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‘Singing ranger’ coming to HHH; McGuire to lead Peace Garden concert, songwriting workshop

Folk great Pete Seeger once wrote to fellow minstrel Charlie McGuire: “I hope you keep on writing. Really, your songs are damn good and so are you.”

Austin folks will get a chance to hear what Seeger was talking about, when McGuire is featured in the first of 10 Peace Garden Concerts, at the Hormel Historic Home on Monday. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

Charlie McGuire

McGuire, often called the “Singing Ranger” due to his love of parks and nature, will present “Gripping Tales of Minnesota.” He will tell stories about his favorite state and sing his songs, as often heard on “A Prairie Home Companion,” and during concerts and festivals.

Austinites will get a special treat: They will hear a song written by McGuire earlier in the day with those attending a songwriting workshop at the HHH.

The song will be geared toward happenings from Austin’s past. The workshop will be held from 2 to 3 p.m.

Although from New York, McGuire moved to Minnesota many years ago and has written many songs about its history and natural wonders.

McGuire will be a good fit for the natural beauty of the gardens, where the free concerts have been held since 2010. McGuire last appeared here in 2014.

Concert-goers are asked to bring a lawn chair with them. The concerts come free of charge, thanks to the generosity of MarySue Hormel Harris.

Summer Peace Garden Concerts and Events

June 12, 2-3 p.m.

Charlie McGuire songwriting workshop, HHH.

6:30 p.m. “The Gripping Tales of Minnesota,” by Charlie McGuire, Peace Garden, HHH.

June 23, 2:30 p.m.

Tricia and the Toonies. Family fun and interactive musical comedies with a unique use of music, puppets, skits and audience participation. A frozen treat follows.

June 30, 6:30 p.m.

Austin Community Jazz Band, led by Brian Koser; guest saxophonist, John Paulson, Peace Garden.

July 6, 6:30 p.m.

Lehto and Wright, local acoustic duo of Casey McIntyre and Jeff Reinartz, Celtic and American folk music, Peace Garden.

July 20, 6:30 p.m.

JCA, local favorite known for their former association with SEEDS, an acoustic show; Peace Garden.

July 27, 6:30 p.m.

The Jolly Huntsmen bring their German polka music to town. Ommpa! Peace Garden.

Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Bissen Family and Friends Band; learn history and music behind some of Minnesota’s greatest bands and singers. Peace Garden.

Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Jack and Kitty, Emmy-award winning organize vaudeville duo entertain with their fun and infectious talent.