Brethren Days to be held next week

BRETHREN — The Brethren Boosters are reminding the community of its musical line-up for the 2013 annual Brethren Days Celebration, which takes place during Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

All bands and entertainment will be performing under the gazebo in the Dickson Township Park, located on Coates Highway in Brethren. The charge for admission on both Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 evening is $3 per person. Children ages 12 and younger are free with an adult; however, no one younger than the age of 16 is allowed in after 9 p.m. without adult supervision.

Aug. 30 evening admission starts at 7 p.m., and Aug. 31 begins at 8 p.m. The Cook Shack will be open, as well as the beer tent.

“We have a new format for this year’s Brethren Days,” said Diane Ward, boosters president. “Typically we have music on Saturday and Sunday nights, and the Dickson Township Fire Department hosts a Horse Pull on Friday. However, due to a lack of funds, the Horse Pull has been canceled.

“We hope that having some great entertainment on Friday night will help draw a great crowd to our little town, to help us ‘Celebrate Families’ — this year’s theme.”

From 7 to 11 p.m. on Aug. 30, the Brian Nolf Band will be playing country favorites. Known as “Nashville’s Michael Buble,” Brian performs with “the smooth vocal style of George Strait” and “the range of emotion and energy of Keith Urban.”

Saturday’s line up starts off at noon, with the Eileen Hawkins Band. A local favorite, Eileen performs waltzes and polkas and is a usual crowd-pleaser at Brethren Days. Inducted into the Michigan State Polka Hall of Fame in 2012, Eileen has been performing at Brethren Days for more than 40 years.

At 4 p.m., local DJ Joel Mackey will be taking requests and playing music, with an extensive collection sure to please everyone.

Rocking the stage from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., is Powerplay. Playing recognizable songs, their music is known as fun and danceable. Powerplay has a great local following, and many travel to see them wherever they play.

From noon  to 3 p.m. on Sept. 1, The Nephews will provide entertainment during the Brethren Days Chicken Barbecue. Since their first public performance at age ten, Tim & Byron Joseph have entertained at countless community events and festivals as a duo, and as part of the Dekalb String Band. Drawing on a deep reservoir of American music, the repertoire of Tim and Byron Joseph is rooted in old time country music, country blues and rock and roll, but includes many other songs. They will be joined on stage by Marlene Wood, who sings and plays the bass guitar.

The final act of the weekend will be Duke & The Studebakers. Formed in the mid 1980’s, this group of four blends classic rock and oldies with a bit of country music. Relying heavily on three- and four-part harmony, these gentlemen can belt out everything from The Eagles to Elvis. Having opened for Waylon Jennings, Mitch Rider & The Detroit Wheels and Dr. Hook, Duke & The Studebakers are sure to entertain.

Other activities for the weekend include softball tournaments, a poker run, a cardboard boat race on Lake Elinor, children’s games and basketball skills clinic, arts and crafts show, a grand parade and a fireworks display on Saturday night at dusk (in case of inclement weather, fireworks will be held on Sept. 1 at dusk).

For more information on Brethren Days activites, visit www.facebook.com/brethrendays2013.

The Brethren Boosters is a non-profit organization that is always looking for new members and volunteers to make their projects successful. Throughout the year, the boosters host Christmas activities, an Easter Egg hunt, donate food and monies to local food pantries and provide scholarships to graduates. Anyone interested in helping at this event, or joining the boosters, is encouraged to contact Ward at (231) 477-5444.