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Summer Fun List!

Summer should be all about fun, playing outside, spending time with family, and enjoying all the good stuff that comes with longer days and these warm, magic-filled nights. Here are some things we plan to do this summer…maybe you’ll want to add them to your list too!
XO – Aryn

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Catch fireflies!

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S’more smores!

It’s a simple recipe (cracker, roasted marshmallow, chocolate) for a sweet summer tradition.

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Make a wish on a shooting star

(and enjoy looking at the others while you wait)!
Summer meteor showers to put on your calendar:

The Delta Aquariids – July 30
The Perseids – August 12

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Explore caves to keep cool

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Daylily farm!

An 1854 farmstead filled with daylilies?! Fun! And what a sight! More than a hundred varieties of daylilies – literally thousands of blooms – grow on Oak Hill Farm just south of Preston on Highway 52. They are open weekends when the lilies are blooming – usually the month of July until the first part of August, or by appointment (507-696-3251). You can stop by just to see the flowers, but it might be hard to resist taking some home (they dig the plants for you, in case you can’t resist)!

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Disc golf on a fun farm!

There’s another Southeast Minnesota farm we’ve heard has some cool offerings: Sweet 16 Farm near Houston, Minnesota – on, you guessed it, Highway 16. They not only have a Friday (6-8 pm) and Saturday (8-10 am) farm stand, but a 20-hole disc golf course too! The par 3 course features shorter distance fairways with naturally occurring hazards –tall grass prairie, ravines, a pond, through the woods… you get it! Sounds like a fun adventure!

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Mason Jennings at Seed Savers

Mason Jennings concert at Seed Savers couldn’t happen last year because of flooding, so we’re excited it’s on the calendar for July 8 this year!

A summer concert under the stars is always lovely, and add to that the gardens of Seed Savers and singer-songwriter Mason Jennings and it’s downright magical. Folk rock artists The Pines and Iowa songwriter Pieta Brown will open the show. Ticket sales support SSE’s non-profit mission to protect and promote America’s garden and food heritage.

Visitors can head out to Seed Savers early for wine or beer and a garden tour with Diane Ott Whealy at 6pm. Doors open at 5 pm and the concert begins at 7 pm. Food vendors and cash bar will be offered, and primitive camping is available for $15.

Details at www.seedsavers.org/benefit-concert

Check out Inspire(d)’s 2016 interview with Jennings here.

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Driftless Winery Events!

There are some super fun events on the docket this summer at area wineries. Empty Nest in rural Waukon is hosting fun wine releases, live music on the patio, and their ever-popular murder mystery dinner theaters (advance tickets only).

And north of us at Four Daughters Winery near Spring Valley, Minnesota, they’re offering up “dine in the vines” evenings, where visitors can enjoy a 10-course meal under the full moon (advance reservations). Plus, they’re planning free outdoor movies all summer!

June 21: Wayne’s World
July 12: The Proposal
July 19: A Walk in the Clouds
August 2: Field of Dreams
August 16: Signs
August 30: Twister

Note: No outside food or drinks will be allowed, but options for a pre-order picnic basket (charcuterie, cheese, bread, fruit and nuts) or pizza and salad for two are available, or various movie snacks are offered on-site. Movies will be shown in the Barrel Room in case of rainy weather. Bring your own blankets or chairs.

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Looking for more ideas to keep your kids active and engaged? Check out our big list of fun kids summer activities!

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P.S. Save the Date: Takkefest, September 23, 2017

We know we’re talking about summer fun here, but we want to be sure you save the date for a cool new event at Vesterheim Museum this fall: Takkefest.

Takk is the Norwegian word for “thank you.” Vesterheim will host a celebration in their “back yard,” the museum’s Open Air Division. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate.

  • Live Music, including the Scandinavian dance band Foot-Notes
  • Dancing
  • Norwegian Fusion Cuisine
  • Norwegian-American Beers and Aquavit
  • Crafts and Pioneer Activities (for kids and adults)
  • Mini Folk Art Classes

“Let’s loosen our bunads and kick up our heels, enjoying what we’ve got ?here in Decorah!” Indeed. Thanks, Vesterheim! We can’t wait. Check vesterheim.org for more details.

Live Generously: Larry Grimstad

Larry Grimstad“I’m just a banker with a passion for renewable energy,” Larry Grimstad says, in typical humble fashion.

