Calendar of Events - Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce
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Join Toppling Goliath at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Decorah for a taproom beverage server job fair. We will be meeting with applicants seeking full and/or part-time beverage server positions. Excellent customer service and quality communication skills with fellow staff members are a must, candidates should be available to work all shifts including nights and weekends. Please bring an updated resume, must be 21 or older to apply.

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08/24/178-11 A.M. | 4-7 P.M.Josh White

New Minowa Players Director Rick Scheffert is looking for actors from Kindergarten through 8th grade to act in the children's show. 
"What To Do," is a humorous adaptation of "Rapunzel" and a less well know story, "Cap O' Rushes." The script was written by Rick Scheffert and the music and lyrics were written by Sheryl Scheffert. 

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08/24/176 p.m. Rick Scheffert

Savor the diversity of heirloom fruits and vegetables in this culinary workshop with local chef, Justin Scardina. Participants will taste family heirloom recipes and forgotten culinary traditions, all with fresh vegetables from our very own Seed Savers Exchange gardens. After the workshop, take a tour of our Evaluation Garden with the Seed Savers Exchange Evaluation Team.

  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm workshop
  • 12:15 pm Evaluation Garden Tour

$5 | Free for Members of Seed Savers Exchange

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08/26/1711:00 amJeanine

Decorah - All are welcome to sign up for an acrylic painting and ales event at Pulpit Rock.  Taught by artist, Rachelle Reis Branum, this morning paint-a-long features beer-mosas in an outdoor setting.  

"Participants will enjoy their time together as much as their end result," says Shannon Dallenbach Durbin, Executive Director of ArtHaus.  "Rachelle is known for her skills with clay, but she is also a fabulous painter and a great guide."
Registration is available on the website under adult classes.  The cost is $35 and a minimum of 10 painters are needed for the event to take place on August 26 from 10 am to noon.  

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08/26/1710am - 12pmShannon Dallenbach Durbin

Thunder Rode, a therapeutic horsemanship program for individuals with special needs, is hosting a benefit dance and silent auction featuring Flashback, a Northeast Iowa band.

TJ (Cash) Vobr, Waukon, is a guest singer that will perform off and on throughout the evening, with the band. TJ is a Thunder Rode Sports Therapy participant, who is also talented with spoons and the guitar. He can cover Johnny Cash, George Strait and other great country stars.

Tickets are $10 at the door. 

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08/26/177:00 pm – 11:00 pmMichelle McLain-Kruse

The youth at Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Decorah, are hosting a Reicks Chicken Dinner Fund Raiser at the church. They will be serving chicken, potatoes, roll, side, dessert and a drink. You are welcome to eat-in or take home!  Proceeds from the fund raiser will help send youth from Washington Prairie Lutheran Church to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX. Tickets are $10 per person. 

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The Luther College Student Activities Council invites the community to laugh and interact with ComedySportz. Hailed as a fast-paced comedy show that is fun or all ages, ComedySportz is improvisational comedy played as a "sport" by members of the World Comedy League. 
The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

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08/27/178 p.m.

Decorah Lutheran Church invites everyone to attend their fourth annual Outdoor Service at Siewers Springs. 
The theme for this years' service is "Shall we Gather at the River." 
Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. Parking is limited and carpooling with family, friends or neighbors is encouraged. 
There will be chairs available or those who cannot bring one or who would like to ride their bike to church. Sandwiches, chips, bars and lemonade will be served following the service. 
Change of location due to weather will be announced on the local radio stations and posted on the Decorah Lutheran website. 

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08/27/1710 a.m.

The new county owned sandbagging machine will be on display during an open house at the Winneshiek County shop in Freeport. 
Winneshiek County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Sean Snyder will be on hand to answer questions and the American Legion Riders will serve food. 

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08/29/175-7 p.m. Sean Snyder

Dragonfly Books will host Minnesota author Benjamin Percy with his latest novel The Dark Net on Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00 pm. Back for his third visit to Decorah, Percy is known and loved for his thrilling storytelling and engaging readings.


In The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017), Percy uses his vivid prose and extravagant imagination to weave a tale of cyber hacking and black magic.


Benjamin Percy is also the author of the novels The Dead Lands and Red Moon and currently writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series at DC Comics.


This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah, and is free and open to the public. To learn more about this and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit, or contact us at or 563-382-4275.

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08/30/177:00 PMDragonfly Books

Hot food buffet all 4 days. Release of Fall Wines - Mildlife Crisis, Apple Road & Crimson Cranberry
Friday 4-9
Sat, Sun, & Mon 11-5 

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 Pam Kruger

Sample dozens of heirloom and open-pollinated tomatoes – including favorites and rare varieties from Seed Savers Exchange’s seed bank – while learning how to save tomato seeds and put tomatoes away for the winter.

