Thursday, July 24, 2014

Local Events



The annual Brucemore Garden & Art Show will return Saturday, August 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. amidst the historic charm of the Brucemore gardens and landscape. More than 60 artists and garden vendors from across the Midwest will share their expertise by showcasing unique products, vivid presentations, and pertinent information, including ceramics, plantings, jewelry, sculpture, glass, textiles, and more.


Educational opportunities will captivate attendees, whether it’s engaging in a one-on-one conversation, participating in an interactive display, or listening to a featured lecture. The Linn County Master Gardeners, Ceramics Center, and Hy-Vee will lead relevant presentations on the festival’s main stage.  The Linn County Master Gardeners will showcase several displays and demonstrations in the Formal Garden, including raised-bed garden creation, insect identification, and heirloom vegetable care. Plant vendors and horticultural organizations will share unusual and standard specimens, and artists will eagerly discuss their original paintings, pottery, and more.


The 2013 show will continue its rich tradition of incorporating hands-on activities for families.  Children can decorate flower pots with mosaic pieces, fire raku, and participate in a clay activity with the Ceramics Center. For the fourth year, the special section “Chew on This” will highlight organic and locally grown food with interactive displays, heirloom tomato tasting, frozen custard tasting, old fashion lawn games, watermelon seed spitting contests, an insect petting zoo, and more. Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency will provide free compost to all interested attendees.


Tickets are sold at the gate the day of the event or online at  Admission is $6.00 per person. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is off-site. Shuttle service is available from Washington High School throughout the day. Handicap parking is available on-site by entering the First Avenue gate only. No pets, coolers, outside food, or weapons allowed during the event. Food and beverage vendors will be available on-site. The Brucemore Garden and Art Show is sponsored by Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency and Penford Products.  For further information on the Brucemore Garden and Art Show, please call (319) 362-7375 or visit<>.



Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit<>.

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