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Poetry, a powwow and powerboats

The White Earth Reservation Powwow takes place this Friday through Sunday, June 13-15 at the powwow grounds in White Earth. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham1 / 2
Cassie Wiesner belts out a Patsy Cline song as part of a show that pays homage to the artist and her music. The show comes to the Holmes Theatre this Thursday, June 12. SUBMITTED PHOTO2 / 2

Summer has finally arrived in the lakes area, and with it a variety of fun activities to enjoy, both inside and out.

The coming week will be a particularly jam-packed one, starting with a little “Poetry and Jazz in the Park” on Tuesday, June 10, as Detroit Lakes’ summer concert series, Tuesdays in the Park, takes a literary turn.

Award-winning poet Mark Vinz will be joined by local jazz musicians David Ferreira and Bill Law for a unique evening’s entertainment that combines the beauty of the spoken word with some soothing jazz.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the City Park Bandshell, but come early for a free Picnic in the Park hosted by Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity, starting at 6 p.m. (with all free will donations to benefit future Habitat projects).

On Wednesday, June 11, come park your classic car along West Lake Drive and join in the fun of Cruise DL Night — or if you don’t have one of your own, just take a stroll along the beachfront roadway and admire these four-wheeled pieces of art.

When you’re done, shop, dine out, listen to the DJ spinning some hot summer tunes or just relax in your lawn chair. There’s no registration fee, and all car types are welcome. Just drive on up anytime between 4 and 8:30 p.m.; volunteers will help you park.

On Thursday, June 12, pop on over to Detroit Lakes’ Historic Holmes Theatre for a nostalgic tribute to the music of Patsy Cline, featuring Cassie & the Bobs.

Now in their sixth year of touring with this show, let Cassie and the Bobs take you on a musical journey back in time, to the early 60s. Just imagine that you are at a show featuring the biggest female singer in the country —Patsy Cline.

The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door for adults, or $8.50 in advance, $10 at the door for students. Call the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-7469 for details, or visit the website at

The entertainment options for “Friday the 13th” are a bit more varied, from the opening night of the 146th annual White Earth Reservation Powwow, to a concert by country music chart-topper Gary Allan at Mahnomen’s Shooting Star Casino, to a “Hidden History Happy Hour” at the Becker County Museum.

The White Earth Powwow opens Friday, June 13, with the grand entry set to take place at 7 p.m. on the powwow grounds in White Earth Village. There will be plenty of food vendors and area artisans displaying their finest work for purchase as well. The powwow is free and open to the public.

Gary Allan’s concert at the Shooting Star begins at 8 p.m., but if you don’t have your ticket already, then you’re out of luck; the show is sold out.

Over at the Becker County Historical Society Museum in Detroit Lakes, executive director Amy Degerstrom is presenting “For Your Health,” a look back at the county’s medical history, as the latest in its “Hidden History Happy Hour” series.

Degerstrom’s presentation will take visitors back to the pre-FDA era of miracle tonics and magical cure-alls, before medical degrees were required to be a doctor. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door (BCHS members can pay the advance ticket price at the door).  Each ticket will not only get you a wealth of information on medicine, it will also get you a free cocktail and food.

On Saturday, June 14, the sound of dozens of powerboats will “Quake the Lake” on the beachfront in front of Detroit Lakes’ Holiday Inn, as the community’s annual powerboat racing event gets underway at noon.

About 70 racers are expected to take to the water between noon and 4 p.m., with six classes ranging from beginners, traveling at speeds around 30 miles per hour, to professionals whose speeds top out at around 130 mph. The racing is free and open to the public.

The White Earth Powwow also continues on Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, with grand entries set to begin at 1 and 7 p.m. each day. Roughly 700-800 dancers and drummers are set to perform, and there will be a community feast served on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

There will be plenty of free music on hand as well, from Live at the Lodge on Lake Detroit at 7 p.m. on Friday to Bluebarry performing at the Richwood Winery on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Spanky’s Stone Hearth in rural Vergas will feature Mike Gilson on Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and the Holiday Inn will host live music by Contention on Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m.

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will also be hosting a variety of free events this week, starting with Wild Wednesday at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, and Wildlife Excursions on Thursday, June 12, also at 10 a.m.

The Refuge will also host a Beginning Birding Tour on Saturday, June 14 at 8:30 a.m., and a wildlife movie, “Butterfly Kisses & Wetland Jewels,” on Sunday, June 15 at 2 p.m. Call 218-847-2641 for details.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

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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