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September 2021

Galena’s Steeple Chase
September 24 and 25 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Various locations in Galena, IL

Tour some of Galena’s beautiful historic churches. Learn the history of the buildings, congregations, and the parts they have played in the history of Galena. The tour includes: St. Michael’s Catholic Church, built in a Romanesque Revival style of architecture dating back to 1856; Galena United Methodist Church, originally constructed in 1833 and was the church Ulysses S. Grant family attended after arriving in Galena in 1860; First Presbyterian Church, built in 1838, it is the oldest church building of any Protestant denomination in continuous service in the Old Northwest Territory; Grace Episcopal Church, the oldest Episcopal Church in continuous use in the Diocese of Chicago, where you can view the irreplaceable Belgian glass windows; and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, established to serve Galena’s growing German Catholic population, where the 1878 painting of the Assumption can be seen. $25 before Sept. 15; $30 after. 815-777-9129. GalenaHistory.org.

30th Annual Guttenberg Germanfest
Friday, September 24 @ 3–10 PM
Saturday, September 25 @ 7:30 AM–11 PM
500–600 Blocks S River Park Dr, Guttenberg, IA
Germanfest returns to Guttenberg, IA for its landmark 30th year on Sept. 24 and 25. Head to the 500–600 blocks of S. River Park Dr. for two days full of German heritage and family fun. Friday features a pork and brat dinner, music by Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen, and an open-air vendor market. Saturday brings back the vendor market plus the Clayton Ridge School pancake breakfast, 5K run/walk, student street chalk drawing, German Shepherd obedience and tracking demo, traditional German dancing, wiener dog dash, home brew tasting, sauerkraut contest, classic Volkswagon display, kids activities, Hammerschlingen, tours, and replica of Gutenberg Bible on display. Saturday’s live music features Guttenberg German Band, Carpe Diem, and Beau Timmerman, with Love Handles and Your Mom (that’s a band name) headlining the evening party. Germanfest is free to attend during the day and $5 for the bands at night. Friday’s bands begin at 6 p.m., and Saturday beings at 5 p.m. 563-252-2323. GuttenbergIowa.net/germanfest.

Dubuque International Day of Peace: Hike to Help Refugees
Friday, September 24 @ 4–5 PM
Start at Loras College
Meet outside Christ the King Chapel at Loras College., touch base at University of Dubuque outside Blades Chapel, and end at Clarke University Atrium. Cosponsored with Iowa United Nations Association (IUNA). All proceeds raised go to the U. N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which helps provide refugees with life sustaining tools. Since its 1981 inception, the United Nations International Day of Peace has marked humanity’s personal and planetary progress toward peace. The International Day of Peace is recognized around the world every Sept. 21, and this is its 40th anniversary year. Dubuque’s festival began in 2010. Free. 1450 Alta Vista St. IowaUNA.org.

Social Connections for Singles Meet & Greet
Fridays: September 24 @ 5–7 PM
Shot Tower

Come for friends and food. 390 Locust St. 563-845-0070.

Disenchanted!
September 24 and 25 @ 7:30 PM
September 26 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House
This posse of pin-up princesses is prepared to shatter the glass ceiling of the Industrial Princess Complex that has co-opted their stories into sugar-coated fairy tales for maximum profit in Disenchanted! The storybook princesses you remember are tired of the traditional fairy tale treatment, so they have gotten together to tell their own stories—and just wait until you hear the truth about life after “Prince Charming.” This isn’t your kid’s princess story. Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses take center stage in this hilarious musical that’s anything but Grimm. In this occasionally vulgar, slightly tacky satirical revue, these royal divas have a bone to pick with how they have been portrayed in cartoons, storybooks, and merchandise. Glass slippers, poison apples, and fairy godmothers won’t be featured in this ages 14 and above production, so leave the kiddies at home. If you are sick of the princess paraphernalia constantly underfoot, wish fairy tales were more realistic, or want to enjoy a night of girl power, Disenchanted! is the perfect show for you. $23 Adults; $15 ages 18 and under. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Fly-By-Night Productions Presents Waiting for Waiting for Godot
September 24 and 25 @ 7:30 PM

Five Flags Center Bijou Room
Two understudies perpetually wait in their dressing room to “take stage” in Samuel Becket’s play, Waiting for Godot. Is tonight their night, or tomorrow, or… when? No need to know Becket’s play to enjoy Hanson’s. The physical humor, their wise cracking riffs and musings on why they continually wait will keep you gleefully laughing and, maybe wondering, what is worth waiting for? Doug Donald, Kevin Firnstahl, and Melinda Titus make up the ensemble cast with direction by Lenore Howard. This production includes some mature language. Join FBNP for a talk back with the cast and director following performances on Saturday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 24. Masks are required to attend the performance, and seating will be limited to 50 percent capacity. All seats will be in pairs or singles. $20. 405 Main St. 563-599-9486. FlyByNightDubuque.com.

