Community Events

Country Store

Country Store is an annual event held the 1st Wednesday of October featuring craft sales, food, and a raffle.  1st prize this year is a donated handmade quilt.  Other prizes include gift certificates, various items and every prize is a winner.  Raffle is held at 6 pm. Tickets are available for $1 or 6 for $5 until the time of the raffle.  You do not need to be present to win.  Food is served during the day.  Menu includes soup, sandwiches, salads and to top it all off HOMEMADE DESSERTS!  Take-outs are available. New Era is located near Wild Cat Den and provides a beautiful backdrop for this annual fall event. Consider this your invitation to spend a day away in a beautiful setting and get a start on holiday shopping!  Please join us.

New Era Dinner Theater

Watch for information on the 2020 production!
What We Are All About New Era Dinner Theater is a ministry of New Era Lutheran Church. Each year in the spring, a musical is presented by members of the community along with a dinner served by members of the congregation. Much of the proceeds are donated to Charities, usually one local and one international.

A Bit of History
The New Era church was built in the early 1890’s and hosted theatrical productions as well as worship services. In 1911, the first rural gymnasium in the state of Iowa was built at New Era. A stage was added to the gym in 1927. It was home to many productions as graffiti on the original scenery will attest. In 1994, Pastor Roy Rogers pulled together a dinner theater production of Godspell. It’s success started an annual tradition that continues today.

Past Productions

2019 – Shrek the Musical
2018 – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
2017 – Pippin
2016 – Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2013 – Children of Eden
2012 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2011 – Once Upon a Mattress
2010 – The Mystery of Edwin Drood
2009 – Guys & Dolls
2008 – Hot Mikado
2007 – Fiddler on the Roof
2006 – Little Shop of Horrors
2005 – Man of La Mancha
2004 – Annie Get Your Gun
2003 – Godspell