Sat Oct 7, 2016
Iola to host Lost Arts event, Taste Of Norway, and Craft & Gift Show
The Iola Historical Society, Iola-Scandinavia Chamber Of Commerce, and Northland Lutheran Church are serving up some tasty and artistic treats on Saturday, October 7, at the Iola Historical Society’s historic village at 210 Depot Street, just off Main Street. The events are free, although donations for the Historical Society are appreciated, start at 9:00 a.m. and run until 3:00 p.m.
Lost Arts Fest is also being featured by the Historical Society, with talented local artisans demonstrating skills such as blacksmithing, rosemaling, rug weaving, hand quilting, post-and-beam construction, and basket weaving, among other “lost” arts. Some items from the artisans will be available for purchase.
Taste Of Norway, also sponsored by the Iola Historical Society, will feature locally made Norwegian treats, such as rosettes, krumkake, lefse and more, with free samples and items for sale individually or by the dozen. Coffee will also be available.
Following up on the Taste Of Norway theme, the Northland Church Ladies are hosting a Norwegian cooking demonstration of traditional Norwegian pastries and lefse.
All of the buildings in the Historical Society’s village will also be available for touring, except the original Iola & Northern Railroad depot, which is being restored. The buildings include a country school, the original Helvetia Town Hall building, a replica of the 1900 Iola firehouse (featuring Iola’s first three mechanized fire engines, all original), and a vintage log cabin. A caboose is also available for touring.
The Historical Society’s main building also includes displays of Norwegian artifacts from early settlers and other Iola area historical artifacts, including Native American artifacts collected in Waupaca and violins made in the 1930s through the 1950s by former Iola resident Bert Stromberg. Both collections were recently donated to the museum. In the Helvetia Town Hall, there are also displays on 100 Years of Ski Jumping In Iola.
The I-S Chamber’s annual Craft and Gift Show will also take place Oct a at the historic village, with both indoor and outdoor vendors selling a wide range of homemade food and craft/gift items. Vendors interested in setting up should contact Traci at 715-445-5505. Fee for a 10’x10’ booth is $30.
In addition to these events, for the children there will be pumpkin painting and face painting and a kid’s fun run.