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Bandshell series resumes Tuesday, June 12

The waiting is finally over -- the popular Bandshell concert series is about to resume. So bring a lawn chair or blanket for opening night, and enjoy the entertainment by Monroe Crossing from Minnesota.

The bandshell concerts are held Tuesdays at the Phil Patterson Memorial Bandshell located in Memorial Park, 801 Fifth Ave. W., Dickinson. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free. Sponsors are secured by Dickinson Parks and Recreation.

“We couldn’t do it without the sponsors,” said Alissa Karsky, program supervisor for Parks and Rec. “I like to include local bands, but it’s nice to have outside groups to mix it up a little bit.”

The Memorial Park has evolved into a community gathering place, where the lawn and bandshell have been restored, and the benches and trees were purchased in memory of loved ones. This summer, the bandshell will be painted again in keeping with the landscape of the new Stark County Veterans Pavilion, said Karsky.

“It’s a place where you can bring your family and you don’t have to cook -- purchase a nice meal from the Relay for Life team, hang out on the lawn, bring your dog or walk through the park,” Karsky said. “Bring a chair or blanket or just lay on the grass. We have benches as well. Our kids know that Tuesdays, mom runs the event, so the kids are handing out programs or riding their bikes up there. It’s awesome, it’s for everybody.”

This year, Karsky was able to book a variety of bands from out of state.

“Sometimes, the bands contact us if they are traveling through North Dakota,” she said. “Many of the bands like to pick up an extra gig along the way. I’ve been talking to Lisa Harris about the Trinity River Band for a year, and we’re able to connect this year.”

Karsky is looking forward to opening night as it coincides with Flag Day on Thursday.

“This year, the Boy Scouts will be doing a presentation before the band plays. Monroe Crossing will play a medley of patriotic music to kick if off. We also have a new flag box if anybody wants to return a torn flag.”

While the concerts are free, Parks and Rec is hosting a canned food drive at every concert performance. Visitors are invited to bring canned food items in lieu of admission. They will be donated to the Dickinson AMEN Food Pantry.

In the event of inclement weather, the West River Ice Center at 1865 Empire Rd., will be the backup location. For more information, visit www.dickinsonparks.org.

So mark down the following concert performers:

June 12 -- Monroe Crossing.

June 19 -- Trinity River Band.

June 26 -- The Tonedevil Brothers.

July 3 -- Dakota Breeze Band.

July 10 -- Dakota Jazz 3.

July 17 -- Queen City Band.

July 24--Soloist Ebony.

July 31-- The Cold Hard Cash Show.

Aug. 7-- the Mollies.

Aug. 14-- Jack and Kitty Norton.