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January 2011

Jan 1st » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:www.bonaparte-iowa.com

Jan 8th » Stockport Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, and more served by Stockport Development in the Masonic Lodge.

Time:8:00am until 10:00am
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Jan 15th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jan 22nd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jan 22nd » Winter Wine & Dine

Enjoy this fine dining experience at the historic Bonaparte Opera House.  Your admittance fee ($15) allows you to enjoy tasty appetizers, a buffet-style pasta bar, delectable desserts, and wine tasting from local wineries.  Reservations are requested but not required.

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jan 29th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jan 29th » Soup Supper

The Douds Community Fire Dept. and EMS will host a Soup Supper, Raffle, and Auction at the Douds Community Center with supper begining at 5 pm and the auction starting at 6 pm.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds, IA
Contact Person:Gary Grubbs
Phone:641-936-4668

Jan 29th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "Mystery at the Ol' Mill" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

February 2011

Feb 1st - Feb 14th » Valentine Cookie Sales

Pick up some fresh baked valentines cookies for your sweetheart. Sold by the dozen at City Hall in Stockport and at State Central Bank in Stockport.

Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Feb 5th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Feb 5th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Feb 11th - Feb 13th » The Bonaparte Inn Breakfast Buffet

Enjoy a delicous breakfast buffet at the Bonaparte Inn on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, served 7:30am - 10am.  This event is open to the public but please make reservations as space is limited.  Adults $9.75 & Children (4-12) $5.50 plus tax.

Time:7:30am until 10:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:The Bonaparte Inn
Phone:319-592-3823
Email:innkeeper@bonaparteinn.com
Website:http://www.bonaparteinn.com/

Feb 11th » Lions Club Soup Supper & Auction

Great soups and lots of fun items to bid on! Fund raised will benefit our Keosauqua Lions Club's many projects. Held at the Robert's Memorial Center on Hwy. 1 North, Keosauqua.

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Linda
Phone:319-293-3761

Feb 12th » Valentine's Weekend Fun at the Mason House Inn

Play a "Newlyweds" type game, enjoy a delicious dinner, and spend the night at the Mason House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Bentonsport. Reservations required.

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Mason House Inn B&B
Phone:319-592-3133
Website:http://www.masonhouseinn.com

Feb 12th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Feb 12th » Stockport Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, and more served by Stockport Development in the Masonic Lodge.

Time:8:00am until 10:00am
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Feb 12th - Feb 13th » Cedar Valley Wine & Chocolate Lovers Event

Celebrate Valentines Weekend, Saturday 10a-5p & Sunday 12p-5p, at Cedar Valley Winery with Wine Specials.  Sample our wines paired with chocolate treats!

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Batavia
Contact Person:Cedar Valley Winery
Phone:641-662-2800
Website:http://www.cedarvalleywine.com/

Feb 12th - Feb 13th » Chocolate & Wine Weekend

A perfect Valentine Getaway! A delight for all the senses. Open 11a-5p Saturday & Sunday. Held at Whispering PInes Winery, 18356 222nd St., Keosauqua.

Time:11:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Feb 12th » 4th Annual Sweetheart Tea

Enjoy a traditional tea with savories and an entertaining program at Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:12:00pm until 1:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Feb 19th - Feb 20th » Ghost Hunting Classes

Learn about ghost hunting methods and equipment. Take one class or both. Dinner included. Reservations required. Held at the Mason House Inn.

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Mason House Inn B&B
Phone:319-592-3133
Website:http://www.masonhouseinn.com

Feb 19th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Feb 19th » Hotel Manning Mystery Weekend

Get out of the cold weather and into the heat of crime solving at the Hotel Manning.  Centerfold for the Coroner is a "who dunnit" starting Saturday afternoon with a reception thru Saturday evening, including dinner, and overnight, and Sunday breakfast.  Lodging and meals included in price.  Couple and single rates available.

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Hotel Manning
Phone:800-728-2718
Email:hotelman@netins.net
Website:http://www.thehotelmanning.com

Feb 19th » Birmingham Homecoming Chicken & Fish Fry

Served at the Birmingham Lions Club building.

Time:5:30pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham

Feb 19th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a live performance "Tribute to Past Female Actresses & Singers" held at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Seating at 6:30 pm. Reservations required.

 

*****Has been postponned due to weather - new show date will be March 6th at Noon.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Feb 25th - Feb 27th » Van Buren Players Production "Little Shop of Horrors"

Come and enjoy community theater at its best! Held nightly at the Robert's Memorial Building in Keosauqua.

Location:Keosauqua
Phone:319-293-3794

Feb 25th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Feb 25th - Feb 27th » The Bonaparte Inn Breakfast Buffet

Enjoy a delicous breakfast buffet at the Bonaparte Inn on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, served 7:30am - 10am.  This event is open to the public but please make reservations as space is limited.  Adults $9.75 & Children (4-12) $5.50 plus tax.

Time:7:30am until 10:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:The Bonaparte Inn
Phone:319-592-3823
Email:innkeeper@bonaparteinn.com
Website:http://www.bonaparteinn.com/

Feb 26th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "Where's Wilma?" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

 

**CANCELLED**

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Feb 27th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

March 2011

Mar 4th » American Legion Fish Fry

Enjoy fried fish with all the fixin's, potato salad, baked beans and more! Serving begins at 5pm in the Stockport Legion Hall.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Mar 5th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Mar 5th » Hotel Manning Mystery Weekend

Get out of the cold weather and into the heat of crime solving at the Hotel Manning.  Centerfold for the Coroner is a "who dunnit" starting Saturday afternoon with a reception thru Saturday evening, including dinner, and overnight, and Sunday breakfast.  Lodging and meals included in price.  Couple and single rates available.

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Hotel Manning
Phone:800-728-2718
Email:hotelman@netins.net
Website:http://www.thehotelmanning.com

Mar 5th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Mar 5th » Drawing/Pastel Art Class

Choice of two sessions on this date 1pm-2:30pm or 2:30pm-4pm.  This will be the first of several group classes to be given in the months of March, April, & May.  These art lessons will be a group class with individual attention to each student.  You have the option of working from a still life set up (provided) or from a photograph you bring.  Easels, lighting and hand-out materials will be provided.  You bring drawing paper, pencils, pastels, and pastel paper. 

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Addie May Fudge Factory, Bonaparte
Contact Person:Gin Lammert
Email:ginlammert@yahoo.com

Mar 5th » Winter Wine & Dine

Enjoy this winter weather escape at the Bonaparte Opera House, even if its only for one night!  Adults only.  Reservations are requested but not required.

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Mar 7th » Milton Fireman Soup Supper

Serving begins at 5:30 pm.  Free will donation for the soup supper.

Time:5:30pm
Location:Milton

Mar 12th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Mar 12th » Stockport Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, and more served by Stockport Development in the Masonic Lodge 8-10am.

Time:8:00am until 10:00am
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Mar 12th » Children's Tea

Enjoy a "Princess and the Pea" themed tea with and an entertaining program held noon - 1:30pm at Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required.

Time:12:00pm until 1:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Mar 17th » Irish Stew

This St. Patricks Day enjoy a hearty meal of Irish Stew at the Heritage House, serving begins at 5:30pm.

Time:5:30pm
Location:Heritage House, Milton

Mar 18th » Keosauqua Lions Club Fish & Chicken Fry

You'll love the Lions fried fish and chicken and your donation benefits many good causes as well! Served at the Robert's Memorial Center in Keosauqua.  $8 for adults, $5 for children under 10.  Serving whole catfish, chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans & drinks.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Mar 19th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Mar 19th » Hotel Manning Mystery Weekend

Get out of the cold weather and into the heat of crime solving at the Hotel Manning.  Centerfold for the Coroner is a "who dunnit" starting Saturday afternoon with a reception thru Saturday evening, including dinner, and overnight, and Sunday breakfast.  Lodging and meals included in price.  Couple and single rates available.

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Hotel Manning
Phone:800-728-2718
Email:hotelman@netins.net
Website:http://www.thehotelmanning.com

Mar 19th » Douds Tri T Spring Dinner & Auction

Dinner will be served from 5 - 6:30 pm with the auction following.  Dinner menu includes:  ham balls, roast beef, escalloped turkey, hash brown potato casserole, green beens, corn, salads, & desserts.  Many homemade items and lots of homebaked goods will be auctioned off.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds Community Center, Douds

Mar 25th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Mar 26th » Birmingham Lions Tenderloin Supper

The Birmingham Lions Club will serve a tenderloin sandwich, baked beans, cole slaw, drinks, ice cream and pie for $7.50 in the Birmingham Lions Building. Just a sandwich and drink are available for $5.  Carry-outs are available. 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham
Contact Person:Birmingham Lions

April 2011

Apr 2nd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

For more information or registration information contact the Villages Folk School at 319-592-3700 or visit http://www.villagesfolkschool.com.

Contact Person:Ken Burns
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 2nd » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Apr 9th - Apr 10th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp Riding Clinics

Cody Keller, Clinician, presents "Get the Green Off" at the River Valley Lodge and Horse Camp.  Cody will be there to assist and coach you and your horse's return to ride after winter's long break!  Space is limited to 10 riders.  Also, Dr. Bill from the Keosauqua Vet Clinic will be providing Vaccinations, Coggins test, etc. at reduced prices on the 9th and Charlie Terrell, Farrier, will be there both days for your convenience. Bring your horse and questions and Charlie will help you out.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Apr 9th » Stockport Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, and more served by Stockport Development in the Masonic Lodge 8-10am.

Time:8:00am until 10:00am
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Apr 9th » Annual Keosauqua Quilt Reunion

The Northside Strippers Quilt Club of Fairfield is sponsoring this annual reunion at the Roberts Memorial Center on Hwy. 1 North of Keosauqua.  This reuntion is a day for quilters, non-quilters, and anyone who loves to see, hear and learn more about quilts. Featuring guest speaker, Mrs. Gloria Hall, an Nebraska native antique quilt collector, quilt appraiser, feedsack enthusiast and a great storyteller  She has brought her quilt stories and trunk show of quilts around the nation to delight many audiences.  Doors open at 8:30 am.  Registration is $5.  There will be a noon salad potluck luncheon, please bring a salad to share.  The afternoon session will include a baby quilt contest (bring your entry), vendors, demos, and show & tell (bring your project to share) and more.  Come & join this quilter's fun day!

Time:9:00am until 3:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Kathy Waters
Phone:641-469-4534
Email:nanateaches1@yahoo.com

Apr 9th » Ladies Day Out Tea

Enjoy a traditional tea with savories and an entertaining program held noon - 1:30pm at Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:12:00pm until 1:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Apr 10th » Mt. Sterling Mountain Music Jam Session

Held at the Mt. Sterling Community Center.  Bring an instrument or just enjoy local musicians.  Light refreshments are available for a free will donation.

Time:2:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Mt. Sterling
Phone:319-494-7700

Apr 15th - Apr 17th » Serve Outdoors Turkey Hunt

The Serve Outdoors Turkey Hunt will be held this weekend in Keosauqua.  For more information contact Cork Battey at 563-264-1957.

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Cork Battey
Phone:563-264-1957

Apr 16th » Bentonsport Open House

The Greef General Store and other Bentonsport shops will officially "open for the season" this Saturday 10a - 5p.

This weekend only The Greef General Store will have refreshments and gift drawings and Iron & Lace will have artist demonstrations and artisan bread samples. 

Gems4Me, the Indian Artifact Museum and Negative Space: Multimedia Fine Arts Studio will all be open this weekend with new items! 

 

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:www.greefstore.com

Apr 16th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 16th » Indian Lake Park Easter Egg Hunt

Register for prizes at 10:45 am at the Stone Lodge.  Easter Egg Hunt at 11am.  Age groups up to 10 years old.  The Easter Bunny will be there too!

Time:11:00am
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Indian Lake Park Managers
Phone:319-878-3706

Apr 16th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a live performance "Salute to Broadway" held at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Seating at 6:30 pm. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Apr 16th » Rock Paper Scissor Tournament

$5 Entry Fee.  100% Payback.  Limited to the first 20 participants.  As much fun watching as it is playing!

Time:8:00pm
Location:Hel-Mart, Farmington
Contact Person:Hel-Mart
Phone:319-878-3576
Website:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=207180152627848#!/pages/HEL-MART/307494736397

Apr 22nd - Apr 24th » The Bonaparte Inn Breakfast Buffet

Enjoy a delicous breakfast buffet at the Bonaparte Inn on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, served 7:30am - 10am.  This event is open to the public but please make reservations as space is limited.  Adults $9.75 & Children (4-12) $5.50 plus tax.

Time:7:30am until 10:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:The Bonaparte Inn
Phone:319-592-3823
Email:innkeeper@bonaparteinn.com
Website:http://www.bonaparteinn.com/

Apr 23rd » Keosauqua Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

Fun for kids of all ages! Held at 9am the Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Lodge.

Location:Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Lodge
Contact Person:Linda
Phone:319-293-3761

Apr 23rd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 23rd » ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge

The River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp in Farmington is hosting this thrilling American Competitive Trail Horse Association event.  The Challenge will have 6-10 miles of trails (2-3 hr. ride); several judged obstacles; Open, Pleasure, and Junior Divisions; prizes for 1st - 6th places & voluntary jackpots.  The day will begin with breakfast at 7am, check-in before 8am, riders briefing at 9am, ride out at 10am, lunch, awards program, and a hog roast and movie at 6pm at the Lodge.  You MUST preregister at http://www.ACTHA.us

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Cassie Wenke, Ride Manager
Phone:641-680-0667 or 319-878-3888
Email:sg_wenke@hotmail.com
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Apr 23rd » Stockport Easter Egg Hunt

Held in the Stockport City Park at 1pm.

Time:1:00pm
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Apr 23rd » Cantril Easter Egg Hunt

Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will be at the west end of Waubonsie Park in Cantril to greet children.

Time:1:30pm
Location:Waubonsie Park, Cantril
Website:www.cantril-iowa.com

Apr 29th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 29th - May 1st » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2011 Ranch Horse Show Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Apr 30th » Yoder's Furniture Spring Sale

One day Spring Sale! 10% off ALL items purchased or ordered! 5% off ALL Poly Outdoor Furniture.Great Graduation or Mother's Day gifts!

 

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Yoder's Indian Creek Furniture 22769 Rte. V-64, Milton, IA

Apr 30th » Drug Takeback Day

Bring any unused or expired medications for proper disposal. No charge.

Time:10:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Keosauqua Senior Center
Phone:319-293-6412

Apr 30th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "Who Killed Calhoun?" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

May 2011

May 1st » Keosauqua Chamber's Spring Tea - CANCELED

Held at the Keosauqua Public Library, this first Annual event is an event you will cherish sharing with the wonderful women in your life.  Reservations are required, please call the Chamber office.  Seats are $15 per person.  Everyone one is invited, ages 5-105!  Seating is limited to the first 60 people.

The event has been CANCELED this year. 

Time:2:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

May 6th - May 7th » Farmington City Wide Yard Sales

One person's trash could be your treasure! Maps will be available.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:City of Farmington
Phone:319-878-3711
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

May 7th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts! The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living. Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life. Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County. For more information or registration information contact the Villages Folk School at 319-592-3700 or visit http://www.villagesfolkschool.com.

May 7th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

May 7th » Ladies Day Out at Whispering Pines Winery

Grab your girlfriends, sisters, daughters and mothers and make plans to join us for lots of fun!  Cost is $12 per person includes a lunch provided by Village Cup & Cakes.  Music will be playing and there will be a variety of vendors on display.  A child care provider will be available for a fee.  Reservations are required.  Tickets are non-refundable.  Event held rain or shine!

Time:12:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Whispering Pines Winery, Keosauqua
Contact Person:Becki Tucker
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

May 14th - May 15th » Ghost Hunting Classes

Learn about ghost hunting methods and equipment. Take one class or both. Dinner included. Reservations required. Held at the Mason House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Bentonsport.

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Mason House Inn B&B
Phone:319-592-3133
Website:www.masonhouseinn.com

May 14th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts! The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living. Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life. Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County. For more information or registration information contact the Villages Folk School at 319-592-3700 or visit http://www.villagesfolkschool.com.

May 14th - May 15th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp Riding Clinics

Cody Keller, Clinician, presents a Trail Riding Clinic at the River Valley Lodge and Horse Camp.  This two-day clinic is for any age or any level of experience rider or broke horse.  Limited to the first 10 riders.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

May 14th » Stockport Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, and more served by Stockport Development in the Masonic Lodge 8-10am.

Time:8:00am until 10:00am
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

May 14th » Bonaparte Garden Experience

Tour the on-site gardens and garden-type vendors. Make your own pieces of pottery from 150 year old molds. Tours $5.

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Pottery
Contact Person:Bonaparte Pottery
Phone:319-592-3620
Website:http://bonaparte-pottery.com/index.html

May 14th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "A Hawaiian Mystery" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

May 15th » Mt. Sterling Mountain Music Jam Session

Held at the Mt. Sterling Community Center.  Bring an instrument or just come listen to local entertainers.  Refreshments available for a free will donation.

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Mt. Sterling
Contact Person:DiAnna
Phone:319-494-7700

May 18th » Tarnished Brass Band

Held in the Community First Bank Corner Park in Keosauqua.  Bring your lawn chair and a friend!  Rain date - May 25th.

Time:4:30pm
Location:Keosauqua

May 20th - May 22nd » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2011 Ranch Horse Show Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

May 21st » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 27th - May 30th » Waubonsie Trail Rendezvous

Rendezvous a view to the past with pre-1840 events at the Waubonsie Park in Cantril.  Come see hawk & knife throwing competitions, black powder shoot, primitive bow shoot, a working blacksmith, kids games and the candy cannon.  You can also enjoy fresh homemade fry bread and hand popped kettle, carmel, cheddar or ranch popcorn. There will also be several vendors with pre-1840 trade goods, handmade items, crafters & musicians.  No admission fee!

Location:Waubonsie Park, Cantril
Contact Person:Dr. Stogdill
Phone:641-208-5791

May 27th - May 29th » IA ROCFEST '11

Check out "Iowa's Biggest, Baddest Rock Festival!"  Featuring 25 bands including Skid Row, Slaughter, Kissmania, Money Shot, & More!!  Shows start Friday at 5pm and Saturday & Sunday at 11am.  Advanced Tickets $30 (includes camping & 3 day pass) Gate Tickets $15 Friday, $15 Saturday, & $20 Sunday.

For more information and to order tickets please visit the website http://www.iarocfest.com.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Keosauqua
Contact Person:Scott Scotton
Phone:319-561-0965
Email:scott@iarocfest.com
Website:http://www.iarocfest.com/

May 28th - May 30th » Bentonsport Spring Fest

10a–5p daily there will be a variety of vendors including flea market treasures, antiques such as glassware, tools, books, paintings, furniture and collectibles, gift items and crafts such as hand painted silk scarves, towels, Hawaiian sandals, Amish furniture, yard items and more.  Sit back, relax and enjoy great food like turkey legs, tenderloins, blooming onions, and kettle corn.  Artist demonstrations of rug weaving, pottery and blacksmithing will be held throughout the weekend. 

 The Bentonsport Historic shops with pottery, iron work, art, gems, jewelry, crafts and antiques will be open. The Indian Artifact Museum will have free tours, it is filled with displays on over 20 types of wood set up in patchwork quilt fashion displaying over 4,000 Indian artifacts that Tony Sanders has found locally, some dating back 12,000 years.  Mason House Inn will have refreshments.   

Monday, on Memorial Day May 30th, the 7th Annual Honor Fun Run & Bike Show will come through.  The Order of the Shield Honor Riders will start at 9 am in the South Ottumwa Hy-Vee parking lot with games along the way and invite other bikers to join in with them to pay honor to those who served our nation.  They will be getting to Bentonsport between 12:30-1 pm. They will auction off Elvis Presley Queen size quilt that was hand made by Krazy Quilters of Albia as well as over $350.00 of Harley Davidson items. The public is welcome to join in.  Contact Kim Bix at 641-684-2182 for more information on the bike ride. 

Later Monday Evening the Historic Presbyterian Church will have its annual Memorial Day Musical Celebration.  For more information call 319-470-8558.

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:www.greefstore.com

May 28th - May 29th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp Riding Clinics

Cody Keller, Clinician, presents "Colt Starting Clinic" at the River Valley Lodge and Horse Camp.  Cody will help you get started teaching your young horse.  Cody will be doing 3 demonstrations on Saturday morning, afternoon & evening. No Charge.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

May 29th » Alumni Breakfast

Join the Keosauqua Lions for pancakes and sausage in the Keosauqua City Park.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua City Park

May 30th » Memorial Day Celebration

Enjoy a true Memorial Day celebration with musical honors and more at the Bentonsport Presbyterian Church.

Location:Bentonsport

May 30th » Memorial Day Dinner

Join the Milton Lions Club at the Milton Legion Hall for a delicious Memorial Day Dinner with Ham Balls, Potatoes, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Bread, Desserts and a drink served 11am - 1pm.  Adults $10 & Kids (10 & under) $4.  Proceeds from the dinner will go to community projects.

Time:11:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Milton

June 2011

Jun 1st » Serve Outdoors

Handicap fishing event. Good Samaritan Center residents in the morning, Center Village residents in the afternoon. Other participants welcomed to fish or to help others. No charge. Call Larry to schedule.

 

Rescheduled from May 14th due to rain.

Location:Lake Sugema North Dock
Contact Person:Larry Hagedon
Phone:641-919-7864
Email:larry@hagedon.com

Jun 3rd - Jun 5th » "Cowboy Fun" Colt Starting Challenge

Watch and learn from this judged competition highlighting the skills of 12 area trainers. $2000 grand prize! Western vendors, camping, trail rides, team sorting, and more at the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp in Farmington.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 3rd » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Jun 4th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 4th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 4th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "Mystery at the Ol' Mill" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 5th » Whispering Pines Summer Music Event

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Home Brood Band" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and spend the day at Whispering Pines Winery,18356 222nd.St., Keosauqua.  $2 cover charge.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Jun 10th - Jun 12th » 29th Annual Farmington Strawberry Festival

Free strawberries & ice cream will be served downtown Saturday & Sunday 2-4pm courtesy of Berry Concerned People!  New this year - D & B Shows Carnival

Friday - 6:30p Jr. Queen Contest, 7:30p-10:30p Dance at Shelterhouse

Saturday - 6a-10a Pancake Breakfast at Shelterhouse, 7a Indian Lake Triathlon at Indian Lake Park (CANCELLED), 9a-5p Vendors open along the Riverbank, 9a Strawberry Cooking Contest, 11a-5p Powwow at Indian Lake Park (See event for more information), 11a Cakewalk, Noon Legion Hog Roast & EMT Chicken BBQ, 2p-4p Checkers the Clown & Backyard Circus downtown, 3p Talent Show, 7p-10p Music at Shelterhouse

Sunday - 7a-10a Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast at Shelterhouse, 8a Community Worship Service, 8a-8:30a Strawberry Stroll at Indian Lake Park, 8a-Noon Car Show Registration, 9a-11a Bike Ride Registraion/Cannon Ball Ride, 9a-5p Vendors open along the Riverbank, 11a-2p Powwow at Indian Lake Park (See event for more information), Noon Cakewalk, Noon Legion Hog Roast & EMT Chicken BBQ, 1p Berry Good Dog Show, 1p-3p Karaoke Contest, 2p Children's Pedal Pull downtown, 3:30p Kenny Hamberg Memorial Car Show Awards

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:City of Farmington
Phone:319-878-3357 or 319-878-4255
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/strawberryfestival.html

Jun 10th - Jun 12th » Pony Express Riders Of Iowa Event Weekend

Join the Pony Express Riders at the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp in Farmington for their 2011 Ride to Benefit Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside.  $25 Registration Fee includes Friday night entertainment, Poker run (one hand, extra hands $5 each), Saturday evening meal, dance, & Sunday breakfast.  

Friday evening COWBOY BOB Comedy will entertain in the Lodge. 

Saturday Poker Run starts at 11am, registration opens at 9:30am in the arena.  Saturday evening Roast Pork Supper served 6-8p at the Lodge.  Dance with music by Lonesome Trail & Auction at the Lodge 8-11p. 

Sunday breakfast served at the Lodge 7-9a.  Cowboy Church at the Lodge at 9a.  Horse & Mule Show with Cowgirl Queen Contest at 10a.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 10th - Jun 12th » Indian Lake Park Muddy River Traditional Powwow

Grand Entry 11am Saturday & Sunday.  Open to all dancers & drums!  Activities include Exhibition Dancing, Social Dances, Children's Activities, Living History, Tipis, Food, Trader Row, Craft Demonstrations, and more!

Host Drum:  The Night Eagle Singers - Kenosha, WI

Head Man:  Tyler Haught-Foote    Head Lady: Stephanie  Snow    Jr. Head Man: Logan Ade    Jr. Head Lady:  Ilana Spence    Head Veteran: Bill Brown Sr.    Arena Director: Matthew Martineau

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Indian Lake Park Managers
Phone:319-208-4707
Email:indianlakepowwow@aol.com
Website:http://www.indianlakepark.com/

Jun 10th » BYU's Folk Music Ensemble in Bentonsport

Bentonsport will be host to the Folk Music Ensemble from Brigham Young University.  Playing traditional American Cajun, Bluegrass & Celtic music, this Ensemble taps the roots of BYU's pioneer heritage to present a colorful display of harmony and rapid-fire instrumental work.  The group features a banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle solos.  There is no admission fee for this show.

Time:12:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Email:greefstore@netins.net
Website:http://www.greefstore.com/entertainers-for-2011-season.html

Jun 10th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Jun 11th - Jun 12th » Bonaparte's Civil War Experience

Commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War with re-enactments, era exhibits, displays, and vendors in Bonaparte. 

There will be Union & Confederate encampments on the north and south sides of the Des Moines River.  Visitors can interact and ask questions of the re-enactors and possibly get caught up in a skirmish! 

Vendors will be set up in the parks with a variety of era appropriate goods and demonstrations and informational displays can be viewed in local businesses. 

A horse drawn wagon will be provided both days to transport visitors, at no charge, back and forth accross the river. (Sponsored by VBC Commission on Veteran's Affairs and Bonaparte Main Street) 

A petting zoo will be free of charge both days at 104 Washington St. 

Be sure to vote for your favorite 24" vintage 1950's bride doll! The dolls are dressed in exquisite 1860's attire! All of the dolls will be on display at the Waterfront Place, on Main St., for voting which begins on Wednesday June 8 through the weekend. There will be a silent auction for the dolls during the Scenic Drive Festival (Sunday Oct. 9.)

The Whisker's Growing Contest will be held at 2p with prizes given. 

"Nauvoo on the Road" will be set up on the South side on Saturday with games and demonstrations. 

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 11th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 11th » Taste of History

Bonaparte Main Street, Inc. will host their Taste of History on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the Whiteley Opera House in downtown Bonaparte, Iowa.  The annual three course dinner theater starts at 6:00 pm.  Reservations are required. 

 

This unique adaptation of a cemetery tour combines the comfort of indoor seating with a meal and entertainment.  Locals perform in costume and character relating stories in the first person between each course of the evening.  Guests sit at tables designed and set by area women reflecting the era, story, or character while the actors serve as waiters.  This year the stories and tables will reflect the 1860’s as the community recognizes the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with their first annual Civil War Experience.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 17th - Jun 19th » Birmingham Homecoming

UPDATE: **Tractor Pull scheduled for Sunday at 11am has been CANCELED.**

The 27th Annual celebration held in the Birmingham City Park features a parade, car show, tractor show, kids' games, entertainment, food & more. Click here for a complete 2011 Schedule of Events.

 

 

Location:Birmingham
Phone:319-498-4434

Jun 17th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Jun 18th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 18th - Jun 19th » Father's Day Trail Ride and Poker Run

Join the folks at River Valley Lodge this Fathers Day for a trail ride and poker run.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 18th » Fly Van Buren

***UPDATE (June 17): Pancake & Sausage breakfast WILL be served 7am-10am regardless of weather! R/C Flyers will not be attending.Other events dependent on weather conditions on Saturday morning.***

Fly-in pancake & sausage breakfast served from 7-10am at the Keosauqua Muncipal Airport (rain or shine). Fly-in pilots eat for free!  Enjoy watching the aerobatic skills of the remote control aircraft pilots of Ottumwa Radio Control Flyers. Indian Hills Community College Aviation Department will have a representative there 7-10am.  Air Evac Lifeteam will be on-site.  New in 2011: Water Balloon Bomb Drop!  8 lucky people will get a free airplane ride and 3 chances to drop a water balloon closest to the target for a chance to win great prizes.  Returing this year the Kids Paper Plane Contest will be held at 8am.  Everyone welcome, no admission fee for spectators.

Time:7:00am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://www.villagesofvanburen.com

Jun 18th » Land Auction Public Showings

Mossy Oak Properties of the Hearland Boely Real Estate will have 2 land auctions public showings on June 18th.  One is near Bonaparte from 10a-11and the other is in Clark Co., MO from 3p-4p.  For more information visit them online or call 319-293-2575.

