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April 2018

Apr 7th - Apr 29th » Villages Folk School Classes

The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the eleven historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. Classes are held in peaceful rural settings so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village-life. Pre-registration is required for classes.

  • 7th ~ Leather Crafting for Beginners with Stuart Holmes.
  • 14th ~ Book Binding: Journals & More with Renee Robison.
  • 21st ~ Sculpting Basics with Chris Bennett.
  • 28th ~ Goat Milk Soap Making with Heather Nelson.

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Location:809 First St., Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mel

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Apr 7th » Breakfast on Main Street

Full hot breakfast for a free will donation.

Time:7:00am until 9:00am
Location:Bonaparte Opera House, 103 Main St., Bonaparte, IA

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Apr 7th » Keosauqua Chamber Annual Dinner & Auction

Fundraiser to support Keosauqua Chamber mini-grant program for business members. Everyone is invited! Teams of 4-8 encouraged for Trivia Game. There will be a nacho bar, citizen of the year award, sundaes and auction. $20 per person.


Location:Riverview Club, 217 Riverview Dr. Keosauqua, IA
Contact Person:Mandi Maras

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Apr 8th » "Antique Bottles of SE Iowa"

Did you know, collectors discover links to Iowa's past through antique bottles? Meet one of Iowa's foremost antique bottle experts: Mike Burggraaf of Fairfield, co-author of the book, "The Antique Bottles of Iowa". Mike will be presenting a program at the Stone House about antique bottles of Southeast Iowa during the 1850-1910 era. Featured examples from the towns of Bonaparte, Farmington, Ft. Madison, Keosauqua, Keokuk, as well as other southeast Iowa towns, will be displayed.

Location:The Stone House, 26985 Rte. J40, Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Rick

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Apr 14th » Annual Open House and Business Awards

Everyone is welcome to the Birmingham Vol. Fire Dept. Annual Open House and Business Awards Night. Serving beef and noodles, chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, applesauce, bread and butter, beverage and dessert. Free will offering. 

Location:Birmingham Fire Station, 221 E Cedar St., Birmingham, IA
Contact Person:Gene Stine Tres

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Apr 20th - Apr 22nd » Ranch Horse Show Series at River Valley Lodge

Ranch Horse Show Series - The first of the 2018 series. Jackpot sorting, roping, barrel racing, extreme trail course competition, wine tasting, dance, food concessions, and more. Camping available on grounds.  

Special Weekend Event: Vet Clinic, Vaccination & Coggins with Dr. Bill. Also, both a farrier and an equine dentist will be onsite for your convenience.

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Location:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge, 29080 Hawk Dr., Farmington, IA
Contact Person:River Valley Horsecamp & Lodge

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Apr 21st » Bentonsport Artisans Co-Op Open House

Come and see what's new in at the Co-op this season. Lapidary demonstrations at 1pm & 3pm. Weather permitting. There will be refreshments.

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport Artisans Co-Op, 21986 Hawk Dr., Keosauqua
Contact Person:Pam

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Apr 21st » Bentonsport Open House

Open House for the Bentonsport District 2018 Season. Shops will have treats, demonstrations, door prizes and new items in all the shops.

Time:10:00am until 5:00pm
Location:Bentonsport National Historic District, 26964 Hawk Dr., Bentonsport, IA
Contact Person:Cheryl Duke

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