Volunteers needed for Clayton County Conservation Trail Survey

April 15th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Clayton County Trail Count

May 10-17

Volunteers Needed

The Clayton County Conservation Board is seeking volunteers to assist with conducting a trail usage count.  The plan is develop a list of volunteer who could work a two hour shift.  Hopefully we will have enough help for the majority of the volunteers to only work one shift.

The county wide trail user count will be conducted the week of Saturday May 10- Saturday May 17.  We will be conducting two days of trail counting over this week long period.  One count will be Saturday May 10 and weekday count will be Thursday May 15.  The times will be from 6 am to 8 pm on both days.

We are looking for volunteers from across the county and counts will be conducted in the Elkader area, Guttenberg area, Strawberry Point area, Monona area and McGregor/Marquette area.

This is part of the five-county regional effort to begin to gather trail usage numbers from throughout the region.  All trail counts in the five-county region will be conducted within this time frame.  A count will be conducted three times this year, in May, July and September.  We would like to do this every year or every other year to see usage and trends.

To volunteer please call the Osborne Center at 563-245-1516.  Or email Tim Engelhardt at tengelhardt@claytoncountyia.gov.  Please give a phone number and or email address what days you are available and an area count location that would be convenient for you.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Cupcake Tasting at Blooms

April 15th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

BloomsBlooms in Edgewood will be hosting a Cupcake tasting with Aunt Emmy’s Cupcakes on Tuesday, April 15 from 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm. Emily will be here with some of her cupcake flavors to taste, as well as some of her Easter Cookies! This will be a great time to discuss graduation cupcakes, too! Please pass the word along and hope to see you there!

Keystone Chorus Spring Dinner Show

April 11th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Saturday, April 12th
Doors Open at 6pm Showtime at 7pm
Johnson’s Reception Hall
Ticket Price $30 includes appetizers, salad, dinner and dessert
Tickets at the Door or Call Ron Soppe for tickets 563.380.5310

The Keystone Chorus are proud to welcome
Powerline as the Spring 2014 Guest Quartet

Schera’s News

April 8th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Abu Nawas Anniversary Beer Tasting on 4/12!

Once again our friends at Abu Nawas Beverage Company are celebrating their anniversary at Schera’s, and you’re invited. The tasting will be on Saturday, April 12 from Noon to 5pm. We will have 16 different beers on tap from breweries such as Evil Twin, Stillwater, Xbeeriment, Mikkeller, Jolly Pumpkin, Freigeist, La Trappe, and Perfect Crime. Final tap selections will be posted on our website by April 7. Admission is $25 per person and includes 2 ounce pours of the 16 beers plus light refreshments. Will-call tickets can be purchased in advance with a credit card by calling 563-245-1992. Otherwise, they can be purchased at the door on the day of the event. The restaurant will be closed for regular service during the tasting. Bottles of some of the featured beers will be available for carry-out sales. Don’t miss out on this awesome annual event!

Seven Deadly Sins…on May 3!

In the last few emails, I’ve hinted at a very special upcoming beer event.  The event will take place on Saturday May 3.  Schera’s will be one of only 16 locations in the United States participating in the US debut of the Sinners series from Amager Bryghus. The seven beers range in styles from pilsner to imperial IPA, and 5 more inbetween.  Read more about the individual beers at the importer’s website.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity because it won’t happen again!  More details about the event will be coming soon, but definitely save the date!

New menu, etc.

Spring is here and so is our new Spring Menu.  I’ve added several new tagines including Beef and Lamb Meatball Tagine to the menu and a new vegetarian entree: Panko-Crusted Fried Polenta with Spicy Tomato Sauce.  Check out all the new additions on our website.  The patio will open once temperatures stay in the 70s.  Finally, we will be closed Easter, April 20, so that our staff may enjoy the day with their families.

Webcam on the Turkey River at the Elkader Whitewater Park

April 8th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Click on this link to view the Turkey River at the Elkader Whitewater Park.

Elkader Whitewater Park WebCam

Love Thy Neighbor

March 30th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen
Love Thy Neighbor

Gafina and Leona

Last night,  I saw The Opera House Players presentation of Love Thy Neighbor. I am glad we were able to see it early in its run at the Elkader Opera House; because now I can quickly post a glowing review to convince  DishnTunes.com fans to take in the show.  In one sentence, The Opera House Players deliver a masterfully funny performance in, Love Thy Neighbor which should not be missed.

Joeann Tesar the Players’ resident dramatic dyanamo commands the stage with her physically funny performance as Leona Crump,the neighbor from hell, who tumbles, or really plunges from her commanding perch in her neighborhood empire. Watching Joeann’s artful performance of Leona Crump’s crumble is motivation enough to see this funny, funny show but I have to say the plot twists and the cast of supporting characters are what had me once again tickled by this troupe’s ability to deliver absurdity.

I love this script’s mix of wit and silliness. Veteran comedic actors, Jay Moser, Dan Beck, Clark Ott, Jon Banse and Donna Anderson are as always wonderful and spot on.  Newcomer, Niki Berns as the air brain, Judy is simply refreshing.  Janet Ott puts in a convincing business like performance, as Rose Bush the facilitating realtor. My friend, Kevin Lau is really funny as the  hungry, youthful, helpful but mooching neighbor.

