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Let us entertain you: music, theatre

Community Band

The Park Rapids Area Community Band (PRACB) enters its 20th season of providing music to audiences throughout the Park Rapids area, under the direction of Dr. Russell Pesola. The PRACB maintains an average of 50 outstanding wind and percussion musicians.

Regular performances include a traditional winter Christmas concert, a spring concert featuring guest performers and a pre-fireworks Patriotic 4th of July concert at Red Bridge Park in Park Rapids, drawing thousands of appreciative listeners.

This year, the band will perform at at Red Bridge Park July and in Hackensack Aug. 13.

Noon hour concerts

Another season of noon hour concerts is planned with talented musicians performing at churches in Park Rapids. The concerts are held from 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.

A variety of artists perform throughout the summer. Those attending are invited to bring their lunch. Coffee and cookies will be served.

Borderline Philharmonic

This year's Borderline Philharmonic concert is at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at Hoot Owl Lodge. The repertoire includes the whole gamut of classical music from all categories, from baroque and classical to romantic and even some 20th century offerings. The concert is free to the public with contributions collected to offset cost of music and other operating expenses.

The resort is located 16 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71, then west on state highway 113 for 17 miles. Look for the sign on the north (right) side of the road.

Long Lake Theater

Don't let the tiny village of Hubbard deceive you - it packs an artistic whollop! Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Long Lake Theater boasts two intimate, 100-seat theaters and delivers smash-hit comedies, drama and musicals throughout the year.

"Brighton Beach Memoirs," by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon, runs through Aug. 27. Fourteen-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees...and girls. His witty, perceptive commentary about his middle class family and their struggles make this journey through puberty poignant, insightful and delightful.

Show times for the family-friendly entertainment are 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

For reservations, visit www.longlakethe Tickets are also available at Sister Wolf Books (Dorset) and Beagle Books (Park Rapids).

Ticket holders are invited to an opening performance gala to mingle with cast members and enjoy light refreshments. The galas will be held 5-7 p.m. (immediately following the opening performance) at the Jewel of the North Bed & Breakfast, located on Lower Twin Lake just a few miles from the theater.

Jasper's TheaterB

Jasper's Theater is performing its 8th season. Four generations of one family come together to perform a highly entertaining, two-hour show filled with music, magic and comedy in an air-conditioned, cushion-seated log theater nestled in the woods just east of Park Rapids on scenic Highway 34.

The show includes the best mix of music from every era, highlighting country, swing, Dixie land, gospel, patriotic and '50s, as well as magic, comedy skits and novelty talents, such as yodeling and dancing. Call 218-237-4333 or go to

Woodtick Theater

The Woodtick Band is back at the famed Woodtick Musical Theater in downtown Akeley. They returned for their 20th season in June with foot-stompin,' hand-clappin,' lively musical entertainment. It runs through Sept. 10.

Their repertoire of country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and comedy has made their show one of the most sought-after attractions in northern Minnesota. For more information call 800-644-6892 or 218-652-4200.

Minnesota Folklore Theater

Minnesota Folklore Theater, located in Broadway in Akeley, has a mission to create, develop and present professional musical and dramatic productions that will further the knowledge and appreciation of the culture and heritage of the United States. The Children's Theater Company creates extraordinary theater experiences as a means of educating, challenging and inspiring young people.

For more information call 218-652-2666.