ICCA Culture Corner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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