Polka music will be the feature at Aug. 21 concertEnjoy the beat of the polka music, dance a little, or just sit back and enjoy. The Jolly Huntsmen Band will present a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, on the grounds of the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St. Its appearance is part of the free summer concert series.
By: Jane Lightbourn, The Hastings Star-Gazette
Enjoy the beat of the polka music, dance a little, or just sit back and enjoy.
The Jolly Huntsmen Band will present a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, on the grounds of the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St. Its appearance is part of the free summer concert series.
Established in 1961 in the Twin Cities with a core nucleus from the Retka family, the Jolly Huntsmen Band has entertained people in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota with its music.
The Jolly Huntsmen have been the featured performing group at Minnesota Orchestra’s Viennese Sommerfest for 22 straight years and made appearances at the Minnesota State Fair.
Founded by L.M. Retka, and now led by his accordionist son Tom Retka, and featuring multi-instrument talented brothers Dan and David Retka, the Jolly Huntsmen produce some of the most authentic traditional polka music around. Outfitted in traditional German lederhosen, The Jolly Huntsmen capture the music, rollicking spirit and feeling of the old-world. The Jolly Huntsmen perform in combinations of three to nine musicians.
Those attending the concert should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets for the 2011-2012 concert series will be sold at the concert. The series features five concerts, beginning in September.
A special 5:30 p.m. tour of the LeDuc Historic Estate has been added to the regular Sunday tour schedule. This gives outdoor concert-goers an opportunity to have a tour of the estate before attending the 7 p.m. concerts. Regular admission fees apply.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Pie and ice cream will be served by community organizations. In case of rain, concert location is Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth Street.
Sponsors are Afton Alps Golf Course and Ski Area, Wealth Management, Dakota Electric Association, Bert and Margaret Goderstad, LeDuc Historic Estate, The Point, Thrivent Financial- Arlene and Dan Myers, Vermillion State Bank, and State Farm – Deb Zeien.
At the Aug. 28 concert nonperishable food items and cash donations will be accepted for Hastings Family Service.