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Inbound from Taipei, Taiwan

June 27, 2023 - July 4, 2023

Any club member who is interested in attending any of the activities with the Taipei group contact Connie Williams at 319-396-4747 We would love to have you join in. Tuesday, June 27: Charter bus to Minneapolis will transport Taiwan ambassadors. Be a bus host! Stop at the Surf Ballroom & dinner in Clear Lake, arriving in Cedar Rapids by 9pm. Home hosts will meet & greet at the Greenhouse entrance of Noelridge Park be-tween 8:30-9pm! If you would like to ride along for the day, contact Shirley Rosencrans at

Wednesday, June 28: Arrive at Kalona Visitor’s Center by 10am. Tour will include an overview of the Amish and Mennonite way of life. A guide will accompany the group for a visit to an Amish field operation, an Amish goat farm, and the Kalona Buggy Shop plus an in-home Mennonite lunch, chicken with sides, family style. Everyone can choose to ex-plore the Kalona Historical Village and Museum after the tour. Driver will get lunch for half price, $25 instead of full price of $50. Hosts may decide that they would like to explore other Kalona options before or after the tour. Some suggestions are: Stringtown Grocery open 8 to 5; Golden Delight Bakery open 7 to 5; Community Store Annex open 8 to 5

Thursday, June 29: Dubuque Day with Mississippi River Museum at 10am, lunch of Soba Noodle and Salmon at Eagle Point Park, then tour of Lock & Dam #11. Afternoon at Field of Dreams, in Dyersville. Day hosts needed, lunch and admission included for drivers. Evening free with home hosts.

Friday, June 30: 10 am tour of S Bar P Miniature Horse Farm, Anamosa. Noon lunch of soup and salad bar at Sally’s in Springville, then Motorcycle Museum at 2pm. Club members are welcome to day host or join for part of the day. Home hosted dinners in evening.

Saturday, July 1: Iowa City Day: We will meet at Stanley Art Museum at 1 for a docent led tour. Then we will walk along the Iowa River to explore the campus and the near northside neighborhood and end up downtown. We will explore art murals and architecture
along the way. Once we settle downtown, we will divide into small groups with choices of exploring the Old Capitol building, the natural history museum, downtown shops, coffee shops, art booths, or just listening to music. In case of rain, we will begin with the initial activities and end up in small groups for dinner and conversation at Iowa City/Coralville homes.
11:30 am United Jazz Ensemble @ Main Stage – Iowa City Jazz Festival
11:30 am Artist Booths and Fun Stops Open @ Clinton St.
11:30 am Beverage Garden and Culinary Delights Open @ Iowa Avenue
12:15 pm North Corridor All-Star Combo @ Main Stage – Iowa City Jazz Festival
1:00 pm 3 Dawgs and a Bone @ Side Stage-Iowa City Jazz Festival
2:00 pm Christopher Merz and Shorter Stories: The Music of Wayne Shorter @ Main Stage – Iowa City Jazz Festival
3:00 pm Vivian Shanley Quartet @ Side Stage-Iowa City Jazz Festival
4:00 pm Hannah Marks Quartet @ Main Stage – Iowa City Jazz Festival
5:00 pm Aviana Gedler Quartet @ Side Stage-Iowa City Jazz Festival
6:00 pm Huntertones @ Main Stage – Iowa City Jazz Festival
7:00 pm Luke Sanders Trio @ Side Stage-Iowa City Jazz Festival
8:00 pm Christian McBride’s New Jawn @ Main Stage – Iowa City Jazz Festival
9:30 pm City of Iowa City Fireworks @ Main Stage – Iowa City Jazz Festival

Sunday, July 2: Celebration dinner with ambassadors, open to all members and guests at Coe College Clark Alumni House and Garden. Mary Stull will receive the Wayne Smith Legacy Award for her work with Friendship Force & Sponsor Circle.
Social Hour at 5pm with cash bar, Dinner at 6pm. RSVP required by June 22 to Audrey Bradford at or via Signup Genius. Send check for $25 per person to Christine Allen, 1250 Teg Drive, Iowa City, IA 52246 to confirm your reservation.
Catering by LJ’s. Menu: Greens with Strawberries, Chicken Oscar in Hollandaise Sauce, Stuffed Peppers, Rice Pilaf, Summer Sauteed Vegetables, Celebration Cake.
Parking in lots to the South of Alumni House, behind Wendy’s.

Monday, July 3: Cedar Rapids Day, beginning with tour of downtown & Czech Village by way of Horizon’s bus. A 12:30 lunch at the 350 on First, the restaurant at the top of Double Tree Hotel, open to all club members with RSVP to Mary Stull at All are welcome to tour the Cedar Rapids Public Library after lunch.

Optional evening activities: Five Seasons Ski Team Show at Ellis Park at 7pm. Bring your picnic snacks and lawn chairs. Fireworks after dark.
Tuesday, July 4: Free time with host families, a time to enjoy Freedom Festival activi-ties. Breakfast, car show, dock dogs, music and fireworks on the bridge after dark. Or see the Kernels vs Quad Cities ballgame at 6:35pm, with fireworks at the ballpark.

Wednesday, July 5: Taiwan ambassadors who extended their journey will hike with our club in NE Iowa, Maiden Voyage River Cruise ($23) at Marquette and overnight at Decorah. Join in the fun! RSVP to Judy Frascht-Miner or Shirley Rosen-crans at if you can drive. It will be a day trip for most hosts.
Thursday, July 6: Ambassadors shuttle to MSP. Bon Voyage!!!


June 27, 2023
July 4, 2023