5 Things

There’s a lot going on in southeast Iowa this weekend, with concerts, musicals, community events and historical lectures. There’s sure to be something for everyone, no matter your interests.

1. Current country artist and member of rock band Staind Aaron Lewis is bring his “The State I’m In” tour to Bridge View Center Friday night. The show is set for 8 p.m. His most recent album, which shares a name with the tour, features 10 tracks and is a follow-up to Sinner, his debut solo album, which reached No. 1 on several charts. Lewis is known for his unique and intimate relationship with fans and can sometimes be controversial and rarely apologetic. For more information, call 641-684-7000.

2. Prepare for a weekend of an invasion from outer space. The Cardinal High School Drama department presents the cult musical “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. All performances will be held in the high school gym. For more information, contact CHS at 641-652-7531.

3. The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra continues its tradition of introducing kids to the symphony with its Kidsymphony program Saturday. This year’s show, “Peter and the Wolf,” is set for 11 a.m. at Bridge View Center. The fun, lively and educational concert is just the right length for families and small children. For more information, call 319-385-6352 or email seiso@iw.edu.

4. Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon (GATE) is hosting its first chili cookoff and pumpkin pie contest Saturday. Registration for the chili cookoff, pie and bags will run from 3-3:30 p.m. at Wapello Hall on the Wapello County Fairgrounds. The bags tournament and judging are set for 4 p.m. with a community meal following at 5 p.m. For more information, call Jeanna at 641-680-6111.

5. Head over to Fairfield Saturday afternoon and take a look at the community’s role in the Underground Railroad. The Fairfield Public Library and Carnegie Museum are hosting the Underground Railroad of Jefferson County from 2-3 p.m. in the meeting room of the library. Learn about the secret routes and safe houses that helped slaves escape to freedom. Archeologist Stan Plum will talk about key players in the local organization and the current work being done with the National Park Service to acknowledge the towns role in the Network of Freedom.

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