Having just moved to Dyersville last summer, we continue to be pleasantly surprised by how much this small, rural community offers.
For one, this town is pretty through and through: mature trees with branches shading the neighborhood streets, overflowing flower pots everywhere, meticulous green lawns, and a scenic downtown lined with storefronts, offices, eateries and attractive sidewalks with a brick design stamped into the colored concrete – all this with the majestic Basilica steeples stretching 212’ high in the background. Not to mention the idyllic stream running through the middle of town. This is what most people think of when they think of Midwestern small towns.
And the people! Happy, friendly people sharing a smile and a nod (knowing full well they know we’re the new people in town. What a fantastic community in which to raise a family.
My husband and I were lucky to have moved into the community in time to experience our first Downtown Friday Night street dance: live music, kids’ games, face painting, food, brews, neighbors and perfect weather. The last Downtown Friday Night event of the season had turtle races.
Now we are set to experience our first Dyersville St. Patrick’s Day parade. If the weather holds out, we’re told to expect an hour to hour-and-a-half-long parade with possibly 10,000 spectators. It’s a bit cold for us, but if not, we would probably participate in the Shamrock (bicycle) Ride to Farley and back. Following the parade, there will be live music and gatherings in numerous places in town. A fun day to pretend we’re Irish.
Once the warms up, with both of us being cyclists, we look forward to hitting the scenic 26-mile Heritage Trail to Dubuque.
We’re sure we’ve moved to Mayberry as it would be now if it existed. Only I don’t think there’s a Barney or an Otis, but there are quite a few Aunt Bee’s. Good gracious, the pie! We are looking forward to the weekly Thursday afternoon Farmers Market with baked goods lining the tables starting up in May.
Until then, we’ll get our fill of pie at Country Junction—where old-fashioned sour cream pie can be found on the menu.