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Cabaret on Ladies Day Out

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Elkader Opera House
March 14,2015 Time – 5:30pm
Song & Dance
Free Admission


A mix of cutting-edge, funny, and touching musical numbers are headed to the Opera House stage this March in their “Music & Comedy Cabaret.” Six performers will be taking the stage to provide an hour of music and entertainment. But it’s not just any typical variety show.

“We like to keep things fresh and exciting, so we really keep that in mind when choosing the songs. Some of these performances are going to be absolutely hilarious while other songs you can just sit back and listen to the beautiful melodies. And there’s a little bit of dance in there too!” says organizer and Opera House Players member Cheri Moser.

Performers include four young and talented veteran Opera House Players: Kristy Fleming (Dyersville), Eric Layden (Des Moines), Jonathon Moser (McGregor), and Chelsy Suddendorf (LaCrosse). The troupe is also welcoming two students who are currently attending Minnesota State University to get their MFA in musical theater: Erin Horst and Adam Yankowy. Yankowy was recently an Irene Ryan Finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He also went on to win Best Musical Theatre Actor. At the same festival, Horst was awarded Best Partner. The two were also part of a quartet that was selected to perform at the National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in April. But first, they are both excited to be come to Elkader and join the cast for the Cabaret.

“The Opera House is such a beautiful place, why would anyone say “no” to performing on that stage? Plus, the songs we are performing are all really fun to sing. We can’t wait to see the audience reaction,” says Horst.

The Opera House Players say they offer this FREE performance as a gift to their patrons. And while it’s part of the city’s “Ladies Day Out” festivities, Moser says this show is for everyone.

“It’s very man, woman, and family friendly. ” says Moser.

You can catch the performance at the Opera House on Saturday, March 14th at 5:30pm.
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Elkader’s 23rd St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Elkader's St. Patrick's Day Celebration Elkader’s 23rd St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration!

Tuesday, March 17th 5:15 pm

Car-free Family Zone designated in front of the Elkader Opera House

After the Parade, join the party at Johnson’s Reception Hall
Featuring: Music by Fr. Paul Peters, Sing Along, Dancing
Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner

Children’s Activities before the parade at the Elkader Public Library – 4pm

  • Coloring Contest – 3 age groups
  • Most Freckles Contest  - 10 & under
  • Reddest Hair Contest – 10 & under

Limerick Writing|Irish Stories|Irish Dance Lessons| Face painting by Lori Keppler

Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Editor’s Note: This story is provide compliments of Pam Renig, Editor of the Clayton County Register
Where can you hear the best loved songs of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash?  At the Elkader Opera House on February 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. when Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins  weave the lives of the four most famous country music stars into a show that invites the audience into the private lives of these stars, showcases their hits with top quality musical skill, and helps to bring back memories in an exciting and new way.

Tom emphasizes that they don’t set out to “impersonate” these legends.  Although many of their arrangements stick pretty close to the original music, others are very much their own take on the songs. “I believe that great songs can lend themselves to a wide variety of interpretations,” Tom explains,  “Whether sticking to the originals or putting our own spin on them, we try to capture the essence and spirit of every song.”

Tom recollects on the duet’s love of these particular legends and their desire to share their music.  Ever since he started playing guitar as a teenager, Tom has played the music of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.  “As my knowledge of guitar and music in general increased, Hank’s importance and genius became clear,” he expounds, “and like a lot of musicians, I took the time to go back to the original source material. According to Tom, it’s nearly impossible to be a guitar player and not to know and love Johnny Cash’s music.

Jami grew up idolizing Patsy Cline and reminisces about being a pre-teen and singing along with Patsy Cline records at the top of her voice, using a hair brush for a microphone. Both Tom and Jami knew a little less about the scope of Loretta Lynn’s career when they put this show together.  However, they wanted to add another female who has made  a huge impact on country music, and Loretta was among the top artists. Jami is an excellent guitarist, but she is also plays a mean banjo, and it’s something they wanted to feature in Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks. Loretta’s material lends itself to the banjo more than other great classic singers.

Tom and Jami have similar musical backgrounds.  Both of them started playing guitar at the age of 14 and both were primarily self-taught.  “I know a little bit about a lot of different styles of music,” Tom claims, listing them of as bluegrass, swing, folk, jazz, rock, Irish, and world music.   He did acquire some formal musical training, starting with piano lessons when he was in grade school. During college, he took some basic music courses for a couple of years. He later studied for two years with a great jazz player and teacher, Roy Plumb, in Madison, WI.

Tom has been performing for 43 years, 35 of which he has performed as a full-time professional.  He was a member of a Gypsy swing band for 10 years during which he not only performed all across the United States, but he also toured in Taiwan.

As for Jami’s musical background, she started playing in her family’s bluegrass band as a teenager. She played bass then started picking up other instruments, including banjo and mandolin.  Based out of their home in Las Vegas, the Lampkins Family Band performed all over the western and southern United States.  She moved to Nashville where she tested the career waters and became a finalist in USA Network’s “Nashville Star” competition. She also lent her talents to several Nashville bands and found a friend and mentor in the great country artist Gail Davies. With Ms. Davies’ help, Jami was able to realize a lifelong ambition to perform on the Grand Ole Opry Stage.

