The second half of the Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce’s Thursday Night On Main summer concert lineup starts with Art Stevenson & Highwater, one of Wisconsin’s finest bluegrass band. The performance is sponsored by the Waupaca Foundry.
The free concert will be held Thursday, Aug. 4, on Main Street across from the Crystal Café starting at 6:00 p.m. A 50/50 raffle will be held, which also includes door prize drawings. The Millstone will be serving on site its signature Italian gelato and downtown restaurants and bars have food specials, so come early and enjoy dinner. Also bring a lawnchair!
Then wrapping up Thursday Night On Main, it’s the popular Comedy, Corks & Cheese Night at Iola Mills on Aug. 11.
Summer Comedy relief will be provided by comedian Roger Radley, formerly of Waupaca. Radley has performed more than 4,500 comedy shows since 1985. A rousing and energetic comedian, he has also been an opening act for nationally touring acts over the years, including The Charlie Daniels Band, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Paula Poundstone, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and Richard Jenni, among others.
Radley’s comedy show starts at 7:00 p.m in the Mill. There is limited seating (90 people) and the show costs $5. Tickets are available now at the Millstone and will also be sold at the Art Stevenson & Highwater concert.
For the Corks aspect of the evening, fitting in nicely with Iola’s Norwegian heritage, Lil Ole Winemaker Shoppe of Wausau, Wis., will be featuring samples of four of its more than 50 wines. Samples (2 ounces) are $2, with a full pour $5. Attendees may also purchase bottles of the four featured wines. Check out Lil Ole’s website too:www.lilolewinemaker.com.
A Cheese aspect was added to the event this year. Cheese samples, which you can pair with the wine, locally produced by Dupont Cheese of Marion, Wis. Cheese will also be available for sale. Lil Ole’s and Dupont have done wine-and-cheese pairing events together in the past.
The wine and cheese tasting starts at 6:00 p.m. and continues throughout the evening in the Millstone. Attendees can sit outside on the patio or walk a short distance to Lake Iola. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend Comedy, Corks & Cheese Night. The Millstone will also be serving food, gelato, and beer (Central Waters on tap).