South Dakota Public TV presents Festival 2000

South Dakota Public TV presents Festival 2000 Soaring South Dakota. Bobby Burgess live. The Duttons live. These programs and more are in store for SDPTV's Festival 2000 membership drive March 4-19.

A splendid new SDPTV production, Soaring South Dakota, premieres on Sunday, March 5, at 7 p.m. This one-hour aerial spectacular shows us the state and the seasons from a bird's eye view. Encores are set for 9 p.m. Monday, March 6 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11.

On March 11, Lawrence Welk dancing star Bobby Burgess reunites with his very first Welk family partner, Barbara Boylan, to appear live in SDPTV's studio for a night of Lawrence Welk Show nostalgia and dancing. The two-and-a-half hour show airs at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11. For those who miss the fun, an encore is set for Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m.

Toes will be tapping on March 9 when The Duttons arrive. Several members of this wildly popular Branson family will be in South Dakota in person to promote SDPTV and their concert program The Duttons. The Duttons airs at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9. They bring a mix of country, bluegrass and classical � wholesome family fare with a kick. An encore is planned at 7 p.m. Friday, March 17.

Festival 2000 starts out with a quilting bee of programs at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. The two-hour quilt special features the premiere of SDPTV's production of Dakota Patchwork, filmed last summer in Pierre; The Women Who Taught Us to Sew, a look at the history of quilting with expert Eleanor Burns; and excepts from Prairie Quilts, featuring North Dakota quilters.

Take a peek behind the scenes of the popular Antiques Roadshow and learn about the kinds of collectibles you might find in the Midwest when the Antiques Roadshow Special Edition airs at 7 p.m. Monday, March 6. During live pledge breaks, South Dakota experts will help expand your knowledge.

Your mouth will be watering at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, when Schmeckfest airs. Some tasty North and South Dakota dishes will be featured. The Germans from Russia, a compelling documentary of an ethnic group that settled in this area, follows.

In a new concert performance, Irish tenor Frank Patterson salutes America. Frank Patterson: God Bless America! airs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, as part of SDPTV's Festival 2000 pledge drive. Encores air at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Patterson was a big hit with South Dakota audiences last year with another special, Songs of Inspiration, when he made a live appearance for SDPTV in August and presented a sell-out concert in Brookings later in the year.

Red Green is back with the hapless handymen of Possum Lake. Red Green Live '00 (uh oh!) airs straight from the infamous Possum Lodge (145 beer stores north of Toronto) at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4; with an encore following at 10 p.m. March 4. This year's special features a battle to the end of the evening between South Dakota and North Dakota.

South Dakota is filled with fascinating people and interesting places. Viewers get a chance to meet some of them in Dakota Life, SDPTV's monthly TV magazine that travels the state for the stories that make our state unique. The Best of Dakota Life features five of the best segments from this season, including historical steel homes, fly fishing, the Black Hills Passion Play, a haunted house and a falconer. The show airs at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

The legendary Four Tops take a journey into nostalgia as The Four Tops in Concert airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. Golden oldies like Baby I Need Your Lovin', Shake Me, Wake Me, Walk Away Renee, Reach Out, Can't Help Myself, and more are on the play list.

Viewers will have a chance to explore the life of one of America's most remarkable first ladies in Jackie: Behind the Myth at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12.

A memorable history lesson is coming with a marathon of Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery beginning at noon Sunday, March 19. The Ken Burns documentary offers an extraordinary glimpse into the wilderness that was.

Don't forget the laughs. Two special British comedies specials are in store, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11; and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 19.

Keep your set tuned to SDPTV throughout Festival, March 4-19, for even more highlights like:

* State AA Boys Basketball Finals, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

* Paul Anka: Night of a Lifetime, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9; 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14.

* Doo Wop 50 (8 p.m. Sunday, March 5; 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 8; 9 p.m. Tuesday March 14).

* The Irish Tenors: Live in Belfast, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 12.

* Williams & Ree: The Movie, 10 p.m. Monday, March 6.

* Don Mclean: Starry, Starry Night, 7 p.m. Friday, March 10.

* Dave Matthews Band, 10 p.m. Saturday, March 11.

For information about South Dakota Public Broadcasting programs, call 1-800-456-0766 or visit the SDPB Web site (

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