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Posted June 20, 2014 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

Summer is now playing in Clear Lake!! We hope you will enjoy a day trip or weekend visit to Clear Lake.  Great shopping & dining is yours.   Here is a peek at some of what you can do. You can get more information of events & activities by just visiting: www.clearlakeiowa.org.

UntitledNorth Iowa Herb Festival, Garden & Craft Show June 21, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The Area’s New Herb, Garden & Craft Show! The event includes a craft merchant market, artisans, honey products, jewelry, baked goods, herbs (dried and fresh), herbal products, fresh flowers, garden produce, unique gifts, novelty drinks, and gourmet festival food from Omaha. Live music will be provided through-out the afternoon. Event highlights include scheduled information sessions on Herbal Medicine, Gardening, & Natural Health topics that will be held throughout the day. Ollie’s Herbal Tea Stand will be selling refreshing drinks to help support the Humane Society of North Iowa. The Healing House grounds 600 2nd Ave N (half a block from the new Fire Station). Contact Information: The Healing House 641-357-1494. Free Admission

Open Mic Night June 25, 2014, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM. http://www.surfballroom.com. Do you sing?
Are you a comedian? Express yourself. The Surfside lounge at the Surf Ballroom will hold Open Mic Nights at 7 pm on Wednesday nights in June and July. (No Open Mic Night on July 2nd). Those interested in performing are asked to contact Nicki Barragy at 641-357-6151 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting or nicki@surfballroom.com Surf Ballroom’s Cypress Room. Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7:00pm. Contact Information: 641-357-6151. FREE.

Thursdays on Main – June 26, 2014, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. http://www.clearlakeiowa.com. Come to downtown Clear Lake for Thursdays on Main! This Chamber event features live music, featured entertainment, classic cars, a bounce house, hand-powered kiddie train rides, our retail stores stay open late, vendor street market, topped off with a movie in the park! Main Avenue activities are 6:00-9:00pm; 6:30pm Special Entertainment on the 300 block (SE corner of City Park): Denny’s School of Dance; 7:00-9:00pm: Live Music on the 400 block (next to Larson’s Mercantile): You Knew Me When (Folk Rock Duo); 9:00-10:45pm: Movie in the Park in City Park: Safe Haven (PG13). All activities are FREE thanks to our generous sponsors! Main Avenue activities 6:00-9:00pm. Thursdays from June 12, 2014-August 14, 2014* Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. All activities are FREE thanks to our generous sponsors!

*No Thursdays on Main July 3rd.

Maynard Reece Exhibit- May 29, 2014 – July 31, 2014. An exhibition of the work of Internationally known wildlife artist Maynard Reece. Maynard Reece combines a love of nature and a talent for art, which together have made him America’s foremost wildlife artist. The only five-time winner of the Federal Duck Stamp competition and America’s most distinguished painter of waterfowl and game birds. In 1998, Maynard Reece, who says he was born about 100 yards from being a duck, was honored by the Iowa National Heritage Foundation, which named a wetland restoration project near Algona in his honor. He has been associated with duck stamp programs for over 40 years; and the success of his 1972 First of Iowa Duck Stamp remains the benchmark by which other programs are measured. Other than an exhibit last fall in Ames this is the only time the work of Maynard Reece has been exhibited in a gallery type setting. Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 South 4th Street, Clear Lake, IA, 10:00am – 5:00pm Tuesdays – Saturdays until the end of July. Clear Lake Arts Center 641-357-1998. clac@netins.net. Free.

Other ways to enjoy Clear Lake during your visit:

Downtown Clear Lake – Visit our unique shops, offering a surprising array of items for you to choose from.  We have been told that our retail shops in Clear Lake are not only unique but outstanding.  Come to Clear Lake & see for yourself!!

Lakeside Restaurants – Clear Lake offers an abundance of great dining venues.  Here are several that are on the Lake: Ge-Jo’s by the Lake, The Landing, PM Park, The Muskie Lounge, The Other Place, District 619, The Anchor Inn, Half-Moon and many more for your dining pleasure

Surf Ballroom & Museum – One of the most sought out places for visitors to Clear Lake. You can visit the historic Surf Ballroom during the week to see the location of where Buddy Holly & the Crickets, J. P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson, and Richie Valens performed their final concert, “the day the music died,” before their tragic plane crash five miles from Clear Lake on that fateful night in February, 1959.  The Surf still has numerous live musical performances and has been ranked one of the top 12 music venues in the United States for 2012 by Rolling Stone Magazine. Plus it has a terrific gift shop and a Wall of Fame you can view. Guided tours for groups are available.  Visit the Surf for music history and great memories!

City Beach– rated as one of the top 50 beaches in the United States by USA Today. A little slice of heaven where beaches are concerned!!

McIntosh Woods State Park – a 60 acre mecca for campers, where you can also rent “yurts,” go fishing, swimming or boating or picnicking. Reservations are required, tool-free 1-800-427-2757.

Clear Lake State Park – another gem for camping (176 campsites), a beautiful 900-foot beach, great for picnicking, fishing or boating.  You can also use the day lodge for meeting or gatherings.  Reservations are required, 1-800-427-2527.

City Park – This is the location in downtown Clear Lake, right off of the Lake where most of the community activities and events are held.  It has playground equipment and a beautiful band shell as well as picnic tables and benches.  Come relax and enjoy our beautiful City Park, and then stroll through downtown Clear Lake for shopping and dining.

Central Gardens of North Iowa. Explore one of the most unique gardening experiences in the state of Iowa with a walking tour of our beautiful Central Gardens, open to the public and at no cost, located at 800 2nd Ave. in Clear Lake. For general information, call 641-357-0700, or email us at centralgardens@netins.net.  Our website is www.central-gardens.org.  

Summer is here! Come to Clear Lake, to do your shopping, at our unique shops, and enjoy your summer holiday here. For more information on all Clear Lake happenings, visit our website, www.clearlakeiowa.com, and check out our events calendar.

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