In truth, the longtime Decorah resident is much more than that. He’s a highly respected community leader who has spent well more than a decade working to reduce his carbon footprint on the world and educate others on the importance of doing the same.

“We need renewable energy – wind, solar, and geothermal – and some of us have just got to take the initiative so others will come along,” he told the Des Moines Register in 2012 when asked about his efforts to promote environmental sustainability in Winneshiek County.

Larry, who served as president of Decorah Bank and Trust from 1978 to 2002, put those words into action three years ago when, through his company Decorah Solar Field, he partnered financially with Luther College to erect a $1.2 million array of 1,250 solar panels along Pole Line Road on the north edge of the college’s campus. The eye-catching array provides the bulk of the electricity used by Baker Village, a student-housing cluster that also uses clean energy (geothermal) for heating and cooling.

“I spent my career as a community banker so it’s a natural thing to figure out ways to help build good things for the community,” he says of investing in the array. “The more of that you do, the more you to want to do even more.”

Not surprisingly, Larry is just as generous with his time. He currently serves as board treasurer of four organizations – First Lutheran Church, Seed Savers Exchange, the Oneota Film Festival, and the Winneshiek Energy District – while also participating in events like the recent Decorah Energy Extravaganza that help educate the community about the myriad benefits of clean energy. The event showcased 10 solar-powered homes, including the one he built with his wife, Diane, in the early 2000s.

“It’s my responsibility to my grandchildren,” he replies when asked what drives his seemingly tireless efforts to leave this place in better shape than when he found it. “I have to do what is right for them and their generation.”

– by Sara Friedl-PutnamLarryGrimstadGraphic

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Wheekend! July 30-August 2, 2015

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Seriously, guys, does life in the Driftless ever slow down? Check out this #wheekend slated for July 30-August 2, 2015, and get ready for some awesomely fun times! (P.S. This is the LAST WEEKEND for Great River Shakespeare Festival – get to it, peeps!)

Thursday, July 30:
Lawn Chair Night – Erik Sessions / John Goodin; followed by Omaha Conservatory of Music, Winneshiek County Courthouse, Decorah, 7 pm

Courtyard Quiz Bowl, Courtyard and Cellar, Decorah, 7:30 pm

Namoli Brennet in Concert, ArtHaus, Decorah, 7:30 pm

Friday, July 31:
Time for Tales: Animal Heroes (5-8-year-olds), Decorah Public Library, 2 pm

Friday Night Live Farmers Market, Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, Marquette, IA, 4-7 pm

Switchback! Dolce Vita Nights, McCaffrey’s, Decorah, 7 pm

Weston Noble Alumni Choir  final reunion concert, Luther College CFL, Decorah, 7:30 pm

Matt Arthur & The Bratlanders w/ The Lonely Hearts, the Root Notes, La Crosse, 8:45 pm

Bones Jugs N Harmony / Dr. Bob’s Puppets, Ed’s (no name) Bar, Winona, 9 pm

Blue Moon!

Saturday, August 1:
Ossian Fest “Anything Goes”, Ossian, all day

Winneshiek Farmers Market, Decorah, 8-11am 

Humane Society of NE Iowa Kitten/Cat Adoption Event, Love & Friendship Adoption Center, Decorah, 10am-1pm (fill out application for pre-approval now!)

FREE Heritage Farm Tour & Fall Planting Workshop, Seed Savers, Decorah, 12 pm (workshop at 1 pm)

Decorah Trails Exploration Day, River Trail, Decorah, 1 pm (FREE!)

The Art of Homebrew, Bluff Country Artists Gallery, Spring Grove, 4:30-7pm

Greg Brown & Iris Dement! Seed Savers, Decorah, 7 pm

The Homestead Act (Michelle Lynn & Adam Ptacek), Dolce Vita Nights, McCaffreys, Decorah, 7 pm

Homeward Bound, Movies on the Plaza, Rochester, 9 pm

Sunday, August 2:
Cresco Art Show & Fly In Breakfast, 7:30am-3:30pm 

Jerry Johnson “Old Coots Never Forget” book signing, Java John’s Coffee House, Decorah, 2 pm

FWD Movement Sunday Ride! All riders from beginner to experienced are invited to check out Decorah mountain bike trails. 5 pm. Registration online!

All wheekend:
Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Prairie du Chien

Great River Shakespeare Festival – last weekend!!!

Enjoy!
XO,
Inspire(d)