Monthly Archives: May 2008

It’s the Year of the River in Cedar Rapids

If you’re local to the Cedar Rapids area you’ve probably heard of this year referred to as the “Year of the River.”  I saw the slogan on a recent newsletter from the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and decided to investigate.

In May, 2007 the City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County proclaimed 2008 the Year of the River. The City of Cedar Rapids’ Web site stated that they hoped doing so would bring attention to the Riverfront and generate private and public investment.

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Iowa Renaissance Festival

Hear ye, hear ye, All ye Lads and Lasses, Lords and Ladies!  If ye need something to entertain thyself this end of week, gather thyself and go to the Iowa Renaissance Festival. 

17th Annual Iowa Renaissance Festival and Gathering o’ Celts
May 3-4, 2008
Middle Amana Park (Medici Grove) – Amana Colonies, IA

http://www.festint.com/iowarenfest

There will be jousting, musicians, magicians, and fun for the whole family.  At the festivals that I have attended, you are more than welcome to come in Renaissance garb and such if that suits your fancy.

This festival is just one of the many wonderful events happening in the Eastern Iowa Corridor this weekend. 

So many choices… so little time.

posted by: Anne Ohrt

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Wilkommen zu Maifest!

In case you don’t read German…that is an official welcome to Mayfest in the Amana Colonies, in Amana, IA.

Maifest is the colonies annual celebration of spring and will be held this year May 3rd and 4th.  http://www.festivalsinamana.com/maifest.html

Maifest is a great reason to visit this wonderful German community, just nestled 20 min southwest of Cedar Rapids.  There is a full weekend of events scheduled and visitors can experience all that Amana has to offer.  The annual Maifest parade will go through Main Amana at 10am on Saturday morning and there is much to do for both adults and children throughout the next 2 days.

I would personally encourage stopping by Millstream Brewery and trying out their delectible beers and sodas.  I am quite partial to the Millstream Root Beer and Black Cherry.  Yummy!

Take the time to visit the Amana Meat Shop, Woolen Mill, and General Store to get the full Amana product selection.  If you have a full day to spend this weekend, make time to sit down to a traditional German family style meal at one of the many excellent resturants in Main Amana.  My all-time favorite is the Brick Haus.  Sit down and enjoy a big bowl full of pickled ham, fresh Amana rye bread and Amana made brats.  Oh..and don’t forget to give Walt a Guten Tag!

I feel blessed to have such a rich heritage based community like the Amanas in the corridor.  My family and my husband’s family are all of German origin, so it is very special to us. 

Froliche Wochenende und hast du viel SpaB in Amana!

Bis spater.

posted by: Anne Ohrt

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Have you…

Considered Iowa ? 

I am pleased to announce the relaunch of the new Consider Iowa site:  www.consideriowa.org

This site is a comprehensive site to promote career opportunities that are available in the state of Iowa and also highlights why Iowa is great place to live.

Some of the features that the new site has to offer are:

Job listings

Career Developement Tools

Online Career Seminars

Virtual Company Tours

Community Information for all Major Iowa Cities

Connect with a Career Advisor

Connect with an Iowa Professional using LinkedIn….. and more!

If you are a student in Iowa or looking to take on a new career endeavour, I encourage you to visit the Consider Iowa site.  Iowa is a fantastic place to work and play.  Don’t let anyone ever convince you that there is nothing to do here!   

Consider Iowa…find a lifestyle and a career in this great state I call HOME!

 posted by: Anne Ohrt

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