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CALENDAR: Arts in Mt Vernon

More than 50 artists offer their wares at the Lincoln Highway Arts Festival in Mt. Vernon Sept. 24 • Come dressed as your favorite politician at the Zombie March on Sept. 24 in Iowa City • Museum Day is Sept. 24! Free admission to a dozen area museums • Bring the kids to the Kalona Fall Festival Sept. 23-24 ... read more


Free popcorn & free admission at Arbor Cinema Night Sept. 21 • See innovative and edgy films at the Creative Edge Film Festival at the Orpheum Sept. 22-25 • Sept. 24 is the annual Grape Stomp at Cedar Valley Winery

Style & Transformation

Creative Edge Film Fest Showcases Innovation

The artfully decorated Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield is the perfect venue for a weekend of inspiring and transformational films ... read more


Inspired Patterns

Charlotte Cain Retrospective at ICON

Artist Charlotte Cain was a beloved teacher in Fairfield who inspired many. A stunning retrospective of her work will shown at ICON Gallery through October ... read more

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Curd Nerds

Cheese, Please!

Cheesemongers indulge themselves in Des Moines at the two-day annual festival of fromage .... read more


Fairfield's Hidden History

For the Love of a Town

What happens when a local businessman is struck by inspiration and the love of his hometown? Dick DeAngelis and his film crew are diving deep into the stories of Fairfield, Iowa ... read more

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Agricultural Shift

A New Breed of Farmers Embraces the Organic Paradigm

Young Fairfield farmers are embracing a new set of priorities—from nutrition-rich food to land stewardship .... read more


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Innovating to Learn

Kids' Maker Space: A Creative Springboard

Students learn how to create and innovate and a colorful room that's not like any classroom you've seen before .... read more

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Brew Haha

Microbreweries: The Quest for a Cold One

A go-lucky gang sets out to explore what Southeast Iowa craft breweries have to offer. Turns out it's a lot ... read more

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A Burst of Summer

Unearthing the Legendary Appeal of Tomatoes

Our favorite summertime veggie (or is it a fruit?) is shrouded in mystery as well as culinary magic ... read more

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Wear My Love Like Heaven

Sixties Icon Donovan Performs at FAIRfest

The "Mellow Yellow" singer-songwriter Donovan stops in Fairfield for a performance on his 50th anniversary Sunshine Superman Tour ... read more


No-Fuss Recipes

Savor the Flavor of Summer

One of Fairfield's best cooks shares her favorite hot-weather recipes using the garden-fresh bounty of summer gardens ... read more

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Iowa Ecosystem

Get To Know Snakes!

Maybe it's time to get over your fear and repulsion of snakes! Those fright-inducing creatures are actually a valuable part of our ecosystem ... read more


Blogs from Source Writers

Musings, anecdotes, and stuff that didn’t fit in print

      American robins, no picnic; a woman knocks, a door-to-door missionary, and asks and I don’t know, I think of the leg of lamb. What do I think: the difference, the branches, the purpose of life. They preen, gesture so-so. Possible answers; think of the branches jus ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Children 
    CHILDREN 1957  Cousins, boy-girl, boy-girl, boy-girl, boy, lined up on the couch and kicking their Keds for Kool-Aid. The wallpaper of the living room: Asian peonies on a background of pink. A Punjabi family-- four boys in turbans somber before the camera, their mother in headscarf behind them, ... by rustin READ MORE 
      The little boy upon leaving the library said, “I only said thank you because my mom told me to.” The little review said to me, “We are surprised that someone with your publishing history would send anything to us.  Therefore we are rejecting your work.” ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Space Travel 
    Pit bull charges at me only to be yanked back by its chain. These, our neighbors—one horrible kennel of vicious dogs after another—it doesn't matter who or when. NASA is looking for people to die on Mars; I hear they already have several volunteers. In reality our solar system is a ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • The Lords of Life and Death 
    Black dog this morning, growling, hackles erect. I whispered to it as it pounded its fence, “Hassan! Hassan!” which means “Handsome” or “Beautiful.” I held my black umbrella like the vulture it was. The dog wanted to attack despite my compliments, despite the sil ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Cub Scouts of the Infinite 
    It's five o'clock on a Monday at the end of March. A girl with a streak of rainbow in her hair wants “The Darjeeling Limited.” Doctor Trang squints at the air to detect soul parasites. Trang has Paul McCartney's memoir in his hand. It is a generally beautiful day and I d ... by rustin READ MORE