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Wednesday September, 26th 2018 – Saturday September, 29th 2018

  • Blithe Spirit

  • Pella
  • Pella Opera House
  • Blithe Spirit

    Wednesday, September 26 - 29, 2018 | 7:30 PM

    Are you ready to laugh? Blithe Spirit is a comedy by Noël Coward. The story: socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Pella native Devin McCain will be one of the actors on stage for this fun show. As a collaboration with Central College, tickets are only $8 ($4 seniors/students) for this show.

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  • Category: Culture & History

Thursday September, 27th 2018

  • Marion County Writers Workshop

  • Knoxville
  • 210 E Robinson St, Knoxville, IA 50138
  • 641.891.2469
  • Website
  • Marion County Writers Workshop

     Marion County Writers Workshop, founded in 2003, exists to inspire writers of all skill levels. The organization, which has no dues or fees, meets weekly at The Nearwood Winery Tasting Room on Thursday evenings at 6:30. Each week a "writer's challenge" is presented on a topic. Call 641.891.2469 for more information. Enjoy coffee, wine, and free water.

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Thursday September, 27th 2018

  • Pella Farmer's Market

  • Pella
  • Farmer's Market 3:00 - 6:00 pm, First Reformed Church Parking Lot (603 Broadway)

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  • Category: Agriculture

Thursday September, 27th 2018

  • Wine & South of the Border Small Plates

  • Rural Marion County
  • Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th St. Leighton
  • 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.—Small Plates served until 7:30 p.m.

     Enjoy a glass of Tassel Ridge wine with your favorites from the Wine and South of the Border Small Plates Menu: Chef Frank’s Salsa and Chips; Empanadas with Spicy Beef, Green Chiles, and a side of Salsa; Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas with Green Onions and a side of Pico de Gallo; Pork Carnitas Tostada with Black Beans, Pepper Jack, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, and Chipotle Sour Cream on a Crispy Tortilla; and Churros. No reservations required.

     

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Thursday September, 27th 2018 – Saturday September, 29th 2018

  • Blithe Spirit

  • Pella
  • Pella Opera House
  • 611 Franklin St. Pella
  • Blithe Spirit

    Wednesday, September 26 - 29, 2018 | 7:30 PM

    Are you ready to laugh? Blithe Spirit is a comedy by Noël Coward. The story: socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Pella native Devin McCain will be one of the actors on stage for this fun show. As a collaboration with Central College, tickets are only $8 ($4 seniors/students) for this show.

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Culture & History

Friday September, 28th 2018

  • Blithe Spirit

  • Pella
  • Pella Opera House
  • 611 Franklin St. Pella
  •  

    Are you ready to laugh? Blithe Spirit is a comedy by Noël Coward. The story: socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Pella native Devin McCain will be one of the actors on stage for this fun show. As a collaboration with Central College, tickets are only $8 ($4 seniors/students) for this show.

     

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  • Category: Culture & History

Friday September, 28th 2018

  • Wine & Pasta à la Carte Evening

  • Rural Marion County
  • Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th St. Leighton
  • 5:30–8:00 p.m.—Pasta served until 7:30 p.m.

     Start with an Italian Salad with Romaine, Tomato, Black Olives, Garbanzo Beans, Banana Peppers, and Italian Dressing . Then choose Chicken or Shrimp Alfredo; Mediterranean Pasta with Spinach, Tomatoes, Artichoke Hearts, Black Olives, Marinara Sauce, and Feta; Pasta Bolognese; or a Pasta Trio (Alfredo, Mediterranean, and Bolognese); and pair it with your favorite Tassel Ridge wine available for purchase by the glass. We recommendIowa Brianna with the Chicken or Shrimp Alfredo; Iowa In the Dark with Mediterranean Pasta, andIowa Pizzeria & Pasta Too!® with Pasta Bolognese. For dessert, try Tassel RidgeChocolate Granfinalé™Tiramisu. No reservations required.

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  • Category: Agriculture

Friday September, 28th 2018 – Saturday September, 29th 2018

  • Tracy Festival

  • Rural Marion County
  • Tracy, Iowa
  • Activites for all ages, beginning with a movie in the park on Friday evening and activities throughout the day on Saturday.

