Sebastian Pahl to play at Art Pahl Fest

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Preston Moerman of Sioux Center plays a number at the Art Pahl Accordion Fest in 2016, while Sebastian Pahl, background left, awaits his turn. Sebastian, the nephew of the late Art Pahl, plans to open up the fest this year with some of his late uncle's favorites. (Photo contributed)

Sebastian Pahl will return to play at his late uncle's special accordion jam session, the Art Pahl Accordion Fest on Sunday, April 23. The 15th annual event will be in "Old Central" Gym of the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars from 2 p.m. to approximately 4 p.m.

A free will offering will be accepted at the door.

Pahl, a resident of Jamestown, N.D., will open the fest with a few of his uncle's favorite numbers.

Other guest accordion players will present some group favorites before going into individual offerings. Accordion player Burt Heithold of South Sioux City, NE, will serve as emcee.

Those who have registered to date, in addition to Pahl and Heithold, are: the Rev. Peter Boe of Sioux City, formerly of Plymouth County; Carla Drost of Sheldon; Marvin Luinenburg of Worthington, Minnesota.; Preston Moerman of Sioux Center; Jorgen Nielsen of South Sioux City, NE; Eugene Potter of Sioux City; and Martin Schreiner of Maurice. More players are expected to walk onto the "Old Central" Gym stage.

Bill and Janice Renken of Brunsville, longtime friends of the late Art Pahl, will be in charge of a display of Art Pahl Memorabilia. The Renkens and friends also will offer lunch in the Gym lobby.

Bill Renken, a member of the Plymouth County Historical Museum's Board of Directors, will open the afternoon with a welcome and prayer.

Several members of the late Art Pahl's family are expected to attend. Mr. Pahl requested the accordion jam in the spring of 2003 when he was dying of cancer. Nearly 500 people attended and heard Pahl play at the first Art Pahl Accordion Fest. He died shortly after the jam.

Art Pahl was known for his service of music at care centers, Oktoberfest, the Museum, church events, and other special celebrations.

All five floors of the Museum will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. April 23. No admission is charged, but a freewill offering is welcome.