Caroline Smith’s story is a coming-of-age tale. Only hers was done publicly, through music. In the matter of a few years, she went from playing folk rock as Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, to Caroline Smith: soul-singer, chorus belter and feminist leader. Smith grew up in Detroit Lakes, her mom helping land her first show at a Minnesota summertime staple.
Tom Hanson started Zorbaz 45 years ago when he bought a failed candy shop on the north shore of Detroit Lake. “I was a school teacher, and nothing to do in the summer time, and because I learned how to drink beer and eat pizza in college, I thought I was qualified,” Hanson said.