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The Lakes Area Music Festival runs July 21 - Aug. 31. All concerts are free of charge. For more information on programs, musicians, or to volunteer, visit lakesareamusic.org.

Eight Seasons of Making it Work

The Lakes Area Music Festival is more than just music

By HANNAH BURCHILL

For the past eight years, the Lakes Area Music Festival has brought together a community of music lovers for three weeks of free classical music concerts, alongside a robust education and social calendar. Nearly 120 musicians are flown in from across the country, all supported primarily by a dedicated squad of volunteers. Ruth Gmeinder, Mary Anne Bennett and Arla Johnson represent only three of the over 200 volunteers that provide transportation, meals, housing, and perhaps most importantly - support, for what has very rapidly become a beloved summer tradition for thousands across the lakes area. The Lakes Area Music Festival wouldn’t happen without a dedicated corps of over 200 volunteers including: (L to R) Mary Anne Bennett, Arla Johson and Ruth Gmeinder.

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