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Escape Room – The Curse of the Pharaoh

The world is in danger.  Time is running out!

“The Curse of the Pharaoh” is a 10 minute escape room brought to you by The Fantastic Escape!

Return 5 stolen artifacts to their rightful place in the pharaohs tomb to save the world. Your adventure is located in the gym at the The First Street Community Center during Heritage Days.

Cost:  $10 per person, up to 8 at a time. Smaller groups are welcome if there is no line. So come early!
Date/Time:  Friday 2pm – 10pm and Saturday 10am – 10pm

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Summer 2019 – Farmer’s Market – Starts Today

Farmers Market

Are you just plain tired of rushing here and there, hustling kids from one activity to another, making sure the lawn gets mowed, the laundry done, and oh ya, hold down a full time job, plus find time to get groceries? Could you use a few minutes to reset? Well if yes is your answer, then come on over to the First Street Community Center Thursday afternoons!

On the front lawn you will find an old-fashioned farmers’ market. Time seems to slow down for a bit as you look through the fresh produce, homemade baked goods, honey products, local eggs and meats, handicrafts, and more. Here one can take a step back from the business of life, find a small snack to enjoy, listen to local musicians, have a friendly chat with the vendors about nothing in particular, and re-energize for the remaining part of the week.

Farmers Market is held: Thursdays 4-6, May-September.

ROOTS – A New Play Festival at the Uptown Theatre

Tonight @7:30, running from March 8th – 10th

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s new play festival centers around the theme of Roots. This idea has been expressed in numerous ways from the roots of evil to familial roots to the foundations of community theatre itself.

With eleven different plays from eleven different local Eastern Iowa writers, Roots: A New Play Festival is sure to be grounded in great midwestern theatre and stem plenty of theatrical ingenuity.

Each play is listed below with their cast.

Please come out and support your favorite local actors, writers and directors!

All Evil Inc by Kelli Massey
The dashing and daring Captain Man is in a dastardly duel with the Root of All Evil, but all is not what it seems.
CAST:  Lisa Smith, Elijah Webster

Home by Eva Giacomo
Past becomes present as an event draws two ex’s together.
CAST:  Jordan Ray Hogan, Kate Margheim

Past Tense by Barbara Lau
CAST:  Michelle Hinz

Some Surprise by Amy White
A birthday doesn’t go quite as planned against the backdrop of the 1920s … with Puppets
CAST:  Allyssa Jubeck, Maria McAlexander, Amy White

Not Doing Christmas by Kristin Schneider
Sisters discuss plans for Christmas, but the talk quickly veers into the news of the day.
CAST:  Amanda Bishop, Nicole McAlexander

Loving Addison and Dealing with Teenage Angst in 1946: The Musical by Tristan Maynard
The show must go on even when a disgruntled actor steps in.
CAST:  Kaylynn Burgin, Jasper Rood, Elijah Webster

Weeding by Brian Tanner
Life Lessons in Gardening.
CAST:  Michelle Hinz, Jordan Ray Hogan, Jasper Rood, Boede Stoops, Steve Weiss

Mock Trial/Real Error by Elijah Jones
A father & son confront the past.
CAST:  Craig Jarvie, Tristan Maynard

This is a Bad Idea by Grant Freeman
A wacky and weird community theatre selects their final show for their upcoming season.
CAST:  Kim Benesh, Bill Croghan, Grant Freeman, Braden JP Rood, Amy White

Memory by Chris Okishi
Memory is a fickle beast, especially when you’re losing it.
CAST:  Shauna Daub, Lisa Smith

Untitled Interview by Tony Craine
An elderly woman learns of her family’s history.


For more information please see their website:

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Radoslav Lorkovic – R&B, Folk, Tex-Mex, Zydeco & Much More

Live in concert February 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Radoslav Lorković  began touring at age 20 with Iowa City’s Bo Ramsey and the Sliders. Lorković entered the band having mastered the styles of boogie-woogie greats such as Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Freddie Slack etc.. Ramsey’s influence drove Lorković deeper to the core of the blues. The music of Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter shifted Lorković’s focus to the basics as he began to draw from the styles of Otis Spann and Pinetop Perkins.

He also became a valuable sideman to the late blues great Odetta. Odetta, he says, stands alone. “She is by far the best musician I have ever played with. She taught me so much about music, not so much in words, but in gestures, directions, stares, even smiles, and all with her sense of grace.”