  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Tomato Tasting
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Salsa Tasting Contest
  • 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Hayrides
  • 1:30 pm – Tomato Preservation Workshop
  • 2:30 pm – Workshop, TBD
  • 3:30 pm – Tomato Seed Saving Workshop


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09/02/171:00 pmJeanine

A “Raising the Roof” fundraiser featuring country musicians will begin an effort to build a new youth educational facility on the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds in Decorah. High Valley will be the opening act for Craig Morgan at the grandstand on the fairgrounds starting at 7:30 p.m.; Morgan takes the stage at 9 p.m.

A pork roast dinner will be held in the Danan Lansing Building from 3-6 p.m. The dinner is open to the public. 

$35 before concert price! Kids under 6 Free. Concert tickets can be bought at Viking State Bank, Mabes Pizza, Country Gardens, Red Roxy, Decorah Bank & Trust in Decorah. Country Express south of Burr Oak. Ox and Wren, Cresco Bank & Trust in Cresco. State Bank in Ossian and Calmar, Lickity Split in Fort Atkinson, Citizen Bank in Spillville, Fisks Farm & Home in Waukon, WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon. Online at:

Camping available $20, non electrical call for reservations 563-419-4716

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09/02/177:30 p.m.

Join us to learn about pickling from an Amish family. This is an opportunity to visit an Amish home and learn to pickle a variety of vegetables. You’ll also get to take home a few jars of pickled snacks for yourself! Not only will you learn a new skill, you’ll also create many memories. Participants will need to bring 6, pint jars to the class.
Note: The Amish do not allow photos to be taken or names to be published. Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.
Preregistration required.

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09/05/178:30am - 12:00pmJennie Dieterman

Wellington Place Nursing & Rehabilitation Campus will soon begin construction on Phase 1 of a $4 million-dollar project. The public is invited to an official groundbreaking ceremony and celebration. Stay and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments and get a sneak peak of the building plans.

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09/05/1710 a.m. Scott Marnin

Come and enjoy some great food, games, and music at the 2017 Fall Fest on the Calmar campus! There will be fun for the whole family!

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09/07/175 PM - 8 PM

Join us for another Bend & Brew event!

$20 per participant gets you:
-Choice of smoothie from Impact Coffee before class begins
-1 hr, all levels, flow yoga class led by Laree from Reefuel
-One free beer after class at Pulpit Rock to reward all your hard work

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09/09/1710:45 AM - 12 PMWhitney

Live on Water Street is a FREE, community pop-up festival brought to you by Water Street Music Series and the Oneota Community Food Co-op. The event is sponsored by KDEC Radio, Pulpit Rock Brewery, Ace Hardware, Java John's, Reefuel, Luther College, and Inspire(d) Media.

WHAT'S IN STORE - Music from John Goodin and Erik Sessions, Dickie, and Farewell Milwaukee - Delicious food available for purchase from Oneota Community Food Co-op - Tasty beer from Pulpit Rock Brewing Company and Toppling Goliath

Bring your favorite lawn chairs/blankets and your family and friends for an amazing night on Water Street!

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09/09/173 PM - 8 PMNate

Nordic Fest will hold it's annual meeting. This is a great time for community members to come and offer input to the board of directors.

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09/11/176 p.m. Laurie Meinholz

To promote car seat safety, Winneshiek County Medical Center and Culver's are urging all parents and caregivers to take advantage of free car seat checks held the second Thursday of every other month at the WMC east enterance. For each seat inspected, Culver's of Decorah will donate a coupon for free small ice cream sundae. 

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Wild Blackcaps with Shiraz grapes ferented out & aged dry

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09/15/174 pmPam Kruger

One of the most dynamic and admired brass groups on the international music scene, Spanish Brass dazzles audiences with a range of styles from baroque to flamenco to jazz. The quintet has released 20 albums and founded three international brass festivals. No one sets higher standards for brass chamber music.

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09/16/177:30 p.m. Bradley Phillips

Aase Haugen Senior Services is hosting a Fairway Foursome Scramble. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with tournament play starting at 10 a.m. 

Entry fee is $60/person or $200/team. Limited to 20 teams of 4. Singles will be assigned teams. Cart rental is included for the first 10 teams that register. 

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09/16/179 am Registration | 10 GolfKate

Decorah Newspapers will host the fall city wide garage sales. 

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09/16/17 Decorah Newspapers

Brunch Buffet

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09/17/1710 am to 1 pmSarah Leidahl

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging facilitates a free caregiver support group the 3rd Monday of every month at the Aase Haugen Nursing Home at 10:00 am. These support groups are a free resource for indiciduals caring for an elderly spouse, grandparent, mother, father, relative, or non-relative such as a neighbor. If you are interested in attending these support groups and need more information, please contact Kelly Kuennen at 563.277.6024.

