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Thursdays On Main All Summer Long in Clear Lake!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Thursdays On Main is back this summer in beautiful Clear Lake! “Sail into the weekend” every Thursday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 205 Main Avenue, Clear Lake, at this fun community event!

 

 

The Thursdays On Main summer kick off is taking place on Thursday, June 8th! Head to downtown Clear Lake for classic cars, delicious food, street market, live entertainment, movie in the park, unique shopping, and so much more. There are also endless activities, including bounce houses, Kiddie Train Ride, Laser Tag, and Main Street Trolley Rides! The best part…..all activities and entertainment are FREE!


 

June 8th Entertainment Schedule

6:30 pm | Turbo Tumbling

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Midwest Rock & Soul Revue on the Street Stage

9:00 pm | Disney’s Moana (PG) Screening at City Park

 

June 15th Entertainment Schedule

6:30 pm | Dancin With Roxie

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Crossfire on the Street Stage

9:00 pm | Rouge One (PG-13) Screening at City Park

 

June 22nd Entertainment Schedule

6:30 pm | Mason City Black Belt Academy

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Marshall Star Band on the Street Stage

9:00 pm | Sing (PG) Screening at City Park

 

Check out the Clear Lake Events Calendar for information about the Thursdays On Main schedules for the rest of the summer!

 

 

Jane Fischer & Associates Team cannot wait to see you all summer long at Thursdays On Main in Clear Lake, Iowa!   

 

 

 

Image Credit: Thursdays On Main


Easter Events in Mason City and Clear Lake!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

It is almost time for Easter! Mason City and Clear Lake have several great Easter events planned for the whole family. Get in the holiday spirit by spending time with your loved ones at these fantastic community events! 



2017 Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Sunday, April 9th

Time: 11:30 am

Location: North Iowa Area Community College Activity Center (500 College Drive, Mason City)

Cost: FREE!

Come meet the Easter Bunny the Sunday before Easter. Bring your own basket to fill it with the eggs you find during the hunt. There will be designated egg hunts based on age groups, including 4 and under, 5-6 year olds, and 7-10 year olds. Enjoy a day of fun Easter activities for the whole family.


Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Location: City Park (Main Avenue, Clear Lake)

Cost: FREE!

The Clear Lake Jaycees are hosting their annual egg hunt. During the hunt, look for the Golden Egg for a special prize. The Easter Bunny will be there to join in on all the fun!


Easter Bunny Pictures

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Willowbrook Mall (1631 4th Street Southwest, Mason City)

Cost: FREE!

Have your photo taken with the “Crayola Bunny”! Be sure to bring your own camera!


Easter Tea

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: North Park (200 East Dove Road, Southlake)

Cost: $15 per person

Enjoy a special Easter Tea in the parlor at The Decker House. Dine on three courses of scones, sandwiches, and treats as you sip on tea served in antique cups. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (641) 423-4700​​.



The Jane Fischer and Associates Team wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!


Spend Time Outdoors This Spring At These Great Local Spots!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Today marks the first official day of Spring! After a long winter, we are all looking forward to warmer weather, blooming flowers, and days in the great outdoors. With spring finally here, it is the perfect time to start planning our adventures out in the sun. There are many fantastic recreational spots throughout the Mason City area for you and your family to enjoy this spring and beyond. Here are our favorite local spots that we recommend checking out this season!


Lime Creek Nature Center | 3501 Lime Creek Road, Mason City

This facility is the perfect spot in the area to explore the great outdoors. The center offers educational exhibits and programming about North Iowa’s natural resources and wildlife. Outside, the Conservation Area includes a variety of natural habitats, including forest, prairie, and wetland. There are over 8 miles of trails that wind through these areas and allow for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.



East Park | East State Street, Mason City

There is something for everyone to enjoy at this fantastic community park. Covering 57.6 acres, there are endless facilities for your family to use. If you like to remain active outdoors, check out the basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, as well as the 9 hole disc golf course. For a more relaxing afternoon, wander through the natural spaces of the park or fish along Willow Creek or the Winnebago River. Your children will love playing on the city’s largest playground and in the wooden maze.


