Weekend Planner: Bandshell music, Kernel Days this weekend

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 22, 2002

The Blue Banners Orchestra of Albert Lea will present the weekly free program of Live Music in the Park in the Edgewater Park bandshell beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. This is the Blue Banners’ second appearance at the park this summer.

The Blue Banners have played at various clubs and ballrooms in the area for many years and are a well-known polka band. The group also plays a variety of country music and memory tunes.

The season’s programs have been arranged by the American Federation of Musicians – Local 567 of Albert Lea. Funding has been provided by the Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Funds and the city of Albert Lea.

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The musical park programs are winding down for the year; the next and final program for the summer will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day.

Following is a roundup of other area events going on this weekend:

Friday, Aug. 23

– Wells Kernel Days events get under way with the carnival opening at 5 p.m. There will also be a teen dance from 8-11 p.m. at Thompson Park.

– The Pelican Breeze will hold a Friday night pizza cruise at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Call (507) 383-2630.

Saturday, Aug. 24

– The Albert Lea Farmers’ Market will be held in the parking lot at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Water Street beginning at 9 a.m.

– Wells Kernel Days events continue with the Barta Pedal Pull at 11 a.m. on South Broadway Avenue, the carnival opens at noon with $12 armbands from 1-4 p.m., the Spotlight Dancers perform at 7 p.m. at Thompson Park; and the firemen’s street dance begins in the municipal parking lot at 8:30 p.m. There are also many activities at Thompson Park.

– The Pelican Breeze will hold a public cruise at 2 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 25

– Ascension Lutheran Church will host an amaranth pancake breakfast from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $4.50 for adults and $2.25 for children. The event is a fund-raiser for the youths from Ascension to attend the National Youth Gathering in Atlanta next summer.

– Wells Kernel Days events continue with a pancake breakfast at the VFW, a parade at noon and free sweet corn at Thompson Park following the parade, the carnival opening at 1 p.m., and a free concert by &uot;The Singin’ Safari&uot; at 3:30 p.m.

– The Pelican Breeze will feature humorist Al Batt at 2 and 4 p.m. Cost is $10. For reservations, call 383-2630 .