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Culture & History

Saturday September, 29th 2018

  • Blithe Spirit

  • Pella
  • Pella Opera House
  • 611 Franklin St. Pella
  • Are you ready to laugh? Blithe Spirit is a comedy by Noël Coward. The story: socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Pella native Devin McCain will be one of the actors on stage for this fun show. As a collaboration with Central College, tickets are only $8 ($4 seniors/students) for this show.

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Culture & History

Saturday September, 29th 2018

  • Wine & Wood Fired Oven Pizza Day

  • Rural Marion County
  • Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th St. Leighton
  • 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.—Pizza served until 7:30 p.m.

     Enjoy an 11-inch individual Wood Fired Oven Pizza for. Choose an Asian Pizza with Marinated Beef Strips, Red Bell Pepper, Water Chestnuts, Shaved Garlic, Green Onions, and Asian Sauce (no tomato sauce); a Chicken, Spinach, Artichoke Heart, and Black Olive Pizza; a Margherita Pizza, made with Tomato Sauce, Fresh Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil; a Pepperoni, Black Olive, and Shredded Mozzarella Pizza; or select any four toppings from the Toppings of the Day (Artichoke Hearts, Asian Beef Strips, Asian Sauce, Black Olives, Chicken, Fresh Basil, Fresh Mozzarella, Green Onions, Pepperoni, Red Bell Pepper, Shaved Garlic, Shredded Mozzarella, Spinach, or Water Chestnuts) to Create Your Own Pizza, and pair it with an Italian Salad with Romaine, Tomato, Black Olives, Garbanzo Beans, Banana Peppers, and Italian Dressing  and your favorite Tassel Ridge wine, available for purchase by the glass.

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  • Category: Agriculture

Wednesday October, 3rd 2018

  • Life Beyond the Storm "The Rest of the (Ed Thomas) Story"

  • Pella
  • Kuyper Fieldhouse, Central College Campus
  • Life Beyond the Storm "The Rest of the (Ed Thomas) Story"

    Join the Pella Community Common Reading Experience 2018 for a presentation by Joan Becker, author of "Sentenced to Life: Mental Illness, Tragedy and Transformation." Becker is the mother of Mark Becker, the young man who shot and killed Ed Thomas, renowned football coach at Aplington-Parkersburg High School, in 2009.

    "Joan Becker has a generous spirit and kind heart that come forward in this book," says U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley. "By sharing her family's experience she'll help other families struggling with mental illness feel less alone. That's a tremendous accomplishment when the illness causes feelings of isolation and hopelessness for parents who are desperate to help their suffering child. The mental health system can and should be better, and this book inspires all of us to do everything we can to make it so."

    Becker's presentation, titled "Life Beyond the Storm 'The Rest of the Ed Thomas Story,'" is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the Kuyper Fieldhouse on the Central College campus. Participants may also join in a discussion of Becker's book at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Room 202 of Central's Geisler Library, or noon Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Pella Public Library. To purchase a copy of "Sentenced to Life: Mental Illness, Tragedy and Transformation," contact The Sanctuary, Gifts on Jefferson or the Central College Spirit Shoppe. The book is also available to check out at the Pella Public Library.

    The Pella Wellness Consortium mission drives and encourages collaborative work to implement innovative and sustainable strategies to achieve ultimate health and well-being for all ages within the Pella community.

    This program is free and open to the public. Parking for the presentation is available at the corner of Independence and West 5th Street, with handicap parking available on the west side of P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium

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  • Category: Culture & History

Thursday October, 4th 2018

  • Marion County Writers Workshop

  • Knoxville
  • 210 E Robinson St, Knoxville, IA 50138
  • 641.891.2469
  • Website
  • Marion County Writers Workshop

     Marion County Writers Workshop, founded in 2003, exists to inspire writers of all skill levels. The organization, which has no dues or fees, meets weekly at The Nearwood Winery Tasting Room on Thursday evenings at 6:30. Each week a "writer's challenge" is presented on a topic. Call 641.891.2469 for more information. Enjoy coffee, wine, and free water.

