Musical summer

Published 6:02 am Sunday, June 12, 2016

Music: Why is it part of our mission?  Because it was important to the Hormel family.  George Hormel grew up in a family that saw the value of participating in and listening to music. In the manuscript “Three Men and a Business,” he wrote about the joy his father found in music.

“Father, his bearded face wreathed in smiles, joined in the singing or listened to the lovely old American and European folk-songs he loved so well. Whenever he listened to music, he appeared to be enjoying the height of happiness.”  When describing how the family often spent Sunday afternoons, George wrote that when “friends came to visit us, music and singing brightened the occasions.”

I am confident that you also find enjoyment in music and may even find that it adds to your quality of life.

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That is why the Hormel Historic Home strives to incorporate music into our educational and historical programming. We are blessed with the funding to do so, and we want our guests to be enriched by the presence of music much like the Hormel family was.

Our summer concert series includes the following events so please come and “enjoy the height of happiness.”

 Oscars Big Break presented by a Touch of Magic Entertainment

1:30 p.m., Monday, June 20

Event will be held inside. Following this interactive musical comedy show everyone is invited to enjoy ice cream and balloon structures in the Peace Garden.

 The Austin Community Jazz Band

6:30 p.m., Friday, July 1

This local music favorite has an annual tradition of performing at the HHH. Join us for classic jazz and fun arrangements performed by local musicians.

The Bazillions

6:30 p.m., Monday, July 18

Kid friendly rock-’n’-roll from Twin Cities parents and educators. The duo brings songs to life through illustration, animation and activities.

6:30 p.m., Sunday, July 24

Minneapolis-based Going To The Sun performs earthy acoustic folk instrumentation with lush harmonies that result in a sonic yin and yang.  Come early for this concert as we will be offering kid friendly tours of the Historic Home and will have early 1900’s games available for families to enjoy outdoors.

 Bissen Family and Friends Band

6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1

In a return visit members of the hometown Bissen family band will entertain with classic rock tunes that will take you back in time.

 Sena Ehrhardt and Cole Allen Acoustic

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23

Austin native Sena Ehrhardt returns to the HHH for an acoustic show with guitarist (and husband) Cole Allen. The couple’s soulful bluesy style will engage music lovers of all ages.

 Group Tours

June 16: Group Tour

June 18: Group Tour

 Teddy Bear Tours

9 and 9:45 a.m., June 15

Kid friendly tours for young people and their adults.  Space is limited.  Must pre-register by calling 507-433-4243. $4 for HHH member families and $6 for nonmember families.