WEST BEND - For
some, there’s no better way to spend a summer day than to
gather friends and family and listen to bluegrass music. The
eighth annual Bluegrass at the Village event is Sunday in
the historical Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, 4880 Highway
lineup includes Chicken Wire Empire, Pickin’ up Speed,
Roller Mills String Band, Big Cedar and The Henhouse
The Henhouse Prowlers
Four of the
five bands performing are from Wisconsin. The headliner, The
Henhouse Prowlers, is a nationally known bluegrass band from
Velnetske is chairwoman of Ozaukee County Historical Society
“We have a
lot of popular bands, and our headliner did a tour of Africa
and Europe and they were voted America’s favorite bluegrass
band,” Velnetske said.
will have fiddlers greeting people at the door, a vintage
market with vendors selling homemade and handcrafted items,
a beer and wine tent and concessions. Also available are
free tours of the historical buildings in the Pioneer
Village and a raffle.
County Historical Society member Lucy Kolb credits Bob
Jacobs, a fellow member and previous chairman of the Ozaukee
County Historical Society, with the idea to have the event.
actually Dr. Bob Jacobs’ idea. He was on the board of the
Ozaukee County Historical Society and he said he had just
been to a bluegrass special and he said how fun it would be
at Pioneer Village,” Kolb said.
little funny,” Jacobs said. “I looked at the schedule, I was
on the board at the time, and at a board meeting I noticed
the calendar was open in August but we had something in
June, July and September, and I simply said ‘have you ever
thought about having a bluegrass concert?’ and that idea
made me the chairman.”
wife, Marilyn, said she has been involved in the bluegrass
event since the beginning.
seeing all these people coming and having a really really
good time after we’ve worked to put it together and to see
the smiles on their faces,” Marilyn Jacobs said.
there are so many things to do that it is a perfect event
for a Saturday afternoon.
to enjoy a little of everything,” Kolb said. “It’s just a
beautiful way to spend a lovely summer day in Ozaukee
County. The ride out here is gorgeous, too. It’s beautiful
no matter which direction you’re coming from.”
it’s fun for all ages,” Velnetske said. “I mean, if you like
music, it’s fun, if you like history, it’s fun, if you just
like a nice place to go on a sunny afternoon, it’s fun.”
be a tent covering the concert area in case of rain.
said the proceeds raised go toward renovations and additions
to the facility at Pioneer Village.
is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and members
of the historical society. Children five and younger are
Concessions open at 11:30 a.m. and the first band takes
stage at 12:30 p.m.