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Magical Night 2017 is Almost Here!

Mount Vernon’s First Street Community Center Offers Holiday Fun

The holidays are quickly approaching, and the First Street Community Center with the Old School Shops in Mount Vernon are already decking the halls for the city’s Magical Night celebration Thursday, November 30th, 2017.

Magical Night festivities will begin at the First Street Community Center, at 5:00 pm you can help Santa “flip the switch” to light up the historic building.

The First Street Community Center was originally the town’s high school, then later became its middle school. Now it is home to more than 12 local businesses and the First Street Community Center amenities which include a gymnasium, theater and meeting spaces, are available for the public to rent.

Schedule of Activities at the First Street Community Center:

5:00 pm
Help Santa light up the First Street Community Center building

5:00 to 8:00 pm
Cookie Decorating, sponsored by Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation

5:00 to 8:00 pm
Business Open House, visit local businesses, enjoy live music, snacks and begin your holiday shopping

5:00 to 8:00 pm
Arts Fest – “Holiday Shadow Play” presented by Stan Crocker & Mount Vernon Schools

5:30 to 6:30 pm
“Living Window” live display at Palisades Cafe, sponsored by Dance Arts Iowa

6:30 and 7:00 pm
“Holiday Tidings” from Dance Arts Iowa @ Uptown Theatre

Picture of Young Ballerinas excited about their performance in Nutcracker -Magical Night - 2012

For more information:
Contact Trude Elliott about Magical Night activities at the First Street Community Center via phone at: (319) 558-9202 or email at: trudejoelliott@aol.com


Did you know this?

Magical Night activities will take place throughout uptown Mount Vernon.
Go to www.VisitMVL.com for a complete list of events.

You can also go to Magic Night’s Facebook page for more information.

Happy Thanksgiving!

There’s always something going on at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa!

We hope that your family and friends enjoy a relaxing time together this Thanksgiving.  After Thanksgiving, if you want to stretch your legs and work off some of that turkey dinner, we invite you to come to the First Street Community Center for “Small Business Saturday“.

We will have FREE live music inside the building performed by James Kennedy and Friends.  They will be playing an eclectic blend of jazz, blues, rock in the hallway in front of the Uptown Theatre with two sessions: 10:30-noon and 1:30 – 3pm.

In addition, we will be hosting the Home Business Expo.  This group of innovative home businesses will be on display in the First Street Community Center’s gymnasium from 9am – 4pm.

Of course, throughout the day all of your favorite “Old School Shops” will be open, some may even have special treats or deals!

So, if you like live music, a warm building to walk in during a cold Fall day, and lots of interesting shopping opportunities, or maybe you want to learn something about starting a home based business, come on out to the First Street Community Center this Saturday.

Live Music – Dave Moore – Americana and Folk

Eastern Iowa’s Dave Moore will be performing in the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa this Saturday, November 18, @7:30pm (doors open at 7:15pm).

He is a 2017 recipient of the Folk Tradition Midwest Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the great songwriters to come out of the state of Iowa and is a Red House recording artist.

Known for his elegant songwriting and instrumental prowess on blues guitar, button accordion and harmonica, he has become somewhat of a legend.

Local songwriter Greg Brown and Dave Moore both developed a national reputation in the early years of both Prairie Home Companion and the legendary Red House Records.

Greg Brown and Dave worked together on recording projects and extensive tours. Dave made many appearances on Garrison Keillor’s popular A Prairie Home Companion on NPR, including time as the show’s band leader.

In Iowa, Dave has been an Iowa Arts Council artist in residence in the schools. He has appeared on recordings by Garrison Keillor, Greg Brown, and many others.

His songs have been recorded by Lowen & Navarro, Larry Penn, Greg Brown, and even more others.

While Dave grew up in Cedar Rapids, lives now in Iowa City, his father lived in Mount Vernon.

TICKETS:
$15 General admission, $50 Patrons, $5 Students, available at the event or before via http://davemoore.bpt.me.

Questions?  Call: 518-576-9513.

Dave Moore on Facebook.  Dave Moore on Red House Records.