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland Boley Real Estate
Phone:(319) 293-2575
Website:http://boleyrealestate.com/index.php

Jun 18th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "Mystery at the Ol' Mill" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

 

**Event has been canceled**

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3139
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 24th - Jun 26th » Douds High School Alumni Banquet & Field Day

Friday - Alumni Banquet Social Hour 5pm-6:30pm with a Valley Country School Tour and Antique School Bus on display, Banquet & Class Recognition at 6:30pm, public is welcome.

Saturday - Douds Field Day at Yates Memorial Park - , Duods Railroad Depot Museum will be open with no admission fee, All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast ($6) at the Community Hall 7:30-10am, Douds Field Day Parade themed The Great Outdoors begins at 10:30am (line-up at Leando 10am), Pie Baking Contest in the Community Center at 11am, Pedal Pull Registration at 11am, Pull at 11:30am, Lunch is served 11:30am - 1:30pm, Baked Good Auction at 12:30pm, Old Fashion Kids' Games at 1pm (free to participate), Cake Walk at 2pm. Entertainment is "Bluegrass Addiction" at 3pm. Ice Cream Treats will be for sale during the concert.  A 50/50 Raffle will also be on Saturday $1 tickets.

Sunday - Mt. Moriah Community Worship at 10am followed by a potluck lunch at noon at Yates Park in Douds.

Location:Douds
Phone:641-936-7159

Jun 24th - Jun 26th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2011 Ranch Horse Show Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.  **ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge on Saturday

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 24th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Jun 25th » Daniel Christy Memorial Motorcycle Show

The 4th Annual event features 7 classes with 1st-3rd place trophies awarded in each class. Proceeds go to fund a scholarship at SCC in Daniel's name. Held in downtown Bonaparte.

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 25th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 25th » ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge

The River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp in Farmington is hosting this thrilling American Competitive Trail Horse Association event.  The Challenge will have 6-10 miles of trails (2-3 hr. ride); several judged obstacles; Open, Pleasure, and Junior Divisions; prizes for 1st - 6th places & voluntary jackpots.  The day will begin with breakfast at 7am, check-in before 8am, riders briefing at 9am, ride out at 10am, lunch, awards program, and a hog roast and movie at 6pm at the Lodge.  You MUST preregister at http://www.ACTHA.us

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Cassie Wenke, Ride Manager
Phone:641-680-0667 or 319-878-3888
Email:sg_wenke@hotmail.com
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 26th » VBCH Celebrating 60 Years of "Simply Remarkable" Healthcare

VBCH is celebrating 60 years of service to the community & you’re invited!   Join the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Community Center on the grounds of Van Buren County Hospital.  Free to the public! Bring your family, friends and a lawn chair.  Groundbreaking Ceremony @ 4:00 p.m. with Birthday Celebration to follow!  Pork sandwich dinner, games for the kids, entertainment by Tarnished Brass, tours of the Hospital.  Healthy Villages will be showing an outside movie following celebration, weather permitting!

Time:4:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Van Buren County Hospital
Phone:319-293-3171
Website:http://www.vbch.org

July 2011

Jul 1st » Land Auctions

Mossy Oak Properties of the Hearland Boely Real Estate will conduct a land auction (75 acre +/-) at 30900 180th St., Bonaparte at 10a.  They will also conduct a land auction (201 acres +/- in Clark County, MIssoui) at the CARE Building in Kahoka, MO at 3pm.  For more information visit them online or call 319-293-2575.

Time:10:00am
Contact Person:Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland Boley Real Estate
Phone:(319) 293-2575
Website:http://boleyrealestate.com/index.php

Jul 1st » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Jul 2nd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jul 2nd » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by the Bonaparte Baptist Youth Group in the Whitely Opera House.  The menu will include bacon, eggs, pancakes, and toast for a free will donation.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jul 2nd » Bonaparte 4th of July Celebration

Games held in the Bonaparte City Park all day (11a - dark) will be Bounce Houses, Car Smash, Petting Zoo, Water Balloon Sling Shot, and Face Painting.  There will also be food vendors in the Park serving Funnel Cake & Cotton Candy.  The Legion will be serving lunch at the Opera House.  Noon - 1p Minute to Win It Style Games will be played.  Hawkeye Pedal Pull Regitration will begin at 1p and Pull will begin at 1:30p.  There will be a Pie Eating Contest at 3:30p, a Backseat Driver Contest at 5p & Bingo at 6p.  Live music will be playing in the street all day & night, music by Country 4 & Shatter.  Fireworks will start at dark.   

Time:11:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jul 2nd » Vocal Point Performance

This 9 man Acappella group from Brigham Young University returns to Bentonsport for their 4th year!  It is a performance you will not forget.  Bring a lawn chair & enjoy this performance at the Bentonsport Riverside Park.  In the event of inclement weather Vocal Point will be relocated to the Bentonsport Presbyterian Church.

Time:12:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Email:greefstore@netins.net
Website:http://www.greefstore.com/entertainers-for-2011-season.html

Jul 2nd » Keosauqua Little League Hog Roast / Auction

A free will donation meal will be served at the Roberts Memorial Center.  Meal includes pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, and chips.  An auction will be held at 6pm.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Chris Wolf
Phone:641-777-5289

Jul 3rd » Farmington Fireworks

From 7-9pm there will be an ice cream social with games. Fireworks start at dark, located near the Farmington Ball Diamond.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:City of Farmington
Phone:319-878-3711
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Jul 4th » Keosauqua Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks

A home town Fourth of July with fun kids' activities, refreshments, entertainment, and spectacular fireworks. Bring your family and friends!  A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served 7-10a.  Kids Pedal Pull registration at noon, pull at 12:30p.  Kids games at 2p in the City Park.  Lunch will be served at 11a in the dining tent.  Bingo at the Senior Center at 2p.  Bags Tournament (after kids games) $5 per team.  Silver Mine at 4p.  Riverfront Stage Shows begin at 6:30p with the Harvest Band & The Nauvoo Pageant Bagpipe Band & Dancers performing during breaks.  A BIGGER & BETTER Fireworks display at dusk. 

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Linda
Phone:319-293-3761

Jul 6th » Jam Session

Music Jam Session at the Township Hall starting at 6pm.  Refreshments will be available for a free will donation.  Jam Sessions will be held the first Wednesday of the month, July - October.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Joyce Thomas
Phone:319-397-2139

Jul 8th - Jul 10th » 4th Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude Ride

Join the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp in Farmington for a fun weekend event while raising money for St. Jude Children's Hospital!

Friday's Events - 50/50 Drawing ~ 5K Walk/Run at 7p ~ Hot Dog Roast at Lodge (Free Will Donation)

Saturday's Events - Breakfast 7-9a ($3) ~ Poker Run ($10 entry) ~ 50/50 Drawing ~ Silent & Live Auctions ~ Supper 5-7p at the Lodge ($5) ~ Greenbrier Band 7-10p

Sunday's Events - Breakfast 7-9a ($3) ~ Ride starts at 10a

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888 (Camping) 319-572-6964 (More Info)
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jul 8th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Jul 9th » Village Summer Games

SUMMER GAMES 2011 HAS BEEN CANCELED.

 

Jul 9th » Riverview Club Day/Night 2-Person Best Shot

All tournaments are $20 per person to register.  You do not have to be a club member to participate.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Riverview Country Club
Phone:319-293-3200
Website:http://showcase.netins.net/web/riverview/index.html

Jul 9th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a live performance "A Tribute to Past Female Performers" held at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Seating at 6:30 pm. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Jul 10th » Riverview Club 4-Person Best Shot

All tournaments are $20 per person to register.  You do not have to be a club member to participate.

Time:8:30am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Riverview Country Club
Phone:319-293-3200
Website:http://showcase.netins.net/web/riverview/index.html

Jul 10th » Whispering Pines Summer Music Event

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Two Pony Blues Band" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and picnic lunch and spend the day at Whispering Pines Winery, 18356 222nd St., Keosauqua.  $2 cover charge.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Jul 11th - Jul 18th » Van Buren County Fair

Features 4-H exhibits, truck & tractor pull, demo derby, pedal pull, fair queen contest, rodeo, and more. Click here for the 2011 Van Buren County 4-H book. Click here for the 2011 Fair Events Schedule.

Location:Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Keosauqua
Phone:319-293-3808

Jul 11th » Bill Riley Talent Show

Held at the American Legion.  Sprouts:  Ages 2 - 12.  Seniors:  Ages 13 - 21.  You must preregister to secure a spot in the performance.  Come support area youth as they compete for a chance to perform during the Iowa State Fair.  Concessions available.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-677-0407
Email:billrileytalent@yahoo.com

Jul 15th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Jul 15th » Riverview Club Twilight Full Moon Golf

All tournaments are $20 per person to register.  You do not have to be a club member to participate.

Time:8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Riverview Country Club
Phone:319-293-3200
Website:http://showcase.netins.net/web/riverview/index.html

Jul 16th » Grapes & Grillin'

Explore some of the most treasured wineries in the Midwest for the Scenic Rivers Wine Trail's Summer Cookout!  Seven wineries on the trail including Whispering Pines Winery (Keosauqua) & Cedar Valley Winery (Batavia) will be grillin' up goodies to go along with their delicious wines. 

Time:10:00am until 6:00pm
Contact Person:Scenic Rivers Wine Trail
Phone:217-453-2528
Website:www.scenicriverswine.com

Jul 22nd - Jul 24th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2011 Ranch Horse Show Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest & free wagon rides into Farmington.  **"Western Heritage" weekend with Cowboy Mounted Shooting.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jul 22nd » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Jul 23rd » J-40 Farm Crawl

From PIttsburg to Lebanon and beyond! Enjoy this unique day with filled with farm tours, artists, wineries, Amish furniture, clay oven baking, buggy rides, antique classic aircraft restoration, Amish school breakfast, and more. Click here for the 2011 brochure & map.

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Kim
Phone:319-293-6168

Jul 23rd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jul 23rd - Jul 29th » Postmasters of Van Buren County School Supply Drive

All school supplies collected during the drive will be distributed free, along with other items, at the Safe & Healthy Kids Safe Fair on Thursday, August 4th.  A list of supplies requested is available at each Post Office in the county.  Donations can be dropped off at any Post Office 7/23-7/29. 

Location:Van Buren County

Jul 23rd » Riverview Club 4-Person Best Shot

Come and support this Little League Fundraiser.  You do not have to be a club member to participate.

Time:8:30am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Riverview Country Club
Phone:319-293-3200
Website:http://showcase.netins.net/web/riverview/index.html

Jul 23rd » Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland Boley Real Estate's 25 Year Anniversary Open House

Join Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland Boley Real Estate as they celebrate 25 years in business at their 25th Anniversary Open House at their Keosauqua office. 

Time:11:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland Boley Real Estate
Phone:(319) 293-2575
Website:http://boleyrealestate.com/

Jul 23rd » Birmingham Lions Ice Cream Supper

Serving ham & cheese and ham salad sandwiches, several flavors of homemade ice cream, and homemade pie in the Lions Building.  Meal will be a free will donation.  Live entertainment provided by Country Round Up.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham
Contact Person:Birmingham Lions

Jul 24th » Stockport Family Fun Day & Carnival

A picnic style meal served with lots of fun for the whole family including old-fashioned games, prizes and raffles in the Stockport City Park.

Time:1:00pm
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Jul 29th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Jul 30th » Riverview Club VB Alumni 4-Person Best Shot

Time:8:30am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Riverview Country Club
Phone:319-293-3200
Website:http://showcase.netins.net/web/riverview/index.html

Jul 30th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious lunch and matinee show "Mystery at the Ol' Mill" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:12:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Jul 30th » Downtown After Sundown

Enjoy an old fashioned Saturday evening in the Bonaparte Historic District. An ice cream social sponsored by the Bonaparte United Church will begin at 6pm until they run out!  Serving homemade vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry with pie, cake, and sandwiches.  Bingo will be hosted by the VBC Jaycees begining at 6pm in the Opera House.  At 7pm a street dance will be held on First Street featuring Ned Frances.  Also starting at 7pm downtown there will be lemonade shake-ups, soft pretzels and snowcones, face painting, kids games, and a community basket raffle.  Downtown businesses will be open late with discount sales and specials. 

Time:7:00pm until 10:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

August 2011

Aug 3rd » Jam Session

Music Jam Session at the Township Hall starting at 6pm.  Refreshments will be available for a free will donation.  Jam Sessions will be held the first Wednesday of the month, July - October.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Joyce Thomas
Phone:319-397-2139

Aug 4th » Safe & Healthy Kids Fair

Held at the Roberts Memorial Center on Hwy 1 N. of Keosauqua.  Free school supplies will be given to Van Buren County residents and there will be lots of vendors and information about keeping kids safe & healthy. 

Time:3:30pm until 5:30pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Van Buren County Safe Coalition
Phone:319-293-7153

Aug 5th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Aug 6th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Aug 6th » Band Concert

An old fashioned band concert in the park will be held on at Memorial Park in Leando.  The concert will be provided by Van Buren County’s Tarnished Brass Band.  Dedication of the Carol Carr Memorial Gazebo will be held during the concert intermission. Pie, ice cream, and beverages will be served during concert with a free will offering going to the band and the west side parking project in Douds.  Everyone is invited to come, bring your own lawn chair, and enjoy this historic event sponsored by the Douds Historic Preservation Association, Inc.

In case of rain, the event will be held at Christ United Methodist Church located adjacent to the park.

**The gazebo was built in the fall of 2010 and houses a restored horse drawn Douds-Leando Consolidated school bus.  Carol was a past president and secretary-treasurer of the Douds Historical Preservation Association, Inc. which owns the restored Valley Country Schoolhouse, gazebo, and bus that are all located in Memorial Park.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Leando
Contact Person:Douds Historic Preservatin Association

Aug 6th » Synthesis American Big Band Jazz Concert

BYU's Synthesis American Big Band Jazz ensemble will peform a free concert at the Roberts Memorial Center in Keosauqua.  Doors open at 7p.  Event is co-sponsored by the Keosauqua Chamber.

Time:7:30pm until 9:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Email:greefstore@netins.net
Website:http://www.greefstore.com/synthesis-jazz-band.html

Aug 7th » Whispering Pines Summer Music Event

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Gold Rush Band" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and picnic lunch and spend the day at Whispering Pines Winery, 18356 222nd St., Keosauqua.  $2 cover charge.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Aug 8th » Pie & Ice Cream Social

Enjoy a pie & ice cream social hosted by the Stockport Lions Club at the Stockport Legion Hall 5:30-7:30pm.  Free will offering.

Time:5:30pm until 7:30pm
Location:Stockport
Contact Person:Stockport Lions Club

Aug 12th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Aug 13th - Aug 14th » Ghost Hunting Classes

Learn about ghost hunting methods and equipment. Take one class or both. Dinner included. Reservations required. Held at the Mason House Inn B&B in Bentonsport.

Contact Person:Mason House Inn B&B
Phone:319-592-3133
Website:http://www.masonhouseinn.com

Aug 13th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Aug 13th » Riverview Club Twilight Full Moon 4-Couple

All tournaments are $20 per person to register.  You do not have to be a club member to participate.

Time:8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Riverview Country Club
Phone:319-293-3200
Website:http://showcase.netins.net/web/riverview/index.html

Aug 18th » Family Back to School BBQ

The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition invite you and your family to attend the Back to School BBQ at the Van Buren Middle/High School.  This is a great opportunity to meet the staff and tour the school.  There will be presentations on Bullying and the Conduct Policy.  A BBQ dinner will be served.

Time:4:45pm until 7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Van Buren County Safe Coalition
Phone:319-293-6412

Aug 19th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Aug 20th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Aug 20th - Aug 21st » Bike Van Buren XXV

Our 25th Anniversary Ride! A family-orientated, leisurely, two day bicycle ride through the historic Villages of Van Buren. Take part in the "poker ride" event and win prizes! Free t-shirt, drinks, and snacks. Sag wagon & technical support available.

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://villagesofvanburen.com/special-events.html?item=1

Aug 20th - Aug 21st » Keosauqua Lions Club Breakfast

A pancake and sausage will be served 7-10am each morning in the Keosauqua City Park before Bike Van Buren. Everyone is welcome!

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua City Park

Aug 20th » Off Road Antique Show

Bring your antiques and collectables to be valued by certified appraisers at the Whitely Opera House in Bonaparte.  $6 per item charge or $15 for 3 items - limit 3 items per person.  First come, first served. 

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Aug 20th » Ice Cream Crank Off

There will be a homemade ice cream making contest in the Keosauqua City Park.  Registration ends at 4:30pm. There will be a $10 entry fee, $15 after Aug. 10. Judging at 6:30pm.  $200 in cash prizes, sponsored by Community First Bank, will be awarded at 7pm.  Crank & Electric Ice Cream Maker classes.  Taste testing allowed (donations accepted) after judging.    Hosted by the Kids at Play Project.

Entry registration form

Time:4:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park
Contact Person:Melissa
Phone:319-293-7166
Email:daughertyms@yahoo.com

Aug 20th » Bentonsport Music Jam

Take in nature's beauty and the wonderful music and delicious food at the Bentonsport Park Shelter house along the scenic Des Moines River.

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:http://www.greefstore.com

Aug 20th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "Mystery at the Ol' Mill" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservation required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Aug 20th » Movie In The Park

The classic John Wayne movie Hatari! will be shown FREE in the band shelter in the Bonaparte City Park at dark.  Please bring your own seating (chairs, blankets, etc.).  Refreshements will be available for purchase.

 

**Rain location - Bonaparte's Historic Opera House

Time:9:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Aug 26th - Aug 28th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2011 Ranch Horse Show Series

All-Round Ranch Horse Versatility Competition.

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.  **ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge on Saturday

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Aug 26th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Aug 27th » ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge

The River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp in Farmington is hosting this thrilling American Competitive Trail Horse Association event.  The Challenge will have 6-10 miles of trails (2-3 hr. ride); several judged obstacles; Open, Pleasure, and Junior Divisions; prizes for 1st - 6th places & voluntary jackpots.  The day will begin with breakfast at 7am, check-in before 8am, riders briefing at 9am, ride out at 10am, lunch, awards program, and a hog roast and movie at 6pm at the Lodge.  You MUST preregister at http://www.ACTHA.us

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Cassie Wenke, Ride Manager
Phone:641-680-0667 or 319-878-3888
Email:sg_wenke@hotmail.com
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Aug 27th - Aug 28th » 41st Annual Men's Fast Pitch Softball Marathon

The Milton Lions Club hosts their 41st Annual Men's Fast Pitch Softball Marathon at the Milton Ball Park.  This is a 12 team double elimination tournament.  The tournament will start at 8am on Saturday and play non-stop thru Sunday evening.  There is no admission fee.

Time:8:00am
Location:Milton
Contact Person:Mark Garrett
Phone:641-656-4411

Aug 27th » Douds EMS Annual Tenderloin Dinner & Dance

Serving bigfoot tenderloins & texas taters 5-7pm at the Douds Fire Station for a free will donation.  Dancing will begin at 6:30p with music by Country 4 and square dancing called by Mae Watson. 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds

September 2011

Sep 2nd - Sep 4th » Stockport Bar-B-Que Days

Friday at Saddle Club Park - Truck Pull 7p (weigh in 6:30p).

Saturday at the Saddle Club Park - Tractor Pull 10a (weigh in 9:30a).

Saturday on Main Street - Sanctioned Kids Pedal Pull 9:30a (registration 9a), Parade 10a (line up at Methodist Church 9:30a), Prince & Princess Contest 11:30a (call Lori @ 319-796-4693), Railroad Museum open after parade until 2p, Lunch served at the Legion Hall at 11:30a, Kids Games 1:30p, Car Show at City Park (registration 8a-Noon).

Sunday in the City Park Community Church 10:30a.

Location:Stockport
Phone:Kris @ 319-796-4342, Martha @ 319-796-4458, Dorothy @ 319-759-1975

Sep 2nd » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Sep 3rd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Sep 3rd » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Sep 3rd » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater -- Canceled

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "Mystery at the Ol' Mill" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory. Reservations required.

**Canceled - Next Show Date 9/24/11

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Sep 4th » 6th Annual Keosauqua Chamber Golf Tournament

4 Person Best Shot held at the Riverview Club in Keosauqua. Open to everyone.  $20 per person registration fee (includes lunch).  Registration 8:30am, Tee-off 9am.  Prizes!!

 

More details coming soon!

Time:8:30am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

Sep 4th » Whispering Pines Winery 4th Anniversary Celebration

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Harvest Band" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and picnic lunch and spend the day.  $2 cover charge.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Sep 7th » Jam Session

Music Jam Session at the Township Hall starting at 6pm.  Refreshments will be available for a free will donation.  Jam Sessions will be held the first Wednesday of the month, July - October.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Joyce Thomas
Phone:319-397-2139

Sep 9th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Sep 10th » Milton Fun Fest

Featuring a parade, vendors, entertainment, games, pedal pull, softball tournament, and more held in or near Milton City Park, Main Street and the ball diamond.

Location:Milton
Phone:641-656-4454

Sep 10th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Sep 10th » Lasagna Dinner/Greg Brown Concert

Homemade lasagna dinner followed by a concert by Greg Brown. Free will donation.

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Douds Community Center Hwy. 98, Douds

Sep 11th » Riverview Club Ryder Cup

All tournaments are $20 per person to register.  You do not have to be a club member to participate.  27 holes.

Time:8:00am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Riverview Country Club
Phone:319-293-3200
Website:http://showcase.netins.net/web/riverview/index.html

Sep 11th » Birmingham Tractor Pull

Antique Tractor pull sponsored by the Birmingham Homecoming Committee.

Time:11:00am
Location:Hwy. 1
Contact Person:Richard Ross
Phone:319-498-4642

Sep 11th » Keosauqua Rotary Picnic in the Park

Enjoy an old-fashioned Picnic in the Park will be held in the Keosauqua City Park commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9-11.  The Rotary Club will provide a BBQ meal, free will donations are accepted to benefit the playground equipment project in the Keosauqua City Park.  There will also be a Homemade Pie Auction and the famous Tarnished Brass Band will be performing. Bring your lawn chairs for an evening of food and fun!

In case of rain, event will be held at the Keosauqua Fire Station.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park
Contact Person:Marsha Appleman
Phone:319-293-6363

Sep 16th - Sep 18th » End of Summer Motorcycle Rally

The State Line Rally Association hosts this event, featuring: field events, races, rodeo, concerts, vendors, and more held at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 1 N. of Keosauqua.

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Dave
Phone:319-498-4460
Website:http://www.statelinerally.net

Sep 16th - Sep 18th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp Riding Clinics

Kristi Smith, Clinician, presents "Parelli Trail Clinic" at the River Valley Lodge and Horse Camp. 

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Sep 16th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Sep 17th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Sep 17th » Sod Bustin' Days

Bring your family and enjoy a display of how things use to be done.  Watch an all day plowing featuring horses and antiqie tractors, listen to live music and kids can have fun with games and a carousel.  There will also be food and drinks.  Free admission!  No alcohol.  Held at teh Saddle Club grounds in Stockport.  Rain date - September 24th.  Food provided by C&L Foods, Stockport Fire Department, and PYRO Youth Group.

Location:Stockport
Contact Person:Stockport City Hall
Phone:319-796-2135

Sep 17th - Sep 18th » Keosauqua Lions Club Breakfast

Breakfast including pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy will be served 7-10am each morning at the Roberts Memorial Building during the End of Summer Motorcycle Rally.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Myrtle
Phone:319-293-3218

Sep 17th » Stockport Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, and more served by Stockport Development in the Masonic Lodge 8-10am.

Time:8:00am until 10:00am
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Sep 17th » Historic Bonaparte Pottery Tour

A unique archeological site and dig with demonstrations and guided tours (admission fee), hands-on workshops, and a gift shop.

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Pottery
Phone:319-592-3620
Website:http://bonaparte-pottery.com/index.html

Sep 17th - Sep 18th » Bentonsport Craft Show & Flea Market

Antiques, collectibles, crafts and flea market treasures can be found at this outdoor show. Food vendors and camping are available. Hours: 10am-5pm daily.

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579

Sep 17th » Taste of Chocolate

Select from a variety of homemade chocolate goodies to create your own box to take home. Priced by the pound. Held at the Whitely Opera House.  Wine tasting on site.

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Sep 18th » Riverview Club Bonaparte/Stockport Ryder Cup

All tournaments are $20 per person to register.  You do not have to be a club member to participate.

Time:8:30am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Riverview Country Club
Phone:319-293-3200
Website:http://showcase.netins.net/web/riverview/index.html

Sep 22nd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Sep 23rd - Sep 25th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2011 Ranch Horse Show Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Sep 23rd » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Sep 23rd » Birmingham Chicken & Hot Dog Dinner

Sponsored by the Birmingham Lions Club. $7.50 adults, $5.00 children.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Lions Building, Cedar St. downtown Birmingham

Sep 24th » Farmington Homecoming

Parade at 2pm sponsored by the Farmington EMS with an Alumni supper served in the evening.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:City of Farmington
Phone:319-878-3711
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

Sep 24th » Movies on Main

The classic movie Swiss Family Robinson will be shown FREE in the band shelter in the Bonaparte City Park at dusk.  Please bring your own seating (chairs, blankets, etc.).  Refreshements will be available for purchase, now you can purchase a Bonaparte Main Street Glass for $10 and get free refills at the Movies on Main. 

**Rain location - Bonaparte's Historic Opera House

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Sep 30th - Oct 2nd » Bentler Family Memorial Fall Ride

Join the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp for this annual event featuring a trail ride, camping, concessions, vendors, a dance, campfire music, wine tasting, arena events, youth fun show, team roping, and more.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Sep 30th » Farmington Farmer's Market

Held every Friday (June 3 - September 30) 3:30p-6:30p at the Farmington Shelter House along the River.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Nadeen McKinney
Phone:319-494-5559
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/

October 2011

Oct 1st » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Oct 1st » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Oct 2nd » Riverview Club Chili Open 3-Person Best Shot

All tournaments are $20 per person to register.  You do not have to be a club member to participate.

Time:8:30am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Riverview Country Club
Phone:319-293-3200
Website:http://showcase.netins.net/web/riverview/index.html

Oct 5th » Jam Session

Music Jam Session at the Township Hall starting at 6pm.  Refreshments will be available for a free will donation.  Jam Sessions will be held the first Wednesday of the month, July - October.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Joyce Thomas
Phone:319-397-2139

Oct 8th - Oct 9th » Scenic Drive Festival (Fall Festival)

This annual fall festival features arts & crafts vendors, antique vendors, art shows, music, garage sales, games, parade, car & motorcycle show, food, Buckskinners camp, and more activities throughout the Villages. Click here for more information or download the 2011 brochure.

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://villagesofvanburen.com/special-events.html?item=3

Oct 15th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Oct 16th » Celebrating the Holidays

Join a variety of local singers and musicians as they celebrate the joy of the season in the Bentonsport Presbyterian Church.

Location:Bentonsport

Oct 21st - Oct 23rd » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2011 Ranch Horse Show Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.  **Finals & Series High Point Awards.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Oct 22nd » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "Slumber Party" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Oct 23rd » Halloween Parade & Hot Dog Roast

Parade in costume down Main Street in Bonaparte to the City Park for a Hot Dog Roast.

Time:3:00pm
Location:Bonaparte

Oct 27th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Oct 27th » Stockport Halloween Party

Sponsored by the LLG Club at the Stockport American Legion Hall at 2pm.

Time:2:00pm
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Oct 28th - Oct 30th » Bentonsport "Halloween" Rendezvous

A Buckskinners Rendezvous with a twist!

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Dr. Stogdill
Phone:641-208-5791

Oct 28th - Oct 30th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp Spooky Halloween Weekend

A haunted trail ride, costume contest and horse costume contest, potluck supper, dance decorated campsites and more at the River Valley Lodge and Horse Camp.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Oct 29th » ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge

The River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp in Farmington is hosting this thrilling American Competitive Trail Horse Association event.  The Challenge will have 6-10 miles of trails (2-3 hr. ride); several judged obstacles; Open, Pleasure, and Junior Divisions; prizes for 1st - 6th places & voluntary jackpots.  The day will begin with breakfast at 7am, check-in before 8am, riders briefing at 9am, ride out at 10am, lunch, awards program, and a hog roast and movie at 6pm at the Lodge.  You MUST preregister at http://www.ACTHA.us

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Cassie Wenke, Ride Manager
Phone:641-680-0667 or 319-878-3888
Email:sg_wenke@hotmail.com
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Oct 29th » Douds Costume Parade & Beggar's Night / Trick or Treat

Parade will be held at the Field Day Grounds at 5pm and Beggar's Night begins at 6pm. 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds

Oct 29th » 3rd Annual Stockport Halloween Carnival

Come have a frightfully good time at the Stockport Legion Hall 6-8pm. There will be games for all ages, game booths, snacks, and prizes. Come in costume for the costume contest!  $5 for a wristband to play unlimited games to win tickets to be used at the Halloween Store. 

