Josh Duffee and His Big Band Orchestra 2015
In 1998, we received a grant from Five Wings Arts Council for $1400 to present two musical programs:
Caleigh (May 1998)
Caleigh is a Gaelic word for a "musical gathering." The four musicians from Bemidji sang in harmony and played percussion, bass, violin, viola, mandolin, Celtic lap harp, guitar, flute, keyboard and tin whistle. They presented a program of Celtic and contemporary music in the UCC Church. No tickets were sold but donations toward NAC programming was accepted. Refreshments were served after the concert.
Swingin Sertomans (Sept 1998 and 2008)
A delightfully tacky, comedy show/band performed in the Community Building for a very appreciative audience. The members of this group all belong to Brained Area Sertoma Club. All their profits are contributed to charitable causes. Their show included; “Ole and Da Swingin' Norwegians” with hunting and fishing tunes; “Da Sons of Knute” with western songs; and “Sven and Da Studebakers,” a one of a kind rock and roll group. Tickets were $5 in 1998 and $10 in 2008. The 2008 concert was this group's final show after 20 years of performing all around the state.
The Kabekona Singers (August, 2000)
This group started in 1994 when one of the members realized how many musicians lived around Kabekona lake and thought it would be fun to start a singing group. They quickly had 20 members. This show was held in the Community Building and donations to NAC programming were accepted.
Josh Duffee and His Big Band Orchestra (July 2015)
This group delighted us all read all about it here.
Summer Concerts in the Park
Since 2001, we have sponsored a Lakeside Concert, held each year at 3 pm on a Saturday in August at Hackensack's Lakeside Park. The concert features the Park Rapids Community Band.
Though we printed a program book in the early years, in later years the director has announced the songs. Concerts are free, but we do pass the bucket for donations.
The Quadratones (August 2002)
This men's quartet was initially scheduled as a second Concert in the Park, but they performed in the Community Building because of heavy rain that afternoon. The group featured gospel, Broadway show tunes, spirituals and fun songs presented with energy and humor. Admission was free but donations were accepted.
The Northwoods Arts Council was the Grand Marshall at the 2014 Hackensack Sweetheart Days Parade.