River City Sculptures on Parade | Downtown Mason City

One of the most notable features of our community’s downtown is the amazing display of public art located throughout. There are unique sculptures created by artists from around the United States. Take a self guided tour and marvel at these beautiful works of art. It is also a great way to explore downtown and all its amazing architecture, cultural facilities, and dining and retail options.


Central Gardens of North Iowa | 800 2nd Avenue North, Clear Lake

This tranquil and relaxing spot might truly be the most beautiful natural setting in our area. Located on 2.75 acres, it is currently home to 11 unique gardens. These gardens include wildflower, wetland, Victorian Shrub Rose, butterfly, children’s, container, and so much more. There are also ponds and terraces located throughout the gardens. It is a peaceful place when you want to get away from it all.


Time to SPRING FORWARD

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Spring Forward 2017

Don't forget to set your clocks forward an hour tomorrow night before you go to bed! It's officially time to enjoy the longer hours of daylight! Daylight savings time officially starts at 2 am on Sunday, March 12th but it's best to do before you go to bed unless you plan on being up at 2 am to reset your clocks.

Although it doesn't feel like spring out there today or forecasted for the upcoming weekend it's just around the corner! 

North Iowa's Blizzard Warning & the 2017 North Iowa Home Show

by Jane Fischer and Associates

North Iowa's February 2017 Blizzard

Many of us in Northern Iowa were able to experience what they call thundersnow last night, not only was it snowing hard but there was lightning and thunder to go along with it! It's not often we have this type of weather but it was quite the site to see when the sky lit up the snow covered towns in the darkness of the night. The rain that preceeded the snow fall created an icy layer that will cause very slippery conditions. Not only are we expected to get 2-4 more inches of snow today but the winds will be gusting from 20 to 40 mph throughout the day leading to white out conditions in some areas. The storm is set to impact the entire Midwest region of the country, majority of the snowfall will be in North Iowa and to the west. The storm had closed 200 miles of interstate 80 yesterday in Wyoming, the system will stretch from the Rocky Mountains through the Great Lakes.

Many schools in the area cancelled for today ahead of the storm arriving last night including Mason City, Newman, Clear Lake, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, West Fork, and Central Springs.

Some office buildings in the area are currently without power because of the large build up of the heavy snow on the powerlines without an estimated time frame of when it will be turned back on, Alliant is working to address the problem but the snow and wind aren't making it easy to do so.

Kristin Chenoweth was set to perform at NIACC tonight at 7 pm but has been postponed to Sunday, February 26th at 4 pm. Anyone who had already purchased tickets can retain them for the Sunday performance, however, if unable to make the show you're able to drop off the tickets within 5 business days to the NIACC Box Office to receive a full refund. If you have any questions you're asked to call the box office directly at 641-422-4188.

The legislative forum scheduled for today in Clear Lake has been postponed to March 24th at 10 am at Clear Lake Bank & Trust at the Clear Lake office location. The representatives slated to speak included Iowa Rep. Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake and Sen. Amanda Raga, D-Mason City. They hope to have the same speakers available for the re-scheduled forum date at the end of March.

 

2017 North Iowa Home Show

 

The show must go on for the 2017 North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show scheduled for today and running through the weekend even with all this snow in the forecast. Today's hours are 3 to 9 pm, tomorrow's are 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday's hours are 11 am to 4pm at the North Iowa Events Center in both the All Seasons and Olson buildings. Admission is $5, youth 12 and under are free. The show features over 120 vendors from flooring to landscaping to bank lenders to complete kitchen remodels, whatever you need they'll have it all! They will have seminars throughout each day, door prizes, and various speakers - stop by and check it out!

The Jack Snowmobile Race in Clear Lake is a Go!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

The Jack Snowmobile Race in Clear Lake is a GO!