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Oct 30th » Cantril Beggar's Night / Trick or Treat

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Cantril

Oct 30th » Bonaparte Beggar's Night / Trick or Treat

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Bonaparte

Oct 30th » Farmington Beggar's Night / Trick or Treat

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Farmington
Website:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Farmington-Iowa/128567403867439

Oct 31st » Keosauqua Halloween Safe Stops

Trick or Treat at Keosauqua Chamber businesses.

Time:4:30pm until 5:30pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com

Oct 31st » Stockport Beggar's Night / Trick or Treat

A hot dog roast in the City Park 5-7p also.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Stockport

Oct 31st » Keosauqua Beggar's Night / Trick or Treat

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Oct 31st » Birmingham Beggar's Night / Trick or Treat

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Birmingham

November 2011

Nov 5th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Nov 5th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Nov 5th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a live performance "Colgate Hour Hosted by Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis" held at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Seating at 6:30 pm. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Nov 11th » Artist's Reception at Burns Gallery & Tea Emporium

This month's feature exhibit is Along The Mormon Trail by local artist, Gin Lammert.  She will greet the public during this month's reception.

Time:5:30pm until 7:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Burns Gallery & Tea Emporium
Phone:319-592-3456
Website:www.burnsgalleryandtea.com

Nov 12th - Nov 13th » Ghost Hunting Classes

Learn about ghost hunting methods and equipment. Take one class or both. Dinner included. Reservations required. Held at the Mason House Inn.

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Mason House Inn B&B
Phone:319-592-3133
Website:http://www.masonhouseinn.com

Nov 12th » Douds Pancake Day

All-u-can-eat pancakes and sausage breakfast served 7-10am in the Douds Community Center.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Douds
Phone:641-936-7159

Nov 12th » Stockport Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, and more served by Stockport Development in the Masonic Lodge 8-10am.

Time:8:00am until 10:00am
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Nov 13th » Mt. Sterling Mountain Music Jam Session

Held at the Mt. Sterling Community Center 1-4p.  Everyone is invited.  Meal available for free will offering.

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Mt. Sterling
Contact Person:DiAnna Allen
Phone:319-494-7700

Nov 19th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Nov 19th » Christmas Open House

There will be specials, refreshments and door prizes given away.  Santa will be at the store 2-4p.

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Wasko Hardware, Inc.
Phone:319-293-6468
Website:http://waskohardware.com/

Nov 26th » Holiday Preview Tea

Enjoy a traditional tea with savories and an entertaining program held in 2 settings, Noon & 1pm at Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:11:00am until 12:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

December 2011

Dec 1st - Dec 31st » Christmas in the Villages

A variety of holiday activities throughout the county including a Festival of Trees, Christmas Teas, bakes sales, crafts, Santa visits, and more. For more information or a free brochure contact the Villages of Van Buren.

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://www.villagesofvanburen.com

Dec 1st - Dec 18th » Holiday KeoBucks Give Away

While shopping at supporting Chamber businesses you can enter to win a prize drawing of $25 in KeoBucks. 5  winners will be selected at random on December 19th. 

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

Dec 1st - Dec 31st » Enchanted Forest Walk

Feel the spirit of the season as you stroll through the Holiday Lights and Displays in Waubonsie Park.  A golf cart is available to use.  Free will donations are appreciated.

Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots
Website:www.cantril_iowa.com

Dec 2nd - Dec 30th » Hometown Christmas at Indian Lake Park

Each evening Indian Lake Park welcomes you to drive-thru the park to see locally designed displays aglow.  Donations are appreciated.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Indian Lake Park Managers
Phone:319-878-3706
Website:http://www.indianlakepark.com/

Dec 2nd - Dec 4th » Christmas at Iron & Lace

Iron & Lace will be decorated for the holidays!  They will also have Artisan Bread samples and demonstrations in blacksmithing, pottery & weaving. 

Iron & Lace will be open each weekend until Christmas and on December 24th until 3p.

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Iron & Lace
Phone:319-592-3222
Website:www.ironandlace.com

Dec 2nd - Dec 4th » Festival of Trees

Hours:  Fri. 5-9p; Sat. 9a-8p, Sun. 12-3p

Dozens of beautifully decorated live Christmas trees, wreaths, table top trees, and decorations based on the theme "Woodland Creature Christmas" on display at the Roberts Memorial Center.  The trees and decorations can be purchased though a a silent auction throughout the 3 days, proceeds going toward "Christmas for Kids."  A variety of live music will entertain the guests during the weekend.  Sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Van Buren County.

Time:5:00pm until 3:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Dec 2nd » Cantril Home Lighting Contest

Lights will be judged on decorated homes from 7-8p.  Cash prizes will be awarded.

Time:7:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots
Phone:319-397-2333
Website:www.cantril_iowa.com

Dec 3rd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Dec 3rd » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Dec 3rd » Christmas Connection

Includes - Breakfast on Main Street; The Cookie Walk; Soup Luncheon & Santa on a Harley.

Breakfast on Main Street will be served by the Bonaparte Library in the Bonaparte Opera House for a free will donation 7-9a. 

The Cookie Walk, sponsored by the Bonaparte Historical Assn., will be held in the Bonaparte Opera House beginning at 9a.  You may select from a variety of your favorite cookies and candies piece by piece, sold by the pound.

The Soup Luncheon, sponsored by the Bonaparte United Church, will be held in the Bonaparte Opera House 11a-1p.  A variety of soups, maidrites, desserts and drinks will be offered for a free will donation. 

Santa will arrive on a Harley at 2p and visit with children until 3p in the Bonaparte Opera House.  Gifts will be handed out.  Sponsored by M16's.

Time:7:00am until 3:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Dec 3rd - Dec 4th » Holiday Open House

Held at the Farmington Community Center 8a-5p Saturday & 9a-4p Sunday.  Crafts, baked goods, quilts, Avon, woodworking, soy candles, ceramics, wreaths and more available.  Lunch available both days at 11a.

Time:8:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Farmington
Phone:Virginia @ 319-878-3905

Dec 3rd » Bake & Rummage Sale

Held at the Birmingham Methodist Church (150 Cheshire St.).

Time:9:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Birmingham

Dec 3rd » Birmingham Lions Brunch

Serving pancakes and sausage, biscuits & gravy, donuts, breakfast casseroles and drinks ($7 per person) in the Birmingham Lions building.  Santa will be visiting as well.

Time:11:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Birmingham
Contact Person:Birmingham Lions

Dec 3rd - Dec 4th » Whispering Pines Winery Holiday Open House

Food & wine pairings add to your holiday experience with recipes, tastings and samples sure to please your guests this holiday season.  Held at Whispering Pines Winery 11a-5p Saturday & Sunday.

Time:11:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz/

Dec 3rd - Dec 4th » Bonaparte Pottery Old Fashion Christmas

Tours of the historic pottery will be offered (free will donation). The gift shop will be open with great gift ideas for the holidays and wine tasting! Antiques, beautiful centerpieces, unique pottery bowls, vases, crocks and more. A 20-yr collection of Hallmark ornaments will be for sale as well.

Time:1:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Pottery, 411 1st St., Bonaparte
Phone:319-592-3620

Dec 3rd » Soup Supper with Santa

A free-will donation Soup Supper will be served at Township Hall from 5-7pm. Santa & Mrs. Claus, along with Christmas Carolers, will be there from 7-8p. with hot chocolate & cookies.

 

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots
Phone:319-397-2333
Website:www.cantril_iowa.com

Dec 3rd » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  The next show will be Dec. 17th.

Enjoy a live performance "Salute to Broadway" featuring winter Broadway musical numbers held at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Seating at 6:30 pm. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Dec 4th » Keosauqua Chamber Christmas High Tea

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

A traditional Holiday High Tea served at 2p by candlelight as you enjoy the beautiful table settings styled by local residents and the holiday decorations that surround you.  Advanced reservations are required and can be made after November 1st at Community First Bank. 

Time:2:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

Dec 8th » Home Lighting & Business Decorating Contest

Judging on decorated homes will be 6-8p.  Please submit your name and address to the Chamber to be considered during judging.  Prizes will be awarded.  NEW this year, the Chamber businesses will also have a holiday decorating contest open to them, please submit your name for consideration also.  To register your home or business call 319-293-7737.

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

Dec 9th - Dec 10th » Taste of Christmas

Enjoy a candlelight dinner and tour of homes decorated for the holidays.  Appetizers are served throughout the downtown businesses with the main course and desserts served in the Bonaparte Opera House.  $25 per person includes dinner.  Reservations are required.

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Dec 9th - Dec 10th » Bonaparte Pottery Old Fashion Christmas

Tours of the historic pottery will be offered (free will donation). The gift shop will be open with great gift ideas for the holidays and wine tasting! Antiques, beautiful centerpieces, unique pottery bowls, vases, crocks and more. A 20-yr collection of Hallmark ornaments will be for sale as well.

Time:1:00pm until 6:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Pottery, 411 1st St., Bonaparte
Phone:319-592-3620

Dec 9th - Dec 10th » First Baptist Church Live Nativity


"Road to Bethlehem" Live Nativity will be held at the First Baptist Church (corner of Tremont & 6th) in Farmington from 6-8pm. There will be 10-15 min. guided tours as visitors follow the "Road to Bethlehem." There will be a children's nursery available for the little ones and crafts for the older children. Family souvenir photos will be taken. Refreshments will also be served. There is no charge for anything. Snow date: Sun. Dec. 11.

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Farmington
Phone:515-210-8925 / 319-878-3735

Dec 10th - Dec 11th » Farmington City Wide Lighting Contest

Maps Available. 

Location:Farmington
Phone:Virginia @ 319-878-3905

Dec 10th » Stockport Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, and more served by Stockport Development in the Masonic Lodge 8-10am.

Time:8:00am until 10:00am
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-2135

Dec 10th - Dec 11th » Cookie & Candy Walk

Held at the Farmington Community Center from 9a-5p daily, a cookie & candy walk.  Lunch served both days. 

Time:9:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Farmington Arts Council
Phone:319-878-3905

Dec 10th » Soup & Dessert Supper

Held at the Douds Community Club, sponsored by the American Legion.  Free will donations accepted. 

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Douds
Contact Person:Douds American Legion

Dec 10th » Stockport Soup Supper

Soup Supper (free will donation), music and Santa visit at 6:30 pm.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Stockport Legion Hall

Dec 17th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Dec 17th - Dec 31st » Yoder's Indian Creek Furniture Holiday Sale

10% off all items purchased in-stock or ordered.  Open 8a-5p, Mon-Sat.  Closed Sundays, Dec. 26th & Jan. 6th. 

Location:Lebanon
Contact Person:Yoder's Indian Creek Furniture

Dec 17th » Mrs. Claus' Helpers

Turn in your holiday cookie shopping orders to the "elves" from Dec. 1 - 12 by calling 319-293-3066 or come by and do your shopping from a large variety of cookies and goodies at the Douds Community Center from 9a-2p.  Charge per dozen. 

Time:9:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Douds
Phone:319-293-3066

Dec 17th » Children's Activities

Fun, free holiday activities for children including making & decorating sugar cookies (2-4p) at the Lunchbox Cafe.  Santa will stop by at 3p.  Candy and refreshments for everyone.

Time:2:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Douds

Dec 17th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "Mystery at the Ol' Mill" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Dec 31st » 3rd Annual Gospel Sing

Join us in good Gospel music and family fellowship at the Roberts Memorial Building.  Sandwiches and drinks furnished bring and covered dish or snacks, meal starts at 5:30pm.

Time:5:30pm
Location:Keosauqua
Phone:641-680-8772

January 2012

Jan 7th - Jan 8th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Hand Piece, Quilting & Applique

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jan 7th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:www.bonaparte-iowa.com

Jan 14th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

7 Step Chair Caning & Intermediate Knitting

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jan 18th » Bingo

Held at the Township Hall in Cantril, 7-9p or until 10 games are played.  Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots.

Time:7:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots

Jan 21st » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Container Candles

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jan 21st » Red Solo Cup Party

Time:2:00pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Hel-Mart
Phone:319-8783576

Jan 21st » Serve Outdoors Banquet

Dinner of Pork Loin, Chicken and all the fixins'. Free will donation. Proceeds to support Serve Outdoors.

No membership fee---open to everyone.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Roberts Memorial Center, Hwy. 1 North, Keosauqua

Jan 22nd » Bingo

Held at the Township Hall in Cantril, 2-5p or until 20 games are played.  Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots.  $100 Jackpot

Time:2:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots

Jan 28th » Lets "Wine" About Winter

Enjoy a pasta buffet bar, wine tasting, and music as we fight the winter blues!  Reservations required.

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jan 28th » Douds Community Fire and EMS Soup Supper, Raffle & Auction

Held at the Douds Community Center.  Free-will offering Soup Supper begins at 5p.  Raffle & Auction begins at 6p.  Raffle tickets can be purchased from Fire Department members, Farmers & Traders Savings Bank, and at the event.  Raffle includes 32" HDTV or Cedar Chest.  Auction includes an old fire truck.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds
Contact Person:Gary Grubbs
Phone:641-936-4668

February 2012

Feb 1st » Bingo

Held at the Township Hall in Cantril, 7-9p or until 10 games are played.  Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots.

Time:7:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots

Feb 4th - Feb 5th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Hand Piece, Quilting & Applique

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Feb 4th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Feb 5th » Bingo

Held at the Township Hall in Cantril, 2-5p or until 20 games are played.  Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots. 

Time:2:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots

Feb 10th » Lions Club Soup Supper & Auction

Great soups and lots of fun items to bid on! Fund raised will benefit our Keosauqua Lions Club's many projects. Held at the Robert's Memorial Center on Hwy. 1 North, Keosauqua.

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Feb 10th » Soup Supper & Bake Sale

Sponsored by the American Legion, held in the Russell-Strait American Legion Hall in Milton.  Free Will Offering.  Serving: 2 Kinds of Chili, Vegetable Soup, Oyster Soup, & Potato Soup.

Time:5:30pm until 8:00pm
Location:Milton

Feb 11th - Feb 12th » Chocolate & Wine Trail at Whispering Pines Winery

Enjoy delicous chocolates with Whispering Pines Wines wine pairings.  Open Sat. & Sun. 11a-5p.  Part of the Scenic River Wine Trail.

Time:11:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz/

Feb 11th » 5th Annual Sweetheart Tea

Enjoy a traditional tea with savories and an entertaining program at Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:11:30am until 1:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Feb 15th » Bingo

Held at the Township Hall in Cantril, 7-9p or until 10 games are played.  Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots.

Time:7:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots

Feb 18th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

7 Step Chair Caning & Intermediate Crochet

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Feb 18th » Birmingham Homecoming Chicken & Fish Fry

Served at the Birmingham Lions Club building.  Menu includes fish, chicken tenders, macaroni & cheese, baked beans, cole slaw, bread & butter, ice cream, desserts, and drinks.  $10 adults and $5 kids 10 & under. 

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham

Feb 19th » Bingo

Held at the Township Hall in Cantril, 2-5p or until 20 games are played.  Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots. 

Time:2:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots

Feb 24th - Feb 26th » Van Buren Players Production "Flight of the Lawnchair Man"

Come and enjoy community theater at its best! Held at the Robert's Memorial Building in Keosauqua.  Showtimes are Friday & Saturday evening at 7:30p and Sunday at 2p.  Tickets prices are $7 adults, $5 for 18 and under, and Sunday Senior (65 and greater) $6.  Tickets can be purchased at Community First Bank in Keosauqua. 

Location:Keosauqua
Phone:319-293-3794

Feb 25th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Scrimshaw a Pendant

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Feb 25th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

 

 

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Feb 29th » Bingo

Held at the Township Hall in Cantril, 7-9p or until 10 games are played.  Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots.

Time:7:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots

March 2012

Mar 3rd - Mar 4th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Hand Piece, Quilting & Applique, Mend & Renew your Wardrobe, and Basic Drawing

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Mar 3rd » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Mar 4th » Bingo

Held at the Township Hall in Cantril, 2-5p or until 20 games are played.  Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots. 

Time:2:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots

Mar 9th » Comedian Ben Bergman at First Street Grille

Comedian Ben Bergman from Chicago, IL will perform live at the First Street Grille.  $8 per person. Please call for reservations. 

Time:9:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:First Street Grille
Phone:319-293-6462

Mar 10th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Container Candles and Soft Pastel Painting

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Mar 10th » Children's Tea

Enjoy a "Fairyland" themed tea with and an entertaining program held noon - 1:30pm at Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required.

Time:12:00pm until 1:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Mar 14th » Bingo

Held at the Township Hall in Cantril, 7-9p or until 10 games are played.  Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots.

Time:7:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots

Mar 16th » Keosauqua Lions Club Fish & Chicken Fry

You'll love the Lions fried fish and chicken and your donation benefits many good causes as well! Served at the Robert's Memorial Center in Keosauqua.  $8 for adults, $5 for children under 10.  Serving whole catfish, chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans & drinks.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Mar 17th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Chair Caning - Flat Reed Split, Spring Bird Watching, and Wheel Thrown Pottery II

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Mar 17th » Birmingham Lions Tenderloin Supper

A tenderloin supper served 5-7pm in the Birminham Lions Building.  $8.00 per plate & children 5-10 $5 per plate.  Menu:  tenderloin sandwich, french fries, cole slaw, dessert & drinks.  Carry-out available.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham
Contact Person:Birmingham Lions

Mar 18th » Bingo

Held at the Township Hall in Cantril, 2-5p or until 20 games are played.  Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots. 

Time:2:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots

Mar 24th » Birmingham Fire Dept. Chicken & Catfish Fry

Serving chicken tenders, pond-raised catfish fillets, french fries, coleslaw, drinks and desserts.  $10 adults and $5 kids.  Stop by to see the new fire truck & equipment!

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham

Mar 29th - Mar 30th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

A Twist In Time I & II

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Mar 31st » Elvis Experience

Enjoy an "Elvis Experience" by the talented Junior Talley at the Roberts Memorial Center on Hwy. 1 N. of Keosauqua.  Doors open at 6p.  Show begins at 7p.  Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at Community First Bank in Keosauqua.  Tickets are $15 at the door. 

Time:7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

April 2012

Apr 2nd » Last Supper Re-enactment

The United Methodist Cooperative Misinstries of Van Buren County is proud to present a living dramatization of Leonardo DaVinici's The Last Supper at the Milton Christian Church.  An hour of drama by Ernest K. Emurian, with music & worship.  A free will offering will be received. 

Time:7:30pm
Location:Milton
Contact Person:Pat Shaw
Phone:319-293-3899

Apr 3rd » Jam Session

Jam sessions will be held in the Township Hall at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month beginning April 3rd. 

Time:6:30pm
Location:Cantril

Apr 3rd » Last Supper Re-enactment

The United Methodist Cooperative Misinstries of Van Buren County is proud to present a living dramatization of Leonardo DaVinici's The Last Supper at the Birminham United Methodist Church.  An hour of drama by Ernest K. Emurian, with music & worship.  A free will offering will be received. 

Time:7:30pm
Location:Birmingham
Contact Person:Pat Shaw
Phone:319-293-3899

Apr 7th » Keosauqua Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

Fun for kids of all ages! Held at 9am the Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Lodge.

Location:Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Lodge

Apr 7th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Papermaking - Bowls

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 7th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Apr 7th » Cantril Easter Egg Hunt

Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will be at the west end of Waubonsie Park in Cantril to greet children.

Time:1:30pm
Location:Waubonsie Park, Cantril
Website:www.cantril-iowa.com

Apr 14th - Apr 15th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

7 Step Chair Caning, Tatting, and Shaker Box

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 14th » Ladies Day Out Tea

Enjoy a traditional tea with savories and an entertaining program held at Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:11:30am until 1:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Apr 20th - Apr 22nd » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2012 Ranch Horse Show Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.

*This weekend is an ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge

 

 

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Apr 21st » Bentonsport Open House

The Bentonsport shops will officially "open for the season" this Saturday 10a - 5p.

During the Open House the Historic Greef General Store will have drawings for 2 gift certificates, offer cookies, and a new business Grand Opening will be held upstairs, Bentonsport Artists Co-Op will be serving refreshments and have lapidary demonstrations from 1-3p, and Iron & Lace will have Artisan Bread samples and blacksmithing, pottery & rug weaving demonstrations.

As always, the Indian Artificact Museum will be open with FREE tours and the Mason House Inn is open YEAR ROUND accepting guests.

 

 

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:www.greefstore.com

Apr 21st - Apr 22nd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Advanced Crocheting and Beginning Blacksmithing

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 21st » Cantril Grass Roots Annual Auction & Soup Supper

Soup Supper in the Township Hall begins at 5:30p.  Auction in Waubonsie Park begins at 6:30p.  Furniture, Antiques, Collectables and more will be auctioned off to help support the Waubonsie Park & Campground.

Time:5:30pm
Location:Cantril, Ia
Phone:Nancy @ 319-397-4782
Website:www.cantril_iowa.com

Apr 27th - Apr 28th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Printmaking I & II and Paint the Landscape

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 28th - Apr 29th » Spring Riding Clinc at River Valley Lodge & Horsecamp

Clinician, Cody Keller, will help start your riding season successfully with great tips for you and your horse.  Tune up, warm up, gear up, and ride with Cody's advice, techniques, and personalized coaching.  Space is limited to sign up early!!

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horsecamp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

Apr 28th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a live performance "Golden Age of Television" held at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Seating at 6:30 pm. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

May 2012

May 4th - May 6th » Ladies Only Expo

May 4-6, 2012
Roberts Memorial Center
Hwy. 1 North, Keosauqua.

Expo hours:
Fri. 4pm-8pm, Sat. 8am-5pm,
Sun. 10am-3pm

**NO ADMISSION FEE**

Featuring specialty Vendors, speakers and demonstrations for "Ladies Only."

Vendors include:  Scentsy Wickless Candles, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Double Eagle Designs, Essential Bodywear, Wanda Roth Vintage Jewelry, Connies Creations, Express Yourself Salon, Premier Designs Jewelry, Whispering Pines, Winery, Origami Owl, Tastefully Simple, Class Act Accessories, Pampered Chef, Danglies By Marcella, Lifemax, Thirty-One Gifts, It Works!, Mechanic's Gems, Addie May Fudge Factory, Celebrate Me Home Print & Design, Melissa's Purses & Posh, Vault Denim, Paparazzi Accessories, Sassy Suprises, & Miche Bags.

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Jen & Kenra's Fashion Show
Sunday May 6
1:30-2:30pm

Don't miss this fun and exciting one-of-a-kind fashion show showcasing styles exclusively for the
"Trendy Gal and Posh Pooch"
from city chic to country bling!

"ASPIRE TO INSPIRE"

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Speakers Include

Wanda Roth. - Vintage Jewelry &

Kim Worsfold L.M.T., L.P.N., M.F.R.T.

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All guests attending the Expo will receive an exclusive "Ladies Only Discount Card." Present the card to participating merchants throughout the Villages for a variety of special discounts & free gifts available during this weekend only...and only to the Ladies who attend the expo!

So...gather your girlfriends, moms, grandmas, daughters and grand-daughters and make plans to spend the weekend in the Villages!

Time:4:00pm
Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://villagesofvanburen.com/special-events.html?item=8

May 5th - May 6th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Pastel/Oil Workshop

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 5th - May 6th » Ghost Hunting Classes

Sign up to take a ghost hunting class at the famous Mason House Inn.  $75 class fee includes the class, dinner and a ghost hunt.  Rooms are available at an additional charge (first-come basis). 

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Mason House Inn
Phone:800-592-3133
Email:stay@masonhouseinn.com
Website:http://www.masonhouseinn.com/

May 5th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by T.O.P.S. in the Whitely Opera House Community Room.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

May 5th » Ladies Day Out at Whispering Pines Winery

Grab your friends, sisters, daughters, and mothers and make plans to join us for a day of fun!  Lunch will be provided and vendors will be on display.  Reservations required by 4/20.

Time:12:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz/

May 5th » Uptown Saturday Night

Local businesses will be open 4-7p offering discounts and specials.  A free "Movie on Main Street" will be shown in the City Park with refreshments available for purchase.  Night at the Museum will be featured this month.  Please bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the movie in comfort.

Time:4:00pm until 9:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

May 12th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Barn Quilt Painting, Chair Caning - Fiber Rush Weave, & Tong Making

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 12th - May 13th » Mothers Day Trail Ride & Poker Run

Join us at the River Vally Lodge & Horsecamp for a fun Mothers Day weekend with trail rides, poker runs, and more. 

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horsecamp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

May 18th - May 20th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2012 Ranch Horse Show Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

May 25th - May 28th » Waubonsie Trail Rendezvous ~ First Nations People & Mountain Man Gathering

Rendezvous a view to the past with pre-1840 events at the Waubonsie Park in Cantril.  No admission fee!  Open Saturday & Sunday 9a-5p & Monday 9a-3p.  Come see men & womens hawk & knife throwing competitions, kids hawk trown and games, woodland period correct music, candy cannon.  You can also enjoy fresh homemade fry bread and hand popped kettle, carmel, cheddar or ranch popcorn. There will also be several vendors with pre-1840 trade goods, handmade items, crafters & musicians. Buffalo Dance Friday night, Black Powder Shoot on Saturday, Round Robin Saturday night, Camp Feed Saturday night (bring covered dish & table service), Primitive Bow Shoot on Sunday, Sunday afternoon Mystery Event, and Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning.

All pre-1840 traders and family campers welcome.  Camper/blanket trader fee $15 & trader fee $20. Some wood, water and showers available.  Modern camping available for a separate charge.  Set up after 4p on May 24 and tear down after 3p on May 28.  All cannons welcome.  Contact:  Tim & Kathy Fortney at 641-652-3510

Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Dr. Stogdill
Phone:641-208-5791

May 25th - May 26th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Natural Dyes of the Natives, Foods of the Natives, & Painting the Landscape

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 26th - May 27th » Spring Riding Clinc at River Valley Lodge & Horsecamp

Clinician, Cody Keller, will teach you how to work your own young horse offering professional advice, skills, and techiniques demonstrated and taught one on one by Cody to you using your horse.  Space is limited to 6 participants. 

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horsecamp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleylodgeandcampground.com/

May 26th » Waterfront Place 6th Anniversary Open House

With refreshments, door prizes and in-store specials.

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Contact Person:Waterfront Place
Phone:319-592-3773

May 26th - May 28th » Bentonsport Spring Fest

10a–5p daily there will be a variety of vendors including flea market treasures, antiques, collectables & hand crafted items.  Food vendors on site with turkey legs, tenderloins, blooming onions, and kettle korn.  Iron & Lace will have rug weaving, pottery, and blacksmithing demonstrations.  The Bentonsport Artist Co-Op will also have different artists deomonstrating throughout the weekend.  Forever Sweet Creations, a new shop in the old Post Office, will have fresh homemade fudge, cookies, sandwiches, and more.  The Lammert Art Studio, on the upper floor of the Historic Greef General Store, will be open for visitors, Gin teaches drawing and painting as an instructor for the Villages Folk School.   The Indian Artifact Museum will offer free tours. 

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:www.greefstore.com

May 27th » Alumni Breakfast

Join the Keosauqua Lions for pancakes and sausage in the Keosauqua City Park.

Time:7:00am until 10:30am
Location:Keosauqua City Park

May 28th » Milton Memorial Day Dinner

The Milton Lions Club will sponsor this event at the Milton Legion Hall.  The menu will include: roasted pork loin, baked potato, mixed vegetables, bread, desserts, & drink.  Adults $8, 10 and under $4. 

Time:11:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Milton

May 28th » Bentonsport Presbyterian Church Memorial Day Service

Featuring Music by Local Musicians & Patriotic Readings celebrating Memorial Day.  There is no admission fee but donations will be accepted to go towards the upkeep of the facility.

Time:7:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Bev O'Brian
Phone:641-472-5298

June 2012

Jun 1st - Jun 3rd » 5th Annual Cowboy Fun Colt Starting Competition

Watch and learn from this judged competition highlighting the skills of 12 area trainers. $2000 grand prize! Western vendors, camping, trail rides, a dance, and more at the River Valley Lodge & Horsecamp in Farmington.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 1st - Jun 2nd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Floor Loom Rug Making

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 2nd » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 2nd » Douds City-wide Garage Sales

Time:8:00am
Phone:641-936-7250

Jun 2nd » 4th Annual Southern Iowa Gospel Sing

Signing starts at 1:30pm.  Scheduled to appear:  The Kelly Sisters, The Loynachans, Praises to HIM, Ambassadors of Grace, The Musical Hammers, & other local talent.  This is an outdoor event so bring your lawn chairs. 

Stay after the singing to enjoy an old fashioned dinner.  The meat & drinks will be provided but please bring a covered dish to share. 

Located at 25775 Chestnut Ave - 1 mile East of MIlton & 1/2 mile North of Hwy 2

Time:1:30pm
Location:Milton
Contact Person:Wayne Norton

Jun 3rd » Whispering Pines Summer Music Event

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Home Brood Band" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and spend the day at Whispering Pines Winery,18356 222nd.St., Keosauqua.  $2 cover charge.  $2 admission fee.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Jun 5th » Jam Session

A JAM Session will be held in the Township Hall begining at 6:30pm and continuing until the musicians give up!  Treats are provided.  The whole family is encouraged to come and sing along. 

