Mandan News

Suchy and friends take the stage

Despite a warm August day, about 300 people spread blankets and lawn chairs on the grass in front of a low flatbed on the north side of the Bohemian Hall.

A good breeze, a nearly full moon and a hazy harvest sunset helped make the 12th Annual Suchy Fest on Aug. 17 a Saturday night to remember.

Songwriter/storyteller Chuck Suchy opened with a wonderful accordion set and entertained the crowd with typical Suchy stories.

Area musicians also performing were guitarist Richard Torrance, singer/songwriter Ben Suchy, Darren King on upright bass and, of course, Linda Suchy. Loren Hicks, a guest performer from Kalispell, Mont., did a stint on stage.

John Lardinois, wearing a Stetson, did sound.

It was three hours of good humor and great songs.

There was rhubarb and Juneberry pie.

The barley field to the southwest of the hall had just been harvested. And, the sunset over the big round bales, fields of corn and western horizon was, as always, magnificent.

Chuck Suchy said he did not decide until the last minute to put on the concert. The faithful audience expressed their opinion and, in closing, Chuck referred to the evening’s performance as the “first annual last Suchy Fest.”

Obviously, everyone had fun.

— Ken Rogers