Summer in Pine City gets its start this Friday as families gather for music, food and fun with a season of Art in the Park.
The Pine City Arts Council presents the latest edition of the annual concert series in Robinson Park. Food will be served by a different local fundraising organization starting at 5:30 p.m., and music at 6:30 p.m. and running until 8:30 p.m.
Bus rides to and from Art in the Park will continue to be free. There will be no pick-up spots this year, but free rides can be arranged to and from visitors’ homes within two miles of Robinson Park. To arrange a ride, call the Arrowhead Transportation bus service at 1-800-862-0175.
In case of rain, organizers plan to hold the event in the Pine County Event Center (the new beer hall) at the Pine County Fairgrounds.
Music, food and fun
• The opening notes of Art in the Park will be heard on Friday, May 24. The first concert of the year will, as always, be provided by the Pine City Jazz Band, with sloppy joes served by the Music Boosters.
• On May 31, the Why Back Whens variety band will share a selection of oldies, with walking tacos offered by the Pine Area Lions.
• On June 7, Miss Myra & the Moonshiners will bring in vintage jazz and blues, with brats provided by the Girl Scouts.
• On June 14, Johnny Cash tribute band “Church of Cash” will play the songs of the legendary Man in Black, with BBQ turkey from Catholic Sodality.
• June 22 will bring Backyard Band and a variety of favorite tunes, with sloppy joes served by First Presbyterian.
• On June 28, Robinson Park will be rocking and rolling with the songs of the 1950s as perennial favorites Whitesidewalls take the stage, with the Pine City Lions serving pulled pork.
• After hot dogs and apple pie served by Zion Lutheran Church, the Riverside All Stars will bring on the hits from across the decades on July 6.
• The Lisa Wenger Blues Band will perform sweet, gritty American roots music. Cheeseburgers will be served by the Boy Scouts on July 12.
• The 42nd annual Art Fest will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The arts and crafts fair will feature over 70 exhibitors, with music by Freeway Jam, a children’s corner for kids, food and refreshments – and a new petting zoo this year.
• The last Friday night concert of the season will take place on July 26, as bluegrass maestros Mystery Mountain Boys croon the final notes at Art in the Park.
Sponsors make events like Art in the Park possible, and supporters include the Pine City Lions, Pine Area Lions, Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce, Pokegama Lake Association, FirstLight Health Systems, Arrowhead Transit, Walmart, Early Childhood Family Education and the New Horizon Thrift store.
With musical memories galore in store, Friday nights this summer in Pine City will become a little more magical because of Art in the Park.