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Harvest Moon Ball set for Sept. 13 in DL Pavilion

The official dictionary definition of a harvest moon is “the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox,” which for many signifies the start of the fall harvest.

So when an event has the words “harvest moon” in its title, it might, quite literally be interpreted as a gathering to celebrate the end of summer, and the coming of fall.

Such is the case with the Detroit Lakes Lions Club’s annual Harvest Moon Ball, which is set to take place this Friday, Sept. 13 at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion.

From 6 p.m. onwards, guests can dance the night away, first to the “big band” sounds of Doc & the Scrubs,” who will play throughout the social hour and dinner, and then to the music of S.L.O.G., another local band that plays classic rock and dance favorites from the 60s and 70s.

A “harvest picnic”-themed meal will be served at 6:30 p.m., featuring baked chicken, corn on the cob, coleslaw, dinner rolls and dessert — which will consist of “either pie or apple crisp,” Radke said.

Holiday Inn is providing catering services for the evening.

The silent auction hosts an abundance of themed baskets for bidders to bid on from 6 to 8:30 p.m. With 15-20 baskets up for grabs, attendees have a choice of various goodies to please everyone, from fishing enthusiasts to chocolate lovers to University of Minnesota Gopher fans.

The live auction takes place at 9 p.m. and will feature just two items, a weeklong trip for two to Cabo San Lucas, and one other.

“Hopefully, we’re going to get some Minnesota Vikings tickets,” said organizer Mari Radke, noting that they have offered this item in the past, but had not quite secured the tickets yet.

Following the live auction, the dance will begin. Though the name of the event signifies a formal dance, tuxes and ball gowns are not required; jeans and other casual attire would not be out of place.

“It’s just kind of a fun night to come and socialize with friends and family — and dance,” Radke said.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Detroit Lakes Lions Club. In the past, the Lions have used the proceeds to support various programs such as Dollars for Scholars, the Becker County Food Pantry, Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes, and the local club’s own eye-care mission projects in Mexico.

This year, however, the proceeds will be used for a more specific purpose: To spruce up the Lions Club’s various picnic shelters around town.

“This year we’ve decided to donate the money to the (picnic) shelters in town, to refurbish them and make them better,” Radke said.

Tickets for the Harvest Moon Ball are $30 each, and are available for purchase from local Lions Club members, or at the Fuhs & Sonstegard accounting offices on Washington Avenue (next to Holy Rosary Church).

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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