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KDEC Home, Sport and Garden Show and Empty Bowls

Sunday has always been fun-day in my book, and this coming Sunday, March 7, will fit the bill perfectly. It’s supposed to be in the 40s and sunny, so don’t stay inside – take that spring fever and put it to good use.

First, head out for one of the best Northeast Iowa spring traditions: KDEC’s 27th Annual Home Sport and Garden Show at the Decorah High School. Go early for pancakes and sausage served up to benefit Sunflower Childcare (starting at 9:30), then stroll through the booths inside to learn about landscaping and gardening, architectural design, hybrid vehicles, electronics, home construction, bicycles and more. There are more than 80 vendors signed up to help you dream about an ever-approaching spring season filled with possibilities. And kids can shoot hoops for a chance to win $100.5 savings bond from Decorah Bank and Trust! The Show is open from 10 am to 3 pm.

Next, take a walk on up the hill to Luther College’s Center for the Arts and enjoy the community’s fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. 

Part of a nation-wide project to help stop world hunger, this event has become an extremely popular spring event. 

Local potters craft hundreds of bowls – and for just a $20 donation, attendees choose a bowl of their liking and can taste soup donated by local restaurants, businesses, and individuals. The proceeds of the event will be divided between local food pantries and world hunger assistances through Lutheran World Relief. Soup is being served from 11 am to 2 pm. The event raised $18,000 last year; let’s help them surpass that amazing mark this year! Supplemental funds are provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

We hope you get out of the house this Sunday for a great Fun Day, dream of big projects to come, and put some food in your belly that helps local and national organizations as well.

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This weekend, August 21-23 is the 1st Annual DigIN Festival in Decorah, IA. The Decorah Iowa Green Initiative (DigIN) is a chance for you to visit our awesome little corner of Northeast Iowa and see what’s happening with progressive green and sustainable technologies. Check out the full schedule at www.digindecorah.com – and come to Decorah this weekend. Registration & maps will be available throughout Saturday for the sustainable farm & home tours, and the KDEC Green Expo on Sunday, August 23 will provide a chance for everyone to check out the latest and greatest in green technology.

Check out these great events throughout the weekend:fresh_poster_small

Friday August 21 – 8pm – Street Dance with the Foot-Notes. Washington St. near Water Street (across from the Hotel Winneshiek). Rain location at the Elks Lodge in Decorah – corner of River & Main near Viking State Bank.

Saturday August 22 – all day! Sustainable Farm & Home Tours. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. Special tours of homes and farms featuring sustainable technologies – also great efvents annd tours at the Seed Savers Exchange in rural Decorah both Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday Night August 22 – Screening of ‘FRESH’ the movie – 8pm, Decorah High School auditorium – free for registered DigIN members, $5 for non-registrants. ALSO Saturday evening – A Garden Party with Maritza at the home & gardens of David Cavagnaro- 7pm. Click Here for more details!

Sunday August 23 - The KDEC Green Expo at the Winneshiek Co. Fair Grounds 11am-4pm. Green businesses will show off their products and services and two informational seminar tents will have programs throughout the day! FREE for all – don’t miss this great chance to speak to professionals from across the spectrum and learn more about cutting edge green technology and sustainability.

SEE YOU at the first annual DigIN Festival this weekend in Decorah!

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The August / September issue of Inspire(d) is quickly coming together here at the Oak Street HQ. As you can see at left, our cover features a beautiful painting by Doug Eckheart of the Borlaug family farm – and you’ll find a feature story by Aryn all about Dr. Norman Borlaug, the upcoming Harvest festivities in Cresco, and more.

Speaking of Festivities – there is also a ton of great information in this issue about digIN, the new green festival in Decorah August 21-23. Check out profiles of Off-the-Grid Homes and sustainable farms that you can tour, musical events, great local food, details on the KDEC Green Expo, and a bounty of other things!

Of course we have all the regular reviews, a piece on old tractors, Froelich, and Mabel/Hesper Steam Engine days by Benji, State Fair tidbits – and the list goes on….

