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Wine & Scarecrows

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Are you getting excited about our upcoming Fall Harvest Festival weekend?  I sure am!  Below is a great article about our Saturday evening featured artist, Deb Eworldt. 

Have you purchased your Wine & Scarecrows ticket yet?? 🙂

 

Wine & Scarecrows

As a child, welding artist Deb Ewoldt ran barefoot through her dad’s machine shop in rural Dysart, not afraid of the sparks flying from his welder. “I grew up with it,” Ewoldt says, “and it never occurred to me to be afraid. It’s part of me.”

Ewoldt, owner of Blacksmith Boutique & Garden Studio in Dysart, is the featured artist at this year’s annual Wine & Scarecrows fund raiser at the Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens on Saturday, Sept. 18. Ewoldt, whose appearance is underwritten by Waterloo Implement, has donated a rose sculpture for auction and has created as a limited edition of iron cattails for the garden. Proceeds will benefit the Arboretum.

Ewoldt opened her business in 2006 in the former Barnes & Brinkmeyer Hardware Store and she credits the Arboretum for helping launch her career. The Arboretum commissioned Ewoldt to create a decorative archway over the entrance of the Children’s Garden and it was installed in 2008. Now, a steady stream of customers browse her studio and she says she regularly has more than 10 commissioned pieces on order.

“For 15 years I dabbled around in dad’s shop, Luze Manufacturing, but I never thought my dabbling could turn into this,” Ewoldt says. “I’m self-taught and I truly believe my talent is a gift from God. I don’t think it’s something I could have learned or something someone could show me. I ‘see’ a piece before I make it.”

Ewoldt’s creations come from donated scraps of metal and iron. Most days there are anonymous donations of scrap at her studio door, but she also picks up abandoned scrap she sees in roadside ditches. “I’m a shameless scavenger,” she admits. “I can look beyond the rust and see wonderful texture and color – the scrap has a story.”

Requests for speaking engagements have come her way, Ewoldt says, now that word has spread of her unique art. Ewoldt doesn’t consider herself a public speaker, but passion for her art and interest in helping other new female entrepreneurs inspire her. “But I do always pray before I speak – sometimes I’m afraid of what will come out of my mouth!” she laughs.

Customers buy Ewoldt’s art for display inside and outside. Recent large commissions include pieces for the Scottish Rite Park Retirement Community in Des Moines and Bremwood Home in Waverly. She also collaborates with fellow Dysart artists. She and paper artist Julie McLaughlin of McJulie Studios have created metal and handmade paper pieces, and Ewoldt works with Robin Werner, owner of Isabelle Originals and Ivy Threads to make a fabric line they call Rusty Yards.

Ewoldt will be demonstrating her art through the evening of Wine & Scarecrows. The event will also include appetizers, wine, a pork meal and dessert. Vocalist Deb Flammang-Roper will entertain guests throughout the evening and a silent auction will be held with donations from business including Hy-Vee Floral, Basket of Daisies, Wells Hollow Landscaping, Design Studio, Bancrofts, Wapsie Pines Landscaping, UNI Panther Athletics, Harmony House, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and artists Lindsay Maynard, Bill Schuerman, and Bill Close. Tickets are available on line at http://cedarvalleyarboretum.org, by calling (319) 226-4966 or by emailing office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org

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August 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm

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Sign up for Super Sprouts Today!

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Did you attend Super Sprouts this summer and LOVE IT?  We had such a fun time with this class that we decided to add a fall session!  If you have a little one at home, make sure to sign up for this great class!

What is Super Sprouts?  Want a fun and unique way to engage your active toddler?  Then our Super Sprouts class is for you!  This is a great introduction for our littlest ones to the garden.  Super Sprouts use simple themes, repetitive sequences, and fine and gross motor play. 

Super Sprouts is for ages 18 months to 3 years.  Classes will be held Thursdays 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. and will meet in Education Center.  Parent/caregiver participation is necessary (and older and younger siblings welcome to come, too!).  Fee is $3 for members, $5 for non-members.  Classes are limited to ten participants each. 

