By CEECY NUCKER
The Minot Area Council of the Arts is opening its season of Arts in the Parks with the traditional City Band concerts this Sunday, back in its home bandshell in Oak Park, at 4 and 7 p.m.
"Our schedule is set for the summer now, with all the locations and concerts finalized," said Steve Veikley, Arts in the Parks program director. "All of the City Band concerts will be in Oak Park. About half the (summer) concerts are there, and the other half at Scandinavian Heritage Park, where we were last year."
As always, the 25 concerts of the series are free, although donations are always welcomed. The Thursday presentations are at 7 p.m., while on Sunday each featured act offers two shows, at 4 and 7 p.m., with each lasting about an hour.
Concerts in Oak Park will be held June 9, June 13, June 27 and June 30; July 11 and July 18; and Aug. 1. Concerts in Scandinavian Heritage Park are June 16, June 20 and June 23. Also, the Scandinavian Heritage Park's Midsummer Night Festival event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 21. July Arts in the Parks concerts at Scandinavian Heritage Park are July 7, July 14, July 21, July 25 and July 28. August's final concert, the ever-popular "At the Hop," is Aug. 8.
The Minot Area Council of the Arts is also helping to honor Minot State University's centennial on Sunday, Aug. 4, with an AIP concert on the MSU Circle Lawn at 7 p.m. only.
The schedule is shown in its entirety at (myNDarts.com), which lists all the arts events in Bismarck, Fargo-Moorhead and Grand Forks as well as Minot.
Performers include some new to the lineup, like guitarist Manuel Delgado, and some groups that you get to see for free in the park, like the Nodakords and International Brass Quintet. The visual artists include practitioners of everything from painting and mixed media to quilting, sculpture and cake decorating.