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Summer in Amana
posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2015  Post Comment

ICCA Culture Corner BLOG

Summer in Amana

By Lily Allen-Duenas 

The Amana Colonies are chalk full of fun happenings this summer! With brand new festivals, wonderful theatre productions, and an abundance of fun things to do what more could you hope for? 

June 4 – 28, The Andrews Brothers is on the Old Creamery Theatre’s Main Stage. A USO show is threatened with cancellation when a certain famous trio of singing sisters fails to appear, and it’s up to three earnest and determined stagehands to go on with the show! Mistaken identities and madcap adventure along with the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II. 

Andrews Brothers


June 13 – 27, The Reluctant Dragon, the Old Creamery Theatre’s summer Theatre for Young Audience show takes the stage! A boy who "reads too much" encounters a dragon who would rather write poetry than fight and breathe fire. Their secret friendship strengthens until St. George, the famous dragon slayer, comes to town! Find out what happens in this show that is rich with harmony and musical whimsy. Children and adults alike thrill to this show's comic antics and unforgettable melodies. 

June 20 is the first annual Wurst Festival, celebrating “the best of the wurst!” Sausage makers from across the Midwest will come to Amana and offer tastings and sell their delicious products. With live music, beer, and games it’s the perfect way to spend Father’s Day weekend. Give your father the WURST (aka BEST) Father’s Day ever! 

July 2 – 19, Heroes takes the Old Creamery Theaters’ Studio Stage by storm. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy! A quirky quartet comprised of three elderly WWI veterans and a stone dog statue, spend their days occupying the terrace of an old soldiers home in France in 1959. The three men share stories, memories, and ideas of varying mental clarity. Troubled over their monotonous lives, they hatch an escape plan — destination: Indochina or just over the nearest hill. Heroes is a touching and achingly honest portrayal of what it means to be a survivor. 

July 23 – August 16 brings us the seven times winner of the “BEST COMEDY OF THE YEAR” voted by the Boston Globe: Shear Madness his the Main Stage at the Old Creamery Theatre! This unique comic-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon.  During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery seen on stage. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem. 

August 1 marks the beginning of Colonies in Bloom, where all of the Amana Colonies plant flowers galore and even turn some gardens into fairy sanctuaries! The lotus lilies will in in full bloom on Lily Lake. What a wonderful way to spend your weekend — enjoying the beauty of nature. Don’t feel like walking? Van tours will be available. 

August 8 is the Amana Festival of the Arts! Fine art, folk art displays, demonstrations, sales, performances, food, and kids' activities. Come out and support the Amana Arts Guild and find some treasures. 

August 15 is Model A Day. More than 100 Model A cars, food, vintage fashion show, workshops, demonstrations, entertainment. There will also be a Throwback Weekend celebration in Amana, with barbershop quartets, music on the streets, ice cream festival, antiques shop displays and a Shake, Rattle & Roll celebration of food and live music at Millstream Brewery. 

August 20 – September 6 brings Waiting for The Parade to the Old Creamery Theatre’s Studio Stage. Struggling through life at home during WWII, five women brave unique battles. Waiting for the Parade offers a rare glimpse into the effects of war on those left behind. Mirroring the spectrum of emotions that soldiers would likely possess, each woman feels differently about the war, whether it is pride, worry, or loneliness — each woman must combat adversity, crisis, and pain.

August 21 to August 23 is Woodfest. Woodcraft displays and hand-made wood art will be for sale, from cabinets to bowls to Christmas ornaments; there will be something for everyone. There will also be live demonstrations of different wood carving and crafting techniques. 

Amana makes the perfect day trip, residing only 30 minutes away from Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Hop on over to Amana and join in on the summer fun! 

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