Time:6:30pm
Location:Cantril

Jun 8th - Jun 10th » Pony Express Riders Of Iowa Event Weekend

Join the Pony Express Riders at the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp in Farmington for their 2012 Ride to Benefit Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside.  $25 Registration Fee includes Friday night entertainment & meal, Poker run (one hand, extra hands $5 each), Saturday evening meal, dance, & Sunday breakfast.  

 

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 8th - Jun 10th » 30th Annual Farmington Strawberry Festival

Free strawberries & ice cream will be served downtown Saturday & Sunday from 2-4p courtesy of the Farmington Arts Council!

2012 Schedule of Events

  • Friday - Queen & Jr. Queen Contest 6:30p, Music in the Shelterhouse by Starship Enterprise 5-6:30p & Jerad Harness & Blackgrass Band at American Legion 7-11p.
  • Saturday - Triathlon at Indian Lake Park 7a, Antique Garden Tractor Show near the Farmington Locker, Bike & Trike Show Registration 9a-12p, Book Sale at the Farmington Library 9a-5p, Strawberry Cooking Contest at Shelterhouse 9a, Bingo at Shelterhouse 10a-12p, Muddy River Powwow at Indian Lake Park 11a-5p, Cake Walk 11a, Pioneer Historical Society Museum open 10a-4p, Checkers the Clown downtown 2-4p, Bike & Trike Show Awards 3p, Talent Show at American Legion Band Stand 3p, Music by Starship Enterprise at the Shelterhouse 5-7:30p, The Knobbs & Isaac James at the American Legion Bandstand 8p-12a, and Shimek Go-Kart Races at Shimek Speedway 7p
  • Sunday - Community Worship Service 8a, Strawberry Stroll at Indian Lake Park 8-8:30a, Car Show Registration 8a-Noon, Farmington Library Book Sale 9a-3p, Cannon Ball Bike Ride Registration 9-11a, Bingo at Shelterhouse 11a-1p, Muddy River Powwow at Indian Lake Park 11a-2p, Cake Walk 12p, Berry Good Dog Show 1p, Open Karaoke 1-3p, Pioneer Historical Society Museum 1-4p, Children's Pedal Pull 2p, & Kenny Hamberg Memorial Car Show Awards 3:30p.  
  • Saturday & Sunday - Arts, Crafts, & Flea Market Vendors open along the Riverbank 9a-5p, Breakfast at Shelterhouse 6a-?, free strawberries & ice cream will be served downtown 2-4p,  Pork & Ribeye Sandwiches at the American Legion 12p, Food Stands, Face Painting, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, D&B Shows Carnival, and more!!
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:City of Farmington
Phone:319-878-3905 or 319-878-4255
Website:http://www.farmingtoniowa.com/strawberryfestival.html

Jun 9th » Bonaparte's Civil War Experience

Commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War with re-enactments, era exhibits, displays, and vendors in Bonaparte. 

In conjunction with this event, Bonaparte Main Street, Inc. will host the State Historical Museum's "The Fiery Trail:  Iowa and the Civil War" a traveling Civil War Exhibit on June 9th, 2012 10a-5p.  The traveling exhibit is housed in a 32 foot trailer and includes a visual timeline of Iowa's participation in the Civil War, exhibits about Iowan's and their Civil War experiences, informatin about Annie Wittenmyer, the impact of the Civil War on Iowa, the role Iowa played in the Civil Rights movement, and a computer program that allows visitors to research Civil War ancestors.  For more information on this exhibit visit www.iowahistory.org

*Vintage Doll Contest Returns*        

Vintage bride dolls from the 1950's & 1960's have been dressed by southeast Iowa women for this annual doll dressing contest.  Sponsored by Gianna & Roy Barrow of Bonaparte, the dolls dressed in 1860's era outfits will be on display for voting (with quarters) in the Waterfront Place.  Voting begins Saturday, June 2nd and ends at 4p on Sunday, June 10th when the winners will be announced.  The doll winning the most votes will be presented with a "Miss America" sash and returned to her designer.  Second & Third places will also receive sashes embroidered as "Miss Union States" and "Miss Confederate States", respectively, a "Miss Congeniality" award will also be given.  The doll designers had 9 months to research, create, design, style, and make their outfites for the dolls,  The dolls will be dressed in a variety of styles including ball gowns, traveling costumes, day dresses, and even uniforms.  The dolls will have era appropriate wigs, hats, bonnets or headbands, and hoops, bloomers, belts, leather shoes, reticules, broaches, bracelets, necklaces, umbrellas, and lace gloves complete the outfits.  Following the event dolls designed by 4H girls will be returned to them for summer fair competitions but all dolls, with the exception of 1st place, will be sold during a silent auction during the Scenic Drive Festival October 13 & 14 at the Whitely Opera House in Bonaparte where anyone can bid on them.  For more information contact Gianna Barrow at 319-592-3580.               

 

 

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 9th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Barn Quilt Painting

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 9th » Civil War Era Tea

A traditional tea served with a program on Victorian Era Clothing.  Reservations required.

Time:11:30am until 1:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Jun 9th » Taste of History

Bonaparte Main Street, Inc. will host their Taste of History at the Whiteley Opera House in downtown Bonaparte, Iowa.  The annual three course dinner theater starts at 6:00 pm.  Reservations are required. 

 

This unique adaptation of a cemetery tour combines the comfort of indoor seating with a meal and entertainment.  Locals perform in costume and character relating stories in the first person between each course of the evening.  Guests sit at tables designed and set by area women reflecting the era, story, or character while the actors serve as waiters.  This year the stories and tables will reflect the 1860’s as the community recognizes the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with their annual Civil War Experience.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 15th - Jun 17th » Birmingham Homecoming

The 28th Annual celebration held in the Birmingham City Park features a parade, car show, tractor show, kids' games, entertainment, food & more. 

Friday Events:

5 pm Tenderloin Supper served by the Lions Club

6pm Prince & Princess Finals in Gazebo (For more information contact Tiffany Warner 641-919-1568)

6:30pm Free Kids Bingo sponsored by Homecoming Committee

7:30pm Cake Walk around Gazebo

Saturday Events:

7am Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast served by the Lions Club

8am-12pm Car Show Sign In (For more information contact Kelly Spees 641-919-7924)

9-11am Tractor Show Sign In (For more information contact Roy Rains 319-498-4504)

10am Parade Line Up at City Hall - Theme: Birmingham Pride

10:30am Baking Contest Sign In at Log Cabin (For more information contact Barb Jamison 319-498-4215)

10:45am Car Cruise

11am Parade

12pm Methodist Church Lunch & Car Show Judging

1pm Car Show, Free Fire House, Firemen's Free Water Sports, Baking Contest Judging

1-3pm Free Kids Games, Barnyard Billy, Face Painting, Bounce House & More

1:30pm Baked Goods Auction at Log Cabin

2-3pm Radio Control Car Races (For more information contact Heather Kennedy 319-677-0206)

3pm Kids Pedal Pull Sign In

3:30pm Kids Pedal Pull (For more information contact Willard Hoskins 319-293-3550)

4pm AirEvac Helicopter

5-7pm Firemen's Smoked Iowa Chop Supper

5:30pm Winchester Renegades 4H Ice Cream & Pie Social

6-8pm Music By Stan Knipfer & Jim Settles

Book Sale All Day at the Library

Sunday Events:

7-9am Breakfast Buffet by the Lions Club

10am Church Services at the Shelter hosted by the Presbyterian Church

11am Tractor Pull on Railroad Right Of Way behind Jet Stop (For more information contact Wes Greenfield 319-498-4411

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Location:Birmingham

Jun 15th - Jun 17th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2012 Ranch Horse Show Series

3rd Show in Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 15th - Jun 16th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Floor Loom Rug Making, Chair Caning - Flat Reed Split & Soft Pastel Painting

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 16th » The Harvest Band at Whispering Pines Winery

The Harvest Band will be performing at the Winery at 2pm.  Food will be available by Baileys BBQ Barn.  Please bring lawn chairs for a day of fun at Whispering Pines Winery.

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz/

Jun 16th » Fly Van Buren

Fly-in pancake & sausage breakfast served from 7-10am at the Keosauqua Muncipal Airport (rain or shine). Fly-in pilots eat for free!  Enjoy watching the aerobatic skills of the remote control aircraft pilots of Ottumwa Radio Control Flyers. The Kids Paper Plane Contest will be held at 8a and prizes will be awarded in 3 age groups.  AirEvac will be on site.  KRKN will be there doing a live remote.  Two lucky winners will win a 30 minute airplane ride from a local pilot.  Everyone welcome, no admission fee for spectators.  NEW this year the Water Balloon Bomb Drop!  6 people (drawn at random) will get 3 tries at dropping a water balloon from the plane onto a target.  The closest person to the target will win a prize!

Time:7:00am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://www.villagesofvanburen.com

Jun 16th - Jun 17th » Summer Kick Off at Whispering Pines Winery

Whispering Pines Winery, in conjuction with the Scenic Rivers Wine Trail will host a Summer Kick Off Saturday & Sunday, 10a-5p daily.  You are invited to attend this free wine pairing event and sample Cheesy Cream of Broccoli Soup with White Diamond (Vidal) & Texas Toast.

Time:11:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.scenicriverswine.com

Jun 16th » BYU Ballroom Dance Company "Capture the Magic"

Held at the Van Buren High School Gymnasium in Keosauqua.  The performance will begin at 12:30pm with a dance class to follow. 

Showcasing a stage peformance of spectacular dance formations, solo routines, and ensemble numbers.  In the style of a Broadway production, the showcase moves from the graceful glide of evening gowns and tuxedos to the upbeat and energetic sizzle of Latin-style dance.  Colorful costumes, diverse repertoire, and exeptional choreography make this show an instant audience favorite. 

Time:12:30pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:http://www.greefstore.com

Jun 16th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "Mystery at the Ol' Mill" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:1:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3139
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 16th » Douds Fire Department Fish & Chicken Fry

A Fish & Chicken Fry will by hosted by the Douds Fire Department at the Fire Station 5-8pm for a free will offering.

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Douds

Jun 23rd » 63rd Annual Douds Field Day

Parade, Kids Games, Alumni Banquet, Community Church Service, Lots of Food and Entertainment.  Events at Yates Memorial Park unless specified.

Event Schedule:

Friday - 6:30pm Douds High School Reunion & Banquet at the Douds Elementary Center.

Saturday - 7:30a Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at the Community Center 7:30a-10a; 10:30a Parade themed "The Wild, Wild West" ; 11a Pedal Pull by Hawkeye Pedal Pull Registration with Pull at 11:20p; 11:30a Lunch; 1p Kids Games; 2p Cakewalk; 3p Bluegrass Blondies performing; Baked Goods Auciton (during band break); Root Beer Floats & other treats available during the concert.

Sunday (at Mt. Moriah Country Church) - 9a Coffe & Breakfast Sweets; 10a Community Worship Service.

 

Organized by Douds Community Club

Location:Douds
Phone:641-936-4485

Jun 23rd » Daniel Christy Memorial Motorcycle Show

The 5th Annual motorcycle show and poker run. Proceeds go to fund a scholarship at SCC in Daniel's name. Held in downtown Bonaparte.

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 23rd - Jun 24th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Sculpture Portrait In Three Dimension

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 29th - Jun 30th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Floor Loom Rug Making & Mend and Renew Your Wardrobe

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 30th » Bonaparte Fireworks Display

Van Buren/Jefferson County Jaycees will provide a fireworks display at dusk.  Vendors will be set up in the City Park.  The Bonaparte Library will have a concession stand in the Park.  The American Legion will have a maidrite luncheon in the Opera House.  The Bill Riley Talent Show will be at the Harmony Elementary School. 

Jun 30th » BYU Living Legends

A celebration of Native American, Polynesian, and Latin American music and dance.  Held in the Gazebo at the Riverside Park in Bentonsport.  No admission cost to attend. 

 

 

Time:1:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Historic Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:http://www.greefstore.com

July 2012

Jul 3rd » Good Samaritan Society - Van Buren's 40 Year Anniversary Celebration

Join the Good Samaritan Society - Van Buren as they celebrate 40 years of service to the community.  The evening will kick off at 3p with an Ice Cream Social, Hot Air Balloon, & Petting Zoo, at 4:30p Dizzy the Clown will entertain, at 5p enjoy a BBQ supper, and a 6p music by Van & The Movers.  Door prizes will be given away throughout the event.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Pearson House open 3-7p.

Time:3:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Good Samaritan Society - Van Buren
Phone:319-293-3761

Jul 3rd » Jam Session

A JAM Session will be held in the Township Hall begining at 6:30pm and continuing until the musicians give up!  Treats are provided.  The whole family is encouraged to come and sing along. 

Time:6:30pm
Location:Cantril

Jul 4th » Keosauqua Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks

A home town Fourth of July with fun kids' activities, refreshments, entertainment, and spectacular fireworks. Bring your family and friends!  A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served 7-10a.  Kids Pedal Pull registration at noon, pull at 12:30p.  Kids games at 2p in the City Park.  Lunch will be served at 11a in the dining tent.  Bingo at the Senior Center at 2p.  Bags Tournament (after kids games) $5 per team.  Silver Mine at 4p.  Riverfront Stage Shows begin at 6:30p with the Harvest Band & The Nauvoo Pageant Bagpipe Band & Dancers performing during breaks.  A Fireworks display at dusk. 

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Linda
Phone:319-293-3761

Jul 7th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Tool Making

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jul 7th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

French Toast Casserole and fruit served 7-9a by a Job's Closet in the Whitely Opera House for a free will donation.  Movies on Main will feature John Wayne in Chisum in the City Park. 

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jul 8th » Whispering Pines Summer Music Event

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Two Pony Blues Band" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and picnic lunch and spend the day at Whispering Pines Winery, 18356 222nd St., Keosauqua.  $2 cover charge.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Jul 13th - Jul 15th » 5th Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude Ride

Join the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp in Farmington for a fun weekend event while raising money for St. Jude Children's Hospital!  A dance, auction, good food, organized trail ride, raffles, and more!

 

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888 (Camping) 319-572-6964 (More Info)
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jul 14th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Barn Quilt Painting

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jul 14th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a live performance "USO Show" held at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Seating at 6:30 pm. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Jul 15th - Jul 23rd » Van Buren County Fair

Features 4-H exhibits, truck & tractor pull, demo derby, pedal pull, fair queen contest, rodeo, and more. 

Download the 2012 Van Buren County Fair Schedule.

Location:Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Keosauqua
Phone:319-293-3808

Jul 15th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a live performance "USO Show" held at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Seating at 1:30 pm. Reservations required.

Time:1:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Jul 20th - Jul 22nd » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2012 Ranch Horse Show Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.

*This weekend is the "Western Heritage" weekend with Cowboy Mounted Shooting on Saturday & Sunday.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jul 21st » Birmingham Lions Ice Cream Supper

The Birmingham Lions will host a homemade ice cream, pie, and sandwich supper at the Birmingham Lions Building.  Serving will begin at 5p.  Free will offering.  Entertainment provided by Country Round-Up.

Time:5:30pm
Location:Birmingham

Jul 28th » J40 Farm Crawl

From Pittsburg to Lebanon and beyond! Enjoy this unique day filled with farm tours, artists, wineries, Amish furniture, clay oven baking, wagon rides, Amish school breakfast, barn tours, and more. 

Download the brochure & map.

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Kim
Phone:319-293-6168
Website:https://www.facebook.com/J40FarmCrawl?ref=ts

Jul 28th » Downtown After Sundown

Enjoy an old fashioned Saturday evening in the Bonaparte Historic District. An ice cream social sponsored by the Bonaparte United Church will begin at 5p serving homemade vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream and homemade pies, cakes, and sandwiches.  A street dance will be held 7p-10p with the musical stylings of Ned Frances.  Kids Games, SnoCones, Lemonade & Face Painting will also begin at 7p.  Downtown businesses will be open late with specials offered. 

Time:5:00pm until 10:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

August 2012

Aug 2nd » Safe & Healthy Kids Fair

The Child Abuse Prevention Council will host their annual Safe & Health Kids Fair at the Roberts Memorial Building (Hwy. 1 N., Keosauqua).  The theme this year is "Wanted All Cowboys and Cowgirls!  Come lasso some fun at the Safe & Healthy Kids Fair."  This event is free to all Van Buren County residents.  Free school supplies and backpacks will be available for students who attend and go to Harmony, Van Buren or are home-schooled in Van Buren County.  There will also be free health and safety resources for families, activities, fire trucks, food, books, and more!

Time:3:30pm until 5:30pm
Location:Keosauqua

Aug 3rd - Aug 5th » Cantril "GET-R-DONE" Dayz

New this year, Cantril Days!  This years theme is "GET-R-DONE!" 

McQuoids Home Cooking begins at 5p Friday Night Only (free will donation).

Co-Ed Slowpitch Softball Tournament Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Git-R-Done Watering Hole will serve adult beverages throughout the weekend, must be 21 to enter, NO coolers allowed.

Jefferson County Green Band & Quicksilver playing live music at the "Watering Hole" Friday & Saturday nights.

Bounce House, Slide, Blow Up Twister, Squirt Gun Fights, Face Painting, Silver Mine, Greased Pig Contest & Tractor Pull for kids.  $10 wristband for unlimited activities for the weekend.

Chicken Chit Bingo with cash prizes.  3 chances to win.

City Wide Yard Sales, Vortex Tunnel, Mechanical Bull, & 50/50 Raffle all weekend long.

Food Available by Bailey BBQ Barn, Chesney's Food Stand, Outlaws Softball Snack Shack & More.

Event T-shirts available by Stampede Graphics.

Wine Tasting on Saturday with Whispering Pines of Keosauqua, Smith Brothers of Batavia & Crane of Selma.

Parade Saturday at 6p.

Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Mindi @ 641-919-6021 or Kellie @ 641-680-2322

Aug 4th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Aug 5th » Whispering Pines Summer Music Event

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Gold Rush Band" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and picnic lunch and spend the day at Whispering Pines Winery, 18356 222nd St., Keosauqua.  $2 cover charge.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Aug 11th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

7 Step Chair Caning, Barn Quilt Painting, and Forge Welding

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Aug 11th - Aug 12th » Ghost Hunting Classes

Sign up to take a ghost hunting class at the famous Mason House Inn.  $75 class fee includes the class, dinner and a ghost hunt.  Rooms are available at an additional charge (first-come basis). 

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Mason House Inn
Phone:800-592-3133
Email:stay@masonhouseinn.com
Website:http://www.masonhouseinn.com/

Aug 11th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and a moving picture show.  Seating at 6:30p.  Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Aug 13th » Stockport Lions Pie & Ice Cream Social

Pie and Ice Cream served at the Legion Hall for a free will offering.

Time:5:30pm until 7:30pm
Location:Stockport

Aug 15th » Culpepper & Merriweather Circus

Sponsored by the Keosauqua Chamber.  Held at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds (north of Keosauqua).  Show times are 5p & 7:30p.  Tickets available at Boyd Grocery, Circle B, Community First Bank, First Street Grille, Libertyville Savings Bank, Town & Country, Wasko Hardware and the Chamber Office.

Skeeter the Clown will be in Keosauqua Wednesday, August 8th to promote the circus.  Skeeter will be at Center Village at 8:45am, VBCH Day Care at 9:15am, Keosauqua City Park 9:45am, and Bonaparte City Park 10:30am.  There is no charge to come see the clown this day. 

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:http://www.cmcircus.com

Aug 17th - Aug 19th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2012 Ranch Horse Show Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.

*ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge weekend.

**All Around Horse Championship weekend including Conformation, Barrels, Breakaway Roping, Ranch Cutting, Ranch Western Pleasure, & Ranch Riding.  First Place $1,000!

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Aug 18th - Aug 19th » Bike Van Buren XXVI

A family-orientated, leisurely, two day bicycle ride through the historic Villages of Van Buren. Take part in the "poker ride" event and win prizes! Free t-shirt, drinks, and snacks with paid registration. Sag wagon & technical support available.

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://villagesofvanburen.com/special-events.html?item=1

Aug 18th - Aug 19th » Keosauqua Lions Club Breakfast

A pancake and sausage will be served 7-10am each morning in the Keosauqua City Park before Bike Van Buren. Everyone is welcome!

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua City Park

Aug 18th » Off Road Antique Show

Bring your antiques and collectables to be valued by certified appraisers at the Whitely Opera House in Bonaparte.  First come, first served. Appraisals for informationa purpose only.

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Aug 25th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Paint the Landscape and Twist in Time - Flax & Fibers

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Aug 26th » Band Concert at Leando Memorial Park

Van Buren County's Tarnished Brass Band, under the direction of Ken Burns, will put on a concert at the Memorial Park in Leando beginning at 5pm.  Pie, Ice Cream, Beverages, & Root Beer Floats will be served.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  No charge - free will offering.  Bring a lawn chair.  Sponsored by the Douds Historic Preservation Assocition, Inc.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds

Aug 31st - Sep 1st » Stockport Lions BBQ Days

"Salute to Our Farmers"

Friday, August 31st

6pm      Snack Shack opens at Saddle Club Grounds

6:30pm  Weigh In for Truck Pull at Saddle Club Grounds

7pm       Truck Pull at Saddle Club Grounds **

Saturday, September 1st

8am       Car Show in City Park (Judging at Noon)***

10am      Cuite Contest (For info call Lisa @ 319-288-1222)

10am      Parade Line Up at Methodist Church

11am       Parade (For info call Melissa @ 319-796-4458)

11am      Snack Shack on Main Street Opens

11a-2pm  Railroad Museum Open

11:30am  Kids Decorated Bike Contest

11:30am  BBQ and Full Lunch at Legion Hall

11:30am  Weigh In for Tractor Pull at Saddle Club Grounds

12pm       Tractor Pull****

12pm       Kids Games in the Christian Church Yard

1pm         Kids Pedal Pull Registration on Main Street

1:30pm     Kids Pedal Pull (Ages 4-11)

Sunday, September 2nd

10:30am   Community Church Service at the Heritage Center (old school gym)

 

Times of Events May Change / Food Available on Grounds / No Outside Food Vendors / No Alcohol or Drugs on Grounds / Not Responsible In Case of Accident

**Truck Pull $25 Entry Fee. Classes: 6500 Stock, 6500 Open, 8000 Two Wheel Drive & Diesel, 8000 Stock & Diesel, 8000 Open.  Drive line shields must be in place.  Driver must have divers license and proof of insurance.  Other restrictions apply.  Jeff White Sled.  Judges decisions are final, officials may change classes as needed.  For info call Ken @ 641-919-1587.

***Car Show $5 Entry Fee.  Classes: Antique 1900-1948, 1949-1960 Stock, 1961-1980 Stock, 1981-Present Stock, 1949-1960 Modified, 1961-1980 Modified, 1981-Present Modified, Motorcycles, Unfinished Restoration, Factory Muscle Car, Convertible, 2x4 Pickup Stock, 4x4 Pickup Stock, 2x4 Pickup Modified, 4x4 Pickup Modified, Mini Cars & Trucks, Special Interest, Antique Tractor, Farm Class Tractor, & Peoples Choice Tractor.  Special Award: Thad Millard Motorcycle Award.  For more info call Jeff @ 319-796-4683.

***Tractor Pull $15 Entry Fee. Classes: Open & Classic & Farm 3500 (no farm), 4500, 5000, 5500, 6500, 7500 Farm, 8500 Farm, 10,000 Farm No Turbo, 10,000 Turbo Only, 11,500 Farm to 13,500 Farm.  All Tractors will be weighed.  Laplander Rules.  Judges decisions are final, officials may change classes as needed.  For info call Ken @ 641-919-1587.

Location:Stockport
Phone:General Info: Dorothy Gilbert 319-796-2253 or Kriss McLain 319-796-4342

September 2012

Sep 1st » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Sep 2nd » Keosauqua Chamb 7th Annual Golf Tournament

4 Person Best Shot at the Riverview County Club in Keosauqua.  Registration begins at 8:30am, Tee-off at 9am.  Open to everyone.  $25 per person registration fee, lunch is included.  WIN cash prizes, door prizes, "Fun Shot" prizes, & "Hole In One" prize.  Registration forms available at Keosauqua Chamber office, T & C Tavern & Riverview Country Club.

Time:8:30am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

Sep 2nd » Whispering Pines Winery 5th Anniversary Celebration

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Harvest Band" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and picnic lunch and spend the day.  $2 cover charge.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Sep 8th » Milton Fun Fest

8am - 8:45am  Registration for 5K Run/Walk

9am  5K Run/Walk

9:30am  Registration for Baby Contest & Parade ~ Vendors Open ~ Food Available ~ Bounce Houses

9:45am  Winners Announced from Run/Walk

10am  Baby Contest

11am  Parade (Theme: Milton Gone Wild)

Noon  Song Bird, Donita Benedict ~ Carival Games ~ Face Painting ~ Tattoos ~ Cake Walk

1pm  Karaoke Contest

1:30pm  Kiddie Tractor Pull Registration

2pm  Bingo ~ Kiddie Tractor Pull

3pm  Wild, Wild West

4pm  Kids Games

5pm  Chicken BBQ Supper (Free Will Offering / Milton Fire Dept.)

6pm  American Pie

 

Time:8:00am
Location:Milton
Phone:641-656-4454

Sep 8th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and "Mystery at the Ol' Mill" an audience participation program at the Addie May Fudge Factory. Reservations required.

 

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Sep 9th » Birmingham Homecoming Tractor Pull

Pulling starts at 11am.  Located on the west side of Hwy. 1 in Birmingham. 

Antique & Classice Tractors - Laplander Rules.  Classes:  3250-3500-4000-4500-5500-6500, Joe Greenfield Memorial Traveling Trophy, Antique 5500.  

Out of the Field Farmer Classes - Farm Classes:  4000-4500-5500-6500-9000-10,000-11,000-12,000-13,000-14,000. 

No cut tires, stock turbos, or pumps.

$10 Entry Fee - Trophies in each class.  All Tractors will be weighed.  Officials may change classes if needed.  No alcohol or drugs on premises.

For more info contact:  Wes Greenfield 319-498-4411 or 641-777-4602; Richard Ross 319-498-4642; or Roy Rains 319-498-4504.

 

Time:11:00am
Location:Birmingham

Sep 11th » Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit and Program

The "Remembering Our Fallen" traveling exhibit will be displayed at the VBHS the week of Sept. 9th.  This exhibit is honoring the 84 Iowa Soldiers who have died in the fight against terrorism since 9/11.  There will be a program the evening of the 11th begining at 6:30pm at the Van Buren High School.  The Patriot Guard Riders will be present as well as representatives from the Van Buren County American Legion. 

 

More information to come.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Keosauqua

Sep 13th » Kick Off to End of Summer Rally Street Dance

First Street Grille hosts a Kick Off to the End of Summer State Line Rally with a street dance.  Rukkus will be performing at 8pm.  No admission fee!

Time:8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:First Street Grille
Phone:319-293-6462

Sep 14th - Sep 16th » End of Summer Motorcycle Rally

The State Line Rally Association hosts this event, featuring: field events, races, rodeo, concerts, vendors, and more held at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 1 N. of Keosauqua.

  • Fun Run Parade will begin at 7pm on Friday & Saturday following the same route as years past.
  • Bike Show- Saturday 11:30am-2:00pm
  • Poker Run- Saturday sign-up 10:00- 12:00pm. Payout at 3:00pm.
  • Burnout Pit- Friday night
  • Bike Rodeo- Saturday 2:00pm
  • Pulling Sled- Friday & Saturday 8:00pm
  • Sunday Worship 9:00am
  • Live Music: Friday: Slick Willy, BEAKER BROTHERS, Randy McCallister. Saturday: Wide Track, BLACKFOOT, Riker
  • Sunday: Short Track Pro Motorcycle Racing. Hot laps: 10:00am - Races: 12:00pm. $5000 minimum cash guarantee. 450 Open Pro, 450 Open Amateur, 85 CC Junior, Vintage Classes. Race day only tickets $10, under 21 admitted on Race Day only.

Advance tickets: $25.00. At the gate: $30. No one under 21 admitted.

 

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Dave
Phone:319-498-4460
Website:http://www.statelinerally.net

Sep 15th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Chair Caning - Fiber Rush Weave and Paint the Landscape

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Time:12:00am
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Sep 15th - Sep 16th » Keosauqua Lions Club Breakfast

Breakfast including pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy will be served 7-10am each morning at the Roberts Memorial Building during the End of Summer Motorcycle Rally.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Myrtle
Phone:319-293-3218

Sep 15th » Historic Bonaparte Pottery Tour

A unique archeological site and dig with demonstrations and guided tours (admission fee), hands-on workshops, and a gift shop.

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Pottery
Phone:319-592-3620
Website:http://bonaparte-pottery.com/index.html

Sep 15th - Sep 16th » Bentonsport Craft Show & Flea Market

Antiques, collectibles, crafts and flea market treasures can be found at this outdoor show. Food vendors and camping are available. Hours: 10am-5pm daily.  Two Pony Blues Band will play Saturday 12-2pm. 

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:http://www.greefstore.com

Sep 15th » Taste of Chocolate

Select from a variety of homemade chocolate goodies to create your own box to take home. Priced by the pound. Held at the Whitely Opera House.  Wine tasting on site.

