Chuck Suchy with his guitar. Photo courtesy of Mike McCleary, Bismarck Tribune.
On August 5, the Chuck Suchy concert was held at the Cesky Zakopnik No. 147 lodge hall in Mandan, ND. This concert has been held annually for over ten years and regularly entertains over 300 people who come from not only the local area, but even from other states.
Chuck Suchy's music is a mixture of folk and country. The concert is scheduled annually for the first full moon in August, with music starting in the evening and going until attendees can enjoy the stars. The atmosphere is made even more special because the location is out on a prairie near the lodge hall.
This year, the concert was rained out so the music was moved indoors to the hall. Despite the rain, over half the expected guests turned out and packed the hall. First to take the stage was Chuck's son Ben. He sang about life on the farm, family, and friends. Chuck sang upbeat and slower-tempo songs for all ages. A favorite song was called Saturday Night at the Hall, inspired by the same hall that hosts this event.
Prior to the event, No. 147 Correspondent Diane Schmidt worked with Linda Suchy (Chuck's wife) to make some homemade pies. Of special interest is the juneberry pie, made from a native berry in the region grown on small trees. The berries are naturally mild and sweet, somewhat like blueberries. These pies are served to the guests at the event, who pay a small fee for admission.
In addition to pie, the lodge also gets popcorn for the kids and sells Western Fraternal Life t-shirts and mug glasses at a table manned by members.
No. 147 helps get the word out every year and provides the location. Locals can expect to see it advertised in their local papers.
Diane Schmidt remarked, “It is a fun, family-oriented event. People come from all around.”
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.