A Night at the Cabaret

Elkader Opera House
March 5,2016 7pm
Song, Comedy & Dance

A free will donation benefiting the Elkader Opera House

“A Night at the Cabaret” One Night, Eight Performers, Endless Entertainment is headed to the Opera House stage this March. Featuring Adam Yankowy, Chelsy Suddendorf, Cheri Moser, Eric Layden, Erin Horst, Johnathan Moser and accompanied by Chris Hadley and Karen Suddendorf.

14th Annual Ladies Day Out in Elkader

14th AnnualLadies Day Out in Elkader
Saturday, March 12th
One Sweet Day!
Registration is FREE:
register anytime between 8:30 a.m. and Noon
First 275 individuals to register receive: a Gift Bag with goodies and a Coupon Book

Register at the Central State Bank Community Room
200 North Main Street

Shop! Browse! Lunch! & More!

Elkader shops and restaurants have planned
a day of fun for you.

View the Event Schedule

In-Store Workshops | Presentations | Demonstrations | Discounts

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, Elkader, Iowa

The 23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration will be March 17, 2016, Elkader, Iowa. Parade will begin at 5:15 pm on Main Street. Participants will line up on North Main Street between Peace United Church of Christ and City Hall. No preregistration nor fees are necessary.

The parade will be immediately followed by entertainment at Johnson’s Reception Hall, 916 High St. NE, and will include music by Father Paul Peters with sing-along and dancing.

Prior to the parade, children’s activities will be at Elkader Public Library, 130 N. Main Street, beginning at 4 pm. Details are still in the development phase.

Scheras: Brewer’s Dinner on Saturday, February 27, 2016

Lion Bridge Brewing copyCelebrate Lion Bridge Brewing Company’s 2nd Anniversary at Schera’s!

We met Lion Bridge Brewmaster Quinton McClain a year or two after we opened. At the time, he was in Colorado honing his skills at a brewery there. Fast forward several years, and Quinton opened Lion Bridge in Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village. Featuring a wide variety of beers, including saisons and barrel-aged brews, Lion Bridge has the distinction of winning two Gold Medals at the Great American Beer Fest last year, no small feat. And early 2016 marks their two year anniversary, and we are excited to celebrate with a Brewer’s Dinner on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

The evening features a six course menu, and 7 different Lion Bridge beers, several which will be released early at Schera’s. The menu:


First Course:
Peruvian Puffed Corn, Pretzels, Mustard Dip
Served with Herr of the Dog Kölsch

Second Course:
Mesclun Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Served with All That Jazz Hopped Saison

Third Course:
Rosemary, Red Grape and Olive Oil Polenta Cake
Served with Cabernet Saison

Fourth Course:
Spanish Style Lamb Meatballs
Served with 2nd Anniversary Biere de Garde

Fifth Course:
Beef Pot Roast braised in The Disaster at Meux,
Maple Glazed Carrots, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy
Served with the Disaster at Meux & 2nd Anniversary Disaster

Sixth Course:
Indian Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream
Served with Maple Disaster

And we are very honored to have Quinton, along with his lovely wife Ana, join us for the evening! The event is only $35 per person, plus tax and tip. Doors open at 5:30pm with the dinner beginning around 6pm. Spaces are limited and reservations are required and can be made by emailing or calling 563-245-1992 and leaving a message. Please include name, phone number, and number of people attending.

Don’t miss out on this highlight of the beer dinner season!

See you there!


Landowner Workshop Feb 20th

Are you a landowner who enjoys the beauty, wildlife, and natural features on your property? Farmers and other landowners with a special affection for their land and Iowa’s natural resources can protect those values for future generations with voluntary conservation options.

A free workshop will be held on Saturday, February 20 from 9 AM until noon at the Keystone Area Education Agency on Highway 56 at the west edge of Elkader, to help landowners learn about ways to protect their land into the future. Attorneys or other professionals who assist clients with estate planning, taxes, or easements also are invited.

The workshop is hosted by the Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network, a grassroots network of northeast Iowans working to promote environmental awareness and land stewardship.

Brian Fankhauser and Anita O’Gara of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and Suzan Erem, of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT), will be the speakers.

The INHF has worked with landowners since 1979, protecting more than 1,000 places using conservation easements, bequests, sales, bargain sales and donations of land. Landowners often turn first to INHF for free, confidential advice about conservation methods or partners that might best fit their goals. www.inhf.org

A conservation easement is unique to the specific wishes of the landowner and the property. The purpose of an easement is to prevent future land uses that might degrade the natural resources. A perpetual conservation easement ensures permanent protection for the land and may provide tax benefits to the landowner. Local landowners who have placed conservation easements on their property will also be present to answer questions.