Dubuque Farmers’ Market
Saturdays through October 30: September 25 @ 7 AM–Noon
12th and Iowa St

Iowa’s oldest farmers’ market offers a wide variety of produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, handmade goods, arts and crafts, on-site prepared foods, and more. 563-588-4400. DubuqueFarmersMarket.org.

Master Gardener Fall Workshop
Saturday, September 25 @ 7:15 AM
Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Topics include houseplants, hydrangeas, seed starting, flowering shrubs, fall basket making, feeding birds, plants for butterflies, conifers, and plants that compliment hostas. Hosted by the Dubuque County Master Gardeners. $20. 3800 Arboretum Dr. 563-583-6496. rakruse@iastate.edu. extension.iastate.edu/dubuque.

Dyersville Downtown Market
Last Saturday June–September: September 25 @ 8 AM–Noon
3rd Ave SW and 3rd St, Dyersville, IA

Head to the grassy square between Xavier School and the north fork of the Maquoketa River to find more than 60 local vendors, food trucks, live music, and different activities every month. DyersvilleDowntownMarket.com.

Platteville Farmer’s Market
Saturdays though October: September 25 @ 8 AM–Noon
Platteville City Park (Platteville, WI)

Find homegrown and handmade products from fresh produce and prepared food to art and crochet blankets. 75 N Bonson St, Platteville, WI. 608-218-4374. PlattevilleFarmersMarketWI.com.

Galena’s Steeple Chase
September 25 @ 9 AM–4 PM
Various locations in Galena, IL

Tour some of Galena’s beautiful historic churches. Learn the history of the buildings, congregations, and the parts they have played in the history of Galena. The tour includes: St. Michael’s Catholic Church, built in a Romanesque Revival style of architecture dating back to 1856; Galena United Methodist Church, originally constructed in 1833 and was the church Ulysses S. Grant family attended after arriving in Galena in 1860; First Presbyterian Church, built in 1838, it is the oldest church building of any Protestant denomination in continuous service in the Old Northwest Territory; Grace Episcopal Church, the oldest Episcopal Church in continuous use in the Diocese of Chicago, where you can view the irreplaceable Belgian glass windows; and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, established to serve Galena’s growing German Catholic population, where the 1878 painting of the Assumption can be seen. $25 before Sept. 15; $30 after. 815-777-9129. GalenaHistory.org.

Czipar’s Apple Festival
September 25 and 26 @ 9 AM–5 PM
Czipar’s Apple Orchard
Celebrate fall with Czipar’s Apple Festival, always on the last full weekend in September from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy lunch, arts and crafts vendors, face painting, a blow-up house, kids games, freshly popped kettle corn, slot car racing, a caricature artist, recycled artwork by Junk FX, as well as pumpkins, gourds, painted pumpkins, Indian corn, and, for course, all of Czipar’s homemade products. With the third generation of the family now knee-deep in the apple business, Czipar’s Apple Orchard and the annual festival of the same name are as synonymous with Tri-State quality as Fincel is with corn. Developed by Jo and Katy Czipar in the early 1940s, Steve and Shella have run the orchard for the past five years, with their children Kari and Tyler also working in the family business. In addition to a huge selection of apple varieties, you will find seasonal treats galore under the roof of the orchard store. Free. 8610 US 52 S. 563-582-7476. CziparsOrchards.com.

Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choir (DCCC) Interviews
Saturday, September 25 @ 9:15 AM–Noon
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

The DCCC is open to all kids enrolled in grades 3–6 for the academic year during which they participate. Voice placement interviews will be held Sept. 11, 18, and 25, and the first rehearsal will be Monday, Sept. 27. The Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choir (DCCC) is thrilled to announce their upcoming 2021-2022 season. They are set to begin rehearsals again this fall, offering the perfect environment for residents of the Tri-State area to get out, reconnect, and express some joy together… in song! The upcoming season will include several concerts and will culminate with the Chorale’s 50th Anniversary Concert in the spring. RSVP required. 1755 Delhi St. 563-580-6229. DubuqueChorale.org.

