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Summertime, and the listening is easy at Detroit Lakes’ City Park. BRIAN BASHAM/RECORD

Tuesdays in the Park starts June 4 in Detroit Lakes

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Easy listening, easy breezes, easy picnic supper — that’s what Tuesdays in the Park are all about.

The weekly events are set up in the city park down by the beach in Detroit Lakes — a tradition that dates back years ago.

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“We have such a beautiful park, and now with the newly re-done bandshell, it’s just a beautiful venue for outdoor concerts,” said Amy Stearns, executive director of the Historic Holmes Theater, the organization that puts on the concerts.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a picnic put on by a group of volunteers raising money for Habit for Humanity.

Roger Lee is one of those volunteers, flippin’ burgers and feeding the crowds.

“We call it a full picnic dinner,” said Lee.

“We’ve got quarter pound all-beef burgers or bratwurst or hot dogs, potato salad, beans, beverage and sometimes we have a dessert.”

The picnic technically begins at 6 p.m. and goes until the music starts at 7 p.m., but Lee says they won’t turn away the early birds.

“We get some that show up at 5:30, but that’s OK, we’ll feed ‘em,” he laughed.

The picnic is a free will donation, but there is a suggested donation price of $5 a plate.

Volunteers from local churches man the grills, which Lee says can stay pretty busy.

“We’ve had up to a couple of hundred people when Tim Eggebraaten sang last summer,” said Lee, “but everything is grilled fresh right there so every once in a while you may even need to wait a couple of minutes for the burgers to get done.”

With full bellies and a long winter of waiting for outdoor activities, attendees spread out in front of the Bandshell on their blankets or lawn chairs as the musical talent of the night takes the stage at 7 p.m.

Each Tuesday provides a little different musical flavor than the last.

“We’ve got everything from the concert bands, which do traditional marches and classic community band songs, to folk, to popular, bluegrass… there’s a little variety in there for everyone,” said Stearns, who says the crowd can range anywhere from 50 to over 200, depending on the weather and who is playing.

Stearns says the event is not only a great way for people to enjoy music, the park and the lake view, but it’s also a good chance for local artists to share their talents with the community.

“We had so many requests from local musicians to play this year that we couldn’t even fit them all in,” said Stearns.

“So I don’t know, maybe we’ll have to think about adding another day besides Tuesdays.”

The concerts are free and open to the public (and pets on leashes) but there will be a donation hat passed around through the crowd for the musicians who are donating their time to perform.

If weather does prove challenging, the event is not cancelled, but simply moved into the Pavilion.

Although there are a couple of new artists this year, the line up consists mostly of some of the most popular performers from past years as well.

The schedule goes:

  • June 4 — Lakes Area Community Concert Band
  • June 11 — Park Rapids Area Community Band
  • June 18 — Mark Fogelson
  • June 25 — Tim Eggebraaten
  • July 2 — Hardwood Groove
  • July 9 — Shari Breznay
  • July 16 — Doc & the Scrubs
  • July 23 — Dennis Craswell
  • July 30 — Rhoda Habedank
  • August 6 — Ulen Centennial Band
  • August 13 — Doc & the Scrubs
  • August 20 — Lewy Ronken Musical Revue music from the 1940’s to today
  • August 27 — Lakes Area Community Concert Band

For more information, log on to www.dlccc.org or call 844-7469.

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