But, the show stopping, knee slapping performance was delivered by my good friend, Peggy Lane.  My goodness, did she ever go all in and committ to her part.  Her colorful transformation into the hillbilly, Gafina Hambefferschmidt is an absolute riot.  The obnoxious Gafina is intolerable enough to get Cool Hand Luke to move to another nation much less the tighly wound Leona Crump. Peggy’s portrayal of Gafina is so entertaining you find yourself hoping for her to be in every scene.

The scenes between Tesar and the hill country family from Arkansas cause the audience to roar with laughter and are the ultimate reason to get your tickets ASAP. How lucky we are to have the opportunity to take in such high caliber entertainment in downtown Elkader, IA.  Show and Ticket Info

OHP Present: Love the Neigbor

March 26th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

March 28, 29, April 3, 4, 5, 2014 – 7:30pm
Matinee March 30, 2014 – 2:00pm

Opera House Players, Love Thy Neigbor
by Gary Ray Stapp
A Comedy about controlling your neighborhood
Adults $13, General Admission Balcony $11
Students $7
To purchase Tickets
operahouse@alpinecom.net or
Phone: (563) 873-2378
Purchase tickets at Moser’s Pharmacy (563-245-2530) in downtown

Show Synopsis:
Armed with a sharply judgemental attitude and a piar of binoculars, homeowner Leona Crump is consumed with anxiety over her new neighbors. Will they be California beatniks? Or paroled drug pushers? Or more frightening yet, perhaps someone with children?!

Her worst fears are realized when an odd-ball “hill folk” family moves in across the street. She quickly realizes that neither God, nor her favorite telephone psychic, has prepared her for the series of showdowns set to take place in her living room. Gafina Hambefferschmidt, an obnoxious, gum-chewing woman, together with her “Maw,” an old hillbetty crone; Gafina’s simple-minded, love-struck boyfriend, Turner; and her “trampy” sister Bambi, turn Leona’s neighborhood upside down. Threatened by the over-zealous friendliness of the women and “romanced” by the discgusting Turner, Leona vows to purge them from her cul-de-sac. But she has no support from her husband, the epitome of the couch potato, nor her other neighbor, Judy, who is as sweet as pie and about as bright.

Adding to Leona’s exasperation are her daily dealings with her refrigerator-raiding neighbor Paul, the local real estate saleswoman, the mailman, an Avon lady, a police officer, and a paper boy, alol, she is sure, who were only put on this earth to annoy her. Outnumbered, but refusing to be outmatches, Leona suits up in fatigues and resolves to “mop up” the new neighbors all on her own. Ultimately, it’s a flock of pink flamingos that drives her over the ends and lands her in the local jail. But in the end, will she be victorious and drive her new neighbors away? Maybe, maybe not — it all depends on her weedeater!

Central Community High School presents:The Little Mermaid

March 20th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Grab the kids in your life and don’t miss Central Community High School’s presentation of the Little Meramid. Friday, March 21st and Saturday, March 22nd at 7:30pm.

Fennellys’ Irish Pub St Patrick’s Day Plans

March 13th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Fennellys’ Irish Pub is celebrating St Pat’s day all day long starting at 11 am with specials on Corned Beef and Cabbage, Reubens, and Rachels. We also have Guinness, Harp, Magners cider, Smithwick’s, bangers and mash, Irish stew, shepherds pie, and Banoffe pie. And don’t forget the green beer, if you get the last glass from the keg you win an gift certificate!

Elkader’s St. Patrick’s Day Lineup

March 13th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Here is the Monday, March 17th,  Elkader St. Patrick’s Day Celebration lineup!

9:30 a.m.
Team Faith Matters will be hosting a bake-sale at Wilke’s in Elkader, Iowa on Monday, March 17, 2014 from approximately 9:30 a.m. to whenever. Money earned will go to Relay for Life in the fight against CANCER.

4:30 p.m.
The new Elkader City Flag will be introduced and hoisted at 4:30 pm, March 17th, before the parade starts. The ceremony will be in the park beside the Elkader Opera House.

4:00 p.m.
Elkader Public Library (all activities at the library begin at 4:00 pm.)

  • Lori Keppler of Lori Just Clowning Around will begin free face-painting. Lori Just Clowning Around is sponsored by Keppler Custom Hire LLC
  • Naturally Reddest Hair Contest : Adult category, age 11 and up
  • Naturally Reddest Hair Contest:Children 10 and under
  • Most freckles, children 10 and under
  • Coloring contest: three categories by grade level. Entries were to have been turned in by March 10th. Check at the library for more specific information.
  • Limerick Contest: Mrs. Bergan, a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Central Community School, has agreed to coordinate a Limerick-writing contest among her students. She will pick finalists and those children will be invited to the Elkader Library for the final judging.
  • Prizes will be passed out by Diane Finley and Joanne Keleher, widow and wife of founders Pat Finley and Pat Keleher.
  • All participants will be given an ice cream token from Burger Barn.
  • All winners are invited to ride on the Main Street Elkader float.

5:15 p. m. 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, no preregistration and no entry fee. Line up on North Main Street, in front of the Opera House.

Immediately following parade: Music, food, singing and dancing at Johnson’s. Entrance is free. Dinner of corned beef and cabbage and more is optional.

St. Patrick’s Day in Elkader on Facebook

St. Patrick’s Day in Elkader

March 13th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

St Patrick’s Day in Elkader Facebook Event Page