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April 2018 Calendar!

April 2018! Spring! Hooray! The weather will keep getting nicer and nicer, and we can keep getting out for some fun! Start your planning now with this handy-dandy April 2018 calendar (and you can download the pdf here). Enjoy! XO, Inspire(d)

Check out these great April 2018 activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

12. April 6: The Alaska String Band brings songs and stories from the great North. Decorah Native Paul Zahasky and family play bluegrass and beyond. Tickets $15 at the door. Chase the Adventure, 1838 Middle Calmar Rd – rural Decorah

13. April 7: Bluegrass with Monroe Crossing in Chatfield at Potter Auditorium. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 door. 7:30 pm concert; 6 pm social hour with food and drink.

14. April 10: Dragonfly Books invites you to dinner at Rubaiyat with Charles Belfoure, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect and House of Thieves. 6pm. (563) 382-4275

15. April 13-14: Mid West Music Fest in La Crosse! 50 acts and 6 stages – Funk, Americana, Bluegrass, Indie Rock. Where Music & Community Meet! Ticket info and schedules –

16. April 14: Hanson Family Juggling & Unicycle Show at Decorah Public Library! Join Mark Hanson, a two-time Guinness World Record holder, his national unicycle champion daughter, and family for stories and fun! 1pm.

17. DATE CHANGE! April 19 (previously 4/18): Free Reception for Film Historian Michael Zahs. 5:30PM at the Porter House Museum. Zahs was featured in the documentary Saving Brinton – a screening of the film will follow at 7 pm at the Decorah Elks Club as the inaugural event of the Oneota Film Festival.

18. April 19-22: The 9th Annual Oneota Film Festival “Making Connections.” Films, panels, events, and activities for the whole family. For more information, visit:

19. April 21: The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds brought to life by Collective Unconscious at Potter Auditorium, Chatfield Center for the Arts. $30 advance, $35 door.

20. April 22: Join the Oneota Co-op for their Earth Day Celebration from 5-7pm in Water Street Park. Including local music (Absolute Hoot), local food, & local friends!

21. April 24: Fearless Women of Dirt (FWD) Ride 5pm + Women’s Night 7-9pm, Decorah Bicycles. New info on Little Bellas Program, social time, and more! for details.

22. April 27-28: Mid West Music Fest in Winona 70 acts on 7 stages Funk, Americana, Bluegrass, Indie Rock. Where Music and Community Meet! Ticket info and schedules –

23. DATE CHAGE! May 5 (previously 4/28): Into the Wild, Out with the Mustard! Join INHF at Heritage Valley on Apr. 28 for the annual garlic mustard pull. Details at

March 2018 Calendar!

March 2018! The Driftless world is seriously excited about this month, because there is a TON of fun stuff to do! Start your planning now with this handy-dandy March 2018 calendar (and you can download the pdf here). Enjoy! XO, Inspire(d)

Check out these great March 2018 activities!  In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

1. March 2: Kind Country and Chicken Wire Empire play Island City Brewing Company – Winona, MN. Show starts at 9 pm. $7 presale, $10 at the door. 21+

2. March 3: Start with a Seed Workshop, Seed Savers Exchange. Learn everything about growing a garden from seed. 11am-12pm + farm tour to follow. Register:

3. March 9-10: Bernina Sewing Academy: Fear No Fabric! Learn how to master 20 challenging fabrics. 2-Day Hands-On Course. $149 includes technique book, samples, and more!

4. March 10: Grout Museum District “Kitchen Science”! Get your children excited about science as they watch and participate in experiments using materials found in everyday life. Decorah Public Library, 11 am.

5. March 12: Artist in Residence at Lanesboro Arts: Workshops, film screenings and discussion events with experimental filmmaker Rini Yun Keagy of Saint Paul. Through April 9 –

6. March 17: Kinderfolk on Stage: Enjoy live performances, appetizers, and cash bar at T-Bock’s Upstairs, 7 pm. Free-will donations will support Kinderhaus Preschool – ALL ARE WELCOME!

7. March 17: Mid West Music Fest Presents Todd Snider! Guitar and stories like the old days. Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little… Cavalier Theater, La Crosse, 7:30pm. $25adv. Tickets @

8. March 24: Apple Grafting / Apple School, Seed Savers Exchange. Choose your 1/2 day workshop March 23, 24, April 6, or 6. Register:

9. March 24: Here & Now: Contemporary Music for Cello & Piano, featuring Craig Hultgren & Lawrence Axelrod, Porter House Museum, Decorah, 4 pm

10. March 24: Join us for Winneshiek Idea House, a live crowd-funding event with local entrepreneurs where everyone is an “investor.” Get inspired and find out more at Decorah Elk’s Lodge, 5 pm.

11. March 24: Ground-breaking a cappella makes its way to the Driftless with Tonic Sol-fa at Chatfield Center for the Arts. $20 in advance, $25 door. 7:30 pm;

What We’re Loving – Spring 2016

Spring 2016: A little list of what we think is awesome in the Driftless Region right now…


CSA Decorah

WhatWereLoving_LogoWhen we asked Roxie what momma’s favorite food was, her answer was “lettuce.” Momma would actually say it’s a tie between lettuce (aka salads of any sort) and pizza. But suffice it to say we like our fresh veggies around here. Luckily, here in the Driftless Region, we are surrounded by an amazing crop (pun!) of real-deal farmers. Vegetables. Meats. Flowers. The array at local farmer’s markets in mid-season is astonishing. We also love going the community supported agriculture (CSA) route because it’s often a great deal (more goods for the money, woot!) and we get to explore different options of products that we might not normally choose. So we were excited to find out there is a new coalition of Decorah-area CSA-sellers working together under the umbrella CSA Decorah.

