Arts & Culture

band festival

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Growing up in Mattoon, Illinois we had a park not far from where I lived and my neighbor’s dad played in a municipal band there on weekends during the summer.  We would go and watch him play sometimes.  When I visited Mason City, Iowa on a hosted trip and learned I was going to the […]

art and sculpture.

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Mason City, also called “River City” has an amazing array of art and sculptures on parade and they encourage the public to choose their favorite and vote on it!  River City Sculptures on Parade is a non-profit group and they are in a partnership with SculptureOne. This partnership has programs like this that exist in […]

The Magic of the Music Man in Mason City Iowa

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My friend Sara Broers of Travels With Sara, had told me that her home town of Mason City Iowa was the birthplace of Meredith Willson, the composer, musician and playwright of the famous of play the Music Man.  I knew that in Mason City there was a museum, and that the Meredith Willson’s home was […]

Stumbling on the Lewis Round Barn Museum

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How’s the song go?  “Some day’s are diamonds, some days are gold”, this past Saturday was both a diamond and gold!  Keith and I struck it rich when we found the lovely Lewis Round Barn Museum.  On our way to a flea market at the Adams County Fairgrounds, we spied the Lewis Round Barn Museum […]

21c and The Hive

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All I can say is what fun!  We toured the 21c museum and gallery before heading into The Hive restaurant where Chef Matthew McClure sat at my table and shared! Art outside! Outside the hotel/gallery was very cool.  My favorite hands down was a very unusual car, a Fleetwood Cadillac limousine that was covered in […]