With the success of last summer’s First Thursday events, the Minden Chamber of Commerce has lined up six weeks of Thursday Night Entertainment for residents and visitors of Minden. The weekly event will be held Thursdays June 30 – August 4 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Chautauqua Park.
The tradition of holding concerts at the bandshell is a strong piece of Minden history. Chautauqua actually used to be called Bandshell Park. Bands would perform at the bandshell on Saturday evenings and nearly the entire town would be there. Teeanagers would carry around popcorn and snacks to sell. Without television and other electronics, this was the big social event people looked forward to each week during the summer.
As time moved on, schedules filled and attendance of the events waned. To get the numbers back, the day was changed to Thursday, when sports and other engagements wouldn’t keep people away. When televisions and central air conditioning became more widespread, attendance tapered off again. The tradition has been picked up again off and on over the years with varying degrees of success.
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