Temporarily Closed – Entire Building


First Street Community Center Facility/Building

Due to the health concerns regarding public gatherings the First Street Community Center building is temporarily closed to the public.

This change began Sunday, March 22, 2020. Rick and Trude are keeping an eye on the advice given in our area and don’t know how long it will be closed at this time. One possibility is that we will open again when the schools re-open. However, none of us know for sure how long COVID-19 will affect our daily lives and will adjust accordingly.

Be safe, be well, we look forward to seeing you after this passes.

The “Old School Shops”

The Old School Shops at the First Street Community Center are independent small businesses and each one has made their own decisions about temporarily changing their operations. Some have decided to close until we learn more, some are shifting to online ordering and delivery only.

Blooming Acres Gift Shop, Helio’s Stitches N Stuff, Kindred Spirits Gift Shop, My Studio, The Green Door, Room 222 Antiques, Ruth’s Twig Room and School House Antiques.

For more information, most of our shops have a Facebook Page, or a website, or an Instagram page (many are linked above) and we would love to hear from you.

Retailers are social beings, many have made the difficult decisions to close temporarily.

However, we will return!

Some of our small businesses have put out statements about the temporary measures they are taking.

The following have been copied from social media or website posts regarding this and are as of March 24th, 2020. Please check with them directly to see if they have made changes as this is a very fluid situation.

Blooming Acres

painted flowers on canvas

During this time, we offer curbside pick-up service and deliveries. Orders can be made via phone at 319-895-6077

Blooming Acres is a full service florist and gift shop. We carry a wide variety of local and Iowa made gifts. Fresh floral arrangements, gifts, candy bouquets, plants and pottery.

Helios Stitches N Stuff

Helios has switched to Internet sales only until further notice.

Leland and I really pride ourselves in the fact that Helios is always open seven days a week, week in and week out. It’s not easy for us to close our doors but we know that we have to do this to protect our customers, our staff, our community, and our families… We look forward to seeing everyone again in person when we are on the other side of COVID-19.

Kindred Spirits Gift Shop

One of the Old School Shops at the First Street Community Center, has temporarily closed until March 31st, or until we think reopening is safe. Our shop is combination of three businesses, Kim at Fairy Under A Full Moon, Glenn at Wolfe’s Antiques and Mette at Mette’s Creative Corner. If you are looking for a handmade gift, each of us also have an Etsy Store and invite you to look at what we offer for purchases online.

My shop, Fairy Under A Full Moon, decided to offer handmade kits for children to make, since we cannot gather for fairy classes. Crafting can be very theraputic! Right now I have ten Make a Fairy kits ready – a flower fairy and flower crown kit. I’m working on getting Make a Magic Wand kits ready as well.

I would be happy to do safe local deliveries as well.

We miss our building neighbors, our customers and look forward to a time when we can see you all again.

Kim, Glenn and Mette

First Street Yoga

Top left, Devon Olberding, left, Jen Zimmerman Bronder, center, Carol Daly, right, Ann Fleckensteing – Photo by Lisa Lewis from Envisage studios

Like so many of you, we are finding that our understanding of the Coronavirus pandemic is changing daily – and sometimes from moment to moment. Yesterday, Yoga Alliance, the body that provides accreditation of yoga teacher training programs and registers yoga teachers (RYT-200, RYT-500), sent a communication recommending that all in-person community based yoga class instruction be cancelled until the need for social distancing has past. This news was quickly followed by Governor Reynolds’ announcement of expanded community spread of the Coronavirus in the state of Iowa and a recommendation for school closings across the state.

Because of this new information, we have decided to suspend all First Street Yoga classes until April 5 at which time we will reassess the situation. This decision is based on recommendations and evidence, but most importantly on our sincere concern for each of you and for our community. As many are reminding us, social distancing is not done solely out of fear or selfishness. It is an act of caring and compassion intended to reduce interactions that may become the vector for the transmission of a serious illness.

We will stay in touch. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have questions or concerns.


Carol Daly carolt.daly@gmail.com

Jen Zimmerman-Bronder jenniferzimm2004@yahoo.com

Ann Fleckenstein ann.ccre@gmail.com

Devon Olberding devonmcd@hotmail.com


Qoya - Iowa logo

I have moved my Qoya dance classes online and for a couple of weeks I’m offering them entirely free.

I have information on the website here: https://studiosadie.world/qoya-during-covid

– Sarah Sadie


Indoor Farmer’s Market – Canceled – Please Read the Note

vendor at the farmer's market
photo by Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market Facebook page

We know that one of the very popular activities at the First Street Community Center is attending the Farmer’s Market.  The organizers of the market have posted the following note on their Facebook page, be sure to read the “good news” section.

Be safe, be well, and we will see you again after this passes for the outdoor Farmers Market season!

This is from the Farmer’s Market Facebook Page 03/18/20

Hey there Everyone!