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Sep 21st - Sep 23rd » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2012 Ranch Horse Show Series

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Sep 22nd - Sep 23rd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Beginning Blacksmithing

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Sep 28th - Sep 29th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Natural Dyes I & II

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

October 2012

Oct 5th - Oct 7th » Bentler Family Memorial Fall Ride

Join the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp for this annual event featuring a trail ride, camping, concessions, vendors, a dance, campfire music, wine tasting, arena events, youth fun show, team roping, and more.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Oct 6th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Oct 13th - Oct 14th » Scenic Drive Festival

This annual fall festival features arts & crafts vendors, antique vendors, art shows, music, garage sales, games, parade, car & motorcycle show, food, Buckskinners camp, and more activities throughout the Villages.

Download a brochure

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://villagesofvanburen.com/special-events.html?item=3

Oct 14th » Sunday Jazz

The Birmingham Methodist Church will host Sunday Jazz with live music at the Church.  This is a free event and it is open to the public.  Come enjoy a variety of music!

Time:9:45am
Location:Birmingham

Oct 19th - Oct 21st » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2012 Ranch Horse Show Series Finals & High Point Awards

~Friday events begin at 6:30pm~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding, & Beginners Sort.  ~Saturday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Barrel Racing, Open Sort, No. 6 Sort, Ranch Riding & Beginners Sort.  Ranch Rodeo Events on Saturday following the above events include Arena Sort, Branding, Sort N Pen & Breakaway Roping.  ~Sunday events begin at 11am~ Featuring:  Jackpot Team Roping & River Valley Extreme Trail Challenge.  Participants entry fees vary depending on the event.  Admission fee is a one time $5 charge.  Camping & concessions available on grounds.  Dance Saturday night.  Trail rides all weekend through Shimek Forest.

*ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge weekend

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Oct 20th » Amish School Breakfast & Bake Sale

Homemade breakfast served inside the Lebanon Amish Schoolhouse.  Free will donation.  Bake sale outside.

Time:7:00am until 12:00pm
Location:Lebanon

Oct 23rd » Lebanon UMC Fall Dinner & Auction

The Lebanon United Methodist Church will host their Fall Dinner & Auciton beginning at 5p at the Church.  Ham and Scalloped Chicken will be served for a free will offering.  The Auction, featuring lots of handmade items, will follow dinner.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Lebanon

Oct 25th - Oct 27th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Papermaking, Journal/Bowls, and Chair Caning - Flat Reed Split

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Oct 26th - Oct 28th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp Spooky Halloween Weekend

A haunted trail ride, costume contest and horse & dog costume contest, potluck supper, dance decorated campsites and more at the River Valley Lodge and Horse Camp.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Oct 27th - Oct 28th » Bentonsport "Halloween" Rendezvous

A Buckskinners Rendezvous with a twist!

Rendezvous a view to the past with pre-1840 events at the Riverside Park in Bentonsport.  In additon to the normal events, hawk & knife throwing competitions, black powder shoot, primitive bow shoot, a working blacksmith, kids games and the candy cannon, there will also be pumpkin carving contests adult games, and bridge lighting.  You can also enjoy fresh homemade fry bread and hand popped kettle, carmel, cheddar or ranch popcorn. There will also be several vendors with pre-1840 trade goods, handmade items, crafters & musicians.  No admission fee!

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Dr. Stogdill
Phone:641-208-5791

Oct 27th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

Enjoy a delicious dinner and an audience participation dinner theater at the Addie May Fudge Factory. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Oct 30th » Stockport Trick or Treat

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Stockport

Oct 30th » Bonaparte Trick or Treat

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Bonaparte

Oct 30th » FarmingtonTrick or Treat

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Farmington

Oct 30th » Cantril Trick or Treat

Time:5:30pm until 7:30pm
Location:Cantril

Oct 30th » Milton Trick or Treat

Time:5:30pm until 7:30pm
Location:Milton

Oct 31st » Keosauqua Chamber Safe Halloween Stops

Local businesses will be handing out candy for a safe and friendly trick or treat experience. 

Time:4:30pm until 6:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:www.keosauqua.com

Oct 31st » Douds Trick or Treat

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Douds

Oct 31st » Keosauqua Trick or Treat

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Oct 31st » Good Samaritan Society - Van Buren's Annual Costume Carnival

Cakewalk, Kid's Games, Prizes, Candy & Goodies at the Good Samaritan Society.  All kids are welcome to attend!

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Kandi Cochran
Phone:319-293-3761

Oct 31st » Birmingham Trick or Treat

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Birmingham

November 2012

Nov 3rd - Nov 4th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Rug Weaving Workshop

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Nov 3rd » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Nov 3rd » Douds UMC God's Portion Supper & Auction

Served at the Douds United Methodist Church.  Supper starts at 5p for a free will donation.  Auction starts at 6:30p.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds

Nov 10th - Nov 11th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Chair Caning - Flat Reed Split, Beginning Knitting, Tatting, and Shaker Box

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Nov 10th - Nov 11th » Ghost Hunting Classes

Sign up to take a ghost hunting class at the famous Mason House Inn.  $75 class fee includes the class, dinner and a ghost hunt.  Rooms are available at an additional charge (first-come basis). 

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Mason House Inn
Phone:800-592-3133
Email:stay@masonhouseinn.com
Website:http://www.masonhouseinn.com/

Nov 10th » Douds Pancake Day

All-u-can-eat pancakes and sausage breakfast served 7-10am in the Douds Community Center.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Douds
Phone:641-936-7159

Nov 10th » Birmingham UMC Fall Supper & Auction

Held at teh Birmingham United Methodist Church (150 Cheshire St., Birmingham, IA).  Turkey & Ham Ball Supper with all the trimmings begins at 5p for a free will offering.  Auction begins at 7p.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham
Contact Person:Pat Shaw
Phone:319-293-3899

Nov 10th » Captain Wally's Dinner Theater

CANCELLED. Enjoy a live performance "The Ed Soloman Show" held at the Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Seating at 6:30 pm. Reservations required.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Nov 14th » Keosauqua UMC Fall Dinner & Auction

Held at the Keosauqua United Methodist Church.  Serving for supper starts at 5:30p and the auction starts at 6:30p.

 

Time:5:30pm
Location:Keosauqua

Nov 16th - Nov 17th » Thanksgiving Supper

Sunrise Bakery (31554 210th St., Bonaparte) will be serving Turkey, Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Dressing, Sweet Corn, Salads, Homemade Bread, & Butterhorn Rolls, Drinks & Desserts (Pumpkin Pie, Raisin Cream Pie & Peanut Butter Cream Pie.  Free will donation.  5:00p - 7:30p each night.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Bonaparte

Nov 17th » Selma UMC God's Portion Lunch & Auction

Held at the Selma United Methodist Church.  Lunch served 11a-1p for  afree will offering.  Auction following lunch.

Time:11:00am
Location:Selma

Nov 22nd - Dec 31st » Enchanted Forest Walk

Feel the spirit of the season as you stroll through the Holiday Lights and Displays in a self-guided tour of Waubonsie Park.  A golf cart is available to use.  Free will donations are appreciated.  Hours:  Sunday-Thursday 5-8p & Friday-Saturday 5-9p.

Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots
Website:www.cantril_iowa.com

Nov 22nd » Keosauqua UMC Thanksgiving Day Meal

Sponsored by Larry & Betty Shipley at the Keosauqua United Methodist Church.  No charge for the meal, you can bring a side dish to share if you like.

Time:12:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Nov 24th » Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy delicious breakfast with Santa served at the Keo Senior Center.  Pictures with Santa available.  Coupons can be picked up for Small Business Saturday.

Time:8:00am until 11:00am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

Nov 24th » Small Business Saturday

Local retail shops will be offering discounts and specials for Holiday shopping.

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

Nov 24th » Small Shop Saturday

 “Small Shop Saturday” in Bonaparte with the shops in Bonaparte open and the Opera House full of vendors.  Vendors include Scentsy, Grace Adel, Pampered Chef, Pink Zebra, 31 Bags, Wildtree, Sweet-tique, Velata, It Works, Lia Sophia, Premier Designs Jewelry, Partylight, Tastefully Simple, Stampin’ Up, Paparazzi, Tupperware, Norwex, Jamberry Nails, Recycled Glass Birdfeeders, Painted Glass, Wood Crafts, Bows & Tutus for kids, Shower Fizzies, Booties, Rag Wreaths and Barn Quilts. For more information contact Dustin Troutman on Facebook or call 641-451-5294.  Bonaparte Main Street is a non-profit organization and proceeds will be used towards the 4th of July celebration.

Time:10:00am until 7:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Streeet
Phone:319-592-3400

Nov 24th » Holiday Preview Tea

Enjoy a traditional tea with savories and an entertaining program held at Addie May Fudge Factory in Bonaparte. Reservations required.

Time:11:30am until 1:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Addie May Fudge Factory
Phone:319-592-3139

Nov 24th » Rock, Paper, Scissors Competition

Limited to first 20 people to sign up. $5 entry fee. Guaranteed good time will be had by all!

Time:8:00pm
Location:Hel-Mart 301 State St. Farmington
Contact Person:Roger
Phone:319-878-3576/319-371-6783

Nov 30th - Dec 2nd » Festival of Trees

Hours:  Fri. 5-9p; Sat. 9a-8p, Sun. 12-3p

Dozens of beautifully decorated live Christmas trees, wreaths, table top trees, and decorations based on the theme "Holiday Dazzle" on display at the Roberts Memorial Center.  The trees and decorations can be purchased though a a silent auction throughout the 3 days (ending Sunday), proceeds going toward "Christmas for Kids."  A variety of live music will entertain the guests during the weekend.  Sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Van Buren County.

Time:5:00pm until 3:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Phone:319-293-3462

December 2012

Dec 1st - Dec 31st » Christmas in the Villages

A variety of holiday activities throughout the county including a Festival of Trees with the 2012 theme of "Holiday Dazzle", Christmas Teas, bakes sales, crafts, Santa visits, and more. For more information or a free brochure contact the Villages of Van Buren.

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://www.villagesofvanburen.com

Dec 1st - Dec 2nd » Christmas In The Bentonsport Historic District

Shops open 10a-5p with door prizes, refreshments, and artist demonstrations. 

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:http://www.greefstore.com

Dec 1st - Dec 2nd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Hand Piece, Quilting & Applique at the Mason House Inn

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Dec 1st » Bonaparte Christmas Connection

Breakfast on Main Street - A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Cookie & Candy Sale - Hosted by the Bonaparte Historical Society in the Opera House.

Soup Luncehon - Hosted by the Bonaparte United Church for a free will offering, served 11a-1p.

Time:7:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Dec 1st - Dec 2nd » Christmas in Farmington

Cookie & Candy Sale 9a-4p daily.  Sponsored by the Farmington Arts Council in the EMS/Fire Station at 208 S. 4th St.  $5 per pound. Info:  941-323-6185

Vendors, Bake Sale & Raffle at the Farmington Community Center.  Saturday 8a-5p and Sunday 9a-4p.  Vendors include quilts, towels, Soy Candles, Avon, Scentsy, Tupperware, handmade lotion, jewelry, toys, Christmas wreaths, and Books Are Fun.  Quilt Raffle and door prizes given away Sunday at 4p.  Lunch served daily at 11a.  Info:  319-878-3905

Time:8:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Farmington

Dec 1st » Birmingham UMC Bake & Rummage Sale

Bake and Rummage Sale held at the Birmingham United Methodist Church 9a-1p.

Time:9:00am
Location:Birmingham

Dec 1st » Christmas in Birmingham

Birmingham Homecoming  wll host a Soup Supper with homemade soups, desserts and drinks in the Birmingham Lions Building 5-7p.  (Adults $5/Children $2.50).  Santa will be at the Lions Building 5:30-7p, all children get a picture with  Santa and gft.  A glittered path will lead to the Birmingham Librar for Kids Crafts, Cookies, & Christmas Stories.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham
Phone:641-919-1568

Dec 1st » Christmas In Cantril

Homemade Chili, Potato, and Vegetable Soup and desserts will be served 5-7p for a free will offering.  Santa & Mrs. Claus greet children 6-7:30p in the Township Hall in Waubonsie Park.  A group will be Christmas caroling.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots
Phone:319-397-2333
Website:www.cantril_iowa.com

Dec 1st » Santa at the Depot

Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Depot serving hot cocoa and treats.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Milton

Dec 6th » Keosauqua Home Lighting Contest

Judging will be done on decorated homes 6-8p.  Participants will need to submit their name and address to the Chamber office to be considered for judging.  Prizes awarded.  Businesses can participate!

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:http://www.keosauqua.com

Dec 8th » Taste of Christmas

Enjoy a 3-course elegant candlelight dinner on tables set by local women plus a guided tour of homes which includes the homes of Tom & Pat Gunn, Mark & Ellen Meek, Bill & Jean Wenke and Iron & Lace in Bentonsport. They will have their beautiful homes decorated for the holidays for your enjoyment.  Appetizers will be hosted in various downtown businesses beginning at 4:30p.  Reservations are required.

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Dec 8th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Basic Crocheting at the Congregational Church Parsonage in Keosauqua and Container Candles at Mason House Inn in Bentonsport

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Dec 8th » Soup Supper

Sponsored by John Husen Reneker Post American Legion.  Held at the Douds Community Club Building.  Served 5-7p for  a free will donation.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Douds
Phone:641-777-3054

Dec 14th - Dec 15th » Live Outdoor Nativity Play

Walk through a live outdoor nativity play guided by a shepherd at the First Baptist Church, 603 Tremont St.  Rehreshments and activities inside.  6-8p nightly.  December 16th is the snow date.

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Farmington
Phone:319-878-3735

Dec 15th » Santa's Helpers

Holiday cookie and candy sale in the Douds Community Center.  To preorder (not required) call 319-293-3066 before Dec. 4th.

Location:Douds
Phone:319-293-3066

Dec 15th » Cantril Home Lighting Contest

The Cantril Grass Roots are sponsoring a residential and business decorating contest.  First place in each category will receive $75, second place will receive $50, and third place will receive $25.  Judging on Dec. 15th 5:30-7:30p.

Time:5:30pm until 7:30pm
Location:Cantril
Phone:319-397-2333

Dec 22nd - Jan 5th » Furniture Sale at Yoder's Indian Creek Furniture

20% off select overstocks, mismatches and discontinued, 15% off windchimes, instock treated pine & cedar lawn furniture, 10% off all items ordered or purchased in-stock (excluding outdoor furniture), and 5% off all poly lawn furniture.  Buy 2 get 1 free off select gift items.  At Yoder's Indian Creek Furniture 22769 Rte. V64.  Hours:  Monday - Saturay 8a-5p.  Closed Sundays and December 25th and 26th.

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Lebanon

Dec 22nd » Kids Holiday Activites

Kids crafts and refreshments at the Lunchbox Cafe 2-4p.  Santa will visit at 3p.  No charge to attend.

Time:2:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Douds
Phone:641-936-4444

Dec 25th » Birmingham UMC Christmas Noon Meal

Free meal served at the Birmingham United Methodist Church.  For transportation call 498-4475 or 293-3899.  Everyone is welcome.

Time:12:00pm
Location:Birmingham

Dec 31st » New Years Eve Gospel Sing

Several Gospel Groups and Local Talent performing at the Roberts Memorial Center (on Hwy. 1 N.) at 6p.  Supper at 5:30p please bring a covered dish to share.  Free will donations will be accepted. 

Time:6:00pm until 11:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Phone:641-656-4658
Email:nortonpw@live.com

January 2013

Jan 5th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by the July 4th Committee in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:www.bonaparte-iowa.com

Jan 12th - Jan 13th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

7 Step Chair Caning ~ All About Valentines ~ Artisan Bread Making Made Easy ~ Knitting: Intermediate

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jan 18th - Jan 19th » Homemade Amish Supper

Sunrise Bakery (31154 210th St., Bonaparte) will be serving a homemade Amish meal for a free will donation.  Served 5:00p-7:30p each night.

Menu:  Meatloaf, Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Chicken Noodles,Greenbeans, Homemade Bread & Butter, Peanutbutter spread, Potato Salad, Fruit Jello & Homemade Pies.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Bonaparte

Jan 19th - Jan 20th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Atisan Bread Making Made Easy ~ Brooms: Whisk-Turkey Wing-Hearth

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jan 19th » Serve Outdoors Banquet

An auction and free will dinner will be held at the Roberts Memorial Center (Hwy. 1 N. Keosauqua) at 6pm.  Proceeds to Serve Outdoors. 

Time:5:30pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:John Hamstreet
Phone:319-288-0814

Jan 20th » Cantril Grass Roots Bingo

Games played 2p-5p or until 20 games are played.  Open to everyone!  Held at the Township Hall.

Time:2:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Cantril

Jan 26th » Stockport Fire Department Soup Supper

The Stockport Fire Department will hold a Soup Supper at the Stockport Legion Hall from 5-7pm.  They will be serving Chili & Potato Soups, drinks, and desserts for a free will offering.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Stockport

Jan 26th » Lets "Wine" About Winter

Enjoy a pasta buffet bar, wine tasting, and music as we fight the winter blues! 

A Three Course Meal featuring Rumakis, and Cream Cheese & Chives with Cranberry Relish on Crackers, Alfredo Pasta Bar with Chicken or Crab & Roasted Vegetables, and Poached Pears in Caramel Sauce.  Heartland Harvest Winery will provide the wine sampling and pairing.  Starship Enterprise will provide music from 7-9p.  Tickets $25.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

February 2013

Feb 2nd - Feb 3rd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Artisan Bread Making Made Easy ~ Beveled Glass

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Feb 2nd » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served by the Post Prom Committee in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Feb 3rd » Cantril Grass Roots Bingo

Games played 2p-5p or until 20 games are played.  Open to everyone!  Held at the Township Hall.

Time:2:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Cantril

Feb 8th » Lions Club Soup Supper & Auction

Great soups and lots of fun items to bid on! Funds raised will benefit our Keosauqua Lions Club's many projects. Held at the Robert's Memorial Center on Hwy. 1 North, Keosauqua.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Feb 9th - Feb 10th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Rug Weaving Workshop

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Feb 9th » Bonaparte's Sweetheart Sales Event

The Bonaparte Independence Day committee hosts a variety of vendors at the Bonaparte Opera House.  The committee will be raffling items and gift baskets with proceeds going to the Bonaparte Independence Day Celebration.

Time:9:00am until 6:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400

Feb 9th » Birmingham Homecoming Fish & Chicken Supper

Birmingham Homecoming will hold a fish and chicken supper at the Birmingham Lions Building.  Serving will begin at 5pm.  The menu will be Catfish Fillets, Chicken Tenders, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Drinks and Dessert.  $12 for ages 10 and up and $6 for under ages 10.  Carry-outs are available.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham

Feb 9th » Hearts & Candles Valentine Dinner

Serving stuffed pork chop, chicken kiev, or canned beef on tables set with fine china at the Township Hall.  You will be served salad, choice of soup, choice of an entree with vegetables, dinner roll and a choice of desserts.  $17 per person.  Limited to 40 guests. Reservations must be made by 2/5/13 at Community First Bank in Cantril.  Sponsored by Cantril Grass Roots.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Cantril
Phone:319-397-2434
Website:www.cantril-iowa.com

Feb 9th » Mardi Gras Party

Celebrate Mardi Gras at First Street Grille.  No cover charge.

Time:8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:First Street Grille
Phone:319-293-6462

Feb 15th - Feb 16th » Homemade Amish Supper "Valentine Buffet"

Sunrise Bakery (31154 210th St., Bonaparte) will be serving a homemade Amish meal for a free will donation.  Served 5:00p-7:30p each night.

Menu:  Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Mock Steak, Beef & Noodle Casserole, Mixed Vegetables, Homemade Bread & Butter, Peanutbutter spread, Apple Jello Salad, Cherry Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, and Sweetheart Pudding.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Sunrise Bakery

Feb 16th - Feb 17th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Hand Built Pottery Workshop

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Feb 16th » 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff

Hosted by T&C Tavern.  No entry fee.  Taste testers pay $5 for unlimited Chili tasting from 5-7pm.  Tasters vote for their favorite Chili.  Cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Town & Country Tavern
Phone:319-293-3879

Feb 17th » Cantril Grass Roots Bingo

Games played 2p-5p or until 20 games are played.  Open to everyone!  Held at the Township Hall.

Time:2:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Cantril

Feb 22nd - Feb 23rd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Beginning Pottery (5 Sessions) ~ Crocheting: Intermediate

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

March 2013

Mar 1st - Mar 3rd » Van Buren Players Production

Come watch community theater at its best when the Players present "Chicago" at the Roberts Memorial Building.  Tickets available by calling 319-293-3794.

Location:Keosauqua

Mar 1st - Mar 2nd » Homemade Amish Supper

Sunrise Bakery (31154 210th St., Bonaparte) will be serving a homemade Amish meal for a free will donation.  Served 5:00p-7:30p each night.

Menu:  Mashed Potatoes, Gravy,Fried Chicken, Ham, Chicken & Noodles, Baked Beans, Sunshine Eggs, Homemade Bread & Butter, Fruit Jello, Cake & Homemade Pie. 

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Sunrise Bakery

Mar 2nd » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by the Jolly Trio 4H Club in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Mar 3rd » Cantril Grass Roots Bingo

Games played 2p-5p or until 20 games are played.  Open to everyone!  Held at the Township Hall.

Time:2:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Cantril

Mar 9th » Winter-Spring Whing-Ding

An indoor flea market held at the Farmington Community Center from 7a-3p.  Featuring multiple vendors, a 50/50 raffle, and door prizes!  Breakfast (buscuits and gravy) served 7-10a and Lunch (fry bread indian tacos) served 11a-2p.  Come check it out there is something for everyone!

Time:7:00am until 3:00pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:Farmington Food Pantry
Phone:319-520-5226

Mar 16th - Mar 17th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Birdwatching:Spring & Fall (Sat)~ Knitting:Advanced (Sat) ~ Wheel Thrown Pottery II (Sat & Sun)

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Mar 17th » Cantril Grass Roots Bingo

Games played 2p-5p or until 20 games are played.  Open to everyone!  Held at the Township Hall.

Time:2:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Cantril

Mar 23rd » Bonaparte Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Pictures

Easter Egg Hunt at 10a at Harmony Elementary Schools.  Bring your own basket!

Second Annual Easter Picture and Vendor Event, 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Bonaparte Opera House.  A variety of vendors on display.  A professional photographer will be taking pictures of children with real bunnies and baby chicks from 1 pm until 5 pm.  Photos sold and printed on site or photo CD's will be available.  Can book appointments or walk-ins are welcome.

Time:9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400

Mar 23rd » Farmington Easter Egg Hunt

Held at Indian Lake Park.  Register at 11am for prizes at the Stone Lodge.  Easter Egg Hunt begins at 11:30am for age groups up to 10 years old.

Time:11:00am
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:City of Farmingtom
Phone:319-878-3711

Mar 29th - Mar 30th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Twist in Time for Beginners (Fri) ~ Twist in Time Delicate Threads (Sat)

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Mar 30th » Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Enjoy a delicious breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the historic Opera House 7a-10a. 

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonap Library
Phone:319-592-3677
Email:blibrary@netins.net

Mar 30th » Keosauqua Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

Fun for kids of all ages! Held at 9am the Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Lodge.

Time:9:00am
Location:Keosauqua

Mar 30th » Community Easter Egg Hunt

The Good Samaritan Society - Van Buren will host their Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at 1pm.

Time:1:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Good Samaritan Society - Van Buren

Mar 30th - Mar 30th » Cantril Easter Egg Hunt

Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will be at Waubonsie Park in Cantril to greet children.

Time:1:30pm
Location:Cantril
Phone:319-397-2434
Website:www.cantril-iowa.com

Mar 30th » Harmony Post-Prom Fund-raiser

Fish Fry begins at 5pm. Auction begins at 7pm. Donations can be dropped off at the American Legion in Farmington.

Time:5:00pm
Location:American Legion- Farmington
Contact Person:Janet Browning
Phone:319-878-3908

April 2013

Apr 6th » Bonaparte's Uptown Saturday Night & Movies on Main Street

Shops with extended hours to 6:30 offering their own deals and specials.  Movies on Main Street, featuring "The Man from Snowy River" will start at 7:00 pm in the Opera House, free to the public, bring your own lawn chair for seating comfort.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

 
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Apr 6th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Paper Making: Bowls & Cardstock

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 6th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by the Bonaparte Ball Association in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Apr 6th » Birmingham Lions Chicken Strip Dinner

Serving will begin at 5pm at the Birmingham Lions Building.  The menu is Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Salads, and Dessert.  Cost: $6.50 for 3-piece chicken dinner or $4.00 for a 1-piece chicken dinner.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham
Contact Person:Birmingham Lions

Apr 12th - Apr 13th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish dinner from 5:00pm- 7:30pm. Includes Beef & Noodles, Meatloaf, mashed potatoes & gravy, cooked cabbage, coleslaw, homemade bread and homemade pies. Free Will Offering

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Apr 13th » Birmingham Fire Dept. Appreciation Supper

Served 5-7p at the Birmingham Fire Station.

Location:Birmingham

Apr 13th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

7 Step Chair Caning

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 13th » Bonaparte Library Book Sale & Bake Sale

Friends of the Library will host a Book & Bake Sale at the historic Opera House 8a-3p.

Time:8:00am until 3:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Library
Phone:319-592-3677
Email:blbrary@netins.net

Apr 13th » Bentonsport Open House

Local specialty shops will celebrate the Open House from 10a-5p.

Historic Greef General Store will have 2 $25 Gift Certificates for a prize drawing and refreshments will be available. 

Bentonsport Artisan Co-Op will be serving Ghirardelli Chocolate & bottled water.  They will be featuring many new artisans for this year.

Iron & Lace will host several instructors from the Villages Folk School offering demonstrations.  They will have samples of Artisan Bread and Homemade Jam.

The Indian Artifact Museum will open for the season with his impressive display of over 4000 artifacts.  There is no admission fee to tour.

Please note Forever Sweet Creations will not be opening until Memorial Day Weekend (May 2013).

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:www.greefstore.com

Apr 19th - Apr 21st » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2013 Ranch Horse Show Series

Ranch Horse Show with Cattle Events featuring barrel racing, ranch riding, jackpot sorting, ranch rodeo events, extreme trail course, vendors, coneccsions, a dance, and more.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Apr 19th » Keosauqua UMC Spring Luncheon

Spring Luncheon held at the Keosauqua United Methodist Church.  Serving Handmade Tenderloins, Chicken Sandwiches, Salads, & Homemade Pie!  Serving begins at 11:30am.

Time:11:30am
Location:Keosauqua

Apr 20th - Apr 21st » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Creating with Pastels (Sat) ~ Crocheting:Advanced (Sat) ~ Beginning Blacksmithing (Sat & Sun)

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 20th » Cantril Grass Roots Annual Auction & Soup Supper

Soup Supper served at 4pm in the Township Hall and Auction at 5pm held in Waubonsie Park. 

Time:4:00pm
Location:Cantril, Ia
Phone:Nancy @ 319-397-4782
Website:www.cantril_iowa.com

Apr 20th » Mystery Dinner Theater "Murder at Mardi Gras"

Hosted by the Bonaparte Public Library Board at the Whiteley Opera House in Bonaparte.  Wine & Cheese tasting at 5p and Pork Loin Supper served at 5:30p.  Immediately following dessert the Mardi Gras themed mystery will begin.  Reservations are required as seating is limited, call 319-592-3677. 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Library
Phone:319-592-3677

Apr 26th - Apr 27th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner with Oven-baked Chicken, Chicken & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Salad, Homemeade Bread, Peanut Butter Cream Pie, & Black Raspberry Cream Pie.  Free Will donation.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Apr 27th - Apr 28th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Beginning Tatting (Sat) ~ Printmaking:Trash Art (Sat) ~ Shaker Boxes (Sat & Sun)

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 2013

May 1st » Veterans Appreciation Day

Held at the Roberts Memorial Buiding on Hwy. 1 North of Keosauqua.  All Veterans, family members, and community members are invited to attend. 

Serving begins at 5pm with Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Chicken, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Dessert & Drinks for a free will donation.  (Meal provided by Beer-Barker Post 113, John Hyson Post 494, Haney-Brannan Post 181, Sargeant-Osweiler Post 563, Russell-Strait Post 483, Elvin E. Cecil Post 147, Richardson-Anthony Post 231, and Van Buren County Commission of Veterans Affairs.

National Anthem & Performance by Tarnished Brass Band.

Auction & Bake Sale held with proceeds to go to Honor Flights of Southeast Iowa.

Representatives from Iowa Department of Verterans Affairs, Iowa City VA Health Care System, Iowa Workforce Development, Serve Outdoors, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, and VB County Commission of Veterans Affairs.

Artwork on display by Van Buren County Middle School Students.

