August 2016 Newsdumpster


And Now This. . .

Greetings from Sheldon, Iowa. As we begin the second and final month of our 2016 Into the Cornfield Tour of the mostly Midwest, we got to thinking how this Newsdumpster doesn't actually contain much news, which we tend to find boring. Since we couldn't think of anything else, we thought we'd go with news this month. So here it is: news:

  • On Long Island, after our first show this tour, the Blue Meanie's fuel pump decided that 235,000 miles was far enough. It was under the knife for five days while we enjoyed several walking tours of Rockville Centre.
  • Our most excellent friend, Red Head, brought us to Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania, which has been packing drawers since 1926.
  • It got way, way, too hot for a long time.
  • We had our first real Chicago-style pizza and we have been moved.
  • We spent a day at Wisconsin's legendary House on the Rock, a sprawling museum dedicated to the fever dreams of one highly feverish man.
  • We were honored to be among the official showcase judges for the 2016 Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference. So if you didn't get in, it was probably our fault.
  • Sadly, our treasured Grand Canyon snow globe sprung a leak and had to be discarded. Happily, it was replaced by a House on the Rock snow globe nearly as excellent.
  • At the end of this month, we begin our 2016 Double-Crossing the Pond Tour of the British Isles, which starts with our first-ever visit to both Irelands.
  • We've noticed that many parks and campgrounds feature disc golf, which appears to involve chains.

There are already too many photos in our 2016 Into the Cornfield Tour photo album.

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Monday, August 1, 6:30 PM
Hull Public Library
1408 Main St.
Hull, IA 51239
Tickets: Free.
Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 PM
Vinton Public Library
510 2nd Ave.
Vinton, IA 52349
Tickets: Free.
Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM
Hawarden Public Library
803 Tenth St.
Hawarden, IA 51023
Tickets: Free.
Saturday, August 6, 6:00 PM
Clarence Public Library
309 6th Ave.
Clarence, IA 52216
Tickets: Free. Concert will be held at the local park, with a potluck at 5:00 pm before the show.

Tuesday, August 9, 6:00 PM
Crown Point Community Library
122 N. Main St.
Crown Point, IN 46307
Tickets: Free.
Saturday, August 13, 1:00 PM
Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library
325 E. Columbus St.
Kenton, OH 43326
Tickets: Free.
Sunday, August 14, 2:00 PM
Wadsworth Public Library
132 Broad St.
Wadsworth, OH 44281
Tickets: Free. Sponsored by the Wadsworth Public Library.

Wednesday, August 17, 12:00 PM
Music Sandwiched In
Cherokee County Public Library, Blacksburg Branch
201 S. Rutherford St.
Blacksburg, SC 29702
Tickets: Free.
Sunday, August 21, 4:00 PM
Lee Zimmerman Presents Hungrytown
Royal Oaks Clubhouse
3705 Legends Way
Maryville, TN 37801
Tickets: $15. Please contact Lee at for reservations.
Thursday, August 25, 7:00 PM
Alleghany County Library
122 N. Main St.
Sparta, NC 28675
Tickets: Free.
Saturday, August 27, 7:00 PM
Little Switzerland House Concert
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Doors: 6:00 PM.    Tickets: $20. Potluck dinner 6:00 pm, show 7:00 pm. Bring a chair, favorite beverage, and covered dish to share. Call or email Dan for reservations and directions 828-766-9468 or

Wednesday, August 31, 7:00 PM
Private engagement
Castletown, WEM
Republic of Ireland
Thursday, September 1, 9:00 PM
Sunflower Folk Club
The Sunflower Public House
65 Union Street
Belfast ANT BT1 2JG, UK
Tickets: £5.
Friday, September 2, 8:15 PM
Village Arts Centre
The Square, Kilworth, COR
+353 (0)87 678 0183
Republic of Ireland
Tickets: €15. Tickets available from Avondhu office, Fermoy, Co Cork. Tel 025-32227; Hyland`s Bookshop, Mitchelstown, Co Cork. Tel: 025-24528;  Cotter`s Bar, Kilworth, Co Cork. Tel 025-27109 (after 5pm); also from tel 087-649251.

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