Great news for all you avid snowmobilers in North Iowa - the 8th annual Jack race will go ON! Unfortunately, the kick off event cruise around the lake on Friday has been cancelled due to the lack of usable snow in certain areas of the route. Friday, February 10th pre-registration will be held at the Clear Lake VFW from 6 to 9 pm with radar races to start at 9 am on Saturday morning in Clear Lake. The event was named after local businessman, snowmobile dealer and enthusiast and avid racer, Jack Helgren, is remembered for his love of snowmobile racing. Although there isn't a lot of snow on the lake there is plenty of ice said Gary McVicker, organizer of the annual "The Jack" snowmobiling race which is part of the 2017 Iowa Lemans Championship. The event is typically held in January but due to unseasonably warm weather that caused water to form on top of the ice it was pushed back to this upcoming weekend, Friday temperatures are going to be in the 40s, Saturday will be in the 30s and Sunday will climb back up into the 40s. 

McVicker said "we have been out there with a John Deere tractor and blade and have typically found 19 or more inches of ice. The surface has not been altered although the track has been plotted out. If it's rough, it's rough; if it's glare ice, it's glare ice." Preparation for the event started over a week ago when volunteers began prepping the run site for Saturday's eventto ensure good racing surface. McVicker noted "it's a big event which takes a lot of labor, equipment, and equity to put on but we're all happy to do it and want everyone to come out and have a good time." The vintage show will start at Clear Lake State Park at 10 am with the awards ceremony Saturday evening at 7 pm at Rumorz Bar in Clear Lake where the band Split Second Band will be performing. If you're free Saturday stop out and watch all these great snowmobile racers!

Clear Lake's Annual Winter Dance Party Started off with a Bang!

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Surf Ballroom Winter Dance Party

The 1950s themed sock hop kicked off the winter dance party yesterday at the Surf Ballroom with kids of all ages dawned in saddle shoes, Buddy Holly style glasse and poodle skirts which is the start of the annual three day tribute event. It has been 58 years since the plane carrying Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper", Buddy Holly and Roger Peterson the pilot crashed in the night. The first memorial event was held on February 3, 1979 which marked the 20th anniversary of the last performance at the Surf Ballroom prior to the plan crash, the event was entitled "The Tribute to Buddy Holly Concert" and has since grown into a large music celebration of 50's and 60s music. 

The executive director of the Surf Ballroom, Laurie Lietz said "We're exciited to mix new events and activities for our visitors with the many great traditions that have been around since 1979 when the event first began." Austin Allsup will be doing a tribute to his father Tommy Allsup  who was one of the original guitarists for the 1959 Winter Dance Party and played at the Surf on Feb 2, 1959. Tommy was scheduled to play today at the event but sadly passed away just weeks prior to the big event. The Killer Vees: Rmembering Bobby Vee will be performing a tribute on Saturday to Bobby Vee who was a supporter and performer of the annual Winter Dance Party event. Bobby Vee died in October 2016.

The Surf executive director has already started preparation for next year's event because of the large undertaking, even with the help of volunteers and countless hours of planning they stay ahead of the event each year to ensure the line up ofperformers are booked and to avoid scheduling conflicts. On average the event will take 12 to 14 months of planning ahead of time in order to secure all the performers outside of the 3,000+ hours dedicated to scheduling out the events. The community is very supportive of the event that draws thousands of people who fill up all the local hotels and restaurants for a good week; some people travel from as far as the UK to attend the annual event which includes the 28th annual British Buddy Holly Society luncheon at the Best Western on Friday this year. 

Lietz said, "Our event is like no other in the country. In addition to the four evenings of live entertainment here at the Surf, visitors will enjoy everything from dance lessons and wedding vow renewals to luncheons, movies at the local theater and record/memorabilia shows." The event will run through Sunday so make sure to get out and enjoy all the Winter Dance Party has to offer!

Clear Lake's Annual Color the Wind Event to be Covered by CBS Sunday Morning

by Jane Fischer and Associates

Clear Lake's Annual Color the Wind

North Iowa will make nation wide news again on February 18, 2017 as CBS Sunday Morning prepares to film the festival live accroding to Larry and Kay Day who are the organizers of the annual festival. The crew plans to be in Clear Lake for the entire weekend so plan to see a camera crew wandering around on the ice to capture the great kite festival, which is the Midwest's largest winter kite festival. The festival will run from 11 am to 4 pm on the 18th at the Downtown Seawall in Clear Lake, ice conditions look favorable for the event with 17-19 inches on the lake currently. 