  • September 16:  Apples
  • September 23:  Squirrels
  • October 7:  Fall Leaves
  • October 21:  Pumpkins

 All classes require registration 7 days prior to the event and payment is due at the time of registration.  To register, please call the office at (319)226-4966.

Refund Policy If a program is canceled, you will be notified and receive a full refund. If you choose to cancel your registration, you must call (319) 226-4966 a minimum of 24 hours in advance to receive a refund. A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

For more information, please visit http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/education.asp.

See you in the gardens.

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August 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

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Just around the corner!

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The Fall Harvest Festival is one month away!  This annual event is the Arboretum’s signature fundraising event with proceeds designated to support our operating expenses and future growth.  The main attraction each year is the Scarecrow Contest, with unique scarecrows made in every shape and size by community businesses and individuals.   Other events include an open-air market, games and crafts for children of all ages, picnic food and day-long stage performances.  What better way to celebrate the end of another successful season than with a celebration of all things autumn?

And it’s not just a one-day event – it’s a whole weekend!

 Saturday, September 18

SCARECROW SCAMPER   In collaboration with Hawkeye Community College, the 2010 Scarecrow Scamper will kick off the Arboretum’s festival weekend with all proceeds going to the HCC scholarship fund.  The four-mile, cross-country route includes the Arboretum grounds and begins with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.  For more information, please contact HCC Student Activities Office at (319)296-4027 or visit http://www.hawkeye college.edu/wellness/scarecrowscamper/.

WINE & SCARECROWS  Don’t miss the Wine & Scarecrows celebration September 18, 5-7 p.m., at the Arboretum!  The event helps raise important funding for the annual operations, maintenance and improvements at the Arboretum.  The evening will include a delicious meal, refreshments (including a selection of great wines, of course!).  Guests will also be able to bid on a variety of silent auction items donated from businesses such as Basket of Daisies, Bancrofts Flowers, Wells Hollow Landscaping, Design Studio, artist Lyndsay Maynard, photographer Bill Schuerman, artist Bill Close, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, UNI Athletics, and wood outdoor furniture by Randy Robinson.  You can purchase your tickets online at http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/wands.asp.

Sunday, September 19

FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL AND SCARECROW CONTEST  The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. so come early and enjoy a great day at the Arboretum!

WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT THE FESTIVAL?  It takes many hands to make our festival possible.  Volunteers are needed Friday, September 17 through day of the Festival, September 19th. Please email office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org or call 226-4966 with your day and time preference if you are able to spare a couple hours of your time.

See you in the gardens.

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August 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm

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Design on a Dime

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We have beautiful gates at our front entrance … we used to, I should say.  Many visitors were so focused on getting into the Arboretum and finding the parking lot that they didn’t even notice our front gates.  So the Planning & Operations Committee came up with a great idea … why not prominently display these detailed metal gates as part of our redesign of the front gate gardens?  With the help of the “Maintenance Men” and Jim Schoolcraft, we were able to do just that! 

First, Jim brought out his equipment to cut down the gates from the stone pillars.  The MM’s then built a frame for the gates to stand on.

    

The flowerbeds at the front entrance were made smaller for easier maintenance.  To get the flowerbeds started (more perennials will be added next season), we planted Aster ‘Wood’s Blue,’ Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ and Sedum ‘Matrona.’

What a great “Design on a Dime” project … reusing what we already have to create a more inviting and beautiful space at the Arboretum!  I can’t wait to see this garden grow.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this project possible! 

See you in the gardens.

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August 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm

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Planters in the Rose Garden

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We have new planters under the Rose Garden pergola, and they are beautiful!  A big thank you to Randy Robinson for building these two planters for the Arboretum!  Randy used leftover cedar from the pergola to construct the planters to be similar in design to the pergola.  The planters were then filled with palm trees, coral bells, begonias and black potato vine.

 

See you in the gardens.

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August 5, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Evening Stroll in the Gardens

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I was out at the Arboretum yesterday evening, and much to my surprise, spotted a funnel cloud to the southwest!  What a sight!  Thankfully, it was far in the distance….

See you in the gardens.

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August 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm

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