With yesterday’s announcement from the governor about limiting group gatherings to ten or less people, we are going to have to cancel the remaining two weeks of Saturday morning farmers’s markets. We are going to set our sights on looking forward to the outdoor markets that will start on Thursdays in May, but until then, we will have to say, “See ya in a bit!”


There is still good news for today, here & now!

Our vendors are still offering their products for private sales and here is a list of contact information for some of the vendors:

One thing to notate about dealing directly with the owner of a small business is the fact that they are more than happy to work with you on how and when to get their quality products into your hands. For instance, Jaime from Twisted Oaks Meats mentioned that if you go to their website and click on the Mt. Vernon Farmers’ Market as the delivery point for your order, she’ll meet you there! Pretty cool, huh?!?!?!

~ Beef, pork, and poultry meats
Jamie Bierman
Mobile (563) 889-0175

~ Specialty Desserts,
including gluten free products!
Linda Hurst
Mobile (319) 321-7271

~ Specialty Cupcakes
Angie Watson
Mobile (319) 430-3519

~ Raw Honey
Lynn St. John
Mobile (319) 270-6614

~ Black Walnuts and Hickory Nuts
Del Lawrence
Mobile (319) 854-7430

~ Handmade soaps and other beauty products
Rebecca Mueller
Mobile (319) 551-2082
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Live Theatre – These Shining Lives – MVLCT


banner graphic for these shining lives performance

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre is presenting These Shining Lives in the Uptown Theatre.  Shows are March 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th @ 7:30 pm with a matinee March 8th @ 2 pm.

This isn’t a fairy tale, though it starts like one. It’s not a tragedy, though it ends like one.

Catherine Donohue’s opening line to the audience in These Shining Lives sets the tone for a play that is hard to categorize.

Based on the true story, it shows us the lives of the “radium girls” who painted dials with glowing radium-infused paint to create watches that could be read in the dark.

Catherine Donohue and her coworkers at Radium Dial in Ottawa, Illinois, were among the many women who worked in conditions that exposed them to a radioactive chemical that made them ill. Their fight for workers’ compensation even as they were suffering the crippling effects of the radium inspired a nation of workers to demand safe conditions from their employers.

Their efforts are described in historic accounts as heroic, but they saw themselves as ordinary people. As Catherine says: “But we’re just girls who wanted to work.”

With its simple set, small cast and Melanie Marnich’s poetic script, this story is one you will remember.

The show runs a little over an hour with no intermission; talkbacks will be held after the Saturday and Sunday shows for those who wish to stay.

Get Tickets Online    You can also purchase tickets at the performance.

Included in the Shining Lives cast are:

  • Kim Benesh
  • Schuyler Bieber
  • Larry Hansen
  • Kellyn Howell
  • Craig Jarvie
  • Mary Morgan-Blacharski
  • Kim Novotny
  • Braden JP Rood
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Lisa Smith
  • Len Struttmann

Kami Zbanek Hill is directing.

For more info check out the MVLCT website

Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre Logo


Live Music – Gabe and Richard Baillargeon


photo of Gabe and Richard Baillargeon

Saturday, February 1st @ 6pm, the First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre will be hosting Gabe and Richard Baillargeon in a rare father and son duo performance with many special guest performers.  Be a part of the audience for this landmark, informal, recorded concert!

Iowa-based Richard Baillargeon has entertained Iowa since the earliest days of the Waubeek Trackers Band. That would be 1979. The Waubeek Trackers opened for acts including Leon Redbone, Joan Armitrading, Bob Gibson, Jim Post and were underwritten for concerts around Iowa by the Iowa Arts Council Performing Artists grants for two years.

Richard’s son Gabe Baillargeon has played since childhood where family music was a daily habit. His talent was delivered directly through the gene pool, enhanced by his natural enthusiasm and warm humor. Gabe was a fixture at the Stone City General Store Sundays before he moved. Gabe now lives in Boulder, CO.

Both Richard and Gabe Baillargeon have been bringing Eastern Iowa the music of many others as “soundmen” on the circuit in the Midwest. Another talent they share!

The father/son duo will share the stage with a wide variety of their musician friends, starting with Waubeek Trackers members and including other talented friends.

WHEN:  Saturday, February 1st @6pm, doors open at 5:15pm

COST:  Free will offering

WEBSITE:  Gabe Baillargeon’s Facebook page

QUESTIONS:  Contact Gabe Baillargeon, kyotemoonaudio@gmail.com, or call 763-339-2776.

The LilFest Series brings world quality performances to intimate concert settings, which are best for both the audience and the performer. The Baillargeons follow in the footsteps of performers like Freebo, Ellis Paul, Tim Grimm, Phil Heywood, Radoslav Lorković, Claudia Nygaard, Chad Elliott, Chuck Mitchell, Dave Moore, and Suzie Vinnick.