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

May 3rd - May 4th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

A Foraged Feast (Fri) ~ Raku Pottery (Sat)

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 4th » Bonaparte's Uptown Saturday Night & Movies on Main Street

Shops with extended hours to 6:30 offering their own deals and specials.  Movies on Main Street will start at 7:00 pm in the Opera House, free to the public, bring your own lawn chair for seating comfort.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

 
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

May 4th » Wasko Hardware's Customer Appreciation Day

Customer Appreciation Days from 8am-5pm, food will be served at 12. Come have lunch on us!  Talk to factory reps and watch demonstrations.  Free popcorn and sign up for prizes!


Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Wasko Hardware
Phone:319-293-6468
Website:www.waskohardware.com

May 4th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by TOPS in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

May 4th » Villages Farmers Market

Villages Farmers Market at the Dollar Plus on Hwy. 1 N. of Keosauqua.  Held every Saturday 8am-1pm.  Featuring fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, BBQ lunch, and more!

Time:8:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Dollar Plus
Phone:660-216-9321

May 4th » Keosauqua Chamber Spring Open House

Participating businesses (watch for signs) will be serving refreshments, offering coupons (valid May 4th only) or specials and discounts, and have a sign up for the KeoBucks Drawing.

The Van Buren Welcome Center will have its Grand Opening with the Tarnished Brass Band playing at 2pm.  Wasko Hardware will have a Petting Zoo 10a-2p.  Dollar Plus will host the Village Farmers Market from 8a-2p.  The Keosauqua Library will have Story Time & Kids Crafts from 11a-3p.

Event sponsors include:  Circle B, Community First Bank & Community Insurance, Flower Market, Good Samaritan Society - Van Buren, Pedrick Funeral Home, Town & Country Tavern, Van Buren Abstract Company, Van Buren County Register, and Wasko Hardware.

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:www.keosauqua.com

May 4th » Ladies Day Out at Whispering Pines

Grab your friends, sisters, daughters, and mothers and make plans to join us for a day of fun!  Lunch will be provided and vendors will be on display.  Reservations required by 4/20 ($15 per person).

Time:12:00pm until 3:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz/

May 10th - May 12th » Cowboy Mounted Shooting Weekend

Arena events, western vendors, and more at the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp.  Fun for all!

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

May 10th - May 11th » Farmington City Wide Yard Sales

City Wide Yard Sales in Farmington with the Farmington Community Center open with various vendors (Fri 8a-4p & Sat 8a-?).  Coffie & Rolls and lunch (11a-2p) served each day.  The Pioneer Historical Soceity will also have a rummage sale. 

Time:8:00am
Location:Farmington

May 10th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner with Country Steak, Potluck Potatoes, Chicken Dressing, Green Beans and Bacon, Homemade Bread, Fruit Jello, and Homemade Pies!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

May 11th - May 12th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Barn Quilt Painting (Sat) ~ Painting the Landscape (Sat) ~ Mothers Day Weekend:Paint & Draw (Sat & Sun)

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 11th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more from 8:00am- 2:00pm. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend with Papa G's Smokin' BBQ serving chicken quarters & pulled pork sandwiches on the 1st Saturday and Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork sandwiches on the 3rd Saturday monthly through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

May 17th - May 19th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2013 Ranch Horse Show Series

Ranch Horse Show with Cattle Events featuring barrel racing, ranch riding, jackpot sorting, ranch rodeo events, extreme trail course, vendors, coneccsions, a dance, and more.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

May 18th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Blacksmithing:Tong Making

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 18th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more from 8:00am- 2:00pm. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend with Papa G's Smokin' BBQ serving chicken quarters & pulled pork sandwiches on the 1st Saturday and Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork sandwiches on the 3rd Saturday monthly through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

May 24th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

A Foraged Feast 

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 24th - May 25th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner with Meatloaf, Chicken & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Homemade Bread, and Homemade Rhubarb Cream & Peanut Butter Cream Pies!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

May 25th » Waterfront Place 7th Anniversary Open House

Contact Person:Waterfront Place
Phone:319-592-3773

May 25th - May 27th » Waubonsie Trail Rendezvous

Rendezvous a view to the past with pre-1840 events at the Waubonsie Park in Cantril.  No admission fee!  Come see men & womens hawk & knife throwing competitions, kids hawk trown and games, woodland period correct music, candy cannon.  You can also enjoy fresh homemade fry bread and hand popped kettle, carmel, cheddar or ranch popcorn. There will also be several vendors with pre-1840 trade goods, handmade items, crafters & musicians.

Location:Cantril
Phone:641-652-3510
Email:greatmagoo@hotmail.com

May 25th » Forever Sweet Creations Open House

Open daily for the season, 10am-5pm.

Stop in for delicious fudge, fresh baked cookies, salt water taffy, made-to-order sandwiches and more!

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Jennie Lee
Phone:319-592-3573
Email:foreversweetcreations@yahoo.com

May 25th - May 26th » Bonaparte Spring Festival & City Wide Yard Sales

Saturday & Sunday

  • City Wide Yard Sales

Saturday

  • Spring Festival in City Park 9a-5p
  • Pancake Breakfast 7-9a at Bonaparte United Church
  • Alumni Luncheon Bonaparte Elementary 12p
  • Friends of the Library Fundraiser at Opera House
  • First Responders Chicken Dinner at Fire Station
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400

May 25th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more from 8:00am- 2:00pm. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend with Papa G's Smokin' BBQ serving chicken quarters & pulled pork sandwiches on the 1st Saturday and Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork sandwiches on the 3rd Saturday monthly through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

May 25th - May 27th » Bentonsport Spring Fest

Craft, Flea MArket, Antique, and Food Vendors and Artists Demonstrations along the Des Moines River in the scenic park and Historic District.

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:www.greefstore.com

May 25th » Farmington Ball Association Annual Hog Roast

Held at the Farmington Ball Park.

Time:10:30am
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:City of Farmingtom
Phone:319-878-3711

May 26th » Alumni Breakfast

Join the Keosauqua Lions for pancakes and sausage in the Keosauqua City Park.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua

May 26th » Bentonsport Memorial Day Service

This patriotic service of music and readings will be held at the Bentonsport Historical Presbyterian Church beginning at 6pm.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Beverly O'Brien
Phone:641-472-5298

May 27th » Memorial Day Dinner

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, salads, rolls, dessert, and drinks at the Milton Legion Hall.  Adults $8 & Kids (10 and under) $4.  Sponsored by the Milton Lions Club with proceeds to the Lions Shelter House Repair.

Time:11:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Milton

May 31st - Jun 2nd » Cowboy Fun Colt Starting Competition

Watch and learn from this judged competition highlighting the skills of 12 area trainers. Western vendors, camping, trail rides, a dance, and more at the River Valley Lodge & Horsecamp in Farmington.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

June 2013

Jun 1st » Bonaparte's Uptown Saturday Night & Movies on Main Street

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 1st » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by the Daniel Christy Memorial Committee in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 1st » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more from 8:00am- 2:00pm. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend with Papa G's Smokin' BBQ serving chicken quarters & pulled pork sandwiches on the 1st Saturday and Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork sandwiches on the 3rd Saturday monthly through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Jun 1st » Under the Tent Southern Iowa Gospel Sing

Held at Wayne & Sharon Norton's home (25775 Chestnut Ave, Milton).  Starts at 1pm and goes until 5:30pm.  Carry-in supper with meat & drink furnished.  Full line up of local & other talent.  Enjoy an afternoon of good Christian fellowship!

Time:1:00pm until 5:30pm
Location:Milton
Contact Person:Wayne Norton

Jun 1st » Whispering Pines Summer Music Event

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Home Brood" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and spend the day at Whispering Pines Winery,18356 222nd.St., Keosauqua.  $5 admission fee.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:4:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Jun 2nd - Jun 7th » Youth Rodeo Skills

Lesson on High School and Youth Rodeo events including Breakaway Roping, Barrels, Sheep Riding, and more.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 7th - Jun 9th » Pony Express Riders Of Iowa Event Weekend

Join the Pony Express Riders at the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp in Farmington for their 2013 Ride to Benefit Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 7th - Jun 9th » Birmingham Homecoming

The 29th Annual celebration held in the Birmingham City Park features a parade, car show, tractor show, kids' games, entertainment, food & more. 

Friday Events:

5 pm Tenderloin Supper served by the Lions Club

6pm Prince & Princess Finals in Gazebo (For more information contact Tiffany Warner 641-919-1568)

6:30pm Cake Walk by Gazebo

Saturday Events:

7am Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast served by the Lions Club

8am-12pm Car Show Sign In (For more information contact Kelly Spees 641-919-7924)

9-11am Tractor Show Sign In (For more information contact Roy Rains 319-498-4504) Free Registration.  Featuring Ford Tractors.

10am Parade Line Up at City Hall - Theme: Land of the Free & Home of the Brave

10:30am Baking Contest Sign In at Log Cabin (For more information contact Emily Clard 641-233-7925)

11am Parade

12pm Methodist Church Lunch & Car Show Judging

1pm Car Show, Free Fire House, Firemen's Free Water Sports, Baking Contest Judging,

1-3pm Free Kids Games, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Bounce House & More

1:30pm Baked Goods Auction at Log Cabin

3pm Kids Pedal Pull Sign In

3:30pm Kids Pedal Pull (For more information contact Willard Hoskins 319-293-3550)

4pm AirEvac Helicopter

5-7pm Firemen's Smoked Iowa Chop Supper

5:30pm Winchester Renegades 4H Ice Cream & Pie Social

6-8pm Music By Stan Knipfer & Jim Settles

Sunday Events:

7-9am Breakfast Buffet by the Lions Club

10am Church Services at the Shelter hosted by the Presbyterian Church.  Including special music.  Everyone welcome.  Potluck meal to follow, bring covered dish, tableservice, & lawn chair. 

**Tractor Pull to be held September 8th

 

 

Location:Birmingham
Contact Person:Tiffany @ 641-919-1568/
Phone:Harry @ 319-498-4201

Jun 7th - Jun 9th » 31st Annual Farmington Strawberry Festival

Free strawberries & ice cream will be served downtown Saturday & Sunday from 2-4p courtesy of the Farmington Arts Council!

2013 Schedule of Events

  • Friday - Queen & Jr. Queen Contest 6:30p, Music in the Shelterhouse by Starship Enterprise 5-6:30p & Madd Haas Jackson at American Legion 7-11p
  • Saturday - Book Sale at the Farmington Library 9a-5p, Strawberry Cooking Contest at Shelterhouse 9a, Cannon Ball Bike Ride Registration 9-11a, Bingo at Shelterhouse 10a-12p, Muddy River Powwow at Wild Rose Park 11a-5p, Cake Walk 11a, Pioneer Historical Society Museum open 10a-4p, Cheerful Checkers the Clown 2-4p, Talent Show at American Legion Band Stand 3p, Music at the Shelterhouse 5-7:30p, Stink Bait & Jive Radio at the American Legion Bandstand 8p-1a, and Shimek Go-Kart Races at Shimek Speedway 7p
  • Sunday - Community Worship Service 8a, Strawberry Stroll at Indian Lake Park 8-8:30a, Car Show Registration 8a-Noon, Farmington Library Book Sale 9a-3p, Trike & Bike Show Registration 8a-Noon, Bingo at Shelterhouse 11a-1p, Muddy River Powwow at Wild Rose Park 11a-2p, Cake Walk 12p, Berry Good Dog Show 1p, Pioneer Historical Society Museum 1-4p, Children's Pedal Pull 2p, Bike & Trike Awards 3p, & Kenny Hamberg Memorial Car Show Awards 3:30p.  
  • Saturday & Sunday - Arts, Crafts, & Flea Market Vendors open along the Riverbank 9a-5p, Breakfast at Shelterhouse 6a-?, free strawberries & ice cream will be served downtown 2-4p,  Pork & Ribeye Sandwiches at the American Legion 12p, Strawberry Land Open House (101 State Street) 9a-5p, Food Stands, Face Painting, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, D&B Shows Carnival, and more!!

 

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:City of Farmingtom
Phone:319-878-3905

Jun 7th - Jun 8th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Menu:  Fried Chicken, Beef & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Cooked Cabbage, Garden Salad, Strawberry Cream Pie & Peanutbutter Cream Pie.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Jun 8th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Barn Quilt Painting

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 8th - Jun 9th » June Classic NSCA Registered Shoot

200 Bird Shoot

Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Little Fox River Sporting Clays, LLC
Website:http://www.littlefoxriversportingclays.com/

Jun 8th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more from 8:00am- 2:00pm. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend with Papa G's Smokin' BBQ serving chicken quarters & pulled pork sandwiches on the 1st Saturday and Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork sandwiches on the 3rd Saturday monthly through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Jun 8th » Civil War Experience

A Civil War Experience will be held throughout downtown Bonaparte on Saturday, June 8 from 10 am until 5 pm.  Established to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the focus is to educate and enlighten families on the era and recognize those that served.

Bonaparte Main Street will sponsor a horse drawn wagon to provide transportation around Bonaparte and through the Bonaparte Cemetery and Krabill’s Kritters petting zoo in Bonaparte’s Historic Riverfront Park.  Re-enactors will be camped along the river to offer an insight to conditions and weapons while Nauvoo on the Road will have demonstrations and games.

In the Bonaparte Cemetery the Bonaparte American Legion will display the Avenue of Flags and will mark the graves of Civil War veterans with 34 star flags.  

The Bonaparte Historical Society will have their museum open to the public with displays, artifacts, and photographs of Civil War era Bonaparte from 9 am until noon.

Twenty-four inch vintage bride dolls dressed in 1860’s costume will be on display in Waterfront Place.  Designed and dressed by women from all around southeast Iowa, visitors have the opportunity to vote by quarters for their favorites in the week leading up to and during the event.  The doll winning the most quarters at the end of the weekend will be returned to the designer while the other dolls will be sold at silent auction during Bonaparte’s Autumn Fest on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13, in the Bonaparte Opera House. 

The Bonaparte Pottery will be open for tours of this unique pottery barn at 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm and demonstrate how pottery was made from 1875 molds.  They will also have wine tasting.

A Whiskers Growing Contest will be held at 1:00 pm with prizes given to: best longest, well groomed; best Civil War goatee with or without mustache; best Civil War lamb chops, mutton chops; best shaggy, badly groomed beard and mustache; and longest well groomed handle bar mustache.  There is no cost to enter and no age limit, but Civil War era authenticity is preferred.

This event is endorsed by the Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee of the Iowa State Historical Society. 

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400

Jun 8th » Taste of History

Bonaparte Main Street, Inc. will host their annual Taste of History on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Whiteley Opera House in downtown Bonaparte, Iowa.  The annual three course dinner theater starts at 6:00 pm.  Tickets are $20 and there is limited seating so reservations are required by calling 319-592-3400. 

 This unique adaptation of a cemetery tour combines the comfort of indoor seating with a meal and entertainment.  Locals present living history in the first person in costume and character relating their individual tales between each course over the evening. 

 Guests sit at tables designed and set by area women reflecting the era, story, or character while the actors serve as waiters.  This year the stories and tables will reflect the 1860’s as the community recognizes the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with their third Civil War Experience.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 14th - Jun 16th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2013 Ranch Horse Show Series

Ranch Horse Show with Cattle Events featuring barrel racing, ranch riding, jackpot sorting, ranch rodeo events, extreme trail course, vendors, coneccsions, a dance, and more.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 15th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Creating with Pastels ~ Painting the Landscape

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 15th » Fly Van Buren

Fly-in pancake & sausage breakfast served from 7-10am at the Keosauqua Muncipal Airport (rain or shine). Fly-in pilots eat for free!  Enjoy watching the aerobatic skills of the remote control aircraft pilots of Ottumwa Radio Control Flyers. The Kids Paper Plane Contest will be held at 8a and prizes will be awarded in 3 age groups.  Everyone welcome, no admission fee for spectators.

Time:7:00am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://www.villagesofvanburen.com

Jun 15th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more from 8:00am- 2:00pm. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend with Papa G's Smokin' BBQ serving chicken quarters & pulled pork sandwiches on the 1st Saturday and Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork sandwiches on the 3rd Saturday monthly through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Jun 21st - Jun 23rd » Saddle Up for St. Jude Ride

Join the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp in Farmington for a fun weekend event while raising money for St. Jude Children's Hospital!  A dance, auction, good food, organized trail ride, raffles, and more!

 

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888 (Camping) 319-572-6964 (More Info)
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jun 21st - Jun 22nd » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Menu:  Oven Baked Chicken, Chicken & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Baked Beans, Garden Salad, Sunshine Eggs, Homemade Bread & Pies.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Jun 22nd » Daniel Christy Memorial Motorcycle Show

The 6th Annual motorcycle show and poker run. Proceeds go to fund a scholarship at SCC in Daniel's name. Held in downtown Bonaparte.

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jun 22nd » Douds Field Day

The 64th Annual Douds Field Day on June 22, 2013 will once again be a full day event with the scheduling of the Douds Fire Department’s Annual Fish and Chicken Fry on the same day. 

Douds Field Day activities kick off Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner and Douds High School Reunion at the Douds Elementary Center.  The public is welcome.  For reservations, contact Doris Kisling.

Activities continue on Saturday morning with the pancake and sausage breakfast at the Douds Community Center from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.  The Parade, featuring the theme, “Hometown Heroes” forms at the park on the Leando side and steps off at 10:30 a.m.  The best decorated float will receive a $25 cash prize.  Members of the DHS Classes of 1953 and1963 will be grand marshals. A large contingent of fire and EMS vehicles is expected.  Marching music will be provided by the Van Buren High School Marching band under the direction of Marcie Atwood. For parade information contact Thad Crane.

Following the parade, activities are centered at Yates Memorial Park where registration for the sanctioned Pedal Pull by Hawkeye Pedal Pull opens at 11.  The pull will begin at 11:30.

New this year will be the Hometown Heroes Prince and Princess contest. Registration will be at 10 a.m. in the picnic shelter at Leando Memorial Park.  The Prince and Princess contestants will be interviewed at Yates Park starting at 1 p.m. For more information contact Sandra Coffman.

Another addition to the day’s events will be a Dutch Oven Cook-off.  There will be four categories: Bread, meat, vegetable and dessert.  There will be cash prizes for the winners and samples will be available for purchase.  For more information contact Dirk and Angie Metcalf.

Lunch is served on the grounds starting at 11:30. Donated pies and cakes for the cook shack, cake walk and auction are requested.  The cook shack will be staffed by volunteers from the three churches of the community: Bethel Worship Center, Christ United Methodist and Zion Bible.

Following the Hawkeye Pedal Pull will be old fashioned kid’s games and firefighter games at 1:30 and a Cake Walk for all ages at 2. In the arena, there will be a demonstration of Cowboy Mounted Shooting.

The Reunion Tour of The Twin City Bicentennial Bluegrass Band takes to the Douds Lumber Stage starting at 3.  Original band members, John Boyer, Dwain Greenfield, Jon Finney and Kendall Smith with some surprise musicians joining in will be playing old favorites and some new songs. During the band’s break there will be the traditional Baked Goods Auction.  Root beer floats and other ice cream treats will be available during the concert.

Following the concert at 5 p.m. serving of fresh fried fish and chicken begins at the Douds Fire Station.  Tim Goodell and The Country Four will provide music for dancing to close out the evening.  Stay as long as you want and drive home by the light of the full moon

Field Day events resume on Sunday with coffee and breakfast sweets served at 9am prior to the community worship service at 10 a.m. held at the historic Mt. Moriah Country Church 2 miles north of Douds.

Douds Field Day is organized by the Douds Community Club as a fund raiser for community betterment projects.  Officers are Pastor Phil Campbell, President; Jim Pedrick, treasurer and Lisa Plowman, secretary.  Directors are Sandra Coffman, Pastor Ann Donat, and Brad Debner.  The Douds Community Club welcomes you to Douds for some old-fashioned fun!

Location:Douds

Jun 22nd - Jun 23rd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Sculpture Portrait in 3 Dimension

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jun 22nd » Annual Braggin Rights Tournament

Held Little Fox River Sporting Clays, LLC

Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Little Fox River Sporting Clays, LLC
Website:http://www.littlefoxriversportingclays.com/

Jun 22nd » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more from 8:00am- 2:00pm. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend with Papa G's Smokin' BBQ serving chicken quarters & pulled pork sandwiches on the 1st Saturday and Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork sandwiches on the 3rd Saturday monthly through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Jun 22nd » Beach House Open House

Friends of Lacey will host an Open House at the newly remodeled Beach House Lodge at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park.  Free homemade ice cream and desserts will be served and a drawing will be held for a free rental of the new Lodge.  There will be information a memorabilia on display to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the CCC.

The Beach House was building in the mid 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp.  This building once housed a concession stand, restrooms, showers, and changing room for the park beach and now through collaborative efforts of the Iowa DNR, Iowa Great Places, and Friends of Lacey, the structure has been remodeled into an event rental facility.

Time:2:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Friends of Lacey
Website:www.friendsoflacey.org

Jun 22nd » Douds Community Fire & EMS Fish Fry

The Douds Community Fire Dept. and EMS will host a Fish Fry at the Fire Station.  Serving will begin at 5p with a dance to follow featuring Country Four Band.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds

Jun 23rd » Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Picnic in the Park

Join the Kids at Play Committee to celebrate all the work that has been compeleted in the Keosauqua City Park.  Kids Games including a Scavenger Hunt, Cake Walk, Hula Hoops, Sack Races, and Bags will being at 4pm.  Meal provided by the Keosauqua Fire Department will begin at 5pm.  Music by the Tarnished Brass Band and Sam Carruthers 5pm-6:30pm.  Ribbon Cutting at 6:30pm.

Time:4:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Jun 29th » Bonaparte's Independence Day Celebration

Location:Bonaparte

Jun 29th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more from 8:00am- 2:00pm. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend with Papa G's Smokin' BBQ serving chicken quarters & pulled pork sandwiches on the 1st Saturday and Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork sandwiches on the 3rd Saturday monthly through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

July 2013

Jul 4th » Keosauqua Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks

A home town Fourth of July with fun kids' activities, refreshments, entertainment, and spectacular fireworks in the Keosauqua City Park. Bring your family and friends! 

A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served 6-10a.

Lunch served at 2p.

Kids Pedal Pull at 4p (Sign Up 3:30p)

Kids Games at 2p in City Park featuring a Petting Zoo, Bounce House, & Train Rides.  Silver Mine at 5p.

Live Entertainment at 6p featuring The Harvest Band & performances by Carson Schuck.

A fireworks display at dusk. 

Location:Keosauqua

Jul 4th » Take A Stand - Van Buren

Join this 4th of July celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Thirteen local men with read the Declaration.  Michael Ernst will present a play about one of the signers entitled "Charles Carroll, the Last One Standing."  This is being sponsored by Take A Stand.  Held at the Congregational UCC Church at 401 Van Buren Street in Keosauqua.  This is no admission fee and it is open to the public.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Jul 4th » Farmington 4th of July Fireworks

Held at the Farmington Ball Park.

Time:9:00pm
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:City of Farmingtom
Phone:319-878-3711

Jul 5th - Jul 6th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Jul 6th » Bonaparte's Uptown Saturday Night & Movies on Main Street

Bonaparte shops open until 6:30p.  "Stand by Me" will be shown in the Opera House at 7p.  There is no admission fee.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jul 6th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Blacksmithing:Tool Making

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jul 6th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by Santa's Helpers in the Whitely Opera House. 

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Jul 6th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more from 8:00am- 2:00pm. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend with Papa G's Smokin' BBQ serving chicken quarters & pulled pork sandwiches on the 1st Saturday and Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork sandwiches on the 3rd Saturday monthly through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Jul 6th » Whispering Pines Summer Music Event

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Two Pony Blues" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and spend the day!  Located at 18356 222nd St., Keosauqua.  $5 cover charge.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:4:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Jul 13th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Barn Quilt Painting

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jul 13th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more from 8:00am- 2:00pm. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend with Papa G's Smokin' BBQ serving chicken quarters & pulled pork sandwiches on the 1st Saturday and Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork sandwiches on the 3rd Saturday monthly through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Jul 14th - Jul 22nd » Van Buren County Fair

Held at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds (Hwy. 1 N. Keosauqua).  Features 4-H exhibits, truck & tractor pull, demo derby, pedal pull, fair queen contest, rodeo, and more. 

Click here to download the 2013 Fair Book.

Location:Keosauqua
Website:http://vbco.vanburencountyfair.com

Jul 19th - Jul 21st » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2013 Ranch Horse Show Series

Ranch Horse Show with Cattle Events featuring barrel racing, ranch riding, jackpot sorting, ranch rodeo events, extreme trail course, vendors, coneccsions, a dance, and more.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Jul 19th - Jul 20th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Menu:  Oven-baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Haystack's (Noodle-loose meat & vegetables), Homemade Bread and a variety of Desserts!

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Jul 20th » J40 Farm Crawl

From Pittsburg to Lebanon and beyond! Enjoy this unique day filled with farm tours, artists, wine tasting, Amish furniture, clay oven baking, Amish school breakfast, and more. 

Download the brochure with map.

 

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Kim
Phone:319-293-6168
Website:https://www.facebook.com/J40FarmCrawl?ref=ts

Jul 20th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more from 8:00am- 2:00pm. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend with Papa G's Smokin' BBQ serving chicken quarters & pulled pork sandwiches on the 1st Saturday and Beef Brisket & Pulled Pork sandwiches on the 3rd Saturday monthly through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Jul 25th - Jul 26th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Christmas Greeting - Card Making

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jul 27th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Wear Your Garden

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Jul 27th » RAGBRAI XLI

The Des Moines Register's RAGBRAI will coast through the Villages of Van Buren on Saturday, July 27th.  Please advised there will be heavy bicycle traffic on Hwy. 1 S. Birmingham to Keosauqua & J40 E. Keosauqua to Bonaparte. 

Time:6:00am until 2:00pm

Jul 27th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more beginning at 8:00am. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Jul 27th » Demolition Derby

Demolition Derby re-scheduled from July 21.

For more information contact:

Todd Runyon 319-677-0094 Steve Hopwood 641-208-6875
James Thomas 641-919-5904

Time:6:00pm
Location:Van Buren County Fairgrounds Hwy. 1 North, Keosauqua
Website:www.vbco.vanburencountyfair.com

Jul 27th » Downtown After Sundown

Enjoy an old fashioned Saturday evening in the Bonaparte Historic District. Shops open late, street dance, ice cream social, and more.

Time:7:00pm until 10:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

August 2013

Aug 1st » Safe & Healthy Kids Fair Carnival

Annual Safe & Health Kids Fair at the Roberts Memorial Building (Hwy. 1 N., Keosauqua).  This event is free to all Van Buren County residents.  Free school supplies and backpacks will be available for students who attend and go to Harmony, Van Buren or are home-schooled in Van Buren County.  There will also be a dinner, carnival games, give-a-ways, door prixes, and more!

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Phone:319-293-1757

Aug 2nd - Aug 3rd » Cantril "Duck Tape" Dayz

City-wide Garage Sales all weekend.  Activities held near Ballpark, Main Street, old school yard, and Waubonsie Park in Cantril.

FRIDAY- Food Vendors (Bailey's BBQ & Outlaws Girls Softball)

5p - McQuoid Grilled Chicken & Pork Supper / Water Hole Opens

6p - "Armless Archer" Matt Stutzman at Ballpark

7p - Over 40's Ballgame

7p - Rodeo (At old Doc Smith Property)

8p-12a - DJ Andy Middleton

8:30p - Co-ed Softball Tournament

SATURDAY

10a - Camel Rides, Vortex Tunnel, Petting Zoo, Mennonite Bake Sale, Event T-shirt Sale, Face Painting, Bounce Houses, Squirt Gun Fights, Pony Rides

10a- Watering Hole Opens / Co-ed Softball Tournament Resumes / Frisbee Golf Tournament Begins (Waubonsie Park) / Trap Shoot (Linda Gittins Property)

12p - Duck Tape Contest

1p - Pig Scramble

3p - Silver Mine

Mid-Afternoon - Vintage Power Wagons (School Yard)

4p-7p - Dizzy the Clown

4:30p - Kiddie Tractor Pull

5p - Tarnished Brass Band

6p - Duct Tape Dayz Parade

7p - Flippy Cup Tournament

7p - Ultra Light Candy Drop at Ballpark

8p - Duck Doo Drop at Ballpark

8p-12p - Karaoke at Watering Hole

9p - Fireworks Display

 

Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Susan Smith or Dana Hanna
Phone:319-397-2401

Aug 2nd - Aug 3rd » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner! 

Meatloaf, Chicken & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Vegetable Salad, Pies, Cake & Homemade Ice Cream.

Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Aug 3rd » Bonaparte's Uptown Saturday Night & Movies on Main Street

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Aug 3rd » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by the American Legion in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Aug 3rd » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more beginning at 8:00am. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Aug 3rd » Tailgate & Used Treasure Sale

Come to this new event and do some "treasure hunting." Vendors will have miscellanous items items for sale in the shelterhouse along the river. Vendors: To rent a space for $5, to sell your "treasures," contact Pam at 319-293-3749.  Local specialty shops will be open normal business hours.  Hosted by the Bentonsport Historic District at the Bentonsport Shelterhouse Park.