As you may have seen or heard us say, we are dangerously close to honing in our new website for it’s launch. We’re not ready to spill the beans yet, but we have to say we’re pretty darn excited about it and we think you will be too!

Better get back to finishing up the magazine – Until it meets you on stands…….

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A film by ana Sofia joanes

Screening in Decorah Saturday evening August, 22 as a part of the new DigIN Festival.

DigIN = (Decorah Iowa Green Initiative) (click for details & registration!)

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

Details on Screening location & timing to be released very soon – visit www.digindecorah.com for details & to register for the DigIN Weekend Festival. The First 250 on-line registrants receive a free tote cooler stuffed with great items & offers from Decorah area businesses, restaurants, food producers, and more.



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Celebration Iowa – Nordic Fest 2009 Performances

Celebration Iowa, a showcase of 40 of Iowa’s most talented yong musicians will perform several times at the 2009 Nordic Fest in Decorah Friday and Saturday, July 24-25. Performances will take place in the Decorah High School Auditorium (air conditioned).

In its 27th season, Celebration Iowa’s 2009 show will open with a memorable America Off to War set, featuringPICT2513 Chattanooga Choo Choo”, “Rosie the Riveter”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, followed by excerpts from the hit musical, “Newsies.” Some of the selections chosen for performance include, “Carrying the Banner”, “King Of New York” and “Seize the Day.” The show will conclude with an entertaining One Hit Wonders set, which will include, “Gloria”, “Turn the Beat Around” and “Macarena.” The Celebration Iowa Jazz Band will once again perform an eclectic mix and fun jazz literature from many styles and eras. The group performs classic swing charts from Count Basie and Duke Ellington, as well as more modern big band charts from the likes of Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie. They also perform original songs and arrangements from some of today’s newest composers as well as original arrangements written just for this group. Popular selections from last year include: “Salt Peanuts”, “Anything Goes”, “Four”, and “In the Mood.”

CI_NewsiesCelebration Iowa, a project of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa is also funded by The R.J. McElroy Trust, The Fred Maytag Family Foundation, Iowa West Foundation, and the Celebration Iowa Alumni and Parent Funds.

More information about Celebration Iowa and tour dates can be found at:


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Welcome to summer!

To really kick it off right, check out all these fun things to do in the very first week of this wonderful season!

Windemere Student Massage Clinics, June 22: www.windemere.org



The First Lutheran Summer Music Academy Faculty Recital in Noble Recital Hall at Luther College, June 22, 8 pm: www.lutheransummermusic.org 

Aaron Bodling artist reception at the Decorah Public Library, June 23, 7 pm


crucibleWEBDown on the Farm Iron Pour June 24-27: http://theinspiredmedia.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/hungry-for-the-pour/

Anne of Green Gables, New Minowa Players June 26-27, 7 pm: www.newminowaplayers.org

DRAC’s Art Walk opens June 25: www.decoraharts.wordpress.com


Celebration Iowa dress rehearsal, June 26, Storre Theatre, 5 pm: http://celebrationiowa.luther.edu

banksofplumcreekLaura Days in Burr Oak June 27-28: www.lauraingallswilder.us


The Rainmaker opens in Lanesboro, MN: www.commonwealtheatre.org

Foot-Notes Dance at the Cutting Farm, Rural Decorah, June 27, 7 pm



P.S. Don’t forget about First Friday next weekend! See events page for details!

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It was just one year ago that a series of torrential storms dropped incredible amounts of rain on the tri-state area. At the time, inspire(d) was allowed access to capture many aerial photos of Decorah as the flood waters crested. If you would like to see these photos please CLICK HERE.

Also, Luther College Professor and Inspire(d) Book Critic Amy Weldon shared her perspecitves on the floor later last summer – you can read her accounts of community and high water by CLICKING HERE.

Sandbags in Decorah

Sandbags in Decorah

Here’s to a much happier, healthier, and weather stable summer in the upper midwest!

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