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Pavilion 'grand reopening' is Friday

June 21 may be the first official day of summer, but the Detroit Lakes community will be kicking off the season of sun and fun a little early -- this weekend, to be precise.

First up is the grand reopening of the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, with a dance that gets underway at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 2.

The Minneapolis-based show band CBO, otherwise known as Casablanca Orchestra, will be providing the music for this prestigious event. Melanie Moos, the band's director and founding member, says they will play three, one-hour sets during the course of the evening.

Moos, like other past and present residents of the community, is looking forward to seeing the results of the Pavilion's $700,000-plus remodeling project, completed over the past winter and spring.

"I spent all my summers on Lake Mellissa growing up," Moos said last week. "I spent a lot of time at the Pavilion... there's lots of great memories for me there. I'm so happy to see it restored."

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and can be purchased at the Historic Holmes Theatre Box office, 826 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, or by calling 218-847-SHOW (7469).

And as if that wasn't enough, this Saturday, June 3, will mark the start of the sixth annual Street Faire at the Lakes.

A growing tradition in the lakes area, this festival combines art, food and shopping. The Street Faire, held along Washington Avenue in downtown Detroit Lakes, features over 120 booths.

Mary Beth Gilsdorf, coordinator of this year's festival, said what makes the Street Faire such a unique event is that it is a juried art exhibition.

"Street Faire at the Lakes is a juried show, which means artists have to submit slides of their work and their booth setup," she said. "We have a jury session where several people view and score each set of slides without knowing who the artist is -- and then the scores are tallied and the top scoring artists are invited to participate in the show."

And the art displays are only one aspect of this festival, which also features live entertainment and a variety of delectable food items for sale.

"We have a full line-up and many fun new artists added to the show," noted Gilsdorf. "The Eagles beer garden will also be stage-side, with free music and entertainment all weekend long."

"Faire food" offerings will include roasted sweet corn, fresh squeezed lemonade, Oof-Da Tacos and funnel cakes. The Wonder Weavers will also be entertaining visitors with kids' art projects, face painting and balloon sculpting all day Saturday and Sunday. Kids can also enjoy barrel train rides throughout the day (full schedule below).

Though the fair itself runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, the festivities will be extended into the evening hours on Saturday.

Street Bingo, hosted by the Eagles, will be offered from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, and shortly thereafter, at 9 p.m., The Shakers will return to the Holmes Street stage for the annual Street Dance, which concludes at 1 a.m.

All events will be held rain or shine; in case of rain, the bingo and street dance festivities will be moved inside the Eagles Club.

For more information call the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce at 800-542-3992, or locally at 218-847-9202. You may also visit the web site, located online at

Street Faire 2006

Entertainment Schedule

n Saturday, June 3: 10 a.m., Doc & the Scrubs; 11:30 a.m., Dennis Warner; 1:45 p.m., Caroline Smith; 2:45 p.m., The Ironics; 4 p.m., Fat Cats; 6 p.m. Bingo; 9 p.m. Street Dance featuring The Shakers.

n Sunday, June 4: 11 a.m., Patchouli; 1:30 p.m., The Kiimmy Gibbler Band; 2:30 p.m., the Andy Schneider Trio. Paul Imholte and Ecuador Manta will also be providing music throughout both days.

(Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Jackie Jenson contributed to this story.)

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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