Later, Lorković and Ramsey joined forces with Greg Brown adding musical authenticity to his deep Iowa Roots. At this time Lorković was simultaneously brushing up on his classical heritage and looking south to the polyrhythmic sounds of Professor Longhair and James Booker. He had picked up Tex-Mex and Zydeco accordion as well.

In 1990 he made his solo recording debut.  Six CDs later, Lorković currently tours the world regularly appearing at prestigious events such as the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, WOMAD, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa folk festivals, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Mountain Stage, Prairie Home Companion, eTown as well as a litany of Italian castles and villas.

Drawing from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Radoslav Lorković has taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano style.

His tenure on the R&B and folk circuits has culminated in five critically acclaimed solo recordings and numerous appearances on the recordings of and performances with artists including Odetta, Jimmy LaFave, Ribbon of Highway Woody Guthrie Tribute, Greg Brown, Richard Shindell, Ellis Paul, Ronny Cox, Dave Moore, Andy White, and Bo Ramsey.

His thirty year touring career has led him from the taverns of the upper Mississippi River to the castles of Italy, The Canary Islands, The Yup’ik villages of Alaska, The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.  His most recent solo concert in Mount Vernon was eight years ago.

Ticket Prices

$5 for students, General Admission $20, Sponsor $50.  Tickets can be purchased in person or online at https://lorkovic.bpt.me

General Information About the Concert

A LilFest Concert is an intimate concert in a relaxed setting. Bring your own beverages and snacks into the theatre with purchase of the Uptown Theatre venue’s First St. Community Center drink cup ($5).

Remember: You can reserve an early dinner before the concert at the Palisades Café, mention LilFest, and receive the evening’s LilFest special.

More About the Artist

Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1958, Lorković’s initial exposure to music can be attributed to two grandmothers. Antonija, his maternal Grandmother, sang him Croatian, Slovenian and Czech folk songs since birth. At age one he was reported to be singing back on pitch.

By age three he was putting on floor shows for his grandfather and friends who would respond by showering him with coins yelling “pivaj Radoslav pivaj!” During this time classical music played in the home constantly due to the influence of his paternal grandmother Melita Lorković, a internationally renown classical pianist. After this blend of central European musical influences Radoslav moved to the United States at age six. He had a foothold on a classical music career when at age fourteen he was sidetracked by a blues scale that a friend had taught him.

It’s hard to catch up with Lorković. Just in 2018 he performed on cruise ships filled with his fans, tours with Ronny Cox (Deliverance), Ellis Paul, Shawn Mullins and Chicago’s Radio Free Honduras. Indeed he is in great demand as a recording session musician, both in the US and abroad.

His tenure on the R&B and folk circuits has culminated in critically acclaimed solo recordings and appearances. Since his 2018 record release in Europe, the accolades have been pouring in Italian, German, and Croatian!

Radoslav Lorković will be available for phone interviews and other press inquiries in advance of the show by calling or texting Nancy Emrich Freeman at 518-576-9513.

More at: www.radoslavlorkovic.com

More About LilFest

Artists presented by LilFest previously have included: George Winston, Chad & Jeremy, Ellis Paul, Tim Grimm, Dave Moore, Jimmy Lafave, Jim Post, Michael Smith, Natalia Zukerman, Phil Heywood, Claudia Nygaard and well over 100 others.

Questions? 847-256-0000 or 3bearscottage@gmail.com
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MVLCT – Auditions for Roots – A New Play Festival

Auditions are coming up for MVLCT’s Roots: A New Play Festival. 

When: January 20 & 21 at 7:00 PM

Where:  Uptown Theatre in Mount Vernon’s First Street Community Center

What to bring:  Yourself!  All auditions will consist of cold reading and performing A/B scenes.

Show Dates: March 7,8,9, & 10

What is the Roots Festival? 

This year’s new play festival centers around the theme of Roots.  This idea has been expressed in numerous ways from the roots of evil to familial roots to the foundations of community theatre itself.  With eleven different plays from eleven different local Eastern Iowa writers, Roots: A New Play Festival is sure to be grounded in great midwestern theatre and stem plenty of theatrical ingenuity.  A breakdown of plays and characters is listed below:


All Evil Inc by Kelli Massey 

The dashing and daring Captain Man is in a dastardly duel with the Root of All Evil, but all is not what it seems.

