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brothers were always getting into trouble in their neighborhood. The
people in the neighborhood started complaining to the parents about the
boys. So the boys parents decided to have their priest talk to the
boys. The priest asks to speak to the boys alone, requesting to see the
youngest first. The young boy comes in and sits at a large table across
the room from the priest.
The priest looks at the boy, points at him and, trying to emphasize
that God is in everyone, asks, "Where is God?" The boy looks around the
room and back at the priest and says nothing. Again, the priest points
at the boy and in a louder voice asks, "Where is God?" The boy says
nothing. The priest walks around the table, pointing inches from the
boy’s face and asks again, "Where is God?"
The boy jumps out of his chair and runs out the door. The boy runs
right home, grabs his older brother and says to him, "We are in BIG
trouble!" His brother replies, "We haven't done anything!" The younger
brother replies, "God's missing, and they think we did it!"
The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors made 2 visits in December.
Cork ‘n’ Bottle
The Ambassadors first visit was to Cork ‘n’ Bottle to meet new owner
Rick Brunsmann. Rick, who recently purchased the business from Roger
& Frieda McDowell, told the Ambassadors that, after more then 30
years in the food preparation and service business, he decided it was
time for a change. Brunsmann, with McDowell’s help, shared the ins and
outs of the liquor business and we found it interesting to hear that
all Iowa liquor comes through the state liquor warehouse in Ankeny,
Iowa and that the local best sellers are Captain Morgan Rum and Black
Velvet Whiskey. A few of us were surprised to learn that the Cork ‘n’
Bottle will handle special orders for cases, or even bottles, of
unusual liquor products upon request.
Las Flores Mexican Restaurant
The second visit was to Las Flores Mexican Restaurant to meet and greet
new manager Laura Villagrana. Laura, who also manages the Oelwein
restaurant, brings some valuable experience to the position and told
the Ambassadors her goals are “good service with good food”. She
shared the challenge of getting high quality food out to the customer
in a short time and how she has brought in experienced cooks as that
will help provide quick service. She also stressed how it will help
if, when pressed for time, customers would call ahead or order the
simpler meals. We were surprised to find that shrimp was one of those
items that takes the longest time to prepare. Villagrana also told us
that she liked to have feedback from her customers and told us she
welcomes all comments.
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Dr. Craig Thompson with Baby #1 and #1000
Craig Thompson recently delivered the 1000th baby of his career, Eden
Wulfekuhle, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester. What is
even more fun is that the first delivery he assisted with in 1975 was
local Manchester resident, Jeremy DeMoss. Dr. Thompson was able
to get together with both Jeremy and Eden (and Eden’s mom, Brittany
Wulfekuhle) to socialize and reminisce this past week.
Hats off to Dr. Thompson, someone who has been here for families in our
communities for over 35 years and holds a special place in many hearts. Rhubarb Festival
Annual Rhubarb Fest
Saturday, June 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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Face Painting & Balloons! Face Painting & Balloons! See more detailshere.
Edgewood Rodeo Days June 26 - 29, 2014
See more detailshere. Delaware County Fair July 13 - 18, 2015
Area Attractions, Fairs & Festivals Grant Wood Festival
Wood was born on a farm near Anamosa on February 13, 1891. He displayed
early evidence of his artistic ability and upon graduation from Grant
High School in Cedar Rapids, enrolled at the Handicraft Guild in
Minneapolis. His subsequently taught school, attended night classes at
the Art Institute of Chicago, served in the Army, and later was
appointed an art instructor at the University of Iowa.
the 1920s, he traveled to Europe several times. On his last journey,
his contact with Flemish and German primitive art forms resulted in his
decision to return to the Midwest, settle in Iowa, and paint scenes he
knew best in the style for which he would become famous.
Grant Wood died on February 12, 1942 and is buried at Riverside
Cemetery in Anamosa.
annual Grant Wood Art Festival honors the heritage of Grant Wood and
the legacy of the early Irish immigrants who settled in Stone City.
Attracted to the natural beauty of the terrain, Grant Wood chose this
area for his art colony during the summers of 1932-33. The aim of
the original art colony, as outlined in the school’s brochure, was “…to
join in working together toward the development of an indigenous
expression. To this end we do not strive for any particular
formula or technique. We rather seek for a stimulating exchange
of ideas, a cooperation of a variety of points of view.”
journey back in time to view architectural landmarks of the mid 19th
century is promised to those who visit the area. The legend is
that early immigrants came to Stone City in the 1800s and carved a
legacy of stone in the bluffs of the Wapsipinicon River Valley. See more detailshere. Great Jones County Fair July 22-26, 2015
by the Iowa legislature in 1993, for great family fun at the annual
Pumpkinfest and Weigh-off! The event is scheduled for the 1st
Saturday of October with events scheduled throughout the day including
the Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off, Pumpkinfest Parade, pumpkin
carving exhibits, food and craft booths, pumpkin recipe contest, games
and much more!
The Iowa record for a big pumpkin was broken
several years in a row in the pumpkin capital of Iowa, Anamosa.
