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Plum Fest hosts musicians' wedding

Greg Vandermeulen


International music sensation Rosemary Siemens has announced her wedding day, and literally everyone is invited.
After a public proposal during a concert in Buhler Hall earlier this year, Siemens said she and her fiance Eli Bennett decided they wanted to include anyone who would like to be there.
That’s why they are hosting their wedding in a public ceremony in Plum Coulee town square on Aug. 20, during Plum Fest.
“People from the community have been invested in my career and I’m sure a lot of them would love to be a part of that special day,” she said. “I feel a very special place in my heart for this community, so I wanted to share it with everyone.”
Plum Fest organizer June Letkeman said she couldn’t be happier about the decision. “She turned down three beautiful venues in Vancouver to have her wedding at Plum Coulee,” she said. “That just shows you how proud she is to be from Plum Coulee.”
Letkeman said they look forward to seeing so many friends of Rosemary and Eli coming in from across the world.
“I think it’s absolutely wonderful for Plum Coulee,” she said. “What an opportunity to showcase our town.”
Siemens and Bennett will be a part of many of the events.
They will join the crowd at the waffles and crackles breakfast, lead the parade as marshalls, and host a Rosemary/Eli & Friends Public Concert.
That will feature many of their musical friends including Mary Zilba (TV personality/TV Producer/Singer), Joey Niceforo (Canadian Tenors/Destino), Warren Dean Flandez (Juno-Nominated Gospel Singer), Amanda Wood (Singer/featured with David Foster), Grace & Orlando Sukkau, Jay Leonard, Sam Soichet (members of The Sweet Sound Revival), Victoria Gomon (Classical Pianist - performed at Carnegie Hall with Rosemary), and Eli Bennett (the groom and 35 time award winning jazz saxophonist.
Siemens said her friends are excited about the opportunity to visit Plum Coulee.
“They’ve all heard of Plum Coulee so much,” she said. “They’re very excited to experience the whole thing and we have some very interesting people coming.”
Siemens hope they experience what she loves about her home town.
“I want people from all over to feel the warmth of the community,” she said.
The wedding ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 with rollkuchen and watermelon to follow.