Tag: Food & Drink

Tomato Taste at Plum Grove

The public is invited to sample tomatoes at the annual Tomato Taste at Plum Grove, hosted by the Master Gardeners of Johnson County. The Tomato Taste is a tribute to heritage tomatoes in Iowa’s long history with food.

Several varieties of heritage tomatoes will be sampled.

The historic residence was the home of Robert and Friendly Lucas, built in 1844. Robert served as the first governor of the Territory of Iowa from 1838 until 1841. Iowa was admitted to the Union as a state December 3, 1846.

After years of negotiating with the Johnson County Historical Society that cares for the property, longtime Master Gardener Betty Kelly launched the heritage garden in 1995 as the state planned Iowa’s Sesquicentennial. Kelly, who has researched the family including Friendly’s diaries and letters, and newspapers to identify what people were eating, says every effort is made to be authentic in the garden and for each tasting opportunity.

Master Gardeners plant and maintain several gardens at the historic property. Today, Plum Grove boasts three gardens: Kitchen Garden (1995), Flowers (1998), and a Wildflower Garden (2000).

This event is open to the public. Suggested donation is $3.

 

Taste of Plum Grove

Celebrating 25 years of the Heritage Gardens!

The annual celebration, hosted by the Johnson County Master Gardeners, is a tribute to Iowa’s history and food.

Built in 1844, Plum Grove was the home of Robert and Friendly Lucas. Robert served as the first governor of the Territory of Iowa from 1838 until 1841. Iowa was admitted to the Union as a state December 3, 1846.

After years of negotiating with the Johnson County Historical Society that cares for the property, longtime Master Gardener Betty Kelly launched the garden in 1995 as the state planned Iowa’s Sesquicentennial. “The garden was another opportunity to inform the public about the state’s history, agriculture and its citizens.”

Through the years, Plum Grove heirloom gardens have received local, state and national recognition including the first Iowa State Service Award, National Smithsonian Garden Award and an Irving Weber Award. Twice Plum Grove has been a featured garden on the Project GREEN Garden Tour.

Each year, the food for the Taste is prepared and served by Johnson County Master Gardeners.

This event is open to the public. $5 suggested donation.

 

Plum Grove Season Opening Celebration

This event is the perfect opportunity for families to get out of the house over the long Memorial Day weekend. Kids can burn off some energy making crafts and running around the beautiful yards of Plum Grove; adults can savor the relaxing atmosphere and participate in activities that are designed with them in mind (visit this page periodically to stay updated about the activities and special guests that will be featured at this event).

East Frisian Tea Party and Musicale

This annual event will feature delicious German food researched and provided by the Iowa City Historic Foodies. East Frisia, a cultural region that spans northeastern Germany, has a particular style of drinking tea that is recognized by UNESCO as part of Germany’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. The musicale will commence after the meal and will include lively music performed by a range of musicians, both instrumental and vocal. This year celebrates anniversaries of Iowa City staples: the Preucil School of Music and the University of Iowa’s Division of Performing Arts. German composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday is also being celebrated with the East Frisian theme and the classical selection of music being performed at the musicale.
 
To register for this event, please email programs@johnsoncountyhistory.org or call our office at (319) 351-5738. Cost of admission is $30 for members and $35 for the general public. 

Celebration of History

Celebration of History is an event designed for the diverse members of the JCHS. Think of it as our State of the Union Address. If you don’t go to anything else, go to this. There’s always good food and a good time had by all.

Mr. Paul Juhl is our speaker this year. He’ll present his research on Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous architect, and discuss his new book The Iowa Angle: Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Celebration of History will be held at the Johnson County Historical Society Museum. It will be the last time this event and the Irving Weber Award will be presented in our current building before the move to the Xtream Arena!

Tentative Schedule:

12 PM — Silent Auction

12:15 — Catered Lunch

1 PM — Presentation of Irving Weber Award

1:15 — Presentation by Paul Juhl

2 PM — Arena Walkthrough

 

Registration is requested. Please fill out the form below or call the JCHS offices at (319) 351-5738.

Aisle of Lights (JCHS Activities)

The Coralville Aisle of Lights is an annual winter event perfectly suited to the dreary weather. The brightly lit luminarias around the city give a warmth and friendliness in the cold. The JCHS will have crafts, baked goods, and hot cider for you and your family!

This event is free and open to the public.

The JCHS partners with the Antique Car Museum of Iowa to provide a reduced admission price for both museums on this special day.

Open House: Xtream Arena & GreenState Family Fieldhouse

The ArenaCo board members and Xtream Arena & GreenState Family Fieldhouse staff invite the community to come out to Vesta for a community open house. At this month’s event, we will hear from Johnson County Historical Society Director, Alexandra McKendree about their eventual relocation into the new facility attached to Xtream Arena. Also, hear from city representatives, Mortenson Construction, staff members from facility operators, and Spectra Venue Management. A short program will start at 5:30pm. Hope to see you there!

 

 

Xtream Arena Open House

Backpocket Brewing is hosting the Xtream Arena Open House! This open house is designed to answer questions from the public.

Announcements will be made about naming rights for the Fieldhouse and the first event that will be held at the Arena!

Picnic at Plum Grove

All members of our community are welcome to bring a picnic meal and head to Plum Grove to bask in the beautiful scenery and pleasant company June 30th, July 28, August 28. Members of the Iowa City Historic Foodies will be present with tasty treats.

This event is free and open to the public.

Picnic at Plum Grove

All members of our community are welcome to bring a picnic meal and head to Plum Grove to bask in the beautiful scenery and pleasant company June 30th, July 28, August 28. Members of the Iowa City Historic Foodies will be present with tasty treats.

This event is free and open to the public.

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