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  • Category: Culture & History

Thursday October, 4th 2018

  • Pella Farmer's Market

  • Pella
  • Farmer's Market 3:00 - 6:00 pm, First Reformed Church Parking Lot (603 Broadway)

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  • Category: Agriculture

Friday October, 5th 2018

  • Pella Wine Walk

  • Pella
  • Downtown Pella
  • Website
  • 4th Annual Pella Wine Walk

    October 5, 2018

    Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Sip, Shop & Socialize during Pella's Fourth Annual Wine Walk. Enjoy samples from over 15 delicious wineries and cideries as you peruse through Pella's fantastic downtown retail shops. Walk is from 4-8pm; wristbands can only be purchased at the Pella Convention & Visitors Bureau (815 Broadway St. Suite 1) any time between 8am and 7pm that day. $10 includes all samples and your wine glass. Must be 21 to participate. Brought to you by the Pella Historic Downtown Retail Group and the Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

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Saturday October, 6th 2018

  • Chili Cook Off

  • Pleasantville
  • 1185 40th Place
  • Pleasantville
  • Website
  • Annual Chili Cook Off

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Agriculture

Sunday October, 7th 2018

  • Farm Crawl

  • Rural Marion County
  • Website
  • First Sunday in October

    11:00 am – 5:00 pm


    The original, the biggest, the best! Six independent family operations, all within an easy drive of each other in south-central Iowa, are jointly hosting open houses. Enjoy a leisurely autumn day “crawling” from farm to farm (Okay, you don't actually crawl, you drive yourself between farms). 
    Come visit south Marion County/north Lucas County (one hour south of Des Moines) to see each of our individual operations. Tour the farms, visit the animals, meet the farmers, see demonstrations, sample the goodies, purchase locally grown & produced products, and have lots of fun in the beautiful Iowa countryside! Visit special guest vendors at many of the farms.  FREE admission onto all of the farms.
    The six operations include: Blue Gate Farm, Coyote Run Farm, Crooked Gap Farm, Pierce’s Pumpkin Patch, Schneider Orchards, and Iron Works by Williams Machine Shop and Iron Works (By Trojan Iron Works and Williams Machine Shop).

    NO PETS - for the safety of our farm animals and guests, please leave your animals at home.

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Agriculture

Thursday October, 11th 2018

  • Marion County Writers Workshop

  • Knoxville
  • 210 E Robinson St, Knoxville, IA 50138
  • 641.891.2469
  • Website
  • Marion County Writers Workshop

     Marion County Writers Workshop, founded in 2003, exists to inspire writers of all skill levels. The organization, which has no dues or fees, meets weekly at The Nearwood Winery Tasting Room on Thursday evenings at 6:30. Each week a "writer's challenge" is presented on a topic. Call 641.891.2469 for more information. Enjoy coffee, wine, and free water.

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Culture & History

Thursday October, 11th 2018

  • Pella Farmer's Market

  • Pella
  • Farmer's Market 3:00 - 6:00 pm, First Reformed Church Parking Lot (603 Broadway)

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Agriculture

Friday October, 12th 2018

  • Bacon Fest

  • Pella
  • Pella Opera House
  • 611 Franklin St. Pella
  • 641-628-8625
  • Website
  • October 12 -- 5-8 pm

    Join us for Bacon Fest!! Great food and great fun for all. 

    It's been a couple years since bacon lovers could enjoy Bacon Fest in Pella. We're delighted to bring it back to town. It's free to come in and multiple vendors will offer delights like bacon-wrapped shrimp, bacon-brisket mac and cheese, Hawaiian bacon chicken with mango chutney, salted caramel maple bacon cupcakes to name just a few. It's free admission, and $1 tickets will be sold which you can use to purchase food items. Open to all, and there will be a variety of beverages sold.

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  • Category: Agriculture

Saturday October, 13th 2018 – Sunday October, 14th 2018

  • Pumpkin Festival

  • Rural Marion County
  • 2491 HWY 14 Chariton, Iowa 50049
  • 641-344-1344
  • Website
  • No admission charge. Large variety of pumpkins and squash, hay bale maze and much more. Check website for details

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  • Fee: No
  • Category: Agriculture

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