Plagman Barn Show Days are Underway!

September 19th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Motor Mill Fun Day Today!

September 13th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

buggy, bridge, motor
Saturday September 13
4 p.m.- 6 p.m.

Motor Mill co-founder James O. Crosby (aka David Beck of Elkader) will make a guest appearance at Motor Mill. Beck, who is well known for his performances with Elkader’s Opera House Players, will portray Crosby, giving a brief history of Motor Mill. Crosby was one of three partners who built the Mill and the nearby community in the late 1860s.

The open house also will include tours of the Mill and other buildings, where volunteers will answer questions and interpret the historic site. Join the scavenger hunt to locate unique features of the Motor townsite.

Hikers also may explore the Grau Memorial Savanna on the bluff north of the Mill. The Clayton County Conservation Board is working to re-establish prairie plants among scattered oaks that characterized the site when the Mill was built.

The activities will conclude with an ice cream social featuring soft-serve ice cream and bars. Free will donations are appreciated.

Family Time Comedy Night at the Elkader Opera House

September 4th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Elkader Opera House
Saturday, September 13th, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.
Preview Taylor Mason Video

Tickets: In Advance $18 Adults $8 Students;
At the door $20 Adults $10 Students
Discount Tickets: $4 student ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket in advance ($18)

To purchase Tickets or
Phone: (563) 873-2378
Purchase tickets at Moser’s Pharmacy (563-245-2530) in downtown

From Schera’s:Zwanze Day is Saturday, September 20th, 2014!

September 2nd, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Schera’s is delighted to host Zwanze Day 2014. Perhaps the most anticipated annual release in the world of beer, the Zwanze Day beer from Cantillon is only available on tap at 52 locations throughout the world on one day only. Brewer Jean van Roy at Cantillon, the premiere lambic brewery in the world, creates a unique beer for each Zwanze Day, and this year is no exception. Cuvee Florian, this year’s Zwanze, is a blend of three-year-old Iris Grand Cru with some Kriek to provide mellow fruitiness. It’s then cold-hopped with a handful of delicate Bramling Cross hops. The beer is named after Jean van Roy’s son Florian, who, upon his 18th birthday last May, received a keg of this beer as a birthday gift. Such are the perks of being a lambic maker’s son!

Read more about Cantillon on their website and facebook page.

Due to the nature of the event, and to ensure everyone has a great experience, a limited number of tickets will be made available. The rules for the event are outlined below.


1. Tickets are required for this event and must be purchased in advance. In the case that tickets do not sell out before the event, they may be offered at the door on the day of the event. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10:30am.

2. Tickets may be purchased in person at Schera’s or over the phone at 563-245-1992 with a credit card. Customers will be charged for the tickets at the time of the sale. No refunds will be given; however, tickets are transferable. Please contact the restaurant for more details about transferring tickets.

3. Customers will receive their tickets at the door on the day of the event. A valid driver’s license may be requested. One set of tickets per person. Ticket sets may not be shared among 2 or more people.

4. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age. We reserve the right to request ID before and during the event. Any tickets purchased by or for people under the age of 21 will be forfeit without a refund.

5. The ticket pack consists of 6 tickets: 1 blue ticket for 6oz Cantillon Zwanze pour, 1 red ticket for 4oz Cantillon Mamouche pour, 1 yellow ticket for 4oz Cantillon Gueze pour, 1 green ticket for 4 oz Cantillon St. Gilloise pour, 1 orange ticket for 4oz 4yr-old Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza pour, 1 white ticket for a machoui (slow-roasted Algerian lamb) sandwich and sides (which will include vegetarian options).

6. Ticket packs are $60 per person (with 7% tax, $64.20), and includes a commemorative Schera’s/Zwanze day glass to take home with you.

7. Zwanze Day will take place from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, September 20th, 2014. Because of the ticketing process, every person with a ticket is guaranteed a pour of that beer. Therefore, people can start the event at any point throughout the time period and proceed at their own pace. However, all tickets must be redeemed by the event’s close at 5pm to guarantee a pour.

