Land O’ Lakes Arts (LOLA) recently organized musical festivities in honor of Make Music Day, a celebration of music around the world held June 21.

Launched in 1982 in France as the “Fête de la Musique,” is held the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.

The celebrated day is different from a typical music festival — Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician, young and old, amateur and professional, and of every musical persuasion, gather to share their music. In Land O’ Lakes, one of America’s participating towns, LOLA organized opportunities to play, listen and make music. This resulted in a full schedule from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The celebration kicked off with 16-year-old singer and songwriter Irene Weinhagen, of Minnesota. The day continued with Jessica Anderson (from the chamber) teaching steel drums, followed by many other acts. There was also a celebratory parade where participants marched and sang as they moved through downtown. Children in the parade played small percussion instruments.

The festivities concluded with The Woodland Strings ensemble playing a variety of music at the Snowflake Building. The strings performance was the first in this summer’s Car Park Music Series.

Other musicians who took part in the day included Jon Franke, singer/guitarist; Bethany Puffer, pianist; Carol Mason-Sherrill, autoharpist; Kevin Terry, David Schneider, Bill Hunter, The Eclectric Trio Band; Norma Yaeger, pianist; Beth Hassler, viola; the Northwood’s Ukers, and Max Tomasoski, guitarist.

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