Fischer's Finds


May 26, 2016

This Is Going To Be One Musical Weekend!

There's so much going on in North Iowa this Memorial Weekend, let's get to it! The Tree Town Festival officially gets underway today, with Rock Night kicking things off. The headliner is Vince Neil, taking the stage at 9:30. Here's the link to the entire schedule:

Vince Neil

The 78th North Iowa Band Festival kicks off today, too, and it's back downtown again this year, after spending a number of years centered in East Park. The downtown renaissance in Mason City makes it a perfect location for such a fun, family-friendly event! Here's the schedule today:

Thursday, May 26

6:00PM All Middle School Band Downtown Plaza
6:30PM Mason City Municipal Band Downtown Plaza
7:30PM Kevin "B.F." Burt First Congregational United Church of Christ
6:00-8:00PM Carnival Open



May 24, 2016

Seventy-Six Trombones Led The Big Parade...

Summer really begins Memorial Weekend, and, for the 78th year in a row, Mason City kicks it off with the North Band Festival! Hometown boy Meredith Willson is honored annually at the Festival, which is celebrated as a tribute to his life and his love of music. He's remembered throughout the world for his famous melodies, but in Mason City we remember our “Music Man” for instilling a rich musical tradition in our community. Events include a community parade, free musical entertainment, a carnival, market, concessions, and lots more. Projected attendance for the Memorial Day Weekend is more than 60,000 people! 2016 marks the 78th celebration of this time honored event, May 26-30. We'll post daily schedules of events throughout the weekend.2016 Band FestivalOf course, every community celebrates Memorial Day in it's own way. Also this weekend, Party In The Park returns to Charles City. Friday, May 27 is the first Party in the Park of the season, with events held from 5:00-9:00 pm in Central Park. Admission is free, and there will be live music by Richie Lee & The Fabulous 50's Band, as well as food, drinks, games, and more. When they say 'party,' they really mean it! For more information, go to the Charles City Chamber of Commerce website:

Charles City Sign

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May 21, 2016

Come Fly With Them!

Looking for something to do on a beautiful Saturday morning? Take the family out to North Iowa Air Service's Annual Open House at the Mason City Municipal Airport today. Enjoy the flight breakfast, now until noon, and you and the kids can take airplane and helicopter rides from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm! All sorts of aircraft are on display, and if you live in the Mason City area, you've probably already heard the distinct sound of the antique and warbird aircraft flying overhead. Fun and interesting for the whole family! If you have any questions, call the office at 641-424-9366.

NI Air Service Flight Breakfast

May 20, 2016

And, We're OFF!

Into the weekend, with lots of interesting things to do in our neck of the woods. Here are some of our favorites:

Love rummage sales, but hitting them all means a bit too much walking? No problem: the Mason City VFW, at 1603 S. Monroe, is having one all day today, from 8:00 until 5:00! There should be lots of interesting things, especially for repurposing and crafting. You just never know what treasures you'll find!

Rummage Sale 

The North Iowa Farmers Market happens today from 3:00 until 6:00 pm, in the parking lot of the Mills Fleet Farm Store, 3200 4th St SW in Mason City. Nothing says 'summer' like fresh, locally grown produce, and locally-made breads and baked goods! Pick some up on the way home from work, then barbecue this weekend. The weather sounds perfect for it!

North Iowa Farmers' Market

A fun event for grownups is taking place this evening at the Manor, 4 3rd St. NW in downtown Mason City; literally, a Senior Prom! It's from 7:00 until 9:00 tonight; tickets are $10.00 in advance, available just down the block at the KCMR radio studios, and at Doesn't that sound like fun?

Senior Citizen Prom

These events, and lots more, are happening around North Iowa today. Check at often to keep up on what's going on!

May 18, 2016

Who Says Wednesdays Are Boring?

Wednesdays can be lots more than over-the-hump-of-the-week days. Just look at what's going on today, for example! The New Horizons Band presents its Spring Concert and Ice Cream Social at 3:30 today at Music Man Square, 308 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City. You can hit the ice cream parlor on the Streetscape for a sundae, then head to Reunion Hall for the concert, scheduled to start at 4:00. Even better, admission is free!

New Horizons Band

By the way, today is Buy A Musical Instrument Day, in honor of Mason City's own Music Man, Meredith Willson, who was born on this day in 1902.

On a more serious note, Mason City's 10th Annual Ride Of Silence, to honor bicyclists who've been injured or killed by a vehicle, starts tonight at 7:00 in Mason City's Central Park. There's a short program at 7:00, followed by a six-mile slow ride, at maximum speed of 12 mph. There's no registration fee, but helmets MUST be worn. It's a great, low-key way to make a powerful point. Look for the long of bicycles this evening on Mason City streets.

Ride of Silence

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May 16, 2016

Have You Gotten In On This Yet?

In celebration of National Tourism Month, we invite you the explore #MasonCityIA... Visit the sites, collect stamps, enter to win prizes! 


30 Days of Fun


Explore and experience all the beloved tourism treasures right here in River City during National Tourism Month! Visit and collect stamps from each site featured on the official Passport to 30 Days of Fun and enter win great prizes!


