Posts Tagged: festivals

January 2017 Calendar!

January 2017! What!? Make this the beginning of a great year in your life. Start by getting more involved with your community! Get going with this handy-dandy January 2017 calendar (and you can download the pdf here). Enjoy! XO, Inspire(d)

Check out these great January 2017 activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

9. January 6: Chosen Bean Concert Series presents Beth Wood at the Chatfield Center for the Arts. Tickets $20, available in advance. Show at 7:30 pm. Details and tickets at

10. January 7-February 19: Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition and community engagement initiative of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program, opening reception January 7 at Lanesboro Arts. Special events and programming in a variety of Lanesboro-area locations. Read more on p. 14 or visit

11. January 7: The KVR Winter Festival includes skating, sledding, skiing, archery, snow sculpture, ice cave hikes, face painting, horse-drawn bobsled rides, snowshoe exhibit, Tri-state Malamute Club sled dog race, weight pull, and mutt race. Chili feed and fundraiser auction for the KVR. 8:30 am – 4 pm (Free)

12. January 19-22 & January 27-28: New Minowa Players presents The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. Tickets and details at, or call Sheryl at 563-379-5738

Nordic Fest: 50 Years Strong

NordicFestBookCover(Nordic Fest: 50 Years Strong, book cover design by Deb Paulson)

“I had no idea what I was getting myself into by committing to this book,” admits Dawn Svenson Holland, author of “Nordic Fest: 50 Years Strong.” “It’s been more time-consuming than I ever expected, but it has also been more rewarding – it’s felt like a labor of love.”

As Decorah prepares to celebrate the 50th Annual Nordic Fest July 28-30, 2016, Dawn Svenson Holland, daughter of longtime Fest historian Gary Svenson, credits her father’s work preserving history in researching the book. “I could not have completed this project without the clipping books my father put together,” she says. “And I do believe that had he been alive, he would have written this book.”

The project has been a passion for Dawn Svenson Holland and a small creative team including graphic designer Deb Paulson, and publisher Erik Anundsen. The process and research leading up to it has also been archived on a blog at:

The 300-plus-page coffee-table book will support the permanent placement of the Nordic Fest archives at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah. The book includes 22 chapters of Fest history, as well as a section for recording personal memories. It also includes a DVD with archival footage of the first Nordic Fest and a promotional video made for the 25th Nordic Fest.

Presale orders may be placed online at, or in person with cash or check at the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce, 507 West Water Street.  The presale cost for each book is $50, with a limit of five books per person. The cost increases to $65 per book at Nordic Fest.

Mange Takk!


2016 Nordic Fest Button Logo by Lauren Bonney.



April 2016 Calendar

April! Get a head start on your fun-planning with this handy-dandy April 2016 calendar (and you can download the pdf here). Enjoy! XO, Inspire(d)


Check out these great spring activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

  1. April 1-3: Enjoy an amazing Women’s Weekend Out in downtown Decorah! In store demos & parties, door prizes & giveaways, Style Show Brunch, entertainment nightly! or
  1. April 1: Celebrate Women’s Weekend Out at Modish 6pm until 8pm with a Bohemian themed party! Includes beverages and gift with purchase!
  1. April 2: Apple Grafting/Apple School at Seed Savers Exchange: learn to graft & care for apple trees April 2 or 9. Sign up @
  1. April 3: Elvis Lives! Joseph Hall, Elvis Tribute Artist plays the Steyer Opera House, Hotel Winneshiek, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Full bar available, 104 E. Water St, Downtown Decorah –
  1. April 7-10: “The Pillowman” will be presented at the New Minowa Players theatre, 906 S Mill St., Decorah, at 7pm on April 7-9 and 2pm on April 9-10. Mature audiences only – strong language, violence and adult themes. 563-382-5174.
  1. April 10: Hippen Plays Hippen @ The Porter House Museum! Original piano music by Ben Hippen. Porter House Museum, 401 W. Broadway, Decorah, 4pm
  1. April 10: Des Moines folk-rocker Ryne Doughty plays the Hotel Winneshiek Lobby, 6:00pm, Full bar & menu available in a great atmosphere! 104 E. Water St, Downtown Decorah –
  1. April 15: Absolute Hoot performs a Decorah Fast Fiber fundraising party! Steyer Opera House, Hotel Winneshiek – tickets available at the door. Visit or
  1. April 16: Mid West Music Fest – special La Crosse festival day April 16, three days of music and fun in Winona April 28-30.
  1. April 17: Jake Illika plays the Hotel Winneshiek Lobby, 6:00pm, Full bar & menu available in a great atmosphere! 104 E. Water St, Downtown Decorah –
  1. April 17: Empty Bowls 2016! Hotel Winneshiek, 11am – 2pm. Come enjoy soup in a unique bowl you keep. All proceeds to fight local hunger.
  1. April 22: Celebrate Earth Day with the Oneota Co-op. Join us for food, music, and kid’s activities from 5-7 pm outside the Co-op on Water Street. Rain location planned!
  1. April 22: ArtHaus Earth Day Poetry Slam sponsored by Dragonfly Books, 8pm at the Elks Lodge. Expect a green-theme twist collaborating with Green Iowa AmeriCorps. $5/$3 students.
  1. April 22: Kendra Swanson and Sandler get the folk out at the Root Note in downtown La Crosse. Great taps, coffee, and crepes – 115 4th Street South.
  1. April 23: ‘Now is the Time’ uses film, dance, and live music to explore the human experience of the four seasons. 7:30pm St. Mane Theatre, Lanesboro.
  1. April 29: ArtHaus Annual Art Gala & Fundraiser. Ensure your community arts center thrives! Hotel Winneshiek, 7pm. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
  1. April 30: Iowa’s longest running Mtn. Bike Race! Decorah Time Trials take place at noon. No pre-reg necessary. Register day of at entry to Dunning’s Spring park on Ice Cave Road.
  1. April 30 – May 1: Trempealeau Hotel presents MWMF Ticketless Venue Music Matinees: Sat- 1-3 Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Sun 1-3 Pine Travelers, Plus Saturday Night Surprise show 9pm!