What better way to spend Grant Wood’s 125th birthday than in the place where he was inspired to paint one of the most iconic paintings in America? Eldon is home to the American Gothic House Center and the famous little white house with the gothic style window that is recognizable to millions. To celebrate Grant Wood on his very special birthday, this quaint little town is putting on three wonderful events on Saturday, February 13.
Begin your Saturday afternoon in Eldon at the Grant Wood Soup Smorgasbord dedicated to the birthday honoree himself. Come for a delicious variety of home-cooked soups and bread and stay for a slice of birthday cake and coffee. This celebration will take place from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Eldon KD Center. There is no cost for this meal but freewill donations are welcome and will benefit the American Gothic House Center.
After your stomach is full and happy, mosey your way over to the American Gothic House Center to create your very own American Gothic parody and check out the brand new exhibit that will open on this Saturday of celebration: The American Scene-Prints from the 1930s and 1940s. This temporary exhibit features a selection of prints depicting a variety of rural and urban scenes from across America. Artists of the prints include Luigi Lucioni, John Steuart Curry, Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Thomas Hart Benton, Asa Cheffetz, Isabel Bishop, and Grant Wood.
To finish up your afternoon in Eldon, visit the McHaffey Opera House for a movie matinee. Take a step back in time at the historic opera house and a 2:00 PM showing of Made for Each Other with Carole Lombard and James Stewart. Admission is free.
Spending your Saturday afternoon in Eldon may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime experience-- but ending your Saturday afternoon in Eldon on Grant Wood's 125th birthday, definitely is. Don't miss your chance (or the birthday cake)!