Winners announced at “Klompen with the Stars”

ORANGE CITY – Orange City’s Klompen with the Stars was a “huge success,” according to producer Vern Eekhoff and Orange City Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek. It brought six duos to the stage of the packed Northwestern College Chapel Saturday, March 21 for a northwest Iowa version of Dancing with the Stars.

The judges and the crowd together selected the winning teams. The winning duo was Lori Hayungs and Thai Hua; runners-up were Dan McCarty and Sarah Wittenberg. Of the almost 500 attendees, 403 people cast votes, via cell phone or paper ballots.

Other dancing teams were Jonny Craig and Marissa Wiese, Jason Alons and Valerie Heaton, Yesenia Cazares and Lee Stover, and Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach (pictured above).

The event also featured emcees ABC’s Jenna Rehnstrom and Life 96.5’s Lauren Banik; judges Luanne Christensen, Dan Sikkema, Rebecca Donahue and Jim Schaap; and professional dancers Gordon and Kate Bratt of Mill City Ballroom, St. Paul. IMG_4844 KLOMPEN Kate & Gordon Bratt(right) Show producer was Vern Eekhoff, and committee members were Olga Alvarado, Mark Volkers and Janine Calsbeek. Tech crews were students and staff from Orange City, Sioux Center, Northwestern College and Dordt College.

The event, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, raised funds for a new mural in downtown Orange City, the summer Wednesday night outdoor series Onstage Orange City and Ballet Quad Cities presenting The Nutcracker Dec. 19. “It was a great community-building event,” said Calsbeek, “and it makes many other things possible — terrific arts events — in 2015.”

Corporate sponsors of Klompen with the Stars were Diamond Vogel Paint, Orange City Area Health System and Northwestern Bank. Additional sponsors were Cardinal Therapeutic Massage, Hair Clinic, Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium, Northwestern College, Old Factory Coffee Shop, Bella Ruse, State Farm, Celebration Media Services and Woudstra Meat Market.

IMG_3356PHOTO above: Leah Hayungs presents her mom Lori with flowers and a hug following the announcement of the winners of Klompen with the Stars in Orange City Saturday, March 21. Pictured are the dancers (left to right) Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach; Sarah Wittenberg and Dan McCarty (runners-up); Yesenia Cazares; emcee Jenna Rehnstrom of KCAU-TV; Yesenia’s dance partner, Lee Stover; Leah and Lori Hayungs, and Lori’s dance partner Thai Hua; backstage emcee Lauren Banik of Life 96.5 Radio; Valerie Heaton and Jason Alons; and Marissa Wiese and Jonny Craig. The event was a fundraiser for the Orange City Arts Council’s upcoming projects — a mural, Onstage OC summer shows in the park, and The Nutcracker, to be performed by Ballet Quad Cities.

PHOTO below: No wooden shoes clomped at this Orange City event, there were just six crowd-pleasing dances, and funds raised for the Orange City Arts Council’s upcoming projects. The competing dance teams March 21 were (left to right) Jonny Craig and Marissa Wiese; Jason Alons and Valerie Heaton; Dan McCarty and Sarah Wittenberg — runners-up; Yesenia Cazares and Lee Stover; Lori Hayungs and Thai Hua — first place winners; and Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach. (Photo courtesy of Doug Calsbeek, Sioux County Capital-Democrat)


Grant awarded to OC Arts Council for January events

ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,000 Rural Arts Development Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support Shanren, a music ensemble from SW China, and an urban Latin dance theatre troupe from Los Angeles: Contra Tiempo.

The two ensembles will be in the Orange City area in January.

Shanren (pictured below) will share their culture and music with youth and adults in workshops and assemblies for nine schools, coffee house shows, Village Northwest Unlimited, a library workshop and a public performance. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about the world through the eyes of musicians from rural SW China,” said Janine Calsbeek of the Orange City Arts Council. Shanren will be here Jan 11-16, with the coffee house shows at Fruited Plain Jan. 12 and Old Factory Jan. 13, and the public performance at Unity Knight Center Friday, Jan 16. All shows begin at 7:30pm.

Contra-Tiempo (pictured above) will present “Full Still Hungry,” theatre-dance vignettes about food, consumption and culture. Its opening night was sold out at the Ford Amphitheater in LA. Workshops will also be held – teaching a community-building form of salsa from Cuba. The public performance is Saturday, Jan 31 at 8:00pm at Unity Knight Center.

Both ensembles will bring the community together, said Calsbeek, learning about ethnic heritages, various music styles and dance. She expects that over 1,700 people from Sioux County and beyond to be touched by one or both of these ensembles.

Concerning the grant, Iowa Senator Randy Feenstra said: “It’s great to hear that the Orange City Arts Council received grant funds  from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  This funding will help support two wonderful performances in Northwest Iowa.  I applaud these efforts of the Orange City Arts Council in writing this grant and creating cultural opportunities for rural Iowans!”

