Taste of History dinner theater set
BONAPARTE — Reservations are now being accepted for Bonaparte Main Street’s Taste of History dinner theater set for June 14.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the Whiteley Opera House Community Room.
Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 319-592-3400.
The Taste of History is living history in the first person presented by locals throughout the evening in costume and character. Not only do the characters tell their histories between the three dinner courses, but wait tables and interact with guests, too.
Performers this year include: Rick Alexander, Allison Meek, Twyla Peacock, Suzanne Rice, Rick Spencer, Sue Tackett, Sam Wenke and Mary Witting. Their stories will reflect the time leading up to and just after the 1860s in order to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Frannie Troutman will play the piano with introduction music for each character’s story.
The tables for the evening will be individually designed and set by area women to reflect the stories, characters or eras being portrayed. They bring in their own linens, china, crystal, silverware and centerpieces to make each table a unique dining experience for guests.
The event is sponsored by Bonaparte Main Street Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Bonaparte by supporting existing businesses while cultivating an atmosphere for new business with an emphasis on historic preservation.
Leading up to A Taste of Bonaparte, A Civil War Experience will be a day-long event on June 14 throughout Bonaparte’s National Historic Riverfront District.
Starting at 10 a.m., activities will be centered in Bonaparte’s National Historic Riverfront Park which will include demonstrations and an encampment of re-enactors from the 2nd Missouri Infantry CSA, Battery C 3rd Iowa Artillery, and the South East Iowa Civil War Round Table, free horse-drawn wagon rides, free petting zoo, activities by Nauvoo on the Road, a cemetery walk hosted by the Bonaparte Cemetery Association, Bonaparte American Legion and the Van Buren County Commission on Veterans Affairs, and refreshments served out of the band shell by the Bonaparte Ball Association.
The Tarnished Brass will perform a concert in the park at 1 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy their performance. A whiskers growing contest will be at 2 p.m. in the band shell with several different categories and no entry fee.
The Bonaparte Pottery will be open with tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the shop and wine tasting from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visitors learn how pottery is made from molds dating to 1875.
A doll-dressing contest will be at Waterfront Place where vintage 1950s bride dolls are dressed by southeast Iowa women to reflect the 1860s era. Vote for favorites by quarters with all proceeds going to fund A Civil War Experience activities. The designer with the most votes is awarded her doll while the others are sold at silent auction during the Autumn Fest in October.
Sponsorships are being accepted for the Civil War flags to fly on the street lights throughout the downtown for a cost of $20 per flag. A sign board will be displayed in front of the opera house with names of contributors and in whose name the flags are sponsored. Send donations and information to Bonaparte Main Street, PO Box 51, Bonaparte 52620.
To make reservations for A Taste of History or for more information call the Bonaparte Main Street office at 319-592-3400.