1 Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Home by Eva Giacomo

Past becomes present as an event draws two ex’s together.

1 Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Ping Pong by Barbara Lau

Gender and race come to the forefront when an adopted daughter learns about her heritage.

1 Male Actor

2 Female Actor


Some Surprise by Amy White

A birthday doesn’t go quite as planned against the backdrop of the1920s … with Puppets

1 Actor


Not Doing Christmas by Kristin Schneider 

Sisters discuss plans for Christmas, but the talk quickly veers into the news of the day.

2 Female Actors

1 Male Actor


Loving Addison and Dealing with Teenage Angst in 1946: The Musical by Tristan Maynard

The show must go on even when a disgruntled actor steps in.

2 Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Weeding by Brian Tanner

Life Lessons in Gardening.

3 Male Actors (all 12 years old)

2 Female Actors


Mock Trial/Real Error by Elijah Jones

A father & son confront the past.

2 Male Actors


This is a Bad Idea by Grant Freeman

A wacky and weird community theatre selects their final show for their upcoming season.

2 Male Actors

3 Female Actors


Untitled Interview by Tony Craine 

An elderly woman learns of her family’s history.

I Male Actor

1 Female Actor


Memory by Chris Okishi 

Memory is a fickle beast, especially when you’re losing it.

2 Female Actors


Magical Night at First Street Community Center

The 28th annual Magical Night event will take place Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at several locations throughout Uptown Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Magical Night in Mount Vernon, Iowa is a celebration of holiday magic that begins on the lawn of the First Street Community Center, at 5 pm, Santa himself will be throwing the switch unveiling Mount Vernon’s holiday lights on the Fist Street Community Center’s historic one-of-a-kind building.

For the first time in the history of Magical Night, volunteers and City representatives have decided to close 1st Street to traffic to create a Holiday-inspired Ped Mall for the entire festival from 5 to 8 p.m

– From VisitMVL.com

There are dozens of special events throughout the area during this evening, you can check out the full list of activities here.

Activities We Are Hosting

@ 5pm – Help Santa light up the First Street Community Center

@ 6:30 & 7:15 pm at the First Street Community Center (221 1st St. NE): “Holiday Tidings” from Dance Arts Iowa @ Uptown Theatre

From 5pm – 8pm

  • Business Open House, visit local businesses, enjoy live music, snacks and begin your holiday shopping.
  • Get your magic reindeer food and visit with live reindeer on the lawn of the First Street Community Center sponsored by Hills Bank.
  • Cookie Decorating, sponsored by Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation, inside the Library at the First Street Community Center.
  • Arts Fest, “Dance on a Starry Night” presented by Mount Vernon elementary and high school art students inside the First Street Community Center gym.
  • Jackee Austerman Photography – Stop over for some fun Christmas photos!  Images are free and will be available on their Facebook page after the event!  She is also offering $5 light-up necklaces for you to wear as you stroll through town on Magical Night! You are sure to be feeling FESTIVE!! 🙂

Click on Jackee Austerman’s cool video short below:  (shared with Jackee’s permission)

Shop Small Saturday

Support your favorite small businesses this Saturday and come out to the First Street Community Center to browse in our warm, one-of-a-kind unique building.

This quote from the VisitMVL.com (Visit Mount Vernon – Lisbon) website says it all:

“Small businesses, like small Iowa towns, are the back-bone of our nation and our economy,” said Catherine Kennedy, Chair of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon project.

“Support for small businesses and small towns is support for the growth of our families, our friends, and our country. Please plan on joining us on Saturday, Nov. 24, to Shop Small!”


Room 222 – Antiques, Collectibles & “Wants”

Room 222 has a mix of antique, vintage, retro and more — covering just about anything someone may choose to collect. Walking around Room 222 will take every visitor back to remembering Grandma’s house and Grandpa’s barn viewing many things that they grew up bringing back wonderful memories of their childhood.

Room 222 is owned by Kevin Smith who has lived in Mount Vernon all of his life. Way back in the ’70’s he studied at Kirkwood Community College.  Kevin also worked 27 years in a factory in Cedar Rapids.  He’s retired now and doing what he loves, buying and selling antiques and collectibles.