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Live Music – Meet Me In New Orleans – Eddie Piccard Jazz

Eddie Piccard and the Busch Brothers take to the Uptown Theatre stage on Friday, November 10th @ 7:30pm with their show “Meet Me In New Orleans”.

Jazz has been called “the truly American art form.” Growing out of the rhythms and cultures of New Orleans it has spread over the world, bringing joy to listeners on many continents, in many cities. And here in eastern Iowa we have our own jazz legend—Eddie Piccard. Eddie and his band will be performing in Mount Vernon on November 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Uptown Theater in the First Street Community Center. The program—Meet Me in New Orleans— will include many Dixieland favorites. Eddie has always loved Dixieland music. He started out on the trombone and became familiar with New Orleans jazz early in his career.

Eddie Piccard grew up in eastern Iowa, and began playing music on his grandmother’s piano. He left for larger venues in Chicago, Florida and on the west coast. But he came back to Iowa in the 1980s and has become a jazz icon in eastern Iowa since returning to his home state. Iowans remember fondly the jazz club Eddie and his wife Dallis opened on Mount Vernon Road in the 1990s. But Iowans weren’t the only ones to frequent Eddie’s place. Travelers from other states came to this club for the chic décor and the unforgettable nights of music. Jazz musicians stopped by, too, after finishing up a gig in the area. The club was forced to close because of road widening. Eddie now plays regularly all over eastern Iowa, as well as in the Chicago area and the Twin Cities.

Eddie and the musicians play hot traditional favorites, classic Dixieland, and cool Latin tunes. The group features Eddie on piano and vocals, Tim Crumley on drums, Rich Martin on vibes, and Dave Richter on bass. This year the group will be joined by the Busch Brothers, popular Dixieland instrumentalists from Wisconsin. “We all love playing in Mount Vernon,” Eddie says. “And this group always brings full energy to the stage.”

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Rich Martin’s career began in college where he was a drummer and a vibist. He took an extended break from performing to teach at Cornell College. But the music called him back and he began sitting in with Eddie’s trio fifteen years ago, while still teaching. He is now a full-time member of the group.

Dave Richter comes from Dubuque to perform in Meet Me in New Orleans. He is well-known in northeast Iowa as an accomplished guitarist, bassist, and banjo player. He performs in Iowa, Wisconsin, and the Chicago area.

Tim Crumley performs frequently with the Eddie Piccard Jazz Quartet, as well as a number of regional ensembles, including Ashanti, The Rusty Johnson Group, and the John Shultz Trio. Tim is a lyrical and sensitive drummer who is always engaged and engaging.

TICKETS:  $15 and can be purchased at Bauman’s Clothing Store.

Patrons are welcome to bring a favorite beverage and purchase a Community Center cup.

Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market – Winter Season Begins Saturday

photo of fall vegetables on display

After a well deserved “vacation” the Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market is re-opening this Saturday inside the Gymnasium of the First Street Community Center.

WHEN:
Most every Saturday 10am – 12pm in the First Street Community Center Gymnasium.  They will take time off for holidays and we will try to have this information in our events calendar.

From their Facebook page:

Bring your kids, your friends, and a stray neighbor or two! We have a variety of vendors and a plethora of delicious items from which to choose. Stock the cupboards and fill the pantry, it is time for the Mt. Vernon Winter Farmers Market!

Farm eggs, fresh roasted coffee and coffee beans, apples, wines, pork and lamb, and an abundance of delicious, seasonal produce! Everything at our market is produced and raised here in Iowa, by the vendor selling directly to you! We are proud to be local!

If you have any questions, please contact Mount Vernon Farmers’ Market Managers: Danielle Martin or Laura Strabala at (319) 310-4145 or mtvernonfm@yahoo.com.


Be sure to stop inside the First Street Community Center to check out all the fantastic shops as well!

Live Music in November

Here’s our roundup of musical performances in the First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre for the month of November 2017. Things are still “in the works” and we may get to add to this list, so keep an eye on our “Events” link on our website to keep up to date.

Click on the title of each act to learn more about their upcoming performance.

Classic Country Music – Johnny Krob and The Playboys

Saturday, November 4th @7:30pm.

