There's a lot more going on in the lakes area this week than the Summer Solstice Festival at Richwood Winery - in fact, the Detroit Lakes City Park, Beach and Pavilion will be hosting three days of special events.
Tuesdays in the Park will be bringing The Tribute Kings to the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell for the first time this Tuesday, June 18.
"We will be doing a number of short tributes to different artists, to include Johnny Cash, John Denver, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Neil Diamond," says the Tribute Kings' frontman, Steve Kelly, adding that the band's 7 p.m. concert will also include songs by Lee Greenwood and Bob Seger as part of a patriotic salute to America.
Kelly, who hails from Atlanta, is a frequent visitor as his mother lives in Detroit Lakes. He also brought his Neil Diamond tribute band, Cherry Cherry, to Detroit Lakes last summer for a similar bandshell concert.
This time around, Kelly will be joined by Dean Babbitt on guitar, Bob Kelly on keyboards, Dan Canyon on bass guitar and Seattle sensation Djim Lim on trumpet, along with Ken Eller from Toccoa, Ga.
"And thanks to Gary from Doc & the Scrubs, some of their horn players will be joining us for a rousing salute to America," Kelly said.
The 7 p.m. show Tuesday will be preceded by a Picnic in the Park at 6 p.m., featuring fresh-grilled burgers, brats and hot dogs along with beans, potato salad and beverages, all for a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds will benefit the Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity. In case of rain, both the picnic and the concert will be moved inside the nearby Pavilion.
The City Park Bandshell will also be the site of some more live music on Thursday, June 20, as the City of Detroit Lakes and Historic Holmes Theatre join forces to present the inaugural "Trucks & Tunes" gathering at the city park.
Beatles tribute band Mojo Filter will be performing under the bandshell at 5 p.m., and there will be three different food trucks in the adjacent parking lot including Tanner Duncan's Woodfire Pizza, La Barista's Fork on the Road and Beth Pridday's DL Ice Cream Truck offering a variety of delectable food and beverages (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic) for sale.
Like the Tuesdays in the Park concert, admission to Trucks & Tunes is free; in case of rain, the festivities will be moved inside the Historic Holmes Theatre at 826 Summit Ave.
Finally, the Lake Detroiters Association will celebrate 75 years of keeping the lake healthy, clean and safe for recreation with a full day of festivities, starting with an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast in the Pavilion featuring freshly prepared pancakes and sausages served up by the Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus, for just $5 per plate.
Then at 9:15 a.m., the association will be holding its annual meeting, followed by the 10 a.m. world premiere of the Lake Detroiters' specially commissioned anniversary documentary, "A Beautiful Detroit," which will then be available for sale at a cost of $20 per DVD.
Throughout the day, the Becker County Museum staff will be hosting a special exhibit at the Pavilion, celebrating the Lake Detroiters and Detroit Lake.
At 1 p.m., D.J.'s Dock Service will be supplying two pontoons for a concert and picnic on the lake, with one serving as a stage for the Hillbillies band and the second, a floating restaurant and bar that will serve up freshly cooked burgers and beverages for all - you can even have them delivered right to your pontoon or boat.
The Pavilion will reopen at 7 p.m. for a special "Music Through the Ages" Dance featuring popular music from every decade, 1940s to the present, with local "Party to Go" DJ Kelly Reller spinning the tunes.