DSM 411: October 2nd, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in October, 2019. Updates include a saint, a cantilevered overlook, athletic leagues, secret concerts, restaurants on the brink (of opening), a sign that summer’s over, a great read and a guaranteed laugh. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

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Living History Farms: Saint Pope John Paul II Exhibition
Living History Farms is always a wholesome way to spend a day with your family, but there is a special exhibition there now, that may make it an extra worthwhile trip: Living History Farms is now celebrating the 40th anniversary of the visit by Saint Pope John Paul II. He visited Des Moines in October of 1979, and 350,000 people came to Living History Farms to hear him speak. There is a special exhibition up that begins today and runs through this Sunday, showing photographs and artifacts from his historic visit. Hours are 9-4 today through Saturday, and 12-4 on Sunday.

Living History Farms: Heritage Skills Expo
If that doesn’t interest you, there is also a Heritage Skills Expo happening this Saturday at the Farms. Demonstrations will be given in kitchens, barn yards and workshops across the museum, including by blacksmiths, broom makers, and people working with draft animals. This event is happening all day this Saturday, October 5th from 9-4.
Where: Living History Farms
When: Pope exhibit is Oct 2-6, Skills Expo is Oct 5th. Hours: W-Sa 9-4, Su 12-4
Cost: Adults are $16, Kids 2-12 are $9.50
Link to more information


MacRae Park Overlook
A 50-acre city park opened south of Downtown in 1897. It’s called MacRae Park, and it recently received $3.5 million worth of upgrades. The Des Moines Parks & Rec is holding an official ribbon cutting next Wednesday morning at 11am, but it is open now, at least for walking. Improvements to the park include a newly dredged pond that will be stocked with fish, and the big highlight– the EMC Overlook, which is a cantilevered viewing platform that juts out over a cliff, giving a clear, striking view of Downtown. There is a new one-way road through the park, and it’s been split in two– one side for cars, one for walking, running and biking.
Where: MacRae Park, 1021 Davis Avenue
When: Open Su-F from 7am-6pm, Saturdays from 7am-noon?
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Get Active

DSM Parks & Rec
Let’s stick with Des Moines Parks & Rec, but pivot from parks to rec. The Fall/Winter Parks & Recreation Program Guide is available. It is a 47-page document that is worth looking through to see everything this city department is offering. The guide covers building rentals, nature programs, special events, and, the reason this update is in this category: all sorts of athletic leagues. Cost varies by activity and are held all over Des Moines.  
Link to more information

Music Scene

Here is a music scene update that, if I was smart, I wouldn’t share. It’s an online community, organized by city, that supports local musicians by setting up secret gigs for them– and Des Moines is a participating city. Here’s how it works: Go to sofarsounds.com, and type in Des Moines in the upper left dropdown. If you go right now, you’ll see that there’s a secret gig set up for October 19th. Click on “Attend”, and then you can Apply for tickets. Applying for tickets is free, and then, if your name is drawn, they’ll notify you and you’ll have the option to buy tickets to this secret concert. The concerts are held in interesting spots throughout the city, and they have 3 musicians play four songs apiece- you won’t know who you’ll see going into it, but they promise it will be diverse. Most events are BYOB, and you find out the address of where you’re going the day before. Sounds like fun! 
All over Des Moines
Next event is 10/19- check the site for ongoing shows
Link to more information


Restaurant Scene

Many pending openings:

Lua Brewery almost open
Still keeping an eye on the Sherman Hill brewery, Lua Brewing, aaaaany day now. Keep an eye on their website and social media for updates, and I’ll plan to post something on the DSM411 social accounts when I see it happens.
Where: 1525 High Street, DSM
When: Soon!
Link to Lua Brewing

The Purveyor
This spot has all of the best things: Iowa-focused charcuterie, wine, cheese, and desserts. It is on the brink of opening in the East Village, right next to Raygun. 
Where: 505 E Grand Ave
When: Soon!
Link to Purveyor

Clyde’s Fine Diner
Another East Village restaurant is set to open ANY DAY now. Just on the other end of the building from St. Kilda’s Surf & Turf, Clyde’s Fine Diner is ready to go. Clyde is the chef’s grandfather, and you should not expect diner food. This will be a FINE diner, and you should just go and look at their website to see some of the gorgeous food on the way. 
Where: 111 E Grand Ave
When: Soon!
Link to Clyde’s Fine Diner

The Thing You Know About

Farmers’ Markets wrapping up
You know that Farmers’ Markets can’t go forever- at least not in these parts. But you still have a little time to experience a couple that are hanging around through October. All Farmers’ Markets have closed for the year except three:
Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers Market — Saturdays from 7-noon through 10/26
Johnston Farmers’ Market — Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30 through 10/8
LSI’s Global Greens Farmers’ Market — Saturdays from 9-1pm through 10/26

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Beast Village
Beast Village is Des Moines’ 6th annual Comedy Festival, and it starts tomorrow, October 3rd and runs through the 6th. The festival used to be held in the East Village, hence the name, Beast Village, but now it has migrated mostly to Lefty’s on University, and there are also shows at Felix and Oscars and at Gas Lamp. The festival will include national headliners, as well as regional and local comics. A full festival pass to see as many as 50 comics, is $45, or you can get the Saturday Night pass for only $25.
Where: Lefty’s, Felix and Oscars, and Gas Lamp
When: Thursday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 6th
Cost: $45 for a weekend pass, $25 for a Saturday Night pass
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

Planned Parenthood Book Sale
An event I try hard not to miss– a book lovers paradise– the annual Planned Parenthood Book Sale is coming soon– October 10th through the 14th. Picture an enormous building filled with tables, those tables filled with books organized by genre. I have and would love to spend an entire day at this event. One thing to note, if you’ve gone before– they have switched buildings at the fairgrounds! Instead of holding the sale in the 4-H Exhibit building, they’ve moved on up to the Varied Industries Building, which is right on the Grand Concourse. Parking is still free, and you only have to pay to get into the event on October 10th. It will be $10 on that day to get your hands on the best stuff, but the 11th–14th, admission is free, and I’ve never had trouble finding too much great stuff on those free days. 
Where: Varied Industries Building, Iowa Fairgrounds
When: October 10th through 14th, hours vary by day
Cost: $10 on 10/10, free each day after that
Link to more information

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