Time:8:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Pam Svenby
Phone:319-293-3749

Aug 3rd » Whispering Pines Summer Music Event

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Gold Rush" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and spend the day!  Located at 18356 222nd St., Keosauqua.  $5 cover charge.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:4:00pm until 7:00pm
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Aug 4th » Off Road Antique Show

Bring your antiques and collectables to be valued by certified appraisers at the Whitely Opera House in Bonaparte.  First come, first served. Appraisals for informational purpose only.

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Aug 9th - Aug 11th » Dollar Plus 1st Anniversary celebration

Dollar Plus will celebrate it's 1st Anniversary!

Saturday will be Customer Appreciation day with FREE pulled pork sandwiches beginning at 10:00am while supplies last!
Thursday- Sunday:
FREE gift with every $10 purchase
Numerous Buy One-Get One FREE specials.
All kids will get a FREE toy.

 

Time:8:00am until 7:00pm
Location:20644 Hwy. 1 N. Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:http://www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Aug 10th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

7 Step Chair Caning ~ Barn Quilt Painting ~ Blacksmithing:Forge Welding

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Aug 10th - Aug 11th » Dog Days NSCA Registered Shoot

200 Bird Shoot held at Little Fox River Sporting Clays, LLC.

Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Little Fox River Sporting Clays, LLC
Website:http://www.littlefoxriversportingclays.com/

Aug 10th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more beginning at 8:00am. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Aug 16th - Aug 18th » All Around Horse Versatility Competition

Watch ranch horses compete in 7 events at River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Aug 16th - Aug 18th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2013 Ranch Horse Show Series

Ranch Horse Show with Cattle Events featuring barrel racing, ranch riding, jackpot sorting, ranch rodeo events, extreme trail course, vendors, coneccsions, a dance, and more.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Aug 16th - Aug 17th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Menu:  Oven Baked Chicken, Beef & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Sweet Corn, Salads, Homemade Bread, Homemade Pies & Cakes, & Homemade Ice Cream.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Aug 17th - Aug 18th » Bike Van Buren XXVII

Join us for another fun year of biking through the historic Villages of Van Buren.  Some fabulous new changes are coming this year to Bike Van Buren!  Visit our webpage for all of the exciting new details! Register Today!

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://villagesofvanburen.com/special-events.html?item=1

Aug 17th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Painting the Landscape

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Aug 17th - Aug 18th » Keosauqua Lions Club Breakfast

A pancake and sausage will be served 7-10am each morning in the Keosauqua City Park before Bike Van Buren. Everyone is welcome!

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua City Park

Aug 17th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more beginning at 8:00am. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Aug 17th » Old Fashioned Amish BBQ Picnic Lunch

Enjoy an old-fashion BBQ Summer picnic...Amish-style.

Charcoal BBQ hamburgers, hotdogs and brats, potato salad, baked beans and homemade desserts. $9 for adults / $7 children under 14.

Time:11:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Amish School at Lebanon 4-corners. 8 m. West of Keosauqua on CR J-40.

Aug 21st » Zion Bible Church Teens for Christ

Held at the Zion Bible Church.

Time:7:00pm
Location:Douds
Contact Person:Zion Bible Church
Phone:641-936-4416
Website:www.zbcvb.org

Aug 24th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Twist in Time - Plant Fibers

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Aug 24th » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

There will be NO BBQ Lunch on Saturday August 17. Be sure to join us on Saturday August 24 for BBQ Pulled Pork & Beef Brisket Plate lunch from 11a-2p!

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Aug 24th » Tenderloin Supper

The Douds First Responders will host a Tenderloin Supper at the Fire Station.  Serving will begin at 5p with a dance to follow featuring Country Four Band.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds

Aug 30th - Aug 31st » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Aug 31st » Villages Farmers Market & BBQ Lunch

Farmers Market with fresh produce, arts, crafts, flowers and more beginning at 8:00am. BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend through October 12.

Time:8:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Aug 31st » 5K Run, Walk or Tic

This fund-raiser walk will raise funds to help send kids with Tourette Syndrome to camp at Whispering Pines Winery Events Center, 18356 222nd St., Keosauqua.

Registration from 10am-11am. Walk begins at 11:00am and Family Fun Activities begin at Noon.  There is a charge for the kids games and activities.

Live Bands, Concessions, Silent Auction, Petting Zoo, Bounce House, and More!

Pre-Registration $25/per person (includes t-shirt).  Register at http://www.active.com/framed/event_detail.cfm?CHECKSSO=O&EVENT_ID=2094849 or http://www.tsa-usa.org/teamtsa

Donations/Sponsorships can me mailed in care of Becki Tucker, 18356 222nd St., Keosauqua, IA  52565 (make checks payable to Tourette Syndrome Association).

Time:11:00am
Location:Keosauqua

September 2013

Sep 6th - Sep 8th » Stockport Bar-B-Que Days

"Pullin for Stockport"

Friday, September 6

6pm      Snack Shack opens at Saddle Club Grounds

6:30pm  Weigh In for Truck Pull at Saddle Club Grounds

7pm       Truck Pull at Saddle Club Grounds **

Saturday, September 7th

8am       Car Show in City Park (Judging at Noon)***

9am       Weigh In for Tractor Pull at Saddle Club Grounds

9am       Snack Shack on Main Street Opens

10am      Tractor Pull ****

10am      Future Star Contest (For info call Dorothy @ 319-796-2253)

10am      Parade Line Up at Methodist Church

11am       Parade (For info call Melissa @ 319-919-2700)

11:30am  BBQ and Full Lunch at Legion Hall

1pm         Kids Pedal Pull Registration on Main Street

1:30pm     Kids Pedal Pull (Ages 4-11)

2:30pm       Kids Games in the Christian Church Yard

Sunday, September 8th

10:00am   Community Church Service at the City Park

 

Times of Events May Change / Food Available on Grounds / No Outside Food Vendors / No Alcohol or Drugs on Grounds / Not Responsible In Case of Accident

**Truck Pull $25 Entry Fee. Classes: 6500 Stock, 6500 Open, 8000 Two Wheel Drive & Diesel, 8000 Stock & Diesel, 8000 Open.  Drive line shields must be in place.  Driver must have divers license and proof of insurance.  Other restrictions apply.  Jeff White Sled.  Judges decisions are final, officials may change classes as needed.  For info call Ken @ 641-919-1587.

***Car Show No Entry Fee.  Classes: Antique 1900-1948, 1949-1960 Stock, 1961-1980 Stock, 1981-Present Stock, Antique Modified, 1981-Present Modified, Motorcycles, Unfinished Restoration, Factory Muscle Car, Convertible, Pickup Stock, Pickup Modified, Mini Cars & Trucks, Special Interest, Antique Tractor, Farm & Class Tractor.  For more info call Jeff @ 319-796-4683.

****Tractor Pull $15 Entry Fee. Classes: Open & Classic 3500 (no farm), 4500, 5500, 6500, Open, Classic & Farm, 7500 Farm, 8500 Farm, 10,000 Farm No Turbo, 11,000 Farm to 13,500 Farm.  All Tractors will be weighed.  Laplander Rules.  Judges decisions are final, officials may change classes as needed.  For info call Ken @ 641-919-1587.

Time:6:00pm until 12:00pm
Location:Stockport
Phone:319-796-4308

Sep 7th » Bonaparte's Uptown Saturday Night & Movies on Main Street

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Sep 7th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Raku Pottery

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Sep 7th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Sep 7th » Dollar Plus BBQ Lunch

 BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend through October 12.

Time:11:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Sep 7th » Whispering Pines Winery Event Center Summer Music Event

Come enjoy fine wines, great music by "Harvest Band" and good times! Bring a lawn chair and spend the day!  Located at 18356 222nd St., Keosauqua.  $5 cover charge.  Food vendor on grounds.

Time:4:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Whispering Pines Winery
Phone:319-293-6294
Website:http://www.whisperingpineswinery.biz

Sep 8th » Birmingham Homecoming Tractor Pull

Pulling starts at 11am.  Located on the west side of Hwy. 1 in Birmingham. 

Antique & Classice Tractors - Laplander Rules.  Classes:  3250-3500-4000-4500-5500-6500, Joe Greenfield Memorial Traveling Trophy, Antique 5500.  

Out of the Field Farmer Classes - Farm Classes:  4000-4500-5500-6500-9000-10,000-11,000-12,000-13,000-14,000. 

No cut tires, stock turbos, or pumps.

$10 Entry Fee - Trophies in each class.  All Tractors will be weighed.  Officials may change classes if needed.  No alcohol or drugs on premises.

For more info contact:  Wes Greenfield 319-498-4411 or 641-777-4602; Richard Ross 319-498-4642; or Roy Rains 319-498-4504.

 

Time:11:00am
Location:Birmingham

Sep 9th » Zion Bible Church Kingdom Kids Bible Club

Held at the Zion Bible Church.

Time:6:30pm until 8:00pm
Location:Douds
Contact Person:Zion Bible Church
Phone:641-936-4416
Website:www.zbcvb.org

Sep 13th - Sep 15th » End of Summer Motorcycle Rally

The State Line Rally Association hosts this event, featuring: field events, races, rodeo, concerts, vendors, and more held at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 1 N. of Keosauqua.

Download the poster with event infomation.

 

Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Dave
Phone:319-498-4460
Website:http://www.statelinerally.net

Sep 13th - Sep 14th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Sep 14th » Milton Fun Fest

Theme: "Wild West"

8am - 8:45am  Registration for 5K "Wild Bull" Run/Walk.  Registration Form Available to download.

9am  5K "Wild Bull" Run/Walk

9:30am  Registration for Baby Contest & Parade ~ Vendors Open ~ Food Available ~ Bounce Houses & Petting Zoo

9:45am  Winners Announced from Run/Walk & "Little Buckaroo" Contest

10am  Baby Contest

11am  Parade (Theme: Wild West)

11:30am  Harvest Band ~ Carnival Games ~ Face Painting

Noon  "Galloping" Cake Walk ~ Parade Winners Announced

1pm  Mechanical Bull (until 4pm) ~ Kiddie Tractor Pull Registration

1:30pm  Sanctioned Kiddie Tractor Pull

1:45pm   Song Bird Donita Brown (until 3:45pm)

2pm  Karaoke Contest

2:30pm  Bingo (until 4:30pm)

4:30pm  Thad & Trisha Gray (until 6:30pm)

5pm  Chicken BBQ Supper (Free Will Offering / Milton Fire Dept.)

6:30pm  Raffle Drawing

Location:Milton
Phone:641-656-4454

Sep 14th - Sep 15th » Keosauqua Lions Club Breakfast

Breakfast including pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy will be served 7-10am each morning at the Roberts Memorial Building during the End of Summer Motorcycle Rally.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Myrtle
Phone:319-293-3218

Sep 14th » Historic Bonaparte Pottery Tour

A unique archeological site and dig with demonstrations and guided tours (admission fee), hands-on workshops, and a gift shop.  Tours at 11a and 1p.

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Pottery
Phone:319-592-3620
Website:http://bonaparte-pottery.com/index.html

Sep 14th - Sep 15th » Bentonsport Craft Show & Flea Market

Antiques, collectibles, crafts and flea market treasures can be found at this outdoor show. Food vendors and camping are available. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:http://www.greefstore.com

Sep 14th » 11th Annual Taste of Chocolate

Hailed "a chocoholic's paradise."  Offering homemade chocolate confections in bite sized pieces displayed for you to indulge in creating your own special box of goodies.  Rich, chocolaty treats and delicacies will be sold by the pound for guests to take home and enjoy.  Held at the Whitely Opera House, 614 First Street, Bonaparte.  Tassel Ridge Winery's wine tasting on site sponsored by Bonaparte Pottery.  The Bonaparte Historical Society a raffle with several will have "chocolate" gift baskets. 

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400

Sep 15th » Leando Band Concert

Tarnished Brass Band will perform at 5pm at the Memorial Park in Leando.  Serving pie, ice cream, beverages, and Root Beer Floats.  Everyone is welcome to come celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of Leando.  Free will offering.  Moved to the Christ United Methodist Church in case of rain.  Sponsored by the Douds Historic Preservation Association. 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds

Sep 21st - Sep 22nd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Creating with Pastels (Sat) ~ Rug Weaving Workshop (Sat & Sun)  ~ Sculpture Portrait in 3D (Sat & Sun)

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Sep 21st » Dollar Plus BBQ Lunch

BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend through October 12.

Time:11:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Sep 27th - Sep 29th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2013 Ranch Horse Show Series

Ranch Horse Show with Cattle Events featuring barrel racing, ranch riding, jackpot sorting, ranch rodeo events, extreme trail course, vendors, coneccsions, a dance, and more.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Sep 27th - Sep 29th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Wild Dyes:Basic & More (Fri & Sat) ~ Beginning Blackmithing (Sat & Sun) ~ Birdwatching:Spring & Fall (Sat)

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Sep 27th - Sep 28th » Amish Dinner

Homecooked Amish-style Buffet.  Served 5-7:30 pm each evening.  Menu:  Meat Loaf, Hay Stack (veggies, noodles, meat, and cheese sauce), Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Homemade Bread, Homemade Pies, & Homemade Ice Cream.  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Sep 28th » Farmington Ball Association Pancake Breakfast

Held in downtown Farmington at the Shelter House along the River.

Time:6:00am
Location:Farmington
Contact Person:City of Farmingtom
Phone:319-878-3711

Sep 28th » Dollar Plus BBQ Lunch

BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend through October 12.

Time:11:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

October 2013

Oct 2nd - Oct 6th » Bentler Family Memorial Fall Ride

Join the River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp for this annual event featuring a trail ride, camping, concessions, vendors, a dance, campfire music, wine tasting, arena events, youth fun show, team roping, and more.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Oct 4th - Oct 5th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Oct 5th » Bonaparte's Uptown Saturday Night & Movies on Main Street

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Oct 5th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by the American Legion in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Oct 5th » Dollar Plus BBQ Lunch

 BBQ Plate Lunch To-Go served 11am-2pm every weekend through October 12.

Time:11:00am until 2:00pm
Location:Dollar Plus 20644 Hwy. 1 North Keosauqua
Contact Person:Joe Reese
Phone:319-293-3390
Email:keodollarplus@gmail.com
Website:www.keosauquadollarplus.com

Oct 5th » Van Buren County Ag. Assn. Open House

The Van Buren Agricultural Association (Van Buren County Fairboard) is hosting an Open House to showcase their new Show Barn.  A free-will donation meal will be served at 5pm (grilled by the VBC Cattlemen).  This event is open to the public.  A Demo Derby will begin at 6p (there will be an admission fee to the Derby). 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Doris Strait

Oct 11th - Oct 12th » Amish Dinner

Menu: Oven Baked Chicken, Beef & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Garden Salad, Homemade Bread, Homemade Pies, and Homemade Ice Cream.

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10.70 Adults and $5.35 kids aged 5-12, and 4 & under eat for free.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Oct 12th - Oct 13th » Scenic Drive Festival

This annual fall festival features arts & crafts vendors, antique vendors, art shows, music, garage sales, games, parade, car & motorcycle show, food, Buckskinners camp, and more activities throughout the Villages.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://villagesofvanburen.com/special-events.html?item=3

Oct 18th - Oct 20th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp 2013 Ranch Horse Show Series

Ranch Horse Show with Cattle Events featuring barrel racing, ranch riding, jackpot sorting, ranch rodeo events, extreme trail course, vendors, coneccsions, a dance, and more.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Oct 18th - Oct 19th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Oct 19th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Creating with Pastels

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Oct 19th - Oct 20th » Southeast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour

5th Annual Southeast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour, a self guided tour in Van Buren County and surrounding counties.  Van Buren County stops include: Iron & Lace, Bentonpsort Artisan Coop, Village Folk School & The Calico Press. Hours:  Saturday 9a-4p & Sunday 12p-4p.

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Villages of Van Buren & Beyond
Contact Person:Melinda Stockwell
Phone:641-919-7323
Website:http://www.iowastudiotour.org

Oct 19th » Sporting Clays 4-H fundraiser

Location: Rt. 2, Memphis, MO
Latitude 40.593604, Longitude 92.044267

Enjoy the day shooting sporting clays and supporting the local 4-H clubs.

Time:10:00am
Location:Little Fox River Sporting Clays, LLC
Contact Person:Dave Koch
Phone:660-945-3922 / 309-635-7061
Email:dlkoch@nemr.net
Website:http://www.littlefoxriversportingclays.com

Oct 19th » Village Open

4-man teams will putt-putt golf their way though the Villages.  Register @ T&C in Keosauqua ($60 per team).  Proceeds go to the Van Buren County Fire & Rescue.  Must be 21 to play.

Time:11:00am until 7:00pm
Location:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:319-293-3879

Oct 20th » Holiday Musical Program

 Program will celebrate the upcoming Holidays with area musicians performing guitar, banjo, fiddle, keyboard and vocal selections.  Free will offering will be taken to continue making improvements to this beautiful old church.  Everyone invited.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Presbyterian Church

Oct 25th - Oct 27th » River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp Spooky Halloween Weekend

A haunted trail ride, costume contest and horse & dog costume contest, potluck supper, dance decorated campsites and more at the River Valley Lodge and Horse Camp.

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge & Horse Camp
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Oct 25th - Oct 26th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Paper Making:Bowls & Cardstock (Fri) ~ A Foraged Feast (Sat)

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Oct 26th - Oct 27th » Bentonsport "Halloween" Rendezvous

EVENT CANCELLED!!

A Buckskinners Rendezvous with a twist!

Rendezvous a view to the past with pre-1840 events at the Riverside Park in Bentonsport.  In additon to the normal events, hawk & knife throwing competitions, black powder shoot, primitive bow shoot, a working blacksmith, kids games and the candy cannon, there will also be pumpkin carving contests adult games, and bridge lighting.  You can also enjoy fresh homemade fry bread and hand popped kettle, carmel, cheddar or ranch popcorn. There will also be several vendors with pre-1840 trade goods, handmade items, crafters & musicians.  No admission fee!

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Dr. Stogdill
Phone:641-208-5791

Oct 26th » Bentonsport Halloween Party

Stores will remain open until 7p.  Children are encouraged to wear costumes.  There will be a hay-rack ride, trick or treating at the stores, a hunted tunnel, and kids activities.  Prizes will be given for games and activites.  There will be a free will donation set up for the event.  Paper lanterns and glow sticks will be available for sale.  At 7:10p all paper lanterns will be released at the same time.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Bentonsport

Oct 26th » Douds Costume Parade & Beggar's Night / Trick or Treat

Parade will be held at the Field Day Grounds 5p-6p and Beggar's Night begins at 6p. 

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds

Oct 27th » Bonaparte's Halloween Parade & Wiener Roast

Kids dressed in costume are invited to meet in the City Park at 1pm then parade downtown and return to the park for a Wiener Roast and Hot Chocolate.

Time:1:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Phone:319-592-3400

Oct 30th » Farmington Trick or Treat

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Farmington

Oct 30th » Bonaparte Beggar's Night / Trick or Treat

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Bonaparte

Oct 30th » Cantril's Beggars Night

Trick or Treat in Cantril 5:30-7:30p.

Time:5:30pm until 7:30pm
Location:Cantril

Oct 30th » Milton Trick or Treat

Time:5:30pm until 7:30pm
Location:Milton

Oct 31st » Keosauqua Chamber Halloween Safe Stops & Trunk or Treat

Local businesses will be handing out candy for a safe and friendly trick or treat experience.

New this year - Trunk or Treat!!  Rural residents or anyone can come downtown and pass out candy to trick or treaters from their "trunk."  Feel free to decorate your vehicles and/or come in costume!

New - Halloween Sack Dinner!  The Keosauqua Chamber is hosting a Sack Dinner outside the Keosauqua Library.  Hot dogs, chips, cookies, and a drink for a free will donation. 

Time:4:30pm until 6:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:www.keosauqua.com

Oct 31st » Stockport Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat Night will be from 5-7 PM and there will be a Weiner Roast at the Park Shelter House.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Stockport

Oct 31st » Keosauqua Trick or Treat

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

November 2013

Nov 1st - Nov 2nd » Amish Dinner

Oven Baked Chicken & Meatloaf, homemade noodles, mashed potatoes & gravy, macaroni salad, homemade bread & pies, homemade ice cream. Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Nov 1st » Fall Auction Fundraiser

Fundraising auction for the Villages Folk School to be held at the Bonaparte Opera House.  Featuring items from local artists including: Bill Printy, John Preston, Connie & Raymond Morris, Gin Lammert, Meg King, Mel Stockwell, Betty Printy, and more!

Time:7:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@villagesfolkschool.com
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Nov 2nd - Nov 3rd » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

A Natural Christmas (Sat) ~ Rug Weaving Workshop (Sat & Sun)

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Nov 2nd » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street

A delicious breakfast served 7-9a by a local organization in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Nov 2nd » Douds UMC God's Portion Supper and Sale

The Douds United Methodist Church will have a God's Portion Supper begining at 5p and a Sale begining at 6:30p.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds

Nov 9th - Nov 10th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

Christmas Greeting:Card Making (Thurs & Fri) ~ Knitting:Beginning (Sat) ~ Beginning Tatting (Sat) ~ Shaker Boxes (Sat & Sun)

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Nov 9th » Fall Supper & Auction

Supper at 5:00 PM. Auction at 7:00 PM.

Free will donation for supper. Turkey, ham balls and much more!

Time:5:00pm
Location:United Methodist Church, 150 Cheshire St., Birmingham,Iowa.

Nov 15th - Nov 16th » Amish Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)

Nov 16th » Villages Folk School Classes Weekend

7 Step Chair Caning ~ Creating with Pastels

Villages Folk School - Living the Arts!

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the scenic and historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. We offer a setting in which individuals and families can connect with the "inner child" -- something often lost in the busyness of living.

Villages Folk School classes include hands-on learning in arts and crafts, fine arts, nature study, and traditional time honored skills relating to the home. Our carefully selected blend of classes allows people to return to times when things were simpler and creativity was a way of life.

Our Classes are exciting and varied, just like the unique Villages of Van Buren where they are taught. Learn to paint, quilt, make pottery, forge iron, draw, sculpt, spin, weave, garden, and much more. Relax, create, unplug, and get away from it all in scenic Van Buren County.

 

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages Folk School
Phone:319-592-3700
Website:http://www.villagesfolkschool.com

Nov 22nd - Nov 23rd » Amish Buffet-Style Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Menu:  Turkey, Ham, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Chicken Dressing, Cooked Cabbage, Cranberry Bread, Pumpkin Pie & Raisin Cream Pie. 

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)
Contact Person:Sunrise Bakery

Nov 23rd » Soup Supper Fundraiser

The Tarnished Brass Band will perform at a Soup Supper Fundraiser at the Roberts Memorial Building on Hwy. 1 N. of Keosauqua.  The funds raised will go to the High School Band projects.  This event is a Silver Cord Project hosted by Jessie Cassens.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Nov 28th - Dec 31st » Enchanted Forest Walk

A self-guided tour of the holiday lights & displays in Waubonsie Park.  Tours: Sunday-Thursday 5-8p and Friday-Saturday 5-9p.  Free will donations are appreciated.  A golf cart is available to assist with the walk.

Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots
Phone:641-777-1184

Nov 30th » Breakfast with Santa

A kid-friendly breakfast will be served at the Keosauqua Fire Station in downtown Keosauqua for a free will donation.  Pictures with Santa will be available ($5).  Schmitter's Petting Zoo will be set up at Wasko Hardware beginning at 9:30a.

Time:8:00am until 11:00am
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:www.keosauqua.com

Nov 30th » Small Business Saturday in Keosauqua

Celebrating Small Business Saturday with local businesses hosting Holiday Open Houses showcasing their businesses from 8a-5p.  Coupon books will be available at various locations downtown with Open House information and "that day only" coupons for local retailers.

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:www.keosauqua.com

Nov 30th » Penny Beer Night at Tillies Tap

Enjoy ice cold keg beer for just 1 cent! 

Time:7:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Tillies TAp
Phone:319-293-3995

December 2013

Dec 1st - Dec 31st » Christmas in the Villages

A variety of holiday activities throughout the county including a Festival of Trees, bakes sales, crafts, Santa visits, and more. For more information or a free brochure contact the Villages of Van Buren.

Location:Villages of Van Buren
Contact Person:Villages of Van Buren
Phone:800-868-7822
Email:info@villagesofvanburen.com
Website:http://www.villagesofvanburen.com

Dec 2nd » Keosauqua Home Lighting Contest

Homes will be judged on December 2nd from 6-8pm, please have your home lit at that time to be judged.  First, Second, and Third place prizes will be awarded.  Please contact the Chamber to register your home (or your neighbors) to be considered for the Lighting Contest.  Sponsored by the Keosauqua Chamber.  You are encouraged to leave your lights up and on throughout the season!

Time:6:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:www.keosauqua.com

Dec 6th - Dec 8th » Festival of Trees

Beautifully decorated live Christmas trees, wreaths, table top trees, and more based on the theme "Cheery & Bright" on display at the Roberts Memorial Building (Hwy. 1 North of Keosauqua).  Live entertainment provided all weekend long.  Hours:  Friday 5-9p, Saturday 9a-8p, and Sunday 12-3p.  All items displayed are available for purchase through a silent auction that ends Sunday afternoon.  Proceeds from the auction go to Christmas for Kids.  This event is sponsored by the Van Buren County Lions Clubs. 

Time:5:00pm until 3:00pm
Location:Keosauqua

Dec 7th - Dec 8th » Cookie & Candy Walk

The Farmington Arts Council is sponsoring a Cookie & Candy Walk at the Farmington EMS Building (208 4th St.) selling a variety of homemade candies & cookies for $7.00 a pound.  Books-R-Fun will be set up with a book sale as well.

Location:Farmington
Phone:319-878-4141

Dec 7th » Bonaparte Breakfast On Main Street & Holiday Cookie Walk

A delicious breakfast served 7-9am by the Bonaparte Library Board in the Whitely Opera House.  Holiday Cookie Walk, sponsored by the Bonaparte Historical Society, beings at 8a in the Whitely Opera House.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonaparte-iowa.com/

Dec 7th - Dec 8th » Holiday Open House

The  Farmington Comminity Center (201 4th St.) will be open Saturday 9a-4p and Sunday 10a-4p with a variety of vendors including crafts, quilts, Avon, soap & lotions, Scentsy, jewelry, Tupperware, rugs, bake sale, and more.  A quilt will be given away on Sunday.  Food will be available both days, serving begins at 11a.

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Farmington
Phone:319-878-3905

Dec 7th » Bake and Rummage Sale

Lots of holiday goodies and rummage sale items at bargain prices!

Time:9:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Birmingham United Methodist Church 150 Cheshire St.

Dec 7th » Christmas in Bentonsport's Historic District

Local specialty shops open extended hours, 10a-7p, with shop workers dressed in period attire.  Main Street and the Historic Bentonsport Bridge will be lighted.  A scavenger hunt will be ehld from 4-6p, participants must find an item in each shop and/or outside to match a clue given to them (items are related to the history of Bentonsport).  "Scavengers" meet at Shelterhouse by 6:15p to enjoy refreshments and determine a winner. 

Time:10:00am until 7:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Historic Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Email:greefstore@netins.net
Website:http://www.greefstore.com

Dec 7th - Dec 8th » Pioneer Home Driving Tour

Maps available at the Pioneer Historical Museum (next to Casey's). This is a self-guided driving tour of the historical homes and businesses in Farmington. Maps will have historical information about each.The museum will be open Saturday & Sunday 10a-4p. 

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Farmington
Phone:319-878-3785

Dec 7th » Soup Supper & Santa in Birmingham

A variety of soups will be served. The cost is $5.00 for adults, $2.50 for children 4-11 and children under 3 eat free. Pictures with Santa will be from 6-7pm.  Christmas readings, crafts and refreshments will be at the library from 7-8:30pm.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building 110 Cross St.
Contact Person:Birmingham Homecoming
Phone:319-756-3844 / 319-498-4201

Dec 7th » Soup Supper & Santa Visit in Cantril

A homemade soup supper will be served at the Township Hall from 5-8pm.  Santa & Mrs. Claus will be visiting during this time.

Time:5:00pm until 8:00pm
Location:Cantril
Contact Person:Cantril Grass Roots
Phone:641-777-1184

Dec 13th - Dec 14th » Amish Buffet-Style Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

Menu:  Fried Chicken, Ham & Bean Soup, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Homemade Noodles, Cooked Cabbage, Christmas Salad, Chocolate Cake, Peanut butter Creme Pie, & Chocolate Creme Pie.

 

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)
Contact Person:Sunrise Bakery

Dec 14th » Taste of Christmas

A self-guided tour of homes, appitizers and a three-course candlelight dinner served at the Bonaparte Opera House.  Reservations required.  Tickets $25 each.  This will be the final year for this event - don't miss it!

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400

Dec 14th - Dec 28th » Yoder's Indian Creek Holiday Sale

Yoder's Indian Creek Furniture will have 10% off all items ordered or purchased in-stock (excluding outdoor furniture).  Hours:  Monday-Saturday 8a-5p.  Closed Sundays, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.  Located at: 22769 Rte. V64, Milton, IA

Location:Lebanon

Dec 14th » Santa's Helpers

A Holiday Cookie & Candy sale in the Douds Community Center from 9a-12p.  To preorder (not required) call 319-293-3066 before Dec. 14.

