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Special Events in the Amana Colonies

Other Special Events in the Amana Colonies not sponsored by the Amana Colonies Visitors Center or Amana Festivals: 1. Renaissance Fair The Middle Amana Community Park hosts this annual celebration of Arts & Culture of European History over Memorial Day weekend in late May, as well as the first weekend in June. The Renaissance Fair […]

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Take a Bite in the Amana Colonies

Every year the Amana Colonies prepares a wonderful weekend for foodies during the month of April when everyone is ready to get out and do some spring sampling. This year I participated in many of the events and had a great time with friends and came away with recipes to try and ideas for making […]

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Workshops and Classes in the Amana Colonies

Are you an artist or would you like to learn a new craft? There are many opportunities in Amana to learn some folk art skills. The Arts Guild, located in High Amana offers art workshops throughout the year. Some examples of the unique classes offered are “Creating Mixed Media Collages”, “Book Binding: The Long and […]

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Old Creamery Theatre

The Old Creamery Theatre Company The Old Creamery Theatre is a gem hidden in the midst of the cornfields and grassy expanses of the Amana Colonies. The company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. Ten theatre colleagues formed the company in a vacant building that had once served the community […]

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Timeless Love; Weddings in Communal Amana

Life in communal Amana was as well-regulated as the clock on the wall in the Amana railroad depot, but love, never routine, and always disruptive, happened and young people met and married in the villages of old Amana just as they did elsewhere, but in Amana between 1855-1932 there were rules that made weddings and […]

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Ten Reasons We Love Our Amana Colonies Oktoberfest

Amana’s Oktoberfest is one of the midwest’s oldest and best loved German festivals. Here are 10 reasons why we love Oktoberfest. 1. Ein Prosit Baby! This will be our 52nd Oktoberfest, so raise a glass in the Festhalle with us. In addition to several out of state, big-name German show bands, we’re proud to have […]

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“1,000 Places to See Before You Die”

In the 2016 edition of “1000 Places to See Before You Die – In the US and Canada”, you will find the “Amana Colonies” on page 514 and more specifically Die Heimat Country Inn on page 515. “The biggest and oldest of the plentiful B&Bs here is Die Heimat, an 1854 inn that was originally […]

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Amana Bricks and Mortar

Moving here 4 years ago, I was struck by the unique and historic buildings that make up the 7 villages of the Amana Colonies. Some homes are brick, some sandstone, and others weathered wood siding, all from the Amana communal era. Sprinkled in are newer homes of various designs. I later learned about efforts since […]

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You’re in Amana – Visit the Wineries and Brewery

In the Amana Colonies winemaking is part of our cultural heritage. In 1855 when the Inspirationists arrived here from New York, State (and before that Germany) they brought with them grape vines. Wrapped in wet burlap and carefully packed into wooden casks, the vines were tenderly transported 11 days via Erie Canal barge, Great Lake […]