Bressler-Fest Finale To Take Over Park Sunday Evening

WAYNE – Close out the final Sunday in September with another evening of live music and a great opportunity for a family picnic with friends.

The Third annual Bressler-Fest will come to an end with their final band performing at Bressler Park on Sunday, September 29. Stonehouse will take the stage from 6 until 8 p.m.

Previous Sunday Bressler-Fest performers this year included the Ted & Alice Miller Band, Nebraska Brass Band and E-Z-B Combo.

Four years ago, event organizer Jill Brodersen said her son’s band, E-Z-B Combo, always played at private parties. The idea of Bressler-Fest came when the jazz-funk band performed for friends and family in the park.

“I was really nervous about it because it was September and I thought somebody’s going to complain,” said Brodersen. “But it was a Sunday afternoon in September and I invited a bunch of friends, I invited the neighbors and people came up to me and said ‘hey let’s do this all the time’.”

Eddy Elfers, a professor at Wayne State College is the band leader of Stonehouse. Brodersen added Elfers has a couple of bands that have performed during Bressler-Fest.

“So, we like having him there he’s a great hometown guy and draws a good crowd,” Brodersen added. “Easy, sit back in your chair, enjoy the fall weather kind of a band.”

The food truck will also arrive at 5 p.m.

A new addition to this year’s Bressler-Fest was a new stage.

“So now it’s all one level and you just walk up onto it,” Brodersen mentioned. “Now I still wanted it to look like a stage and have a little more presence so the grading is so that it’s kind of down and there’s some steps off  the front; nice big wide set of stairs.”

Another project the city crews are working on is connecting the east to the west side of the park with a sidewalk including handicap parking stalls on the west side of Bressler Park. A scout will also be installing a fire pit for an eagle scout project at the southwest picnic shelter and with the 40th annual Chicken Show taking place this summer a canopy for shade will be installed over the stage.

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