With both performers residing in Wisconsin, Jami sought out Tom as a guitar teacher early in 2009. “I remember being struck by her abilities,” Tom recalls. When his band had an opening for a singer later that year, Jami was the only person he called.  “We didn’t have an audition,” he admits, “I already knew what a hot picker she was.”

This is the third year that Tom and Jami have taken “Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks” on the road.  “I have been gratified and somewhat amazed by the enthusiastic response we’ve gotten,” Tom admits, “This music truly is universal, a part of the fabric of American life, and it’s so wonderful to be able to share it with music lovers everywhere.”

There are five musicians in the show who all have to be on the same schedule for arrivals, departures, meals, and sound checks.  Tom cites such logistics as being challenging at times.  However, he’s quick to recognize the rewards of touring.  “The people we meet on the road are, almost without fail, as friendly, welcoming and helpful as one could possibly imagine.”  He also loves going to new towns and cities and seeing parts of the country he’s never seen before. Performing on the road affords them the opportunity to do just that.  Tom often wishes they had even more time in the places where they perform.

Tickets are $18 in advance & $20 at the door, and can be purchased at, or at Moser Pharmacy, Elkader, or by calling 563-873-2378. Tickets can also be purchased online with credit card on with PayPal.

Schera’s – A Classic English Beer Dinner

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

A letter from Brian Bruening – owner of Schera’s
A Traditional English Christmas…
paired with traditional English beer!

To those in the know, some of our most cherished Christmas traditions come from England. So what better way to celebrate the holiday season than with an English Christmas dinner paired with some great English beer! The event will take place on Monday, December 22 starting at 6pm. Check out our five course menu:

First: Mince Pies, Clotted Cream paired with Adnams Broadside Ale
Second: Salmon Mousse on Melba Toast with Adnams Explorer East Coast Blonde
Third: English Cheddar, Dressed Salad with Timothy Taylor Landlord
Fourth: Cornish Game Hen, Roast Brussels Sprouts, Roast Parsnips, Crispy Potatoes with Adnams Southwold Bitter
Fifth: Plum Pudding, Hard Sauce with Adnams Tally Ho Barleywine

Plus everyone will receive a traditional English Christmas cracker to mark the occasion. Tickets are $36 per person, including tax and tip. Spaces are limited, so make your reservation today by replying to this email or calling 563-245-1992!


Brian Bruening
Schera’s Algerian-American Restaurant

P.S. There will be bottles of all the beers at the event available for sale at the event. They are great last minute Christmas gifts for the beer lovers on your list!

P.P.S. New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. Details will be posted on Schera’s webpage and Facebook page next week.

Elkader Retail Open House

Monday, November 24th, 2014

All season long enjoy Shopping! Dining! Entertainment! and Register to Win Chamber Bucks!

Elkader Retail Open House Saturday, November 29th
1pm Clip Clop Wagon Rides
1pm – 3pm Santa will be in his cottage
Dining and Shopping Specials all day
Live Music
Register to win Chamber Bucks at participating businesses
Christmas Story Hour and Santa’s Workshop
Saturday November 29th 10 am
Elkader Public Library
Lori Line 25th Anniversary Christmas Special
Elkader Opera House
Monday, December 1st at 7:30 pm
Ticket Info
A Classic Christmas Fantasy
Sunday, December 14th at 2pm
Elkader Opera House
Admission is Free

Holiday Craft and Vendor Sale

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Holiday Craft and Vendor Sale
Saturday, November 22 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Johnson’s Reception Hall, Elkader
Featuring the following vendors and more:
It Works!
Mary Kay
Pink Zebra
Worked Up
Vault Denim
Origami Owl
Ditzy Design
Jamberry Nails
Rodan & Fields
Pampered Chef
Thirty-One Gifts
Tastefully Simple
Paparazzi Jewelry
Real time Pain Relief
Young Living Essential Oils
Caribbean Sprinkles Jewelry
Quilting Crocheting and more
Celebrating Home/Home Interiors & MORE!

Carter House Museum Holiday Party and Open House

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Carter House Holiday Party & Open House
Coming Home for Christmas
Friday November 21st 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Enjoy Friends, Snacks, Wine and Live Music
Take a walk through time in our train decorated rooms donated by various Elkader families.

Open House Dates:
November 22 & 23 and 29 & 30
December 6&7 and 13&14
1pm – 4pm

Elkader Celebrates

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

FRIDAY, JUNE 27 5:30 P. M.
Founder’s Park

Join the Community Party and Celebrate
-Downtown Façade Project
-Dedication of Founders’ Park
-Whitewater Feature
5:30 p.m.— A capella music by Sticks ‘n Stones
6 p.m.— Program ceremony

Whitewater Feature Demonstration!

Main Street Elkader’s Rhythm on the River Concert Series will feature:

Beau Timmerman after the program in the Founder’s Park Band Shell

Bring a picnic or arrange for a take-out special from a local restaurant, and we’ll all party in the park!

**Sponsored by Main Street Elkader and City of Elkader

Schera’s News

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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.

Central Community High School presents:The Little Mermaid

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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.

St. Patrick’s Day in Elkader

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

St Patrick’s Day in Elkader Facebook Event Page