A threat of snow this weekend will not deter southeast Iowa from entertaining the masses. Concerts, plays and bacon await residents and visitors.
1. Ottumwa Area Community Chorus will present its fall concert today at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Ottumwa. A Million Dreams is a mix of African-American spirituals, folk songs, African songs and selections from “The Greatest Showman.” Nearly 30 children will join the adult choir for the multicultural concert. The program will feature percussionists German Ramos, Landon Hinckley and Kulu Sadira and Indian Hills Community College professor David Sharp on sax. Admission is free; donations are welcome. The church is located at 228 W. Fourth St. in Ottumwa.
2. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont drama club will take audiences to ancient Rome on three consecutive days this weekend. Nearly 40 students have put together the musical “When in Rome …” The junior-senior high school cafetorium will be transformed into the ancient city today and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
3. Local businesses celebrate Ottumwa’s ranking as largest producer of bacon in America with the fourth annual BaconTown at Bridge View Center. Radio station KIIC has invited area chefs to cook up more than 1,500 pounds of bacon for visitors beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Blues Hall of Famer Tony Blew and the Marshall County Hangmen Band will provide dinner music for bacon consumers. Community 1st Credit Union will make games and prizes, inflatables and the C1st train available for children from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Food sample prices start at $1.
4. Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra will give music lovers three opportunities to hear its Kidsymphony Saturday. SIESO will perform at 11 a.m. at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, at 2 p.m. at Iowa Wesleyan University Chapel Auditorium in Mt. Pleasant and at 4:30 p.m. at Capitol Theater in Burlington. Conductor Robert McConnell will direct the symphony as it performs music by John Williams from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Jessica Mitcheltree will be special host for the event. McConnell and SEISO take a light-hearted approach to introducing children and their families to the symphony orchestra. Kidsymphony will include demonstrations of individual instruments. The audience will be invited onto the stage after the concert to see and hear instruments up close. Audience members are encouraged to wear Harry Potter costumes. Tickets are available at www.seiso.us and at the door. Children will be admitted free.
5. Albia Community High School’s drama department will perform the Tony Award-winning musical “Hello, Dolly” this weekend at King Opera House in Albia. Alex Steines and Suszanne Hollinrake direct the high school students in their interpretation of the 1964 Broadway musical. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Activity passes will be accepted for Sunday’s performance only.
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