The Twig & Fairy Room and a Few Antiques

Artwork Inspired by Nature & Fairies for the Whimsical of All Ages.  The Twig and Fairy Room is a combination of 3 businesses; Ruth Ipsan-Brown dba Ruth’s Twig Art, Kim Wolfe dba Fairy Under A Full Moon and Glenn Wolfe dba Wolfe’s Antiques.

Ruth Ipsan-Brown, the goddess of all things twig, has been inspired by nature since childhood and uses natural materials to create nature art pieces including figures, chairs and altars.

Kim Wolfe, the Fairy Grandmother, makes flower fairies, fairy related items as well as hand painted stones.

Glenn Wolfe has been restoring and selling antiques since 1989 and enjoys having his foot back in the antique biz again after recently retiring. Restored electric lighting and quality antique furniture are his specialties.


School House Antiques

History you will be proud to put on display.  Schoolhouse Antiques specializes in American Indian artifacts and framed pictures, primitives, Asian artwork, statues, and dishes, linens, silver trays, serving pieces and silverware and numerous collectibles. She also deals in small furniture.

Schoolhouse Antiques owner Carolyn Wellso has been in the antique business for over 28 years in Mount Vernon.


Helios Stitches n Stuff

A fabric studio and shop like no other.  Yes Virginia, there IS a fabric shop in Mount Vernon!

Serving Quilters, Crafters, Seamstresses and offering handmade gifts. They have a beautiful selection of high quality fabrics created by Iowa designers and use locally-sourced materials for many of our products. Helios is dedicated to finding bright, sunny fabrics that you will not find in other quilt shops. They also stock a wide selection of quilt backs.


The Green Door

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A Unique & Affordable Thrift Boutique.  The Green Door is first and foremost a place for folks to come looking for deals on good used clothing. It’s also a place to find STUFF you won’t find anywhere else. They carry like new women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, shoes, antiques, Asianware, vintage, functional hand-thrown pottery, contemporary housewares, and one of a kind items.

From the store owners:

We are offering 75% off everything in Green Door Too. Most of our display fixtures will also be on sale Price as Marked.

Many have been asking if we are closing both stores and the answer is NO. We are just doing a bit of down-sizing. Stop by to get the best deals.

Final days of Green Door Too will be just before the Christmas Holidays.


East End Art & Tea

A notable & diverse selection of Iowa art & craft & Organic tea, too!

 

My Studio

(Made by You Studio) is a cozy little space stocked with an extensive variety of art supplies and materials just for you!

MY Studio has hosts birthday parties, ladies nights, creative friend gatherings, couple’s art dates, and has partnered with Cornell College as part of their new student orientation activities. MY Studio has walk in open studio hours on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Saturdays, and can be reserved any other time for private events.

This is a cozy little place where the possibilities are endless! Come in with an idea–they provide the space, materials and tools.


Blooming Acres Florist and Gifts

Blooming Acres Florist and Gifts is a full service flower shop specializing in custom floral arrangements for birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, and everyday.

They provide balloon bouquets, candy bouquets, gift baskets, green and blooming plants.  They also carry a wide variety of local and Iowa made gifts.


Small Business Saturday – Crafters Market & Home Business Expo

New this year, we are proud to be hosting The Crafters Market together with the Annual Home Business Expo on Small Business Saturday, November 24th, from 9am – 4pm inside the First Street Community Center’s Gymnasium.

The Crafters Market specializes in well created, handmade items for the discerning customer.

The Annual Home Business Expo will feature numerous home based businesses in the local area including:

  • Mettes Doll Fashions
  • Becky Danielson
  • Grannie’s Ruffles
  • Amy Bishop Fine Art
  • Dog Bandanas Creations
  • Kelli Wolfe Quilting
  • Lindenbolt Serigraphy
  • Mary Beth’s Articulture
  • The Crafty Needle
  • Stine Designs
  • Poets Garden
  • Lisa Kenyon
  • Rodan+Fields
  • LuLaRoe
  • Scentsy
  • ItWorks
  • doTERRA Essential Oils

Displays from other local shops may also be on hand, including: Fairy Under a Full Moon and Twig Creations by Ruth.

There is FREE ADMISSION and as always the First Street Community Center has FREE Parking.

* Don’t forget while you are here to check on the other wonderful shops that call this building home throughout the year!