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Great 'caws' for a party: Parrotheads hosting events to benefit Food Pantry, Marshmallow Foundation

The Lakes Area Parrotheads will be hosting their 13th annual Boats and Bars fundraising party this Saturday, Aug. 25. featuring live music at the sandbar between Big and Little Detroit lakes starting at noon. (Submitted photo)1 / 7
As always, the silent auction hosted by the Parrotheads at Zorbaz will be a big part of the maCAWS for PAWS fundraiser, which will benefit the Marshmallow Foundation. The event will be held Friday, Aug. 24 at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, starting at 5:30 p.m. (Submitted photo) 2 / 7
For the second year in a row, Mary Cutrufello will be performing at the Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina as part of Boats & Bars, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. (Submitted photo)3 / 7
Local music duo Island Time has been a part of the Lakes Area Parrotheads' annual Boats & Bars fundraiser since it first began 13 years ago. (Submitted photo)4 / 7
Sunny skies mean big crowds at the sandbar for the Lakes Area Parrotheads' Boats & Bars fundraiser. The "Lucky 13th" annual event takes place this Saturday, Aug. 25. (Submitted photo)5 / 7
Boats, pontoons and other watercraft line up along the sandbar between Big & Little Detroit lakes to listen to the live music on the Sandbar Stage during the Parrotheads' annual Boats & Bars fundraiser, which takes place this year on Saturday, Aug. 25. The music starts at noon. (Submitted photo)6 / 7
The Lakes Area Parrotheads will be hosting their 13th annual Boats & Bars celebration this Saturday, Aug. 25. As always, the main event will be a party on the sandbar between Big and Little Detroit lakes, where not just one, but two bands are scheduled to play throughout the afternoon. (Tribune file photo)7 / 7

Summer may be drawing to a close in the weeks ahead, but the fun's not over just yet. In fact, this coming weekend will bring the biggest party of the season for one lakes area charity, which is hosting not just one, but two events to benefit local nonprofits.

The Lakes Area Parrotheads will be launching their back-to-back fundraisers, maCAWS for PAWS and Boats & Bars XIII, on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25. Though the emphasis is on summer fun for both events, they will be benefiting the Marshmallow Foundation and the Becker County Food Pantry, respectively.


Animal lovers, be sure to mark your calendars for this Friday, Aug. 24, as the Lakes Area Parrotheads will be hosting their sixth annual fundraiser for the Marshmallow Foundation, an animal shelter and adoption shelter located at 1478 Mallard St. in Detroit Lakes.

The "maCAWS for PAWS" celebration gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Friday inside Zorbaz, at 402 West Lake Drive, and continues through a 9 p.m. raffle drawing — with the first prize being a $1,300 travel voucher to book the vacation destination of your choice.

Though there will not be a live band as in years past, Radio Margaritaville will be playing plenty of lively trop rock music, and there will be a silent auction including a large selection of gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, pet-themed gift baskets, musical memorabilia and more, all leading up to the raffle drawing.

"You do not need to be present to win," says Jim Brogren, president of Lakes Area Parrotheads.

Raffle tickets are $5 each, and may be purchased at the Marshmallow Foundation or from any Parrotheads member.

"The Marshmallow Foundation will also be selling their 'cat ear' headbands, which were a huge hit last year," Brogren added, noting that shelter volunteers work alongside the Parrotheads to make sure the annual fundraiser is a success.

"Last year we were able to give them $8,000," Brogren said.

For more information about the Marshmallow Foundation, please visit

Boats & Bars XIII

It's "Lucky 13" for the Parrotheads' annual party on the lake, set for this Saturday, Aug. 25, starting with an 11 a.m. kickoff party at Zorbaz.

"The Parrotheads will be out in front of Zorbaz selling tickets at 10 a.m.," Brogren said, noting that those who don't have their own watercraft can inquire about grabbing an open space on one of the boats heading out to the Sandbar Stage, which as the name implies, will be set up on the sandbar bridging Big and Little Detroit lakes.

The live music starts at noon, with local band Island Time, followed by Charlie Imes at 2 p.m. Each will play for approximately two hours.

At 3:30 p.m., the fun shifts to a new location once again, as Mary Cutrufello takes the stage at the Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina (2000 Long Bridge Road). She will be followed by The Pawnbrokers at 6 p.m.

"Tickets are $15 per person, and will include a complimentary beverage at all three of our participating bars: The American Legion, Zorbaz and Long Bridge," said Brogren. "We couldn't do this without them, or any of our other sponsors."

Those other sponsors include Kona Brewing Company and DS Brewery of Moorhead, which will be providing the complimentary beverages, and J & K Marina, which will be providing both the stage at the sandbar and a pontoon to transport the musicians to and from the stage.

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, please visit

Also next weekend

• The Muscatell Ojibwe Forests Rally will once again bring the excitement of road racing to Detroit Lakes and surrounding communities this Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 22-25. The first of 15 staged race events will be held at the Becker County Fairgrounds in Detroit Lakes, on Friday afternoon. Other stages will wind through the Paul Bunyan and Itasca forests. Several pre and post-race events, including the awards ceremony, will take place at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion this year. Designated spectator points will be pointed out on the available maps. To see the tentative schedule and event maps, go to

• Prairie Fire Children's Theater summer camp participants will be presenting two performances of "The Wizard of Oz" this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25 at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 and 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information please contact the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-7469, or stop by in person at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

• The Eagles Club, located at 112 Holmes St., Detroit Lakes, will be featuring "Larry's Rock 'n Country Karaoke" on both Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, starting at 8 p.m. For more information please call the club at 218-847-5267.

• ShelterFest, the longest running and biggest annual fundraising event for the Humane Society of the Lakes, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25. This year's festivities will include a 1 p.m. golf scramble at the Detroit Country Club, followed by the traditional live music (featuring Tim Eggebraaten), silent auction and raffle drawings at Hotel Shoreham starting at 5 p.m. All proceeds from the day's events will go directly to the care of the animals at the HSL shelter in Detroit Lakes. Admission to the Hotel Shoreham events is free. Cost to participate in the golf scramble is $80 per person; four-person teams, singles and doubles are all welcome. For more information, or to sign up for the golf scramble, please call 218-847-0511 or send an email to

• The Detroit Lakes Area Jaycees will be hosting their fourth annual RibFest at Lakeside Tavern on Saturday, Aug. 25. Teams will be cooking up their secret rib recipes throughout the day, with serving to the judges and general public alike starting at 3 p.m. All ribs will be provided to the teams that morning, and cooking must be done on site; registration starts at 6 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best ribs, as chosen by the panel of judges. All ribs not used in the judging will then be sold to the general public, and there will also be live music and a bean bag tournament on site, starting at noon. For more information, or to sign up for the rib contest or bean bag tournament, please contact Kate Spaeth at 218-234-9131 or

• The MANNA Food Co-op in Detroit Lakes will be celebrating its first anniversary with "MANNA-fest," taking place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Shop a mini-farmers market while learning more about foods and products from local growers and vendors who are 'in the know.' There will be plenty of treats to sample, or pick up to take home with you. For more information please call 218-844-4211 or send an email to

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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