In-Person Open Studio with Biennial Artist Linda Kelen
Saturday, September 25 @ 10 AM–4 PM
5801 Korback Rd, Spring Green, WI

A behind-the-scenes, in-person tour of an artist’s studio and a peek at a work in progress. Tour Kelen’s studio where she works in painting, wood prints, chasing/repousse, intaglio. RSVP required. Hosted by the Dubuque Museum of Art. RSVP required. Free. 5801 Korback Rd, Spring Green, WI. 563-557-1851. mbuhr@dbqart.org. dbqart.org.

Coddiwomple: Bringing Curiosity and Joy to Our Journey
In-Person: Saturday, September 25 @ 10 AM–4 PM
Sinsinawa Mound Center (Sinsinawa, WI)
Online: Wednesday, October 6 @ 6–8 PM
Online

Coddiwomple means to travel in a purposeful manner toward a vague destination. So often, our journey becomes weighed down with the seriousness of a desired and/or expected destination or outcome. Participants will approach their spiritual deepening with no idea what to expect. When we relinquish our “formula” for spiritual exploration, we suddenly go beyond and embrace a great wisdom that brings a greater joy and freedom to our lives. In the words of Anthony de Mello: “Believe it or not, every concept that was meant to help us get in touch with reality (or our divine nature) ends up a barrier to getting in touch with reality (our divine nature). That’s because we fail to remember that the words are not the thing.” We will explore the benefits of coddiwomple as it relates to our authentic growth as spiritual beings. Tom Roberts, a licensed psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist, will lead the retreat. RSVP by Sept. 20 for in-person or Oct. 5 for online. In-person: $75; online: $30. 585 County Rd Z, Sinsinawa, WI. 608-748-4411. sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

11th Annual Fall Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 25 @ 11 AM–6 PM
Galena Cellars Vineyard (Galena, IL)
Stomp your way to Galena Cellars Vineyard for their 11th Annual Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. With plenty of wine, food, and music to accompany the festivities, Galena Cellars highlights their event with a hands-on—or rather feet-in—grape stomp. Contestants of all ages are welcome to do their best Lucy Ricardo impersonation and enter the grape stomp. Participation fee is $10. Prizes will be awarded. Live music by The Fever River String Band (11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.) and Massey Road (3–6 p.m.) provides a backdrop for pumpkin painting and horse-drawn wagon rides. Plus, browse local artists’ wares and chow down with Holly’s Dogs and Dingers D’Lites. Admission is $5 and free for kids 5 and under. 4746 N Ford Rd, Galena, IL. GalenaCellars.com.

Dubuque International Day of Peace: Rally for Peace by Coalition for Nonviolence
Saturday, September 25 @ Noon–1 PM
Washington Park
Rev. Ken Bickel (retired pastor of the United Church of Christ in Dubuque) and activist Richard Fischer (retired high school teacher) will speak on the latest gun violence prevention initiatives and how each of us can help. Also, hear comments from a 10-year-old Dubuque girl who expresses an urgent plea for adults to join her in creating an environment where she can live without fear of being shot (accidentally or on purpose). The TurntKidz local dance group will thrill crowds with their acrobatic and rhythmic dance routines. Master of Ceremonies will be Dr. Donna Loewen, retired Dubuque Community Schools principal and current Community Foundation College Access Coordinator. Since its 1981 inception, the United Nations International Day of Peace has marked humanity’s personal and planetary progress toward peace. The International Day of Peace is recognized around the world every Sept. 21, and this is its 40th anniversary year. Dubuque’s festival began in 2010. Free. 700 Locust St. 563-581-7690. DBQDayOfPeace.org.

Art @ your library®: Plein Air Painters of Dubuque Open House
Saturday, September 25 @ 1–3 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The Library is hosting an Art @ your library® Open House with the Plein Air Painters of Dubuque (PPODS) who are local and regional artists who work in acrylic, oil, pastel, and watercolor. Artists will be on hand to discuss their artworks and answer questions. Following the “Plein Air” tradition, artists will be painting outside of the Library to see this “open air” type of painting in action. Join these featured artists at the open house: Barbara Arnold Heitzman, Kim Daykin, RoseAnn Derks, Julie Ferring, Donna Gibson, Ellen Henkels, Rabecca Jayne Hennessey, Pamela Hiatt, Alda Kaufman, Deb Otto, Rita Persian, and Lisa Towers. In keeping with the theme, the Library will offer “make and take” craft kits during the open house for patrons to try you their artistic skills. Free. 360 W 11th St. 563-589-4313. CarnegieStout.org.

