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Farm-To-Table gothic gala opens festival

Jun 04, 2018

ELDON — The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival will open its two-week long performing arts festival with a farm-to-table dinner hosted in the backyard of the American Gothic House Saturday.

Primary components of each course are locally sourced says Connie Ferguson, co-chair of the event. “We have been in contact with a variety of local food producers and have found everything from local beer and cheese to shrimp.”

While it may seem odd to find fresh shrimp in the southeast corner of Iowa, organizers heard about a local shrimp farm in Sigourney and now it’s on the evening’s menu.

“It’s been especially fun to discover so many local food sources,” says Patti Durflinger, co-chair of the event, “and the board has had fun sampling many of the items.”

The five-course evening will include local charcuterie, cheese, berries, meat, shrimp, fruits and vegetables, farm fresh cream and eggs, herbs, wine, beer and crafted cocktails made by Iowa distilleries.

“There are some items that we just can’t source locally, but we are very excited to feature an extensive list of local Iowa food products,” says Ferguson.

“The evening will be a little theatrical too,” says Durflinger, “we have special lighting planned for the Gothic House and there’s a full evening of live entertainment.”

Local string students will play during the antipasto course under the direction of Tom Shadonix. Performing arts festival guest artists will sing and entertain between dinner courses, and husband-wife singing duo Steve & Michaela McLain of Fairfield will entertain into the late evening.

The caterer is Warehouse Barbeque with Dusty Ware and Kevin Hatfield. Tickets are $50/ per person and can be reserved by calling Ferguson at 641-777-0894 or tickets can be ordered on line at www.americangothicfest.org. A complete menu listing can be found there as well.


Gothic Scoops Sunday

Gothic Scoops, an ice cream and pie social, is planned 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the American Gothic House.

The event will feature Beth Howard, author of “The World Needs More Pies,” and former Gothic House resident. Books will be available.

Live entertainment will be provided by Those Guys?, a bluegrass fusion band.

The event is free although donations will be accepted. More information can be found at americangothicfest.org.


Art contest entries due

The American Gothic House Center will have an American Gothic Days art contest Friday through Sunday.

Artwork, with a registration form is due by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

First- and second-place cash prizes in each division will be awarded. First-place winners will be displayed in the gallery at the American Gothic House Center.

All media, except photography, is accepted. Submissions will be on display during American Gothic Days.


5k planned Saturday

The annual American Gothic Days 5k begins Saturday with registration at 6:45 a.m. and the race at 7:30 a.m.

All ages are welcome, although those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is $20.

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