From the pantry: Cucumber makes for a refreshing summer sip

Scorching hot summer days require lemonade. It’s a simple truth. This tart and sweet sunny-colored drink is both refreshing and quenching at the same time. Just the thing you want to greet you after an afternoon of working or playing outsid [...]

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Play offers glimpse into Mary Ingalls’ life

Many people are familiar with the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author famous for the “Little House on the Prairie” books describing her family’s life on the American frontier in the 1800s.

Fewer may realize Laura [...]

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When Disney Called: Nordic Fest in Decorah to feature Frozen ties

Alison Dwyer was in disbelief the first time that Disney called the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah looking for artifacts to be used as reference for a new movie they were working on.

The movie was “Frozen” and [...]

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Review: Miranda Lambert feels at home at Great Jones County Fair

MONTICELLO — It’s been 10 years since Miranda Lambert made her debut on the national country music scene with “Me and Charlie Talking,” and that decade has been very, very good to her.

Five albums, including some [...]

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‘Snoopy’ makes tracks to Amana

AMANA — The dog days of summer are simply delightful at the Old Creamery Theatre.

The musical “Snoopy!!!” has earned all of its exclamation points, as the “Peanuts” gang romps through a series of vignettes [...]

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Everybody eats: Enjoy taste of Harry Potter’s world

‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!”

That’s what was shouted, by me, several months ago when my husband asked for summer vacation suggestions. Luckily, the kids were on board with the idea right away.

Three again [...]

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Iowa City tries out food truck ‘experiment’

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An “edible experiment” launched in Iowa City over the noon hour Thursday as the city allowed larger mobile food vending trucks to set up for business in a city park.

Downtown diners can already find sma [...]

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‘Hay Fever’ nothing to sneeze at

CEDAR RAPIDS — Blisshaven is neither blissful nor a haven for anything other than hilarious high jinks.

Noel Coward’s over-the-top characters didn’t get the memo that “Hay Fever” is a comedy of manners, bec [...]

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Nathanson, DeGraw make magic in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw’s co-headlining concert Thursday night at the McGrath Amphitheatre was a study in opposites.

The contrast wasn’t between a good performance and a bad one. Both Nathanson an [...]

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From the pantry: Here’s a brownie everyone can agree on

There are two brownie camps where one can reside: the camp of dense, fudgy brownies with a crinkly top and the camp of the thick, cakelike brownie topped with a thin layer of frosting.

The former is my encampment of choice. For me a thin, d [...]

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Five Seasons Ski Team to resume shows Thursday night

Rain and high river levels have created rough waters for the Five Seasons Ski Team.

The team usually performs on the Cedar River each week, but recently they’ve been forced to cancel their last six shows. The season won’t be a [...]

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Amana troupe back to its roots

Tom Johnson of South Amana has built theaters “out of dust” in an old creamery and a school in Garrison and an empty new building, a train depot and a restaurant in Amana.

It’s been a good run for Johnson and his wife, [...]

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Eastern Iowa life: Bontrager Family Singers

For one of their signature songs, “Sibling Cooperation,” the sisters and brothers of the Bontrager family sit clustered closely together on stools, arms draped over each other’s shoulders, playing each other’s instrumen [...]

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PHOTO GALLERY: Iowa City Jazz Festival and Fireworks

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C.R. fireworks stopped twice

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Fourth of July was a bit of a fizzle for some watching fireworks in Cedar Rapids after the show was stopped and started twice.

The Freedom Festival fireworks show typically lasts 20 to 30 minutes. Friday night it to [...]

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