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09/18/1710:00 amKelly Kuennen

Brunch Buffet

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09/24/1710 am to 1 pmSarah Leidahl

What was the Reformation? How did it impact Christianity, the church, politics, education, broader society and culture? How has it shaped Western history and thought? What impact has it had on Luther College?

Jeffery Chipps Smith, Kay Fortson Chair in European Art at the University of Texas as Austin, will present the Gerhard Marcks lecture in Art History. A world-renowned expert in art of the early modern period, Smith will speak to the issue of "Art and the Challenges of the Lutheran Reformation." 

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09/28/177p.m.Ticket Office

Collect fossils older than dinosaurs! At Whispering Winds, Spring Valley, you will tour fossil collections of ancient sea creatures including Gastropods, Cephalopods, Trilobites, Fisherites, Bryozoans and Brachiopods. Then you’ll travel to 2-3 sites to hunt, all within 7 miles of Spring Valley, and collect your own fossils- guaranteed! Bring a bag for carrying your fossils. If you bring a hammer, you must have eye protection. There is always the chance that you could find ice-aged fossils, Native American artifacts, cold water agates, and geodes. The class meets at Eagle Bluff and travels via Eagle Bluff van to Whispering Winds. All ages welcome!
Note: Travel time is included at beginning and end of class.
**Schedule a private fossil hunt, tailored to you. For 1 to 10 individuals. Perfect for individuals trying to grow their collection, birthday parties, completion of Boy and Girl Scout Badges, or just a fun day out!

Optional fee: $5 for a laminated fossil site map, several different site maps are available. Cash payable to instructor at class
Preregistration required.

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09/28/1712:30pm - 5:30pmJennie Dieterman

In a high-energy mix of theatre and acrobatics, the artists of Flip FabriQue delight audiences of all ages as they tumble, juggle, and bounce their way through a captivating and awe-inspiring performance. The troupe "projects an irrepressible spirit of fun," using world-class circus training to offer mind-blowing, gravity-defying "acts that don't seem humanly possible" (New York Times).

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09/30/177:30 p.m. Bradley Phillips

Registration forms are now available for the 6th Annual Decorah Rotary Club Loop de Loop Half-Marathon and 10K/5K Run/Walk, to be hosted on the Trout Run Trail.
Both registration options (online and mail-in) include all of the information needed to plan your participation in this fun, charitable event. Thanks in advance for your participation and support!

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Brunch Buffet

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10/01/1710 am to 1 pmSarah Leidahl

Brunch Buffet

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10/08/1710 am to 1 pmSarah Leidahl

Soup cook-off, pumpkin carving, garlic workshop, cider pressing and more. It’s time for Harvest Festival at Heritage Farm. Vote for your favorite soup, attend a workshop, take a hayride, and make your very own corn husk doll. This family friendly event is one of our favorites.

  • 12:00 pm Orchard Hike & Tour; Squash Display & Presentation
  • 12:45 pm Food Preservation Techniques Workshop
  • 1:30 pm Garlic Workshop
  • 2:15 pm Beans, Squash, and Peas: A Beginner’s Workshop on Seed Saving Techniques
  • 2:45 pm Gourd Hunt Winner Announced
  • 3:00 pm Making Hard Cider: A Beginner’s Workshop & Tasting
  • 4:00 pm Soup Cook-Off Winner Announced, Trophy Presented
  • 4:15 pm Last Hayride Goes Out
  • Ongoing Events Hayrides, cider pressing, soup cook-off, face painting, pumpkin carving, apple tasting, gourd hunt, natural dye demonstration, and kids activities (seed collage, corn husk dolls, seed jewelry, corn shelling, and more)

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10/14/1712:00 pmJeanine

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging facilitates a free caregiver support group the 3rd Monday of every month at the Aase Haugen Nursing Home at 10:00 am. These support groups are a free resource for indiciduals caring for an elderly spouse, grandparent, mother, father, relative, or non-relative such as a neighbor. If you are interested in attending these support groups and need more information, please contact Kelly Kuennen at 563.277.6024.

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10/16/1710:00 amKelly Kuennen

Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level?

Attend this valuable one-day seminar to help stack the odds in your favor by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges, and methods to overcome them.

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10/17/178:00am - 1:00pmStephanie Fromm

Join singer and bandleader Michael Andrew for an evening of iconic American music by the inimitable George Gershwin, whose music remains as fresh and irresistible as it was duirng the Jazz Age. Backed by a 17-piece band, the virtuosic Andrew performs favorites from Broadway, Hollywood, opera, and the classic American songbook.

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10/20/177:30 p.m.Bradley Phillips

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