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Tuesdays in the Park

Saving an otherwise depressing day of the week, Tuesdays in the Park offers free music every Tuesday evening from June 14 to Aug. 30.

"It's kind of a festive deal," said Amy Stearns, who organizes the event.

Concert-goers are allowed, and in fact encouraged, to bring their picnic baskets and blankets, and turn an ordinary concert into an outdoor family event.

"The artists know this isn't a 'sit-down' concert," Stearns said. "You can bring your lawn chairs and blankets, come and go (as necessary).

"We encourage a picnic atmosphere."

The informal environs not mean a lack of talent, as the best musicians in the region enjoy playing the band shell on Tuesday evenings.

"The musicians are all great," Stearns said. "It fills the park with some great music. It's just wonderful."

Tuesdays in the Park runs from 6 to 7 p.m. during the summer.

The June schedule of featured musicians for Tuesdays in the Park is as follows: June 14, Park Rapids Community Concert Band; June 21, Lakes Area Community Concert Band; and June 28, Doc and the Scrubs.

Another exciting event this summer will take place on June 7, when the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra will perform "Four Seasons at the Lakes." This concert features an eclectic mix of Vivaldi's legendary "Four Seasons" and a variety of other music.

"They'll be playing some lighter, summer-time classical music," Stearns said. "They always do a nice job.

Tickets for this event are $12 each, or $4 for students.

For more information on Tuesdays in the Park or "Four Seasons at the Lakes," call the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center at (218)-847-4221. -- Nathan Kitzmann