Mary’s Meals Bake Sale – Donations Needed

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Laci Orr is hosting a bake sale for Mary’s Meals during Ladies Day Out in Elkader.
Event Details
Donation Request: Laci would love it if you could bring a dozen cookies or bars of any kind (or muffins, cupcakes, etc.). It would be helpful if you brought them in a sealed package of 6 or a dozen (on a plate in a bag, individual baggies, etc.). She will price them for you. You can bring them to St. Joseph’s Parish Hall kitchen, there will be a note on the counter for them. Please bring them anytime Friday, March 13th or Saturday, March 14th by 8am. If you have questions or want to make other arrangements, ask Laci Orr at 245-2403. Thanks in advance for your donation.

Cabaret on Ladies Day Out

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

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

Tuesday, March 17th 5:15 pm
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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

Introducing Where in Clayton County am I? is proud to announce a brand new contest!  In conjunction with Clayton County Development Group and KCTN Radio, beginning next Thursday, March 5th fans will have the chance to play “Where in Clayton County am I?” Clues to a unique Clayton County location or business will be posted here on  Contestants will have one chance to guess the location and submit their answer via the form displayed in the contest post. One winner will be radomly selected from the contestants who have submitted the correct answer. The winner will win a gift certificate or prize related to the correct location. Each Thursday the winner, the correct answer and a new set of clues will be announced here on

So get up everybody and make plans to play “Where in Clayton County am I?” brought to you by, Clayton County Development Group and KCTN radio!

News from Edgewood
Ed-Co Drill Team Dance Extravaganza is Feb. 28th at 7 p.m. At the Ed-Co High School Gym

Ed-Co Fine Arts Dessert Theater is Friday, March 6th at 7PM at the Ed-Co High School. Come enjoy a sweet treat and local talent.

Save a life and give blood! When? Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Ed-Co High School Gym from 1-6PM, call the school, 563-928-6412 for an appointment. Sponsored by the Ed-Co FBLA Chapter.

Ed-Co Kindergarten Round-Up is Thursday, April 2nd call the school at 563-856-2415 to sign up.

March 15th is the Hope Circle’s Brunch Trinity United Methodist Church, 8-Noon

March 25th 7AM Edgewood Community Room, Digital Marketing Workshop

March 28th come to the Edgewood Firemen’s Dance 8PM, Edgewood Locker Event Center, The Little Bar Band, playing great music, raffle and lots of dancing!

Ladies Day Out Elkader, 2015

Ladies Day Out Elkader 20152015 Ladies Day Out in Elkader —Treat Your Selfie!
Shop | Browse |Lunch| Cabaret & More


REGISTER anytime between 8:30 a.m. and noon at the Elkader Public Library – 130 North Main Street, Elkader.

Pick up a map and schedule of events.
The FIRST 275 ladies to register will also
receive a GIFT BAG and a COUPON BOOK!
See the in-store workshops, presentations, and demonstrations –
shop, browse, lunch and more!
in the coming weeks – for more information visit or contact
Sponsored by the Elkader Area Chamber of Commerce & Main Street Elkader

Music and Monarchs

Starmont elementary students display a monarch butterfly they captured and tagged in the school’s milkweed prairie as part of a Clayton County Conservation school education program. Photo by Brian Gibbs

Saturday May 9th, 2015
Founder’s Park, Elkader, IA
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Make plans to come celebrate with us on the banks of the Turkey River in Elkader, Iowa May 9th 2015. A free concert Saturday afternoon in Founders Park featuring: Opening Act:The Driftless Sister followed byThe Way Down Wanderers. Sponsored by the Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network. The event will draw attention to the habitat needs of the rapidly declining monarch butterfly population and what each of us can do to help this and other species by restoring critical habitat. Free milkweed plants, the host plant of the monarch, will be available.

Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks

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.