SILT is a relatively new organization that seeks to preserve Iowa farmland to grow healthy food using sustainable, energy efficient practices that conserve and improve soil, water, and air quality. SILT easements prevent development but also require that future owners of the property use the land to produce food in a sustainable way. This restriction secures a regional food supply for Iowa, and assures that farmland will be affordable for future Iowa food farmers. www.silt.org

Pre-registration for the Feb. 20 workshop is appreciated, but not required. For more information, call (563) 245-1517.

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Go Solar! Workshop

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What: Go Solar! Workshop
Thursday Feb 25 @12:15pm
Where: Keystone AEA, Elkader, IA

Calling Clayton County farmers, business owners and homeowners interested in going solar – now is your chance to learn what you need to know, in one afternoon, and start your project!

The Winneshiek Energy District and Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities, together with newly formed Clayton County Energy District, are hosting a Go Solar! Workshop on February 25th, beginning at 12:15pm at the Keystone AEA, Elkader. Registration is free but required, please register today, because space may be limited, or contact Clayton County Energy District at (563)933-4062.

The workshop is designed as a “one-stop-shop” for those considering solar PV for electricity production at their farm, home, or business. The agenda includes a presentation covering the technical and financial basics, plus a solar owner panel discussion and comments from utilities. The Go Solar! Workshop will also feature a vendor expo with many local solar contractors, and an optional tour of a farm or home solar system. Specific details can be found at EnergyDistrict.org.

Why go solar? According to Winneshiek Energy District Director Andy Johnson, “Now is just a great time to consider solar, as prices have dramatically dropped in recent years and tax incentives are still available. When economics and stewardship come together, it makes for a powerful combination. Local ownership of solar is both great for your pocketbook and a great investment in a stable climate for our kids and grandkids.”

“Our new solar panel installation project has proven to be the right thing to do! First we reduced our electric demand by installing LED lighting and a more efficient hot water heater. Next, we sized our project based on the reduced demand. Our solar panels have lowered our electric bills by over 50% and with the tax incentives we should realize a 10 year return on investment. This is good for our pocket book and more importantly good for the planet,” says Joleen Jansen a member of the Clayton County Energy District Board.

Jansen SolarBusiness owners, home owners and agriculture producers are welcome to attend the Go Solar! Workshop, as the information will be relevant for everyone. The expo and site visits will be valuable to everyone. Special opportunities for specific types of customers and situations, such as depreciation for farm and business, will also be covered.

In fact the Energy District would like to extend a special invitation to local agricultural producers. Solar PV is a good fit for many farms, and the Energy District is currently offering comprehensive farm energy analysis and planning services that include both energy efficiency and renewable energy. These will be explained briefly at the workshop, and farmers can learn more at EnergyDistrict.org/programs/farm-energy-planning.

Energy District workshops are supported in part by the Iowa Energy Center and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Central Carnival Raffle

IMG_20160128_181508928Tickets for the Music & Fine Arts Booster’s Carnival raffle will go on sale next week. Be sure to purchase your tickets for a chance to win this beautiful Music & Fine Arts quilt, by Tracy Nemecheck along with many other super prizes! To purchase raffle tickets see your your favorite Central Music & Fine Arts student. Carnival 2016 is set for February 13th at Central Community School.

Schera’s All Mead Dinner is Thursday 1/28

honey beeSchera’s American Algerian Restaurant, Elkader, IA
Thursday, Jan 28,2015

A wonderful night to learn about mead, also known as honey wine.

Though one of the first fermented beverages known to humanity, mead has been regulated to obscurity in the last few hundred years outside of Renaissance Faires and Merry Olde England. But, with the rise of the craft beer and homebrewing cultures, mead has reappeared as something new and exciting on the alcoholic beverage scene, especially since mead is naturally gluten-free.

The upcoming All Mead dinner is an excellent opportunity to learn about and try a wide variety of meads from some really exciting meaderies. Though made from honey, meads run the gambit from dry to sweet, and go well with food. Check out the full mead selection, as well as food pairings here.

The meal is only $40 per person, which includes tax and tip!
Space is limited so please call (563-245-1992) or email  today to reserve your spot!

I look forward to seeing you there!


P.S. Check out the full list of beer dinners and menus at scheras.com.

P.P.S. Our Valentine’s Day Weekend menu will be posted shortly.

Walking Tacos by Central Dollars for Scholars

Picture1Tuesday, January 26 The Central Community Dollars for Scholars Chapter will be selling walking taco’s during the quad-header basketball games against West Central, in Elkader. Sales will begin at 3:45 p.m and run throughout the evening and will be conducted in the foyer near the concession stand.