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Dawn Frary

Posted by Dawn Frary | Aug 24, 2015

Iowa’s northwestern Great Lakes region -- sometimes referred to simply as “Okoboji” -- offers endless summer fun for salty sailors and land-lovers alike. Take in a drive-in movie, visit a...

Lake MacBride
Posted by Dawn Frary | Jul 28, 2015

Lake Macbride State Park and the Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MRNA) cover nearly 2,700 acres north of Iowa City, offering endless opportunities…

Backbone State Park
Posted by Dawn Frary | Jun 23, 2015

Spanning 2,001 acres in northeast Iowa, Backbone State Park was dedicated in 1920 as Iowa’s first state park. It is an otherworldly paradise named for its…

Bustleworship!
Posted by Dawn Frary | Dec 2, 2013

“Playing dress-up should be an everyday occurrence,” says Jensina Endresen, Iowa City’s queen of vintage furs and proprietress of BUSTLEWORSHIP. Born in 2012, BUSTLEWORSHIP’s mission is to breathe new life...

Ansel Cummings is a friend of the bees
Posted by Dawn Frary | Jul 17, 2013

Most people go to great lengths to rid their yards of plants they deem to be “weeds.” These so-called weeds are invasive and unattractive and might as well just be...

Posted by Dawn Frary | Mar 20, 2013

Do you like good, clean, organic food? Does supporting local charities and businesses give you the warm fuzzies? Are you a New Pioneer Co-op member who has received your annual...

Posted by Dawn Frary | Mar 4, 2013

The basic premise of a CSA is this: Patrons become members of a CSA by purchasing a share of a farm. In return for paid membership, they receive a weekly...

Posted by Dawn Frary | Sep 3, 2012

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR. In the middle of an Iowa cornfield, during one of the hottest months on record, Shumpei Yamaki has a fire burning. It is a fire of...

Posted by Dawn Frary | May 11, 2012

Photos and story by Dawn Frary As the weather warms and backyard gardens begin to sprout, locals are asked to consider a very basic question: Where does our food come...

Posted by Dawn Frary | Oct 26, 2010

The Amana Colonies are known to Iowans hither and yon as a mecca of cheese, wine, wool, barns and buggies. Certainly everyone knows that in the Amanas, there is an...

Posted by Dawn Frary | Apr 21, 2010

Whether or not we realize it, we are each given a canvas at birth. This canvas is one we wear, one we carry with us where ever we go. Some...

Posted by Dawn Frary | Aug 2, 2008

There is an American Indian legend that says when a human dies, there is a bridge he or she must cross in order to enter heaven. At the head of...