8. If at the end of the event any of the ticketed beers remain, additional 6oz. pours will be sold for $8 each.

9. Other beer draws will be available during the event for regular price. Refer to the current beer list for selection options. The kitchen will be closed for the duration of the event.

10. During the event, Schera’s will be closed to the general public. After the event, Schera’s will open for limited dinner service at 6pm for reservations only. If you would like to stay for dinner, please make a reservation before the event.

11. A very limited amount of Cantillon bottles will be available for take-out sales during the event. Due to limited availability, we will restrict sales to three (3) bottles per person.

12. T-shirts will be available on the day of the event for $20.

13. Designated drivers are welcome to join. Admission is $15 ($16.05 with 7% sales tax) and includes a white ticket for a machoui (slow-roasted Algerian lamb) sandwich, sides (which will include vegetarian options), and non-alcoholic beverage. We request that designated driver tickets be purchased with regular Zwanze tickets.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or via phone 563-245-1992.

Preview the Volga City Truck Cruise Here

August 25th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Elkader Cinema has a new Rolling Calendar

August 25th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Delaware County Fair has Arch Allies

August 25th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Arch Allies at the Delaware County Fair
Labor Day Weekend:
Sunday, August 31, 2014
7:00 p.m.
* Camping Available *
Tickets on Sale NOW

Time for the Best Truck Event in Iowa

August 25th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Annual Volga City Truck Cruise
August 29 – August 31, 2014
Volga City, Iowa

Did you know this truck event is all to benefit the restoration of the Volga City Opera House?

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Food & Music in the park
Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
T-shirts, raffle tickets and novelty items will be available.
Enjoy music played from TSR downtown at the city park in Volga. This is a great opportunity to meet other truck enthusiasts and prepare for the big weekend.

Annual Volga City Truck Cruise
Food, non-alcoholic drinks, raffles, t-shirts, novelty items, etc. available all day!
8:00 am – 10:00 am | Truck Cruise Sign-in!
First 250 trucks to park receive FREE grab bags
Kid’s activities available, and TSR brings you kid’s face painting Saturday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Face painting is by donation to the Volga City Opera House restoration fund.
Competition sign-up
Music from TSR will be playing in the park
10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Volga City Truck Cruise
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Show Off Your Truck & Competition Sign-in
3:00 pm – dark | Burn-Out Competition, Diesel Smoke-Show Competition, and Tug-A-Truck***
At dark – fireworks
**Diesel Smoke-Show follows Burn-Out Competition
***Tug-A-Truck follows Diesel Smoke-Show

SUNDAY, August 31
Annual Volga City Truck Cruise
Food, non-alcoholic drinks, raffles, t-shirts, novelty items, etc. available all day!
10:00 am | Donut Competition, Figure 8 Competition*, Mud Bog**
* Figure 8 Competition immediately follows Donut Competition
** Mud Bog follows Figure 8 Competition
Events will go until completed
ALL spectators MUST be on the west side of the river…this is for your safety!

Prizes and activities:

Grab bags:

First 250 trucks receive a free grab bag!

Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase all weekend long. All proceeds go to benefit rebuilding the Volga City Opera House and surrounding community. This is an alcohol free event.


Adult raffle – one chance $5 or 3 for $10

Childrens raffle – one chance $5 or 3 for $10

Raffle winners will be announced every 30 minutes, starting Saturday morning!

Harmonious Wail

August 22nd, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Elkader Opera House, Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.

Harmonious Wail Website

Tickets: Adults $20 / Children $10 at the door
$2 discount for advance sales
VIP Tickets: Add $7 and get 2 drinks,snacks & purchase CD at half price!
To purchase Tickets or
Phone: (563) 873-2378
Purchase tickets at Moser’s Pharmacy (563-245-2530) in downtown

Rhythm on the River Tonight 8/22

August 22nd, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen

Main St. Elkader’s, Rhythm on the River Concert Series is tonight, Friday 8/22 starring, “The River’s Voice” 5:30 pm at Founder’s Park!
Bring a Lawn Chair, Something to Drink and Eat!

Central Booster Golf Tournament

August 12th, 2014 | By Joleen Jansen