1.) Awesome Energy: Adams County in southwest Iowa is “Reaching New Heights” with the one & only tallest land-based wind turbine in the nation on the Adams wind farm. After 30 weeks, beginning in August of 2015, the 379 foot concrete turbine was completed, that’s 100 feet taller than the steel constructed turbines. The blade tips reach 557 feet (taller than the Washington Monument!). The concrete turbine is one of 64 near Corning. This is a prototype for MidAmerican Energy.
2.) Artists-In-Residence: Corning Center for the Fine Arts is the one & only Artist-in-Residence program in the State of Iowa! Located in the beautiful downtown of Corning, since opening in 2005, twenty artists have made this their home away from home. The artists stay in the apartment, offer classes to the community and showcase their work in the gallery. They have stayed from three months to three years and come from as far as South Korea, Australia and all across the United States. Their specialties vary from encaustic wax, lampworking, jewelry making, potters, book writers, and painters. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.
3.) The Show Goes On: Walk a block north of the art center to the restored Corning Opera House Cultural Center that has the one & only Shakespeare door and raked stage in the state of Iowa! A recent tourist, John B. said “The Corning Opera House is a true testament to historic preservation. After having been refurbished fairly recently, they serve their community by providing a truly versatile and eclectic venue. They have a lot of great history with a lot of wonderful stories, but they are also able to serve all of your modern needs. If you ever need an event venue, or just want a fantastic tour, you should definitely consider the 2017 America Small Business Champion Corning Opera House!” Call 641.418.8037 to schedule your historic tour.
4.) Historical Humor: The one and only Johnny Carson Birthplace, late night television talk show host of The Tonight Show, was born in Corning on October 23, 1925. From 1962 to 1992 he entertained us with charm and wit. Come visit his restored home on Davis Avenue and hear what his former babysitter had to say about the young Johnny! Call 641.322.3212 for a tour and a picture with Johnny.
5.) Colony Culture: The French Icarian Colony was the longest lasting utopian society. The village just east of Corning has the one and only surviving 1878 refectory (communal dining hall) with a handmade grandfather’s clock and 1860 one-room Icaria school. On the tour you’ll learn about purchasing the land for $1.25 an acre, their thriving agricultural enterprises, their great architects (who designed Iowa’s State Capitol Building), their participation in the Civil War, and Carrie Chapman Catt’s visit. Just call 641.322.4717.
6.) Need for Speed: Adams County Speedway is the “one & only” NASCAR weekly sanctioned track in Iowa! June 24 is the Ray Houck Memorial night with a firework celebration. July 1 is Gibson Memorial Library Night. This is the best place for race enthusiasts to watch Modifieds, B-modifieds, compacts, late models, and hobby stocks. Races start at 7 pm with hot laps starting at 6 pm.
We'll see you this summer, in Adams County!