Considering the activities planned this summer in Jamestown, it’s hard to imagine anyone uttering that two-word statement “I’m bored.”
Jamestown Tourism has been on top of summer plans since last year’s successful musical events in town, including the Art Park and at the 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse. The Sunday “Front Porch Talks” at the Stutsman County Memorial Museum have always been a popular after-church event as it brings in historic topics for the crowd that gathers there each summer.month.
Last summer’s Arts in the Park saw thousands of folks join in family fun downtown. Over at the 1883 courthouse, five musical groups wowed the large crowds that gathered there over summer.
This summer, at the historic courthouse, there are some new events added to the short summer roster. According to Site Supervisor Steve Reidburn, there will be musical events as well as reenactors and a special activity geared to the history of the 136-year-old courthouse and former jail: an escape room.
“Searle Swedland has been working hard on getting some really interesting events in Jamestown,” Reidburn said. “Tourism funded getting one of the rooms in the basement set up as an escape room, where families or groups can enter, solve problems and puzzles, and sleuth their way out of the old jail. It’s a modern-day bonding event that uses complex puzzle-solving coupled with historic information in order to locate a key that unlocks the cell door.”
But the escape room is not the only new addition to events at the 1883 courthouse. Reidburn said there is a quintet of musical performances planned as well as three historic performances planned for this season.
“We have five summer musical events planned for 2019, “he said, ”and one of those groups is coming from New York. Starting off, there’s Joel & Isaiah, who’ll be here this Saturday, and on June 22, Alden Kollman will present George Lutz,” adding that July and August are stacking up to be “hot months for music.”
“We’ll have our own Terry & Linda on July 6, and Cowboy poet D.W. Groethe on July 27,” Reidburn said. “Dr. Tim Bratton will be here August 3, and The New York Kamermusiker will be here August 10. We’ll top off the music season August 24 with one of Jamestown’s best -known local groups, ‘Old Friends.’”
Each event will be on a Saturday at 1 p.m. Some will be staged on the lawn while others will be inside the courtroom.
Included in the summer schedule are some of Jamestown’s historic characters: “Limpy Jack,” played by Keith Norman (last Saturday), “George Lutz,” played by Alden Kollman and First Sgt. James Duncan, from the 20th Infantry at Fort Seward, played by Steven Reidburn. Light refreshments will be served for each of these events, and admission is free. The 1883 courthouse is located at 304 3rd Ave. SE, just east and north of the Law Enforcement Center.