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Picnic food, music (and traveling folk singers) featured at Tuesdays in the Park this summer

Last year at 'Tuesdays in the Park' crowds enjoyed music and park food.

An outdoor picnic featuring fresh-grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, followed by live music from some of the area's best musicians -- what could be a better way to spend a Tuesday night in Detroit Lakes this summer?

Yes, the Tuesdays in the Park concert series is returning to the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell on Tuesday, June 5, with a performance by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band.

As has become Tuesdays in the Park tradition, the local community band will both kick off and close out the concert series, as they are also scheduled to perform on the last night of this year's series, Aug. 28.

As in years past, the concert series is hosted by Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, with support from BTD Manufacturing's Community Connections.

And another summer tradition, the Habitat for Humanity Picnics in the Park, will precede each Tuesday night's concert at 6 p.m. Habitat members will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, to be served along with a choice of beverage and side dishes.

Other returning favorites in the concert lineup this season will be the Park Rapids Area Community Band, on June 12; Dennis Craswell on July 3; Tim Eggebraaten on July 10; bluegrass band Hardwood Groove on July 31; and the Purple Pan Steel Drum Band on Aug. 7.

"There are three folk singers coming this year -- one each month," said Holmes Theatre director Amy Stoller Stearns.

Rhoda Habedank performs on June 19, Shari Breznay on July 24 and Mark Fogelson on Aug. 14.

Though both the picnics and the concerts are being offered free of charge, free will donations will be gratefully accepted for both, with proceeds from the picnic to benefit local Habitat for Humanity projects.

All concerts in the Tuesdays in the Park series will begin at 7 p.m. in the City Park Bandshell, with a couple of exceptions, said Stearns.

"On June 26, the Sons of Norway will be sponsoring a concert by a Scandinavian band, so there will be no concert in the park," she said.

Instead, the concert will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, starting at 7 p.m.

On July 17 -- at the height of the Northwest Water Carnival -- local "big band" favorites Doc & the Scrubs will be performing inside the Pavilion, also located in the park.

"And there will be dancing," said Stearns.

Doc & the Scrubs will also be performing a second time as part of this summer's concert series, on Aug. 21 in the bandshell.

Though there are some park benches available for seating by the bandshell, attendees are also invited to bring along their own chairs, blankets, coolers -- even their dogs, Stearns said.

"it's very informal -- people can come and go when they want," she added.

For more information, please contact the Historic Holmes Theatre at 218-844-7469, or visit the website at

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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