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On The Go — Again

By Staff | Sep 10, 2015

The monthly e-newsletter from the Iowa Tourism Office provides us with Iowa-related places to go and see, now and later this Fall.

This first tips sounds intriguing:

“From Underwear to Everywhere: Norwegian Sweaters.” This event opened Aug. 22 at the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah. This exhibition celebrates the iconic Norwegian sweater by focusing on the history and different styles of sweaters, the symbolism behind some of the patterns and colors, and the technology and artistry of making them. The exhibit runs through April 24, 2016.

Fall is sweater time. Do you think they have sweaters for purchases, too?

We’ve written before about corn mazes and here is another. Geisler Farms celebrates its10th anniversary corn maze. Starting Sept. 5, visitors to Geisler Farms in Bondurant can tackle the 10-acre corn maze, now in its 10th year. This year’s version features a John Deere 4020 tractor. From Sept. 25-27, guests can explore the maze under a harvest (full) moon. The corn maze is open through Oct. 31.

This is Sioux City Symphony’s 100th season. The season-long celebration starts Sept.15 with a performance by Audra McDonald, winner of six Tony Awards and two Grammy awards. In October, music written for both the cello and Gamelan will be performed for the first time. The piece was commissioned by a longtime supporter of the Symphony.

Remember the movie, Bridges of Madison County??Here is another tribute to the famous bridges. The national tour of the two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Bridges of Madison County will launch in Des Moines on Nov. 28. The famed bridges are located in and around Winterset, just 45 minutes from the Des Moines metro. The show will run through Dec. 5 at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. This would be worth the trip.

Here is something to put on the Bucket List: Winter Dance Party.

Since 1979, the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake has honored the lives, music and influence of rock ‘n’ roll pioneers Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. The three men played their last show at the Surf on Feb. 2, 1959, before their plane crashed north of town. The 2016 event is scheduled for Feb. 4-6.

My sister was at the Surf Ballroom that night, of course not knowing that date would go down in history. We have often talked about going to the Winter Dance Party, knowing that plans need to be made well in advance. We have heard that the ballroom is packed for the event.

Iowa is a fun place to explore, so make some plans and get on the road.