A Picnic & A Play: Shelter by Bob Curry
Saturday, September 25 @ 1 PM

Shake Rag Alley Stage (Mineral Point, WI)
Bob Curry is an actor, playwright, screenwriter, and teacher of writing and film at Madison College. His screenplay for The Last Great Ride was produced in 1998 starring Ernest Borgnine and Eileen Brennan. He’s an avid mountain biker, swimmer, sailor, and skier. He finds himself increasingly devoted to reading and writing poetry. Six Wisconsin playwrights will present original plays in progress at Shake Rag Alley’s intimate outdoor theater, Alley Stage. Besides being fun to watch, a staged reading is an important way a playwright can get important feedback from an audience and determine what their next steps are with the script. RSVP by Oct. 15. $5. 18 Shake Rag St, Mineral Point, WI. 608-987-3292. shakeragalley.org.

Hoof’n + Groove’n
September 25, and October 9 and 16 @ 6–9 PM
Hoof It Goat Treks (Galena, IL)

Star-filled skies, a roaring bonfire, gooey s’mores, live music, and goats! Take an evening trek as the sun sets and the light fades from the forest. Return to a roaring bonfire, s’more baskets, and live music. BYO blanket or lawn chair and snacks or order food delivery from Cannova’s. $65. 616 S Devil’s Ladder Rd, Galena IL. 563-663-6944. hoofit-galena.com/2021-events.

Disenchanted!
September 25 @ 7:30 PM
September 26 @ 2 PM

Grand Opera House
This posse of pin-up princesses is prepared to shatter the glass ceiling of the Industrial Princess Complex that has co-opted their stories into sugar-coated fairy tales for maximum profit in Disenchanted! The storybook princesses you remember are tired of the traditional fairy tale treatment, so they have gotten together to tell their own stories—and just wait until you hear the truth about life after “Prince Charming.” This isn’t your kid’s princess story. Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses take center stage in this hilarious musical that’s anything but Grimm. In this occasionally vulgar, slightly tacky satirical revue, these royal divas have a bone to pick with how they have been portrayed in cartoons, storybooks, and merchandise. Glass slippers, poison apples, and fairy godmothers won’t be featured in this ages 14 and above production, so leave the kiddies at home. If you are sick of the princess paraphernalia constantly underfoot, wish fairy tales were more realistic, or want to enjoy a night of girl power, Disenchanted! is the perfect show for you. $23 Adults; $15 ages 18 and under. 135 W 8th St. 563-588-1305. TheGrandOperaHouse.com.

Fly-By-Night Productions Presents Waiting for Waiting for Godot
September 25 @ 7:30 PM

Five Flags Center Bijou Room
Two understudies perpetually wait in their dressing room to “take stage” in Samuel Becket’s play, Waiting for Godot. Is tonight their night, or tomorrow, or… when? No need to know Becket’s play to enjoy Hanson’s. The physical humor, their wise cracking riffs and musings on why they continually wait will keep you gleefully laughing and, maybe wondering, what is worth waiting for? Doug Donald, Kevin Firnstahl, and Melinda Titus make up the ensemble cast with direction by Lenore Howard. This production includes some mature language. Join FBNP for a talk back with the cast and director following performances on Saturday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 24. Masks are required to attend the performance, and seating will be limited to 50 percent capacity. All seats will be in pairs or singles. $20. 405 Main St. 563-599-9486. FlyByNightDubuque.com.

30th Annual Guttenberg Germanfest
Saturday, September 25 @ 7:30 AM–11 PM
500–600 Blocks S River Park Dr, Guttenberg, IA
Germanfest returns to Guttenberg, IA for its landmark 30th year on Sept. 24 and 25. Head to the 500–600 blocks of S. River Park Dr. for two days full of German heritage and family fun. Friday features a pork and brat dinner, music by Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen, and an open-air vendor market. Saturday brings back the vendor market plus the Clayton Ridge School pancake breakfast, 5K run/walk, student street chalk drawing, German Shepherd obedience and tracking demo, traditional German dancing, wiener dog dash, home brew tasting, sauerkraut contest, classic Volkswagon display, kids activities, Hammerschlingen, tours, and replica of Gutenberg Bible on display. Saturday’s live music features Guttenberg German Band, Carpe Diem, and Beau Timmerman, with Love Handles and Your Mom (that’s a band name) headlining the evening party. Germanfest is free to attend during the day and $5 for the bands at night. Friday’s bands begin at 6 p.m., and Saturday beings at 5 p.m. 563-252-2323. GuttenbergIowa.net/germanfest.

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