|By Rebecca Larkin
Take advantage of the early summer warm weather as you are out and about and enjoy the abundance of culture that surrounds the Creative Corridor! Whether it’s a local arts festival, a theatre production, music in the park, a visit to a museum, picking up fresh produce or flowers at a local farmers’ market or a summer camp for the kids, there’s plenty of activities to keep you busy. Don’t forget to plan something special to celebrate Father’s Day with the special dad in your life!
6/5/15 – 2015 Iowa Arts Festival – Join Summer of the Arts for the most anticipated visual art-centered event of the summer! The Iowa Arts Festival is a weekend-long, free, community celebration featuring over 115 local and national visual artists displaying and selling artwork, a music festival, a “Culinary Row” serving regional and ethnic food, a variety of activities and entertainment, both creative and educational, for children and families. The festival runs June 5 through June 7 in downtown Iowa City. It is free and open to the public.
6/6/15 – Chocolate Stroll – The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), invites you to the 6th Annual Mount Vernon Chocolate Stroll. Stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sampling and sale. Other activities include a chocolate baking contest, a screening of the 1971 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, live bands, a lawn party for children, and much, much more! Join the fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Uptown Mount Vernon. This event is free and open to the public.
6/6/15 – Water Music – Orchestra Iowa brings you Wagner’s tale of a legendary ghost ship, opening this concert featuring four works inspired by water. Italian composer Respighi’s first symphonic poem in his “Roman Trilogy” describes a beautiful Roman fountain at different times of the day. French impressionist Debussy completes the program with his two greatest symphonic masterpieces, rich with maritime mood and nautical ambiance. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets are $19-$49 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8203.
6/11/15 – The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra – The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts invites you to enjoy the present-day Glenn Miller Orchestra. Formed in 1956, The Glenn Miller Orchestra as been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Nick Hilscher is the orchestra’s current musical director. This event is sponsored by Hills Bank. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-248-9370.
6/14/15 – Heartland Marimba Festival Concert – The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art invites you to enjoy a rare musical experience at the Museum – a zestful propelling soundscape of four dueling marimbas performing under the direction of acclaimed marimba virtuoso Matthew Coley. Youthful Coley has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He is a music professor at Iowa State University and is leading the Heartland Marimba Festival tour throughout Iowa this summer. The concert starts at 1:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is free.
6/19/15 – The Burnt Part Boys – Theatre Cedar Rapids presents an unforgettable coming of age story; The Burnt Part Boys follows the adventures of a group of teenagers deep in West Virginia's coal country in 1962. Fourteen year-old Pete's fighting to claim his past. His older brother Jake's hoping to forge a future. With an eclectic band of friends teetering on the brink of adulthood, they've embarked on a life-altering journey to the coalmine that took their father's life. With its bluegrass and pop-inspired score, this inspirational new musical finds both the streaks of light and the heart of darkness within us all. Performances are June 19 through July 18. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows start at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$29 and available by calling the Box Office at 319-366-8591.
6/26/15 – Brucemore’s Tahitian Party – Brucemore invites you to revel poolside amid flickering tiki torches and listen to the beat of steel drums with a cool beverage in hand during the fifth annual Tahitian party. Throw on a hula skirt or Hawaiian shirt and relish the atmosphere of Tahiti in Cedar Rapids thanks to Howard Hall’s famous Tahitian Room located in the basement of the Brucemore Mansion. Enjoy roast suckling pig, noshes and Polynesian drinks. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by calling 362-7375.
Rebecca Larkin is a member of the ICCA Board of Directors and Marketing Coordinator at Kirkwood Community College. firstname.lastname@example.org.