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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2014

Magazine writer tours Fairfield

By ANDY HALLMAN | Jan 29, 2013

Susan Spano of Smithsonian Magazine toured Fairfield last weekend as part of her quest to find the 20 best small towns in America.

Rustin Lippincott, the executive director of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and the Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau, traveled around town with Spano and was pleased with what he heard from her.

“Susan was interested in the fact that even though we have 9,000 people, we have diversity and a great culture,” he said. “She was impressed with the fact that we have a performing arts venue.”

Spano will publish her list of the 20 best small towns on the Smithsonian’s website. The top 10 small towns will be featured in Smithsonian Magazine.

Spano arrived in Fairfield Saturday night, in time to catch “One Night with the King” at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

The production starred Brandon Bennett as Elvis Presley and was a highlight reel of the King’s biggest moments in his musical career.

Fairfield Chamber of Commerce director Nancy Morrissey, who organized Spano’s tour, said Spano enjoyed the performance very much.

Lippincott said the word is out that Fairfield is providing some of the best recreational opportunities in the region.

“We’ve becoming that entertainment hub where people gather with friends and family to enjoy Southeast Iowa,” he said.

Spano visited numerous businesses and attractions while she was here. She went to the ICON Gallery, Maasdam Barns, the Maharishi University of Management’s Sustainable Living Center, Sky Factory, Creative Edge Mastershop and many other places.

Lippincott said Spano’s tour included a visit to Café Paradiso Sunday morning, giving her a taste of the wide variety of people in town.

“It was a 10-minute introduction to our diversity,” Lippincott said. “There were farmers drinking coffee as well as students from M.U.M. It was a sharp snapshot of Fairfield.”

 

 

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