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Music, art, and family-friendly fun

Fiddler Jeff Lindstrom of Park Rapids — who is a talented guitarist as well — performed at last year's Pine Point Music Festival, and is also slated to take the stage at this year's event, set for Saturday, July 7 at the pow wow grounds in Ponsford. (Submitted photo)1 / 4
The Pine Point Music Festival, which will return to the pow wow grounds in Ponsford this Saturday, July 7, is a laid back, family-friendly event. The music gets underway at noon and continues into the early evening. (Tribune file photo)2 / 4
White Earth's Hanks Family Band, who have been performing together for well over 50 years, have been a Pine Point Music Festival favorite since its inception in 2010. They are the last band slated to perform at the 2018 festival on Saturday, July 7. (Submitted photo)3 / 4
Hula hooping is just one of the family-friendly activities available at the annual Pine Point Music & Arts Festival, which is slated for this Saturday, July 7 at the pow wow grounds in Ponsford. (Submitted photo)4 / 4

Whatever your musical preference — classic country, blues, rock or even rhythmic drums — the Pine Point Music & Arts Festival is sure to have something you'll enjoy hearing.

"There's a lot of variety," says Mike Swan, spiritual leader for the Pine Point community and one of the organizers for the annual festival, which will be presented for the ninth time this Saturday, July 7 at the pow wow grounds in Ponsford.

Starting promptly at noon, a half dozen musical acts from around the region will perform, including Jeff Lindstrom, Raven Darkcloud, Sonny Johnson, Mariah Smith-Mely, Eddie Kidd and the Hanks Family Band.

Each performance will last approximately 45 minutes, with 15 minutes in between to allow for takedown and setup of instruments and sound. While waiting for the next performer to take the stage, visitors can stroll through the grounds and visit the booths scattered across the landscape, where vendors will be selling everything from Native American crafts and jewelry to popular foods like Indian tacos and fry bread. There will also be plenty of activities to keep the kids busy, Swan notes; past years have included hula hooping, face painting, blowing giant soap bubbles and more.

"It's a drug and alcohol free event for the whole family to come out and enjoy an afternoon of music," he adds.

Best of all, this low key, family-friendly festival does not charge an admission fee, though free will donations are gratefully accepted, with the proceeds being applied to expenses for the 2019 festival.

"We wanted to make it available for everyone," explains festival founder Tina Penn. "That's why it's a free will donation event."

Penn organized the first Pine Point Music Festival back in 2010 to bring people together for a good cause — violence prevention — while showcasing the work of local musicians and artists. It's been held every year since, except for one (due to a death in Penn's family).

Swan said that staging the annual festival would not be possible without its business and community sponsorships, which include the Pine Point Community Council, White Earth Reservation Tribal Council, Thielen Motors of Park Rapids, Anderson Bus Company, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electric Association, David-Donehower Funeral Home and R.D. Offutt Company (RDO).

For more information, please call 615-403-4925, or check for updates on the Pine Point Minnesota Music Festival page on Facebook.

Also next weekend

Next weekend is also a big one in the Detroit Lakes community, as the 83rd Annual Northwest Water Carnival gets underway on Friday, July 6, continuing through Sunday, July 15.

Opening weekend festivities include:

• A disc golf tournament at the newly-expanded, 18-hole City Park course and the kick-off party at Lakeside Tavern on Friday, July 6;

• The Rotary Fly-In Breakfast at the airport, Ride for the Future motorcycle ride, Beast on the Beach strength competition, Demolition Derby at the county fairgrounds and Miss Northwest Scholarship Pageant at the Holmes Theatre, all on Saturday, July 7;

• Family Day on Sunday, July 8, with all activities slated to be held in and around the City Park, City Beach and Pavilion. A magic show, sand treasure dig, face painting, ship building contest, pup plunge, watermelon feed, hula hoop contest and a free kids' music show featuring Tim Eggebraaten are just a taste of the family-friendly fun in store.

A full, downloadable schedule for the Northwest Water Carnival can be found online at

The Cormorant Area Art Club will also hold its 20th Annual Art Show at the Cormorant Community Center on Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8. Twenty-five regional artists will display a wide variety of artwork including watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings; rosemaling; pine needle basketry; art prints and greeting cards; clay sculptures and a variety of gift items.

There will be artist demonstrations, door prizes and a chance to vote for the annual People's Choice Award. Refreshments will be available.

Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day; the Cormorant Community Center is located at 10929 Becker County Highway 5, in the heart of Cormorant Village. For more information, contact Linda Sheryak at 520-390-0123.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 17 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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