All Aboard the Queen II

The Queen II Excursion Boat is the only venue of its kind in the Iowa Great Lakes. Transform your event into a unique on-the-water experience, enhanced by the traditional ambiance of the lakes area. The Queen II can accommodate up to 200 guests and offers the excitement of a guided tour of West Lake Okoboji’s … Read more

Smoke on the Water BBQ Compeition

Competitors from across the Midwest came to Arnolds Park to see who could make the best barbequed chicken, ribs, and pork. The first annual BBQ event was hosted by Okoboji Tourism. Twelve teams competed in the Smoke on the Water, Saturday, June 23 at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park. Judging started at noon, with public … Read more

Vaughans host party to remember

Iowa Great Lakes Association board member Kevin Vaughan and his wife Teri hosted the backyard party of the summer Friday evening, June 22 at their Lake home on West Lake. The evening kicked off with a fundraiser for Kristi Noem (R_SD) a celebration for Kevin and Teri’s 10th wedding anniversary followed. Joe’s Stone Crab catered … Read more

Okoboji Foundation to host Lakes Legacy event

Please join us for Okoboji Foundation’s 2012 Lakes Legacy Event, 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24th at Pearson Lakes Art Center. Proceeds support vital projects for Lake Quality & Environment, Arts & Culture and Outdoor Experiences and Recreation.  Sponsorships of $1,000 or more are also eligible for Endow Iowa Tax Credit.  Complete event details on attachment. This … Read more

Lakeside Chautauqua celebrates water quality

The Lakeside Chautauqua – A celebration of Water Quality for the Iowa Great Lakes – was held Sunday, June 17 at Lakeside Labs. Local environmental citizens mingled with writers, musicians, scientists, professors, and other leaders at the event. [nggallery id=11]

Rock the Roof opens concert season

The Iowa Rock N Roll Music Association kicked off its summer Rock the Roof season Thursday, June 14 at the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park with performances by the Itty Bitty Band and Starfire. Concerts will be held  from 6-8:30 p.m. each Thursday evening through Aug. 16. [nggallery id=10] Rock the Roof schedule Thursday, June 21 … Read more

IPTV to air Asian Carp features

Iowa Public Television is scheduled to air two features on Asian Carp. The first segment will air on “Market To Market” this Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on Iowa Public Television. It will also be available after its initial airing at the website:

A ‘marvelous’ opening for the Okoboji Summer Theatre

The Okoboji Summer Theatre kicked off its 55th season with a musical opener on Tuesday, June 12 with “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Act one incorporates many of our favorite pop songs from the 1950s, as four young singers entertain their classmates at Springfield High’s 1958 senior prom. Songs include “Mr. Sandman,” “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” and Sincerely.” In act two, … Read more

Get Creative – bring out your inner artist

Iowa Great Lakes area is often considered a cultural center for artists and art enthusiasts. Not only can you shop for art throughout the region, but a handful of local establishments also offer the opportunity to find your inner artist and create your own masterpiece. Art on 16th Art on 16th tags itself as “your … Read more

Pearson Lakes Art Center hosts annual fundraiser

The Pearson Lakes Art Center held its annual June Celebrate the Arts Benefit on Saturday, June 2, 2012. The event saw a record attendance this year with approximately 250 supporters. The evening began with butler-passed savory hors d’oeuvres, sponsored by Sackett & Sims-Taylor Law Offices as well as a complimentary bar, sponsored by Liz Sandy, Realtor. … Read more