In 2007, Anamosa received national recognition by weighing in the
second largest pumpkin in the world at 1662 pounds from Don Young of
Des Moines, IA.
Downtown Main Street in Anamosa will be closed
to showcase Food and Craft Vendors. Pumpkinfest activities include
Pumpkin Carving Exhibitions, Pumpkin Recipe Contest, Kids Games and
Rides, Parade, Scarecrow Contest, Golf Tournament, Bowling Tournament,
Hay Bail Toss, Live Music and 5K Run. The annual Chili Cook-Off
benefits the free medical clinic. See more detailshere.
National Farm Toy Museum
amongst the patch worked fields of green and gold, the National Farm
Toy Museum, has been home to thousands of farm toys and collectibles
since 1986. The idea of a farm toy museum came from the growing
awareness of the farm toy hobby through passionate and enthusiastic
collectors, and the demand for additional space to house the National
Farm Toy Show. Taking note of these two elements Dave Bell, then of the
ERTL Company, and Claire Scheibe, founder and past president of the Toy
Farmer Ltd. met with the Dyersville Industries, Inc. (DII) Board of
Directors to propose the National Farm Toy Museum.
expected, the DII Board did not immediately accept the idea of building
a museum. One major concern the Directors focused on was the expense to
construct the facility. To help defray the costs a fund raising
campaign was put together that included introducing and selling a
series of collector tractors. The first series was a line of vintage
Cockshutt tractors. The series consisted of a three-tractor set that
was produced from 1986 thru 1990. Those who purchased the first set are
still acknowledged in the museum today. The result of the fund raising
campaign and the sales of the Cockshutt series tractor sales was the
National Farm Toy Museum. Every year the National Farm Toy Museum
selects an exclusive collector's series tractor to produce for the
benefit of the Museum. See more detailshere. Ghost Players at the Field of Dreams Movie
see the world famous Ghost Players on Sundays, July 6 & 20 August
3, 17, 31 at the Field of Dreams Movie Site. The ghosts will appear at
1 pm and perform their "Greatest Show on Dirt." Come play some
ball and have some fun! Free admission. See more detailshere. Basilica of St. Francis Xavier
Basilica of St. Francis Xavier is the Catholic parish for the residents
of Dyersville, Iowa. It is one of 70 basilicas in the United States.
The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The church was named
in honor of the missionary Saint Francis Xavier.
features Gothic architecture. This includes columns and vaulted
ceilings. The church has a seating capacity of about 1200 people. There
are about 5000 people total in the parish. It has 64 large
stained glass windows. There are two notable windows in the
church. See more detailshere.
Elkader Opera House
beautifully renovated 1903 Elkader Opera House is nestled in the scenic
Turkey River valley in Elkader, Iowa. In addition to being on the
National Register of Historic Places, the Opera House is best known as
Northeast Iowa’s entertainment leader. With its rich cultural heritage
the Elkader Opera House provides a charming and unique setting for any
event. See more detailshere.
Clayton County Fair
an Iowa Great Place, The Turkey River Corridor is unique in its
geographic size and potential. It truly is a regional great place. The
communities of Clermont, Elgin and Elkader in Fayette and Clayton
Counties are linked by the special, scenic beauty of the Turkey River
corridor. Visitors relish in the abundance of wooded hills and rich
rolling plains, streams and rivers, diverse wildlife and recreational
opportunities. The corridor communities are linked in a common mission
to develop and enhance the existing natural resource base of the Turkey
River Corridor through the creation of land and water trails
infrastructure. See more detailshere.
Acres Agribition Center is located off Highway 20 Exit 252, in
Independence, Iowa. Dedicated to exhibiting the past, present and
future of agriculture in the National Heritage Area, Heartland Acres
has something fun and educational for people of all ages. Heartland
Acres has seasonal livestock, new and antique farm equipment, a classic
car museum, events center and a one-room schoolhouse. See more detailshere.
your senses with outstanding BBQ, slow cooked for hours over hardwood
smoke. New vendors for 2014 will bring a delicious new flavor to the
menu selection. Food and standard beverages are available by purchasing
tickets at the event.
Our Craft Brew Zone features over 50 craft
brews and is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Passes for the Craft Brew Zone
are available in advance or at the gate.
Bring your lawn chair, music starts at 2:00 and lasts until 9:00 p.m.
See more details here.
Center for the Performing Arts
in the Fall of 2003. The construction of the center was part of a
project which included a wellness center and other festures. The
williams center for the arts includes a state-of-the-art auditorium, a
multi-funtional, sound/light booth, a spacious work area, several
spacious dressing rooms and multi-level storage. See more detailshere.
held 3rd Weekend in August. This year's event will be held August
great chance to get in touch with local heritage and celebrate our
past. Railroad History - Large Flea Market - Beautiful Quilts - 5K Race
- Vintage Cars - Arts & Crafts - Street Dance - Musical
Entertainment - Games - Window Displays - Sidewalk Sales - Lunch
Stands. Out-of-town guests can make Oelwein their weekend destination
and area residents can renew their local heritage. Fun for the entire
family! See more detailshere.
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