Instead of escaping the Iowa cold, Amana and North Liberty are celebrating the winter season this weekend.
Amana Colony’s annual Winterfest returns with competition, food and live music, while the ongoing Beat the Bitter event at North Liberty continues another weekend with ice skating and literature.
Here are four things to do in Johnson County this weekend.
Amana Colony Winterfest
Chill out at Amana Colonies on Saturday as the annual Winterfest returns.
The festivities begin with the Amana Colonies Freezer 5K, which runs at 10:00 AM, and begins and ends at the Hotel Millwright at 800 48th Ave., Amana.
From 11am to 2pm, the Market Barn (Amana 707 46 Ave) hosts games such as the Great Amana Hamput, Wreath Toss and Snowball Relay Race. Winterfest attendees can also enter a log sawing competition or show off their facial hair to win the best beard competition. There are many places to see such as.
Foodies will enjoy complimentary cider and cookies at the Amana Meat Shop & Smokehouse (4513 F St., Amana), Chile, provided by the Amana Fire Department, Ackermann Winery (
Foodies will enjoy complimentary cider and cookies at the Amana Meat Shop & Smokehouse (4513 F St., Amana), Chile offered by the Amana Fire Department, Ackerman Winery (4406 220th Trail, Amana) and Fireside Winery (1755 P Ave, Marengo ) in the village.
Kids can enjoy an all-day family movie at Ackerman Winery, decorate cookies at Ox York Inn (4420 220th Trail, Amana), or sample jam and cheese pairings at Village Fireside Winery. , you can enjoy Winterfest. Adults enjoy their own drinks.
Activities conclude with a final event on Sunday at the Amana Performing Arts Center (39 38th Ave., Amana). The Williamsburg Music Society hosts the Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra and the Williamsburg High School Jazz Ensemble.
The concert starts at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students.
For more information on Winterfest, including how to register your Amana Freezer 5K, please visit the Amana Colonies website.
Wilson’s Orchard & Farms Wassail
The 5th Annual Wassail at Wilson’s Orchard & Farm returns on Saturday to toast to delicious food and another year of apple growing.
According to Historic UK, Wassailing was a tradition of toasting the New Year and then wishing good luck to the New Year by blessing the trees of the festivals and fruit-growing areas.
Your ticket to this event includes a pint of cider or a Wasseyle cocktail, an appetizer, and a live performance by Iowa City’s Folk and Glass String Band, Flash in a Pan.
According to the Wilson’s Orchard & Farm website, festival organizers crown Wasseyle king and queen in front of a bonfire and toast to “another fruitful year of apple growing and cider making.”
Appetizers include mini beef and vegetarian wellingtons, winter vegetables and beets, mini shepherd’s pies, and apple rose tarts.
The fifth Wassail will be held at Wilson’s Orchard & Farm at 4823 Dingleberry Road NE in Iowa City from 7-10pm.
Tickets are $48 and can be purchased online at the Wilson’s Orchard & Farm website.
Complete the Bitter Event: Shields Ice Rink and Winter Story Walk
Enjoy the winter season with North Liberty’s annual Beat the Bitter event, which includes ice sculpture walks, light shows, fireworks, and other free and ticketed activities.
This weekend you can enjoy the Shields Ice Rink and the Winter Story Walk, which began in January.
Shields Ice Rink is a 100-foot by 80-foot outdoor ice rink located in Penn Meadows Park at 170 N. Dubuque St. in North Liberty and offers free skating daily.
Visitors can bring their own skates or rent skates from North Liberty’s Recreation Department.
According to the Beat the Bitter website, the rink will be open from 9am to 9pm depending on weather conditions.
Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Families and children can also enjoy the Story Walk at the North Liberty Library. You can read this story walk on the north side of the Liberty Center Pond trail (one block west of Hwy 965 on Cherry Street in North Liberty) or listen to it on SoundCloud. .
According to Macmillan Publishers, Wong Herbert Yee’s “Tracks in the Snow” follows a young girl who, after a fresh snowfall, discovers footprints outside her window that lead to her home. am.
According to Penguin Random House, Cynthia Rylant’s “Little Penguins” are five little penguins preparing for winter playing in the snow and warming up at home.
For more information on upcoming activities, please visit the Beat the Bitter website.
Written at the Stanley Museum of Art
Iowa City Poetry is hosting a new creative writing experience using art as inspiration at the Stanley Museum of Art, 160 W. Burlington St., Iowa City.
Sunday’s session will be led by David Duer, a Stanley lecturer, educator, and author living in Iowa City, whose work has appeared in The English Journal, Little Village Magazine, North American Review, and more.
Writers of all genres are invited to write at Stanley.
Creative writing session from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.
For more information on upcoming Write at the Stanley events, visit the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website.
Paris Barraza covers entertainment, lifestyle and art with Iowa City Press-Citizen. PBarraza@press-citizen.com or contact her at 319-519-9731. Follow her on her Twitter @ParisBarraza.