Time:9:00am until 12:00pm
Location:Douds
Phone:319-293-3066

Dec 14th - Dec 15th » Pioneer Home Driving Tour

Maps available at the Pioneer Historical Museum (next to Casey's).  It is open Saturday & Sunday 10a-4p. Christmas Carolers will be singing at 2p on Sunday.

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Farmington
Phone:319-878-3785

Dec 14th » Business Incubator Open House

The Open House will showcase the new Birmingham Business Incubator. The new Incubator will help assist entrepreneurs  who have an interest in starting a new business.

Time:1:00pm until 3:00pm
Location:511 Cedar St. Birmingham, IA
Phone:319-498-4296
Email:birmiowa@netins.net

Dec 14th » Soup Supper & Santa Visit in Stockport

A free-will donation soup supper will be held at the American Legion Building in Stockport beginging at 5p.  There will be entertainment by local children and a wreath auction.  The evening will end with a Santa visit at 6:30p.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Stockport
Contact Person:Stockport City Hall

Dec 14th » Soup Supper & Santa Visit in Milton

A free-will donation soup supper will be held at the Legion Building (320 N. Main) in Milton.  Supper is sponsored by the Heritage Society and begins at 5p.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet the children.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Milton

Dec 15th » Tour of Homes

The Keosauqua Chamber Tour of Homes makes it return this year!  On Sunday, December 15th a self-guided tour of beautiful and unique homes festively decorated for the Holidays will be open for viewing 1-4pm.  Featured during the tour this year are the homes of Doug & Julie Chapuis, Bob & June Pedrick, Chris & Molly Starke, and Jake Boyd & Brianna Lechnar.  All homes will have a guide/host and a variety of Holiday-themed refreshments will be served.  Tickets and maps can be picked up at the Keosauqua Chamber Office, Van Buren County Hospital, Wasko Hardware, and at the homes the day of the tour. Tickets are $12 each.

 

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Chamber
Phone:319-293-7737
Email:info@keosauqua.com
Website:www.keosauqua.com

Dec 21st » Photos with Santa

Children can get photos taken with Santa and will be given free candy at the Lunchbox Cafe. 

Time:3:00pm until 3:30pm
Location:Douds
Contact Person:Lunchbox Cafe
Phone:641-936-4444

Dec 27th - Dec 28th » Amish Buffet-Style Dinner

Homemade Amish Dinner!  Price:  $10 Adults and $5 Kids aged 5-12.

 

Time:5:00pm until 7:30pm
Location:Sunrise Bakery 31154 210th St., Bonaparte (North of Bonaparte on W-40)
Contact Person:Sunrise Bakery

Dec 31st » New Years Eve Gospel Sing

Good gospel music and great family fellowship at the Roberts Memorial Building (Hwy. 1 North of Keosauqua).  Begins at 5:30p.  Bring a covered dish to share, meat & drinks furnished. 

Time:5:30pm
Location:Keosauqua
Phone:641-656-4494

January 2014

Jan 4th » Breakfast on Main Street

A delicious breakfast served from 7-9am for a free will donation by the Harmony PTO in the Bonaparte Opera House.  Enjoy sharing the morning with family and friends. 

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Email:bms@bonapartemainstreet.com
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

Jan 25th » Serve Outdoors Annual Fundraiser Banquet

Time:5:30pm
Location:Roberts Memorial Center in Keosauqua
Contact Person:John Hamstreet
Phone:319-288-0814
Website:www.serveoutdoors.org

February 2014

Feb 1st » Breakfast on Main Street

A delicious breakfast served from 7-9am for a free will donation by the TOPS in the Bonaparte Opera House.  Enjoy sharing the morning with family and friends. 

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Email:bms@bonapartemainstreet.com
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

Feb 2nd » Riverview Country Club Super Bowl Party

The Riverview Country Club will be hosting a Super Bowl party February 2nd at 1:00pm. We will have a bags tournament, ping pong, Wii games, board games, cards, and much more for everyone to enjoy before the game starts! Snacks will be provided, but if anyone would like to bring anything, they are more than welcome to. Bring the family, bring your friends for a fun Sunday afternoon at the club

Time:1:00pm
Location:Riverview Country Club

Feb 8th » Stockport Lions Pancake Breakfast

Stockport Lions invite you to enjoy their pancake breakfast, February 8th at 7 am until 9 am at the Stockport Legion Hall. Proceeds will go to the Library, come join your neighbors for a morning of visiting.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Stockport Legion Hall

Feb 8th » Sweetheart Sales

Vendors will be set up at the historic Bonaparte Opera House.  Proceeds to benefit the Independence Day Celebration.

Time:10:00am until 4:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Phone:641-451-5294
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

Feb 8th » RESCHEDULED to Feb. 22 Birmingham Homecoming Fish/Chicken Supper

The menu consists of catfish fillets, chicken strips, cole slaw, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, desserts, and drinks. Cost of meal is $8.00. Children 6 and under eat free.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building

Feb 8th » Douds Volunteer Fire Department Annual Soup Supper and Benefit Auction

Douds Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their Annual soup supper and benefit auction. Supper of homemade soups and desserts begin at 5 pm. Freewill offering. Auction of donated and handcrafted items at 6 pm. Tickets for handcrafted cedar chest or flat panel TV are available from any Douds Firefighter. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6. Hope to see you there!

Time:5:00pm
Location:Douds Community Center

Feb 14th - Feb 16th » Chocolate Lovers Weekend

Wine, Chocolate, and Second Chance Weekend

Wine and chocolate tastings.

If you missed out on the December Wine Tour, you now have a second chance.

Visit 6 of the 9 wineries on the Scenic River Wine Trail and receive a discount card good for 15% off any wine purchases at participating wineries in 2014!

Click on our event calendar at www.cedarvalleywine.com and view the Chocolate Lover's Weekend for a complete listing of participating wineries and hours.

 

Location:Cedar Valley Winery 2034 Dewberry Ave. Batavia, IA 52533
Phone:641-662-2800
Email:info@cedarvalleywine.com
Website:http://cedarvalleywine.com/

Feb 14th » POSTPONED until 2/21 Keosauqua Lions Soup Supper and Auction

Great soups and lots of fun items to bid on!  Funds raised will benefit our Keosauqua Lions Club's many projects.  Held at the Robert's Memorial Building serving starts at 5pm.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua
Contact Person:Keosauqua Lions Club

Feb 14th » Village Cup & Cakes Valentine Candlelight Prime Rib Buffet

Prime Rib Buffet. $25 each includes meal, beverage and gourmet desserts or gourmet coffee drinks. Reservations Recommended. Wine available for purchase.
Time:5:00pm
Location:Village Cup & Cakes 202 Main St. Keosauqua, IA
Phone:319-293-8200
Website:http://www.villagecupandcakes.com

Feb 15th » Ladies Tea Party

In appreciation of all your community support, please join us for a fun Ladies Afternoon Out with a Ladies Tea Party on February 15th at 2:00 pm at the Mason Hall in Stockport. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by February 8th by calling 319-796-2253 or 319-796-4308

Time:2:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Mason Hall in Stockport
Contact Person:Dorothy Gilbert
Phone:319-796-2253

Feb 15th » Village Cup & Cakes Valentine Candlelight Prime Rib Buffet

Prime Rib Buffet. $25 each includes meal, beverage and gourmet desserts or gourmet coffee drinks. Reservations Recommended. Wine available for purchase.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Village Cup & Cakes 202 Main St. Keosauqua, IA
Phone:319-293-8200
Website:http://www.villagecupandcakes.com

Feb 15th » Lets "Wine" About Winter

Come to Bonaparte on Saturday, February 15th and Let's "Wine about Winter" together over dinner, drinks, dancing, and karaoke. The sit down meal will begin promptly at 6:00 with music and karaoke beginning at 7:00.

A great opportunity to celebrate Valentine's Day, this annual event will include a three course meal of tossed salad, roast beef with whipped horseradish, scalloped potatoes, green beans seasoned with bacon and onion, homemade rolls and butter, and red velvet cheesecake for dessert.

Wine tasting will be conducted by The Bonaparte Pottery featuring selections from Tassel Ridge Winery. Wine will be available to purchse to enjoy with your dinner and dancing or to take home.

Starship Enterprises will provide music from 7:00 until 9:00.

Reservations are required at a cost of $25 per person. There is limited seating so make your plans now to attend. To make reservations or for more information, contact the Bonaparte Main Street office at 319-592-3400. Bonaparte Main Street is a non-profit organization.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Whiteley Opera House located at 614 First Street in Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Email:bms@bonapartemainstreet.com
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

Feb 15th » Hearts & Candles Dinner

3rd Annual Hearts & Candles Dinner on Saturday, February 15th at 6:00 pm. A four course meal will be served on china and will be prepared by Cantril Grass Roots. Space is limited. Reservation needed by February 10th. You may contact the Cantril Community First Bank to reserve your place for dinner or call 319-397-2401 to make reservations or for more information.

Time:6:00pm
Location:Township Hall in Cantril
Website:http://www.cantrilia.com

Feb 16th » Village Cup & Cakes Sunday Brunch

Serving Sunday Brunch. $12 each

Time:10:00am
Location:Village Cup & Cakes 202 Main St. Keosauqua, IA
Phone:319-293-8200
Website:http://www.villagecupandcakes.com

Feb 19th » Bonaparte Community Garden Information and Planning Meeting

Would you like easier access to fresh produce? Have you wanted to learn to grow fruits and vegetables? Here is your opportunity! Join us for an information and planning meeting to learn more! Refreshments will be served.
Time:6:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Opera House 103 Main Street Bonaparte, IA

Feb 21st » Keosauqua Lions Soup Supper and Auction

Great soups and lots of fun items to bid on!  Funds raised will benefit our Keosauqua Lions Club's many projects.  Held at the Robert's Memorial Building serving starts at 5pm.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Roberts Memorial Building in Keosauqua.
Phone:Keosauqua Lions Club

Feb 21st » Milton American Legion Post #483 Annual Soup Supper

Annual Soup Supper in honor of President's Day

Time:5:30pm until 7:00pm
Location:Milton Legion Hall and Community Center
Contact Person:Milton American Legion Post #483

Feb 22nd » Birmingham Homecoming Fish/Chicken Supper

The menu consists of catfish fillets, chicken strips, cole slaw, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, desserts, and drinks. Cost of meal is $8.00. Children 6 and under eat free.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building

Feb 28th - Mar 2nd » Van Buren Players Production

Come watch Community Theater at its best when the Van Buren Players present "Working" at the Roberts Memorial Building.  Tickets available at Community First Bank in Keosauqua. Show Times: Friday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

Location:Keosauqua

March 2014

Mar 1st » Breakfast on Main Street

A delicious breakfast served from 7-9am for a free will donation by the Bonaparte Ball Association in the Bonaparte Opera House.  Enjoy sharing the morning with family and friends. 

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Email:bms@bonapartemainstreet.com
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

Mar 8th » Birmingham Lions Pancake/Waffle Supper

Menu consists of pancakes, waffles, link sausage, ice cream, and drinks. Cost of meal is $5.00.

Time:5:00pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building

Mar 17th » St. Patrick's Day Supper

Held at the historic Bonaparte Opera House.  Sponsored by the United Methodist Church.

Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3187
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

Mar 17th » St. Patrick's Day Dinner

St. Patrick's Day Dinner - 5-7pm Corn Beef & Cabbage, Beef Stew, Corn Bread, Desserts and Drinks. Sponsored by The United Church. Free will offering

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Whitely Opera House

Mar 18th » Rethinking Demolition

Training opportunity to provide an overview of deconstruction and reuse strategies, waste reduction resources, case studies and regulatory considerations.
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8:30 am – 4:00 pm // Lunch provided
$25 COSC Members // $35 Non-Members

Time:8:30am until 4:00pm
Location:Village Cup & Cakes, Keosauqua
Phone:(515) 277-6222
Email: info@aiaiowa.org
Website:http://www.icosc.com/deconstruction./

Mar 21st » Birmingham Lions Corn Bread and Bean Supper

Corn bread & beans, desserts, ice cream, drinks. Cost is $5.00. Children 6 and under eat free.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building
Contact Person:Birmingham Lions

Mar 22nd » Wine 101 Education Class

Looking for a fun and engaging way to learn about different wines and tastes? Join vintner Seth Miller for a wine education class at Cedar Valley Winery, March 22, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  Seth will cover basic information about wines, such as what makes a wine sweet or dry, full-bodied or light-bodied, and the different types of grapes. And of course, participants will have the chance to put their wine knowledge to the test during the wine tasting. Attend this course and learn how to taste wines like a pro and impress your future dinner guests!

Cost of the class is $20 per person and includes a light snack. Class space is limited to 20 participants. Bring a friend or a whole party and enjoy the art of wine!

Pre-registration required.

Time:2:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:Cedar Valley Winery 2034 Dewberry Ave. Batavia, IA 52533
Phone:641-662-2800
Email:info@cedarvalleywine.com
Website:www.cedarvalleywine.com

Mar 26th » Van Buren County Safe Coalition Presents: Our Community. Our Health. Our Future.

If you are a student, parent, grandparent, teacher, coach, city official, health care professional, or just a conerned citizen you should plan to attend this event!

Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Door Prizes, Refreshments & Childcare Provided.

Time:6:30pm
Location:Roberts Memorial Building, Keosauqua
Contact Person:SAFE Coalition
Phone:319-293-6412

Mar 28th » Keosauqua Public Library Annual Book & Bake Sale

Friday, March 28th 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 29th 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Proceeds will help pay for WILBOR.

Time:1:00pm until 5:00pm
Location:Keosauqua Public Library

Mar 29th » Keosauqua Public Library Annual Book & Bake Sale

Proceeds will help pay for WILBOR.

Time:9:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Keosauqua Public Library

Mar 29th » Richardson's Point Historical Site Dedication Program

A special dedication and program will be held. The public is invited to come and learn more about the Mormon Trail in southern Iowa, and to honor the enduring heritage of the Mormon pioneers. A covered wagon will mark the spot where visitors may park to walk a short distance to the memorial site.

Time:1:00pm until 2:30pm
Location:11251 Rt. J40, Milton, IA (West of Lebanon 4-way stop)
Contact Person:Leon Wilkinson
Phone:641-664-3565
Email:lwilky@netins.net

April 2014

Apr 5th » Breakfast on Main Street

A delicious breakfast served from 7-9am for a free will donation by a local organization in the Bonaparte Opera House.  Enjoy sharing the morning with family and friends. 

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Email:bms@bonapartemainstreet.com
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

Apr 5th » Villages Folk School: Paper Making: Decorative Bowls

Bowls: Learn how to shape paper pulp into bowls and dishes.

Class Fee: $45.00 per student

Time:9:00am until 3:00pm
Contact Person:Melinda Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 11th » Keosauqua United Methodist Church Spring Luncheon

Handmade Tenderloins, Chicken Sandwiches, Salads and Homemade Pie. Serving begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost: Tenderloin Sandwich $5.00 Chicken Sandwich $4.00 Salad $1.00 Dessert $2.00. Drinks are free.

Time:11:30am
Location:Keosauqua United Methodist Church

Apr 12th » Easter Sales Event & Easter Pictures

Vendors set up in the historic Opera House.  Proceeds benefit the Independence Day Celebration.  Pictures taken with the Easter Bunny also available.

 

Time:9:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Phone:641-451-5294
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

Apr 12th » Bonaparte Easter Egg Hunt

Held at the Harmony Elementary School.

Time:10:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

Apr 12th » Birmingham Lions Soup Supper

A variety of soups, desserts, ice cream, drinks. Cost is $5.00. Children 6 and under eat free.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building
Contact Person:Birmingham Lions

Apr 18th - Apr 20th » River Valley Lodge Ranch Horse Show

First in the Ranch Horse Show Series.  AQHA and open Jackpot sorting, Jackpot roping, Extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more. 

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

Apr 19th » Keosauqua Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

Fun for kids of all ages!  Held at the Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Lodge. 

Time:9:00am
Location:Keosauqua

Apr 19th » Bentonsport Open House

Shops open for the season.  Drawings, refreshments, and more!

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Historic Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:http://www.greefstore.com

Apr 19th - Apr 20th » Bentonsport Artisan Co-Op Arts & Gifts Open House

Come and see unique handmade arts and crafts created by regional Iowa artisans.  Free gift to the first 12 customers each day.  Refreshments served.

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Bentonsport Artisan Co-Op
Phone:319-293-3749

Apr 19th » Cedar Valley Winery Spring Open House

Join us for our Spring Open House. Be the first to come out and see what has sprung up this season. Enjoy a guided vineyard tour with our vintner and learn about spring pruning practices and viticulture, sample some of our award winning wines and newly bottled varieties, and stay for a catered lunch. Boots and jacket recommended for vineyard tour. Pre-registration required.

Time:11:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Cedar Valley Winery 2034 Dewberry Ave. Batavia, IA 52533
Phone:641-662-2800
Email:info@cedarvalleywine.com
Website:www.cedarvalleywine.com

Apr 19th » Cantril Easter Egg Hunt

Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will greet the Children at Waubonsie Park at 1:30pm

Time:1:30pm
Location:Cantril
Website:http://www.cantrilia.com

Apr 19th » Good Samaritan Society Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt for ages 1yr. old - 10 yrs old at Good Samaritan Society in Keosauqua on April 19th at 2:00 pm.

Time:2:00pm
Location:Good Samaritan Society 819 Country Lane Rd. Keosauqua, IA

Apr 25th - Apr 27th » Serve Outdoors Annual Disabled Turkey Hunt

No charge. Please call for reservations.

 

Phone:319-293-2599
Website:www.serveoutdoors.org

Apr 26th » Serve Outdoors Meet & Greet

Meet & Greet hunters at the Keosauqua Fire Station 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Public invited.

Time:11:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Keosauqua Fire Station
Phone:319-293-2599
Website:www.serveoutdoors.org

Apr 26th » Villages Folk School: Free Motion Quilting

Participants will practice a variety of free motion quilting and thread painting techniques and designs, becoming comfortable with both established patterns, such as feathers and spirals, as well as improvisational stitching.

Class Fee: $50.00 per student

Time:1:00pm until 3:00pm
Location:Stonehouse in Bentonsport
Contact Person:Melinda Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 26th » Villages Folk School: Printmaking- Trash Art

Different printing techniques will be covered, but the emphasis will be on monoprinting found and recycled items.  The creative ways to use this knowledge are boundless.

Class Fee: $42.00 per student

Time:1:00pm until 4:00pm
Contact Person:Melinda Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:www.villagesfolkschool.com

Apr 26th » Birmingham Lions Spaghetti/Lasagna Supper

Spaghetti, meat sauce, marinara sauce, lasagna, desserts, ice cream, drinks. Cost is $5.00. Children 6 and under eat free.

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Birmingham Lions Building
Contact Person:Birmingham Lions

May 2014

May 3rd » River Valley Lodge Kentucky Derby Party

Ladies be sure to wear your best "derby hat."

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

May 3rd - May 4th » River Valley Horsecamp and Lodge Natural Elements Horsemanship Ground Communication Clinic

In this clinic we will work on engaging and interacting with our equine in a way that makes sense to them. Through the process of developing a common means of communication we establish and develop our leadership with our equine partner. We also utilize the opportunity to build confidence and trust in both horse and human by means of exposure to sound, motion and some challenges with an assessment course. This is THE foundation whether the horse/mule is a yearling or adult.

Cost for the weekend is $150.00. For more information or registration call Tammy Draper-Hansen at 641-373-2858 or email  at plsc28@hotmail.com. You can also find Bob on Facebook at Natural Elements Horse Training.

To reserve your campsite and stall contact Carolyn at 319-878-3888.

Location:River Valley Horsecamp and Lodge
Contact Person:Tammy Draper-Hansen
Phone:641-373-2858
Email:plsc28@hotmail.com
Website:http://rivervalleyhorsecamp.com/

May 3rd » Breakfast on Main Street

A delicious breakfast served from 7-9am for a free will donation by the 4th of July Committee in the Bonaparte Opera House.  Enjoy sharing the morning with family and friends. 

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Bonaparte Main Street
Phone:319-592-3400
Email:bms@bonapartemainstreet.com
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

May 3rd » Wasko Hardware Customer Appreciation Day

A day of celebrating their customers!  Visit the store for specials, lunch, and drawings!  Grill demos and samples. 

Time:8:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Wasko
Contact Person:Wasko Hardware
Phone:319-293-6468
Website:http://www.waskohardware.com

May 3rd » Cantril Grass Roots Annual Silent Auction & Soup Supper

Proceeds to Cantril Grass Roots.

Free Will Donation

Time:5:00pm
Location:Cantril- Township Hall
Website:http://www.cantrilia.com

May 4th » Riverview Country Club Jr. Golf Tournament

Jr. Golf Tournament - Must be a student with a parent/adult to play 2-person best shot. Cost $30.00 a team. Pre-register at the clubhouse. Starts at 1:00 pm.

Time:1:00pm
Location:Riverview Country Club Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Tammy Kerr
Phone:319-293-3200
Email:rvcgolf@netins.net

May 9th - May 10th » Farmington City Wide Garage Sales

City-Wide Garage Sales.  Don't miss the HUGE sale at River Valley Lodge & Campground!

Location:Farmington

May 10th » Mother's Day Celebration/Ladies Day Out

Cedar Valley Winery is hosting its third annual Mother’s Day Celebration/Ladies Day Out. Ladies will be pampered by our spa specialists in chair massage, foot massage, manicures, pedicures and makeovers along with a complimentary glass of wine and appetizers.

This relaxing gift is perfect for your mom, a friend or for yourself to enjoy! Register your special lady today to enjoy all of our spa specialists for $40 or two ladies for $35 each.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 9th for our spa session.

Time:11:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Cedar Valley Winery 2034 Dewberry Ave. Batavia, IA 52533
Phone:641-662-2800
Email:info@cedarvalleywine.com
Website:www.cedarvalleywine.com

May 11th » Bentonsport Artisan Co-Op Mother's Day Special

Our unique arts and gifts shop honors Mother's with 10% off of selected items.  A free gift will be given to the first 12 visiting mothers. 

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Bentonsport Artisan Co-Op
Phone:319-293-3749

May 11th » Mother's Day Luncheon

Held at the historic Bonaparte Opera House. Cost $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids under 10 yrs old.

Time:11:00am until 1:00pm
Location:Bonaparte
Phone:319-592-3677
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

May 11th » Bentonsport Stone House Community Center Open House

The Stone House Community Center will host its Open House celebrating the extensive renovation of the1850's historic building. Music and refreshments all afternoon.

Time:2:00pm until 4:00pm
Location:26983 Rte. J40, Keosauqua (Bentonsport)
Phone:319-592-3222

May 16th - May 18th » River Valley Lodge Ranch Horse Show

Second in the Ranch Horse Show Series.  AQHA and open Jackpot sorting, Jackpot roping, Extreme trail course competition, dance, food concessions, and more. 

Location:Farmington
Contact Person:River Valley Lodge
Phone:319-878-3888
Website:http://www.rivervalleyhorsecamp.com

May 17th » Villages Folk School: Writing Workshop

Learn how to hone your craft from a published writer and editor. Students will participate in a workshop, reading and critiquing each other's work. Adam will explain the submission and editorial processes, teaching students how to write a query letter and turn rejection letters into helpful tools to improve the quality of their work. Shelly will help students to explore their style and voice more closely.

Those students interested in self-publishing are invited to learn how to create functional and attractive ebooks. Students are encouraged - although not required - to bring a laptop or tablet computer with Microsoft Word or similar word processor. Sigil and Calibre (both free programs) are required for ebook creation.

Class Fee: $50.00 per student

Time:9:00am until 4:00pm
Contact Person:Melinda Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 18th » Riverview Country Club 4-Person Best Shot Tournament

4-Person Best Shot Tournament. Starts at 8:30 am. Sign up sheet at the club house or call Tammy with questions.

Time:8:30am
Location:Riverview Country Club Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Tammy Kerr
Phone:319-293-3200
Email:rvcgolf@netins.net

May 21st » Good Samaritan Society Educational Conference

Educational Conference focusing on Alzheimer's, Dementia and Sun-downing. Gues Speaker - Carol Ruggles, Park Place HCHC Activity Director.

Time:2:15pm
Location:Good Samaritan Society - Van Buren 819 Country Lane Road Keosauqua, IA 52565
Contact Person:Good Samaritan - Van Buren
Phone:319-293-3761

May 23rd » Forever Sweet Creations Open House

Open House to celebrate the season! Door prize drawings.
 

Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Jennie Lee
Phone:319-592-3573
Website:www.foreversweetcreations.com

May 23rd » Villages Folk School's Five O'Clock Friday FUNdraiser

Live Music, Food, Auction, Fun! Bring your lawn chair and enjoy!

Time:5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Welcome Center Lawn
Contact Person:Melinda Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Website:www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 24th - May 26th » Waubonsie Trail Rendezvous

Rendezvous a view to the past with pre-1840s events.  Come see blacksmithing, crafts, games, knife and hawk throwing, period cooking, rope making and bow shoots at Waubonsie Park in Cantril.

Location:Cantril
Phone:641-652-3510

May 24th - May 26th » Bonaparte City Wide Yard Sales & Spring Festival

An outdoor event with a arge variety of vendors, food and games.

Vendor Application

Location:Bonaparte
Phone:641-451-5294
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

May 24th » Bonaparte Alumni Banquet

Location:Bonaparte
Phone:319-592-3111
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

May 24th » Keosauqua Lions Alumni Breakfast

Join the Keosauqua Lions Club for pancakes, sausage and eggs in the Keosauqua City Park from 7am-10am.  Free will donation.

Time:7:00am until 10:00am
Location:Keosauqua

May 24th » Quilt Show

Quilt Show On Saturday, May 24th 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Stone House in Bentonsport. Sponsored by Bentonsport Improvement Association. $5.00 Admission donation which includes a chance to win the raffle quilt. Quilt made by Marilyn Wellman and machine quilted bt Pat McLeland. 

If quilters are interested in displaying their quilts at the show, please contact Marilyn Wellman 319-470-9960 or Pat McLeland 319-592-3568.

Time:9:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Stone House In Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Marilyn Wellman or Pat McLeland
Phone:319-470-9960 or 319-592-3568

May 24th » Waterfront Place 8th Anniversary Open House

Come celebrate with us during our 8th Anniversary Open House.

Time:10:00am
Location:Bonaparte
Contact Person:Waterfront Place
Phone:319-592-3773

May 24th - May 26th » Bentonsport Spring Fest

Craft, flea market, antique and food vendors and artists demonstrations along the Des Moines River in the scenic park and historic district. 
Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm, Monday 10am-3pm

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport
Contact Person:Historic Greef General Store
Phone:319-592-3579
Website:http://www.greefstore.com

May 24th » Bonaparte Amish Schools Benefit Lunch

Benefit Lunch and Bake School. Serving BBQ Chicken, Cole Slaw, Mashed Potatos & Gravy, Buttered Noodles, Dinner Rolls, Homemade Pie & Homemade Ice Cream. Free will donation.

All proceeds go to the two local Amish Schools.

Time:10:30am until 2:30pm
Location:Thomas Schwartz residence (formerly E&T Variety Store) 21286 W40, Bonaparte (3 m. North of Bonaparte on Co. Rd. W-40)

May 24th » Villages Folk School: Quilt Embellishing

Participants in this workshop will explore the application of embellishments in quilt art, such as novelty yarns, fibers, fabrics and beads, to create fun art quilts that sparkle! Gain instruction from an award winning quilter. Students should have an intermediate knowledge of sewing and quilting..

Class Fee: $50.00 per student

Time:1:00pm until 3:00pm
Location:Stonehouse in Bentonsport
Contact Person:Melinda Stockwell
Phone:319-288-0047
Email:register@VillagesFolkSchool.com
Website:www.villagesfolkschool.com

May 24th » Bonaparte First Responder Fundraiser

Held at the Bonaparte Fire Station 5-7p.Serving BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Cheesy Hashbrowns and Drinks. Free Will Donation.

Time:4:00pm until 7:00pm
Location:Bonaparte Fire Station
Phone:319-592-3400
Website:http://www.bonapartemainstreet.com

May 25th » Memorial Day 5K Fun Run/Walk

Join Kids at Play, The Riverview Country Club, and VB Alums for the first Memorial Day 5K Fun Run/Walk. Gather your friends, family or former classmates and join us for a fun event to raise money for a new community pool! Join a team, form a team, run on your own and participate in contests!

You may register online at http://www.promotingpositivevisions.com/

 

Time:2:00pm
Location:Riverview Country Club, Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Melissa
Phone:319-494-5545
Website:http://www.promotingpositivevisions.com/

May 27th » Farmers Market

Farmers Market at Keosauqua City Park every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 3:30 - 6:30 pm.

Time:3:30pm until 6:30pm
Location:Keosauqua City Park
Contact Person:Melissa Daugherty
Phone:319-293-3171 ext. 1271

May 30th - Jun 1st » 7th Annual Colt Starting Competition