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Wurstfest

This Saturday, June 16th, is Wurstfest in Amana!    What is “Wurst Festival”?   It’s a sausage festival!  Food and fun related to sausage! From 11a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Market Barn – near the Visitor Center in Amana. From 11:30 – 3:00 Nick Stika is performing acoustic rock favorites and from 4:00 – 7:00 … Read more

Tree which was blown down

Brian and I are so appreciative of our friends and neighbors who came to help us – just because we’re all neighbors.  This is a true blessing of “small town” living!

May 5 – 6 is Maifest in the Amana Colonies!  Saturday is a busy day starting with a parade at 10:00.  The theme this year is Fairy Tales and Flowers.  Throughout the day you can see the Maipole Dancers, the UNI International Dance troupe, and Irish dancers.  The Festhalle barn has music and dancing going on … Read more

Take a Bite poster

Back again for another year of food and fun!  April 20 – 22nd are the dates for “Take A Bite” – a 3 day food festival!  There are many opportunities to ‘wet your whistle’ or ‘tickle your tongue’!  Each day there are 2 different dinner events – all require reservations.  Here are some titles of … Read more

White River Lodge entrance sign

Winter is a “slow” time in the Colonies.  Businesses use this time to do repairs, updates, remodels, relax, and vacation! Recently we took a week and went to a wonderful B & B just south of Branson, Missouri.  We used to take summer vacations to the Lake of the Ozarks, but had never been to … Read more

maple sap collection

If you travel up and down the street in Homestead, you’ll likely see several trees that are under the “watch and care” of our local cooper, who at this time of year is closely watching the trees and collecting sap – another of his talents!  Below are some pictures of some of his work.  This … Read more

Romance poster

February as we all know is the time of year where we tend to make limited plans due to the season and changing weather. Be adventurous, take the chance to get out for a weekend and come to the Amana Colonies for Romance Weekend!  It is  February 16 – 18.   There are a variety of things … Read more

Snowy scene of baseball bat and ball

Where does the time go?  It is hard to believe that December is over and January is nearly over, this cold winter has really been moving along!  In December the Tannenbaum Forest is a wonderful place to visit.  This year we decorated two trees, one to represent Zuber’s Homestead Hotel in about the 1860s and … Read more

Zuber's tree decorated with blue lights

Here is a sneak preview of some of the beautiful trees in the Tannenbaum Forest in the Festhalle Barn in Amana. I did not count all the trees, but I’d say there are at least 40 – all are decorated differently – all are beautiful!  The Tannenbaum Forest opens this Friday at 10:00 am. and … Read more