Selfies are encouraged and can be shared with Visit Mason City on Facebook, Twitter or G+. Be sure to include the hashtag #MasonCityIA!


When posting on Facebook, be sure to post directly to the Visit Mason City page.


CLICK HERE to learn more about sharing your selfie! 


To be eligible for prize drawings, completed passports should be dropped or or mailed to Visit Mason City, 2021 4th Street SW, Mason City, IA 50401 and must be received by 4:30pm on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. See for contest rules.


More information, including Travel Guides, maps, souvenirs, city and area brochures, relocation information and more are available at the Mason City Visitor Information Center.

May 14, 2016

SO Much Weekend.

Here's more weekend fun for you!

The Dance Arts Centre's spring recital, "All In A Day's Work," is being presented twice today: a matinee at 1:00, and the evening performance at 7:00, at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus in Mason City. Admission is $10 per person.

The Dance Arts CentreA really special vocal event is happening this evening at 7:00: Una Vocis Chorale Ensemble, with guests the Ames Choral Artists,are presenting a concert tonight at 7:00 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams in Mason City. A reception follows, which you'll want to attend also; you never know when an impromptu encore will break out! Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids.
 Una Vocis and Ames Chamber Artists

There's always lots going on in North Iowa. Check and often!

May 14, 2016

The Calendar SAYS Spring.....

Well, it looks like we might have put away the flannel sheets just a bit too soon! Did you cover the flowers last night? If not, you may want to check them now--it got down to the freezing point last night! It IS May, isn't it? Well, no matter what the thermometer says, the calendar says it's the weekend, and there's LOTS to do. Let's get to it, shall we?

Farmers Market season is here, so if you need to replace some bedding plants that got nipped with a bit of frostbite last night, here's a good place to check for replacements: The Charles City Farmers Market runs from 9:00-noon today at Central Park in Charles City. You might want to throw a jacket on if you get there early.

Eat Fresh Buy Local

Today is also the day that letter carriers and food bank volunteers nationally, including in North Iowa, are collecting food donations for the National Assoc. of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger food drive. A word from us: we like to think about the weight of the items we're leaving, so we go with a mix of cans and boxes--say, cans of tomato paste and boxes of pasta. Letter carriers already tend to have bad backs!

Stamp Out Hunger

A Bicycle Safety Rodeo is being held from 9:00-11:00 this morning in the parking lot west of the Mason City Police Dept. Your kids need to bring their own bikes, and they'll be entered into a drawing for a NEW bike! It's a lot of fun the kids and for you, and the learn important safety tips.

Bicycle Rodeo

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May 12, 2016

A BIG Music Weekend Coming Up.

We've mentioned before how lucky we are to have the kind of entertainment options we have locally; this coming weekend reminds us again how true that is, and talk about variety!

The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake has a pretty impressive lineup: tomorrow night, the Atlanta-based Sevendust takes the Surf stage. This quintet became one of the rising acts in late-'90s heavy metal with an aggressive blend of bottom-heavy riffs and soulful, accessible melodies. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, which opens at 8:00 pm. Check for more information. Sevendust

The REALLY big news from the Surf, of course, is that the legendary Kenny Rogers has chosen it to play a stop on his final world tour, appropriately named "The Gambler's Last Deal," this Sunday evening, May 15, with opening act Linda Davis (one of Reba McEntire's best friends). The concert is sold out, but it's worth a try to call the Surf at 641-357-6151 and see if you can get on a waiting list. There are usually some last-minute cancellations for some will-call tickets, but not always--it's worth a phone call, though! Once again, more information is available at

Kenny Rogers

There's lots more to keep us busy in North Iowa--check FischersFinds at often!


May 11, 2016

We Need Some Art In Our Lives

Locally-produced art is the best kind, we think, and we never cease to be amazed at just how many really talented people there are here in North Iowa. Photography truly is an art, and not everyone is good at it! To see some examples of work by people who ARE, check out the 36th annual Cerro Gordo Photo Show, sponsored by the Safford and Lena Lock Photo Endowment Fund, now underway, in the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s Center Space Gallery.

There were 108 entries received from Cerro Gordo County residents and those attending the spring and summer semesters at North Iowa Area Community College. A panel of judges chose 39 photographs by 25 artists for exhibition.

Area residents whose work was chosen are Nick Andersen, Bridget Farley, Shannon Heflin, Brad Janson, Paul Laning, Jim Reynolds and Joyce Sorensen, all of Clear Lake; Lorrie Staudt of Dougherty; Austin Loers of Garner; Katie Fuller of Manly; Rebecca Bartolo, Dean A. Genth, Harsha Jayawardena, Judy Luscomb, Bruce G. McKee, Dennis Molln, Keisuke Ohtani, Amber Olsen, Jeana Petree, Rachel Riter, Elli Ruen, Paulette Searle, Michael D. Servantez, Danelle Stadtlander and Eric Suby, all of Mason City.

 The show will be open to the public through Saturday, July 16, during regular museum hours, and it's really worth your time. Here's an example of one of the works in the show:Spiral Staircase



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