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Join "The Next Generation" and your favorite area musicians in the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom this Thursday, Oct.
At a mere 18 years of age, Historic Holmes Theatre Thursday headliner Trey Hensley has already had some success as a musician. In the world of bluegrass music, he is considered to be a prodigy: At the ripe old age of 11, Hensley was asked to perform at the legendary Grand Ole Opry --having picked up a guitar for the first time barely a year earlier. But as he enters into adulthood, Hensley has taken on a new challenge -- which is really, as he sees it, going back to his musical roots. "I was doing old country songs, playing with bluegrass instruments," he says.
When Detroit Lakes resident Monte Jones was diagnosed with cancer almost five years ago, in November 2004, he had already begun working on plans for a cross sculpture on the grounds of Grace Lutheran Church, where he and wife Karen were members. "He dreamed of something in the courtyard that everyone could enjoy," said Karen, who will be on hand for the sculpture dedication this coming Sunday, Oct.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Detroit Lakes hosted a special Blessing of the Animals event this past Sunday, Oct. 4, with congregations from Detroit Lakes' United Methodist and Congregational churches also participating.
It's hard to believe, but in almost three quarters of a century together, Vernon and Edna Benson both say they've never had a fight. "We don't always agree over everything -- but we don't fight," says Edna. The couple, who will observe their 75th wedding anniversary Nov. 3, is planning to celebrate with an open house this Sunday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Homecoming Week: The annual ritual that takes over the campuses of high schools, colleges and universities across the nation for one week each fall is steeped in traditions that are as unique to each school as the communities in which they are based. What began as a means of welcoming student alumni and teachers back to their former schools has evolved into an annual celebration of school spirit and community pride.
Though he cites the pianists of New Orleans as the biggest influences on his own musical style, the one band that George Winston credits with starting him on the road to being a musician didn't include names like Fats Waller, or Teddy Wilson, or James Booker or Henry Butler in its lineup. So which band was it? "The Doors," says Winston Thursday, in a telephone interview to preview his upcoming show on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Historic Holmes Theatre. "I didn't really listen to music the first 12 years I was alive," he says.
This coming Sunday, Oct. 4, at 3:30 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Detroit Lakes will be the setting for a very special event, known as the Blessing of the Animals. The event is co-sponsored by the local congregations of Detroit Lakes' United Methodist, Congregational and St. Luke's churches. "Because so many of us view our pets as a special blessing, it seems especially fitting to set aside a special time for them to receive a blessing also," explains the Rev. Dana Emery, who works with the Total Ministry team at St.
The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes will officially launch its 2009-10 season this Thursday, Oct. 1, by presenting the innovative and authentic music and dance of West African group, The Kusun Ensemble. Based in Ghana, West Africa, the Kusun Ensemble was founded in 1997 by Nii Tettey Tetteh, as a means of keeping his culture's musical traditions alive -- by bringing them to the world. In Africa, music permeates just about every aspect of human culture.
Though they were both born and raised in the Twin Cities, Harland and Vera Grones have called Detroit Lakes home for the past 29 years -- a little less than half the time that they've been married. Harland and Vera were married on Oct. 7, 1939, by a Catholic priest in Minneapolis. Seven decades later, they're still together. "When you got married 70 years ago, you made a commitment to live together, and that was it," explains Harland. "We're definitely happy with each other," Vera added.