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Airing Out the Quilts – Thursday, July 8, 2021


For Release:  Wednesday, June 30, 2021

For more information contact Mike Ellingsen


Quilts will adorn neighborhoods of Decorah on Thursday, July 8, as the NorthEast Iowa Quilters’ Guild sponsors their second annual Airing of the Quilts – a drive-by quilt show that runs from 3:00-6:00 pm. As with many organizations, it has been a tricky year for the NEIQG – they had to cancel their biennial quilt show last October – and worked to find an alternate venue to display member quilts. Clustered in three Decorah neighborhoods – Vennehjem, Broadway/Mechanic, and South Side – colorful quilts of members and friends will be draped on fences, suspended from balconies, and hung from porches and rain gutters. The event is free, and the public is invited to drive, bike, or walk the route to enjoy these quilts. While attendees are asked not to enter porches and private areas, they are welcome to move near to examine the quilts. There may be quilts hanging at other homes along the way. You are welcome to display your own quilts – if you wish to be included on the map, please contact Mike Ellingsen at 507.602.0322. Maps will be available on the NEIQG home page (, the NEIQG Facebook page (NorthEast Iowa Quilters’ Guild), and at the Decorah Chamber of Commerce.

The NorthEast Iowa Quilters’ Guild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that meets on the first Tuesday of the month, with meetings at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. A short business meeting is followed by announcements, show-and-tell, and a program or presentation by a quilting expert. New members are always welcome.

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Heritage Fest

The Floyd County Museum invites you to join us for a day of family fun featuring games, food, educational activities, and local products! The event will be at Andres Park next to the Museum. Parking available on the street and at St John’s Lutheran Church one block west. Call 641-228-1099 for questions.


Got a pie or cookie recipe you want to show off? We want to try it! Cookies and Pies will be judged in two separate categories, and scored on taste, presentation, and creativity by local judges. Call to enter by July 23. Entries must be dropped off at the Museum by 4pm on July 30.

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BUS-eum In Decorah July 7

Do you love history?  A unique museum experience is coming to Decorah July 7.

TRACES Center for History and Culture presents the “BUS-eum,” a  traveling mobile museum on a retrofitted bus featuring five unique American history exhibits from the era of 1914-1939 and spotlights Midwest connections.  Exhibits include: Prohibition era bootlegging, Farmer-led social unrest during the Great Depression, the flu pandemic of 1918, and other era-specific topics. See this unique take on bringing history to life with original artifacts: photos, documents, letters, and hear in-depth knowledge from a university professor as your guide.

The “BUS-eum” will be viewable at the Decorah Genealogy Association located at Heivly St across from the Farmers Market, Decorah from noon-7PM on Wednesday, July 7th.

Explore these “Prequels to the Greatest Generation;” five “Hidden or Forbidden” subchapters of 20th-century American history. This non-profit, educational resource is made possible by on-going support from Vander Haag’s Inc. of Spencer, Iowa.  Find us at

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Summer 2021 Performances at the Pavilion in Ossian

2021 Summer Live Performance at the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion Features the “Tom and Betty Show”

The first of eight live summer performances at the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion will take place on Sunday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tom and Elisabeth Kirby are two members of Mason City, Iowa’s popular band “Betty and the Gents”. The “Tom and Betty Show”, which will be featured for this live performance, is known for its unique spin on popular covers and Betty’s “dreamy soul-pop” original songs. Tom’s influences include the Beatles, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews, and Garth Brooks.  Betty’s influences include Ingrid Michaelson, Korey Cooper (Skillet), Juni West, and Chris Martin (Coldplay). This live performance is sponsored by the Luana Savings Bank.

Tom and Betsy Kirby are the featured performers for this event. Tom, a native of Calmar, Iowa, is a 7th grade math teacher for the Mason City Community School District. Betsy is a music teacher for the Mason City Community School District. Tom, Betsy and their boys live in Mason City. Tom is the son of Kenn and Shirley Kirby of Calmar,

The 2021 Summer Performances at the Pavilion includes movies and live performances during the summer months. The Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion features a state of the art sound system, a large movie screen and recessed lighting.

Other future events include another movie night on Wednesday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. featuring “Soul Surfer”. The movie‘s sponsor is Bushman Insurance. The second of eight live performances will be on Wednesday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. Mike McAbee will perform. Reilly Construction, Inc sponsors this live performance


All 2021 Summer Performances at the Pavilion are free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the event on the lawn at Carey’s Park in Ossian. The 2021 Summer Performances at the Pavilion are sponsored by the City of Ossian, the Ossian Crown Club and Casey’s General Store – Ossian.

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Washington Prairie Drive-thru Memorial Day Luncheon

Washington Prairie Lutheran Church will be hosting a drive-thru Memorial Day luncheon on Monday, May 31 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church on county road W42.  Lunch consists of maid rites, salads, chips, bars and a bottle of water.  Free will offering.  Donations will be go to the Cemetery Fund.

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Drive through fish fry

South Winn Golf and CC on Sunday, May 2 serving from 11:00 to 2:00.

Serving  Reicks’s cod fish, potatoes, baked beans and a dinner roll for $13.

The address is 2585 175th Street, Calmar

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