Kite flyers from various states travel to Clear Lake annually to display their collection of unique kites and banners with some even having stunt kite teams with two or more lines choreographed dances to music. Come out and enjoy the FREE show where you can purchase hot food and beverages from the lunch wagon. 

Which North Iowa Town Will Make the RAGBRAI Route Cut?

by Jane Fischer and Associates

North Iowa RAGBRAI Route 2017

The big announcement for the RAGBRAI 2017 host towns along the route will be held on Saturday at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, many cities representatives from across the state will be in attendance to find out if their town was chosen for 2017. The Register's Great Annual Cycle Ride Across Iowa will be July 23-29th with eight cities being chosen as overnight stay hosts.

Officials from both Clear Lake and Charles City plan to be in attendance for the announcement this weekend, Charles City Administrator Steve Diers was staying hopeful that Charles City will end up as a choice for this years ride. Although Clear Lake hosted an overnight stop in Ragbrai 2010, Mayor Nelson Crabb applied to be considered for a stop along the route this year; Crabb along with Clear Lake's City Administrator and Mayor Pro-Tem will be attending Saturday's event. In 2014 Clear Lake was one of the towns that was passed through but they hope to host again this year. Mason City recently hosted an overnight of Ragbrai so although they applied to be on the route it wasn't likely they would be chosen according to Mason City Manager, Brent Trout. The committee tries to spread the hosting towns around the state but Trout stated Mason City really enjoyed hosting and would like to do it again in the upcoming years.

Barb Smith, the Forest City Administrator, said hosting Ragbrai is a good community thing that brings people to town. Smith wasn't sure if Forest City had applied to host in 2017 or not but hopes to be a part of the ride at some point in the future. Algona also applied to host although they hosted overnight in 2010, the City Administrator Curt Wiseman said they won't know until after the announcement is made whethere Algona will host again or not they're just waiting anxiously.

 

The Surf District Rock'n Roll Restaurant Opening in Clear Lake

by Jane Fischer and Associates

North Iowans will have a new restaurant to try out SOON! The Surf District Rock 'n Roll Grill will be opening in the next week with many pieces of music memorabilia from the Surf Ballroom itself. It's located in the former District 619 building just across the parking lot from the Surf Ballroom owned for the past 16 years by Grant Maulsby who worked intensely with the Surf to create the new restaurant idea which started back in September 2016. The idea for the new restaurant was reviewed by the organization's board over a year ago; the Surf had so many pieces of music history that wasn't able to be displayed so Maulsby thought what better way to help showcase these pieces than at the restaurant! Within the new restaurant there are over 70 pieces of Surf Ballroom memorabilia.

The restaurant will have a stage for live music and memorabilia along with seating for 134 people and standing room for 190 people. The bar and grill will offer various foods including those named after songs and music legends like La La Bamba Chicken Avocado and Big Bopper Burger. Other foods offered on the menu include sandwiches, salads, burgers, shrimp, wraps, burgers and steaks along with a full bar. 

Some of the renovations Maulsby had completed in preparation for the new place are a stage, lighting, video system to play music videos which will help create a wonderful atmosphere for those loving rock'n'roll as well as a private room for events. The artists that have performed at the Surf have a plaque with a photo and additional details put together for display at the restaurant. Maulsby stated "Every piece of memorabilia has been played at the Surf and signed at the Surf. That's what makes us more unique." Guitars line one wall of the restaurant that have been used at the Surf and autographed by artists such as B.B King, Slash, and Willie Nelson to name a few as well as drums and other musical instruments used by music artists. The executive director of the Surf Ballroom, Laurie Lietz, said "we're very excited to expand our displays, we just don't have all the wall space to display everything."

Future plans for the new place include live music on the weekends in upcoming months. The grill will be open seven days a week opening at 4 pm daily. Next time you're in the area make sure to stop by and try out the new place!

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