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EVENTS & DON’T-MISS EXPERIENCES

Year-round fun, arts and culture, fresh air, unique festivals, exhibits, theatre, concerts and more await in Mason City, Iowa!
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Aug
24
Sat
Architectural Walking Tour @ Wright on the Park Headquarters
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am

Discover why Mason City, Iowa is ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as among “The World’s 20 Best Cities for Architecture Lovers”. Mason City was also ranked the world’s 8th most important architectural destination by the luxury and lifestyle travel magazine.

While Mason City boasts two Wright properties, the George C. and Eleanor Stockman House and City National Bank & Park Inn Hotel, originally there had been plans for more. Wright’s departure to Europe in 1910 caused these plans to come to a sudden halt. The vacuum created by Wright’s withdrawal brought other Prairie School architects to Mason City, many former Wright associates. Marion Mahony Griffin, Walter Burley Griffin, Barry Byrne, William Drummond and local architect Einar Broaten combined to create Rock Crest – Rock Glen, located on both sides of Willow Creek, the first planned Prairie School development in America.

Scheduled tours are offered seasonally, and weather permitting, May 1 through September 30, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 AM. All other times by appointment.

A 60-minute guided tour showcases the hallmark details of the largest collection of Prairie School-styled homes surrounding a natural setting.
Tour Highlights:

  • 1908 Wright designed & built the Stockman house in Mason City, IA, the third of his “Fireproof Houses” (after Tan-Y-Deri at Spring Green and the Stephen M. B. Hunt house in La Grange).
  • 1910 William Drummond designed the Curtis Yelland house on River Heights Drive.
  • 1912-14 Walter Burley Griffin designed and built Arthur Rule, Harry Page, Joshua Melson (castle), and James E. Blythe houses.
  • 1914-16 Griffin designed and Barry Byrne supervised construction of Sam Schneider and Hugh Gilmore houses.
  • 1914-16 Samuel Davis Drake house on Rock Crest designed and built by Einar Broaten, after Griffin designs were rejected for the site.
  • 1917 Barry Byrne designed C. F. Franke house.
  • 1959 Wright apprentice Curtis Besinger designed Usonian House for Tom MacNider.
Farmers Market @ Surf Ballroom Parking Lot
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The mission of the Clear Lake Farmers Market is to offer healthy, fresh produce and handcrafted products to consumers while building community connections and supporting the local economy.

11th Annual Harvest Festival @ First United Methodist Church
Aug 24 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Join the First United Methodist Church for their annual Harvest Festival – featuring many free children’s activities: games, obstacle course, kids pedal tractor pull, balloon figures, live music and more. Smoked pork chop dinner offered: Corn on the cob, baked beans, walking tacos, corndogs, root-beer floats, ice cream and homemade bars or pies.

Deadly Beloved @ Historic Park Inn
Aug 24 @ 5:30 pm

Wright on the Park presents the 4th Annual Murder Mystery – Deadly Beloved. Join us for an evening of scandal and fun as a mysterious death unfolds around you. Collect clues throughout the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel and see if you can catch the killer! Appetizers, cocktails, cash bar and prizes. Doors open at 5:30pm, Program begins at 6pm. Tickets: $60.

LIVE MUSIC: Kevin Boehnke Trio @ Fat Hill Brewing
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm

Following a summer full of performances across Iowa, the Kevin Boehnke Trio visits FHB at the end of August. Expect to hear original songs from Kevin’s Nashville-recorded album, Find Your Way, as well as your favorite cover songs from genres such as rock, blues, country, jazz and more. Kevin Boehnke, a native of Ventura, plays guitar, trumpet, and sings lead vocals. The trio also features the considerable talents of Jeff Griffin on the drums and Clayton Ryan on the bass/vocals. 7pm-10pm

Theatre: Mary’s Team @ Mason City Community Theatre
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm

The Chicago Cub’s historic 2016 season is the backdrop as Mary so desperately wants to be witness to the Cubs finally winning the elusive World Series. Due to the close relationship with her father, Mary craves to leave a legacy for her loved ones by has some learning to do along the way. Will her passion for the Cubbies be the catalyst in this process? Bing part of Mary’s team is blessing, but sometimes there are consequences out of one’s control. Come meet the zany characters on Mary’s team that will make you laugh out loud, root for them, and evaluate your own life along the way.

Aug
25
Sun
Architectural Walking Tour @ Wright on the Park Headquarters
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am

Discover why Mason City, Iowa is ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as among “The World’s 20 Best Cities for Architecture Lovers”. Mason City was also ranked the world’s 8th most important architectural destination by the luxury and lifestyle travel magazine.

While Mason City boasts two Wright properties, the George C. and Eleanor Stockman House and City National Bank & Park Inn Hotel, originally there had been plans for more. Wright’s departure to Europe in 1910 caused these plans to come to a sudden halt. The vacuum created by Wright’s withdrawal brought other Prairie School architects to Mason City, many former Wright associates. Marion Mahony Griffin, Walter Burley Griffin, Barry Byrne, William Drummond and local architect Einar Broaten combined to create Rock Crest – Rock Glen, located on both sides of Willow Creek, the first planned Prairie School development in America.

Scheduled tours are offered seasonally, and weather permitting, May 1 through September 30, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 AM. All other times by appointment.

A 60-minute guided tour showcases the hallmark details of the largest collection of Prairie School-styled homes surrounding a natural setting.
Tour Highlights:

  • 1908 Wright designed & built the Stockman house in Mason City, IA, the third of his “Fireproof Houses” (after Tan-Y-Deri at Spring Green and the Stephen M. B. Hunt house in La Grange).
  • 1910 William Drummond designed the Curtis Yelland house on River Heights Drive.
  • 1912-14 Walter Burley Griffin designed and built Arthur Rule, Harry Page, Joshua Melson (castle), and James E. Blythe houses.
  • 1914-16 Griffin designed and Barry Byrne supervised construction of Sam Schneider and Hugh Gilmore houses.
  • 1914-16 Samuel Davis Drake house on Rock Crest designed and built by Einar Broaten, after Griffin designs were rejected for the site.
  • 1917 Barry Byrne designed C. F. Franke house.
  • 1959 Wright apprentice Curtis Besinger designed Usonian House for Tom MacNider.
Epiphany Parish Festival @ St. Joseph Catholic Church
Aug 25 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Epiphany Parish (churches of St Joseph and Holy Family) will hold its annual Parish Festival from 10:30am – 3:00pm. A fun day for the whole family!

Deadly Beloved @ Historic Park Inn
Aug 25 @ 1:30 pm

Wright on the Park presents the 4th Annual Murder Mystery – Deadly Beloved. Join us for an afternoon of scandal and fun as a mysterious death unfolds around you. Collect clues throughout the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel and see if you can catch the killer!  Matinee with dessert, coffee and prizes. Doors open at 1:30pm, Program begins at 2pm. Tickets: $35.

Theatre: Mary’s Team @ Mason City Community Theatre
Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm

The Chicago Cub’s historic 2016 season is the backdrop as Mary so desperately wants to be witness to the Cubs finally winning the elusive World Series. Due to the close relationship with her father, Mary craves to leave a legacy for her loved ones by has some learning to do along the way. Will her passion for the Cubbies be the catalyst in this process? Bing part of Mary’s team is blessing, but sometimes there are consequences out of one’s control. Come meet the zany characters on Mary’s team that will make you laugh out loud, root for them, and evaluate your own life along the way.