Roger's help," said Steve Hanson, president of the Detroit Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. "Over the past couple of years they've raised about $3,000 with these picnics."

The money from this year's picnic will go to a house that Habitat plans to build in Frazee.

The two picnics they've had so far this summer went really well, too, Stearns said.

They served 140 people the first night, and 112 the second night, Lee said.

The picnics go well with the music, Lee said, and some people come just to eat, others come just for music.

"It's a great thing to have in the park," Stearns said.

Tuesdays in the Park schedule:

June

19 -- Rhoda Habedank- folk singer

26 -- Concert is moved to Trinity Lutheran Church for a Scandinavian concert

July

3 -- Dennis Craswell- The Castaway

10 -- Tim Eggebraaten

17 -- Doc & the Scrubs- Concert will be held in the Pavilion as part of Water Carnival's "Dance on Detroit"

24 -- Shari Breznay- Folk Singer

31 -- Hardwood Groove- bluegrass, jam, folk band

August

7 -- Purple Pan Steel Drum Band

14 -- Mark Fogelson- folk singer

21 -- Doc & the Scrubs

28 -- Lakes Area Community Concert Band

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