Thursday, November 15th will be the release party for Christmas By The Lake  Volume XII.

Christmas by the Lake-Volume XII has been completed and will be released on Thursday, November 15th at a CD Release event at the Greysolon Plaza Ballroom in Duluth from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Nearly 300 regional musicians share talents on annual Christmas by the Lake CD for youth in the performing arts.

Throughout the Christmas season, the CD will be available at area Super One Foods customer service counters, Gary Milk House, Korner Store in Hermantown, Big Daddy’s Burgers, Schmitt Music in the Miller Hill Mall, Benna Ford Roush in Superior, Engwall Florist & Gifts in Hermantown as well as other locations to be announced soon.

“Christmas by the Lake,” started 13 years ago when regional promoter and businessman Tracy Lundeen wanted to create a showcase of area talent doing holiday music and to donate the proceeds to charities. Over the years the project has benefitted the Boys and Girls Club, Northern Lights Foundation and is now the major fundraiser for the Lundeen family’s Bluebird Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that was founded five years ago to support regional high school aged youth in the performing arts with grants and scholarships. To date, nearly $30,000 has been awarded.

School groups including Hermantown, Denfeld, East and Northwestern High School all contributed to the CD as well as regional favorite professional musicians Laura Velvet and the Bookhouse Boys, Lake City Smokin’ Section and many others! This year’s 2-CD set also features a remake of the legendary Merv Griffin song “Christmas City” arranged and performed by Laura Velvet and the Bookhouse Boys and the winner of the Bentleyville song contest Tim Jacobson performing “Turn On the Lights.” Dane Schmidt, Kim Olson, and Will Caesar, three native Duluthians who have gone on to acclaim in the national recording industry, have also contributed music to this year’s CD.

You are invited to come and purchase some of the silent auction items. One of the MANY items up for bid will be TWO ULTIMATE PACKAGE New Year's by the Lake tickets courtesy of Lundeen Productions and TPNL!