TICKETS: $10

picture of Johhny Krob

Johnny Krob and the Playboys will be performing favorite classic country music in the Uptown Theatre.  Bring your own pop-wine-beer and buy an Uptown Theatre cup for $5.00 to enjoy your beverage during the performance.


Eddie Piccard Jazz

Friday, November 10th, from 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

TICKETS:  $15

New Orleans comes to First Street: Eddie Piccard is back in Mount Vernon.  Jazz has been called “the truly American art form.” Growing out of the rhythms and cultures of New Orleans it has spread over the world, bringing joy to listeners on many continents, in many cities.

Here in eastern Iowa we have our own jazz legend—Eddie Piccard. Eddie and his band will be performing the program—Meet Me in New Orleans— will include many Dixieland favorites.

Eddie and the musicians play hot traditional favorites, classic Dixieland, and cool Latin tunes. The group features Eddie on piano and vocals, Tim Crumley on drums, Rich Martin on vibes, and Dave Richter on bass. This year the group will be joined by the Busch Brothers, popular Dixieland instrumentalists from Wisconsin. “We all love playing in Mount Vernon,” Eddie says. “And this group always brings full energy to the stage.”

Bring your own pop-wine-beer and buy an Uptown Theatre cup for $5.00 to enjoy your beverage during the performance.


Dave Moore – Americana and Folk

Saturday, November 18, @7:30pm.

TICKETS: $5 Students, $15 General admission, $50 Patrons – available at the event or via http://davemoore.bpt.me

2017 recipient of the Folk Tradition Midwest  Lifetime Achievement Award, Eastern Iowa’s Dave Moore is one of the great songwriters to come out of the state of Iowa and is a Red House recording artist.

Known for his elegant songwriting and instrumental prowess on blues guitar, button accordion and harmonica, he has become somewhat of a legend.

Local songwriter Greg Brown and Dave Moore both developed a national reputation in the early years of both Prairie Home Companion and the legendary Red House Records.

Just in time for Halloween – The Iowa Goatsinger – Near Fear

Representing the Iowa Goatsinger, Mike Moran is premiering a fresh solo performance piece, “The Iowa Goatsinger: Near Fear”, a mix of story, movement, song, and generally foolish behavior.

Blending humor, tragedy, and a good, old-fashioned creep-factor, “Near Fear” is an exploration of those moments of high-anxiety that tends to take us by the throat – whether it be in the anxiety of confronting your girlfriend’s father or making your way bravely towards the spooky sounds coming from deep in the woods.

When: “The Iowa Goatsinger: Near Fear” plays Oct 27, 7:30pm to 9pm.

Tickets: $10 dollars at the door.

Contact Mike Moran for more information. 319-975-6255 or MikeMoran@goatsinger.com

www.Goatsinger.com

Live Theatre – Resistance Radio – Radio Tales of Dystopia

logo for the play Resistance Radio

The First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa will be hosting the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s production of “Resistance Radio – Radio Tales of Dystopia”.

The MVLCT will recreate the Golden Age of Radio and present several classic broadcasts, including H. G. Wells ‘War of the Worlds’– first aired for Halloween in 1938– a dramatization of Shirley Jackson 1948 short story, ‘The Lottery’ and ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ by Ray Bradbury.

VINTAGE ATTIRE is encouraged but not required!

When:
October 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 PM

Tickets:
$8.00 for students/seniors, $10.00 for adults.  Call 319.535.2030 to purchase tickets in advance.

Come on out and support your local actors!  Below is the cast list for the three productions:

The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles

Todd Brewington
Bill Croghan
Richard Douglas
Grant Freeman
John Gruber-Miller
Stephen Gruber-Miller
Craig Jarvie
Kristi Keast
Jasper Rood
Kathleen Weiss
Steve Weiss
Kai Yamanishi
Silas Young

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Amanda Bishop
Todd Brewington
Bill Croghan
Richard Douglasur
Eva Giacomo
Stephen Gruber-Miller
Michele Payne Hinz
Craig Jarvie
Kristi Keast
Betty McCleary
Bridget O’Connor
Jasper Rood
Steve Weiss
Emrys Yamanishi
Kai Yamanishi
Silas Young

There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

Amanda Bishop
Lisa Smith
Tawnua Tenley
Meghan Yamanishi