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Upcoming Events

Soup & Chili Supper (December 2, 2016, 4:30 to 6:30PM)

souThis homemade meal is sure to warm you up on a cold December day! Your choice of wild rice soup or chili, bread, a beverage, and a holiday cookie.

Adults $7; hot dogs will be available for purchase also.



Christmas in the Village (December 2 4:30-8PM, and December 3, 2016, 10AM and 2PM)

Christmas in the Village is a historic holiday spectacular which takes place on Friday, December 2 from 4:30-8:00 PM and Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, with events in both the Village of Yesteryear, 1448 Austin Road and the History Center, 1700 Austin Road in Owatonna, and is one of the events of Owatonna’s “Hometown Holiday” weekend.

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee



Holiday Home Tour (December 4, 2016, noon to 5PM)

dreamstime_m_7064384The “Holiday Home Tour” returns from Noon-5:00 PM. The following homes will be featured: Lisa Fillnow, 1846 Creekside Drive; Don and Julie Buskovick, 955 Olympic Hills Place NE; Northrop House, 358 E Main Street; Cheryl Villwock, 720 Lincoln Avenue; Dunnell House, Village of Yesteryear, 1448 Austin Road; Betsy Lindgren, 812 S Elm Avenue; Ryan and Elizabeth Hedlund and family, 630 S Cedar Avenue; and, Joe and Melanie Sunnarborg, 1314 Leif Avenue NW.

Ticket price is $15. Tickets can be purchased at the Steele County Historical Society, Tri M Graphics, and Kottke Jewelers.

Americana Showcase:  Charlie Parr (December 16, 2016, doors open at 6:30PM, music begins at 7:30PM)

charlie-parrAn easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980’s in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota. Click here for more information.