You can check out to see profiles of each of the farms that are working together on this project, as well as details on their CSA offerings. Offerings vary from weekly subscriptions of assorted in-season vegetables and products, to market shares (you put money on your “account”, then just bring your bag to the market and write down your purchase amount – it will get subtracted until you’re out of funds), flower subscriptions, and more. Supporting your local farmer not only tastes amazing, it closes an incredible financial loop to support local ag. Whoohooo for that! Visit or to learn more.


Mid West Music Fest: Where music and community meet

We love Winona’s annual community-centered music festival, Mid West Music Fest. In six short years, the fest has quickly grown to be a fun gathering of fantastic proportions for regional music lovers. What started as an idea of Winona’s Sam Brown in 2010 now brings over 100 acts to multiple venues throughout downtown Winona.

True to its community mission, MWMF is all-inclusive: it’s an all-ages, multiple-venue, multiple-genre, multiple-day affair. In fact, MWMF is even jumping out of Winona this year with a 1-day fest in La Crosse to start the fun, Saturday, April 16 (say hi to Benji doing audio at the Cavalier if you go!). The main festivities in Winona run April 28-30, 2016. The fun kicks off Thursday night with a special show at the historic Masonic Theatre in Winona featuring Jeremy Messersmith and Romantica. The great line-up continues through the weekend with regional favorites such as People Brother’s Band, Apollo Cobra, Charlie Parr, and lots, lots more.

MWMF organizers are also super excited to announce that Midwest independent music moguls Daytrotter will be recording sessions all weekend for future web session releases. Cool!

MWMF has become an incredible showcase for bands from the upper Midwest and beyond – as well as a showcase of downtown Winona, which just like the mighty Mississippi, keeps right on flowin’. Don’t miss all the music – advance tickets (or greatly appreciated donations for the non-profit festival) at


Syttende Mai in Spring Grove, MN.

Syttende Mai Gosh!

The 17th of May. Seems like a good day for a celebration. Amiright?!?

But in all seriousness: Syttende Mai, or the 17th of May, is a holiday lovingly embraced by much of the Scandinavian population in our Driftless Region. It marks the May 17, 1814, signing of the constitution that would serve as the basis of government in Norway while they were in union with Sweden. Thus Syttende Mai commemorates “Norwegian Constitution Day.”

It also offers up an annual excuse to enjoy spring while celebrating all things Scandinavian. (But who needs an excuse?!)

Vesterheim in Decorah puts on a large, family-friendly event on the actual 17th of May, with activities, food, and fun for all ages. Details at

The City of Spring Grove, Minnesota, throws an even larger shindig – always on a weekend near to the 17th. This year’s festivities run May 20-22, and feature Giants of the Earth Academy, Norwegian craft and food demos, the grand parade, a quilt show, a car show, and tons of food and entertainment throughout town throughout the whole weekend. Check out details at

Luckily, Westby, Wisconsin’s Syttende Mai celebration is the weekend BEFORE Syttende Mai: May13-15. It highlights bike tours, a 5k run/walk and half marathon, and, of course, Norwegian history, food, and fun. Find more info at

So what are you waiting for? Brush off the bunad and get ready for some scandihoovian fun!


Wanna Race?

We love getting a good race on our calendars to get us motivated to lace up those running shoes, head outdoors, and get a bit of exercise in the Driftless! Feeling the same way? Sign up for one of these road races or events on tap throughout the region this spring!

April 17:

Sole Burner Hula Hustle 5K Run/Walk and Kids RunOnalaska, Wisconsin

May 1:
Unleash the She 5K and 10K Run, Kids Run, and Coed Walk, Rochester, Minnesota

May 7:
Grandad Half Marathon 13.1M Run and Three Rivers 5K Run/Walk
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Rockin’ Robin Run, 20K, Half-Marathon, and 10K Runs; 5K Run/Walk; and Kids RunRochester, Minnesota

May 20:
Stay Out of the Sun Run 5K and 10KRochester, Minnesota

May 21:
Root River TriathlonHouston, Minnesota

May 28:
Barre 5K Shuffle Run/WalkBarre Milles, Wisconsin

May 29:
Scheels Med City Marathon and Half MarathonRochester, Minnesota

June 4:
Driftless Discovery Trail Run 10K, 5K, 1M Trail RunDecorah, Iowa

Chester Woods Trail Races 50K, 10M, 5K Trail RunEyota, Minnesota

Rhubarb Run 5K, 1M RunLanesboro, Minnesota

June 18:
Running with the Stars 5K Run/WalkLa Crosse, Wisconsin

Insane Inflatable 5K Obstacle RunRochester, Minnesota

June 19:
Got Energy Triathlon, Sprint and IntermediateWest Salem, Wisconsin

Rochester Triathlon, Sprint and OlympicRochester, Minnesota