Music coming to Veterans Park
Get your lawn chairs dusted off by July 26 for Music in the Park as The Broken Oak of Marshall will be performing from 6-8 p.m. that night in Veterans Park.
The first night of the Farmers Market this season will also be held from 5-7 p.m. that night in the parking lot on the west side of the park, according to Jenny Buysse of the EDA.
Deutz Heritage Farms of Marshall will also be one of the vendors on hand for the Farmers Market. They feature organic meats.
Other vendors will be selling sweet corn, farm-fresh eggs, handmade soap and more. Hollie Thompson of Dawson, who makes and sells homemade grape jelly, juice and syrup, will also be one of the vendors at the Farmers Market.
She and her husband own 3B Vineyard.
Vendors are welcome to set up free of charge and sell their product, but must bring their own selling table, chairs, and signs.
The Broken Oak, featuring Jake Moravetz and Mark Colvin, are a folk band and have performed at several events in the area to excellent reviews. Their performance fee is being paid in part by the Minneota EDA, Gislason’s Hardware and a private donor.
“I saw many towns hosting music events in their parks and wanted to help organize an event for our community,” said Caryn Hetland.
“I put a shout out on Facebook and I received a message from Mark Colvin. Mark and I graduated together and we were able and we were able to work out a deal and a date they could play.”
That date happened to fall on the opening night of the Farmers Market so Hetland and Buysse collaborated on the event. Flyers will go out this week around town with more details of the Music in the Park event.
City Hall Bar and Grill will also offer a special plate of BBQ pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw and chips for $5.75 from 4-9 p.m.
Take out will also be available for those wishing to eat in the park while listening to the music. The Vietnam Museum Center will also be open that night for anyone wishing to attend a historical tour.
“Contact will go out this week about the event and local businesses will be notified,” said Hetland.
“We are hoping many will stay open later.” “Brad’s Market has late hours on Thursdays and Royal Hettling from the (Vietnam) Museum was more than willing to open that night.”
Hetland is hoping there will be more events such as this in the future.
“I will be working on writing a grant to the SMAC (Southwest Minnesota Arts Council) to possibly secure funding for more music events next year,” she said.
“I have a friend who will be helping me with that and we will go forward with it if this event is a success.”
Bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets to the park.
“I’m hoping to see a lot of people,” said Hetland. “It will be a great evening to gather as a family and a community.
Often, lives are busy so we are hoping we can have a couple of hours for everyone to sit back and enjoy.”