Tickets for Shanren are available at the Dove Bookstore, Orange City Arts Council office at city hall, and Northwestern’s music and theatre departments. Tickets for Contra-Tiempo will be available soon. Cost is $10 adult, $7 student. Group rates are available from Orange City Arts.

In addition to the Iowa Arts Council, the Orange City Arts Council is receiving support for Shanren from Arts Midwest and 88 Chinese Restaurant, and for Contra-Tiempo from Joiner and Zwart Family Dentistry.

For more information, contact 707-4885 or







Artists win awards at Orange City art exhibition

ORANGE CITY – Four area artists recently won awards at the juried exhibit, Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition. Awards were announced at the closing reception in Orange City November 22.

Betsy Brown of Sergeant Bluff won Best of Show, with her acrylic pour painting, Moving Forward.

Honorable Mention awards went to Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath, Lynae Dadisman, and Emily Stokes.

Arand-McIlrath, of Okoboji, received an award for his sculpture, Button-Bracelet, constructed of red twig dogwood, crocheted yarn, buttons and bracelets.

Dadisman is a Northwestern College student from West Des Moines; her prize-winning work was a charcoal drawing entitled Iris.

Stokes created a linocut/ etching/ collage displayed as an accordion book, entitled Work Ethic. Stokes, of Orange City, teaches in the art department at Northwestern College.

The four award-winners received cash prizes. Jurors were artists Joanne Alberda of Sioux Center and Joan Brower of Orange City.

Twenty-two works by 22 regional artists were part of the exhibit, held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre, in conjunction with the production, The Power and the Glory.  Sponsor of the show was the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with Northwestern’s Art and Theatre Departments.


Betsy Brown wins “Best of Show”

Betsy Brown of Sergeant Bluff (pictured above) was awarded “Best of show” for her acrylic pour painting, Moving Forward, at the Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition. The show, held November 13-22 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre, featured the work of 22 regional artists. 

 IMG_1280 Arand-McIlrath, Stokes & Dadisman

Awards given to artists

Honorable mention awards at the Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition went to (from left) Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath of Okoboji, Emily Stokes of Orange City and Lynae Dadisman, Northwestern College student from West Des Moines. The exhibit was sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. 



“Good grief! Why not?” Donate to OC Arts Council

“Good grief! Why not?” Chances are that Charlie Brown would support the Orange City Arts Council, and might possibly try to convince his dancing friends to do the same. The SchoolHouse Company’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was one of the Orange City Arts Council’s summer shows, part of the Onstage Orange City series. Now the Orange City Arts Council is conducting its annual membership drive.

The Orange City Arts Council began its 2014-2015 membership campaign in late July, and is continuing until October 31.

The Arts Council sponsors Onstage Orange City, Missoula Children’s Theatre and classes in the summer, and now the Beyond Onstage series of music, theatre and dance shows from October through April, beginning with a world class Brazilian group. A classical guitarist will perform in October, an art exhibit is planned for November, and classes for students and adults are in the works.

“It’s hard to keep up with everything!” said Janine Calsbeek, Orange City Arts Council director. The 13-member board is full of ideas, she said, especially related to visual arts and local artists. “The arts teach creativity and problem-solving, they educate us about others and the world, they enhance our quality of life, they bring visitors to town. As the Arts Council’s programming grows, we need more time and funds, so donations are essential.”

Each year, the Arts Council receives approximately 40 to 50 percent of its budget from community donors.

New members who donate $30 or more may choose a gift: a Bella Ruse CD or a sturdy colorful tote bag. Those who contribute $100 or more receive complimentary tickets to select OC Arts Council events, plus gift cards providing discounts on original art by several local artists.

More more information, see Donate online, or write a check to Orange City Arts Council and bring to the city hall or mail to PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.

OC Arts schedule for 2014-2015

2014-15 Arts in ORANGE CITY

Aug 1 & 2 Missoula Children’s Theatre: King Arthur’s Quest. Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre. Auditions for children July 28. Performances: Fri 7:30p, Sat 2:00p

Wednesdays Onstage Orange City thru Aug 20 in Windmill Park. Aug 27 show at Northwestern’s Green. 7:00p

Fri Oct 3 Peter Fletcher, classical guitarist from New York, OC Public Library, 7:00p. 

Fri Oct. 10 Paulo Padilha and Group: Beyond Onstage series. The swing & rhythm of urban Brazil, with humor! Unity’s Knight Center, 7:30p. Workshops Oct 5-10.

Oct 27-Nov 20 Memoir class, eight afternoon sessions taught by Barbara Turnwall. Old Factory Coffee Shop.

Nov 22 Watercolor workshop taught by award-winning artist Judy Thompson, OC Area Health System Downtown campus.

Nov 13-22  Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition in conjunction with NWC’s production, The Power & the Glory, Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre. Deadline for entries: Oct. 13.

Dec The SchoolHouse Company’s annual Christmas show

Fri Jan 16 Shanren: Beyond Onstage series. Fusing indigenous Chinese with modern music. Unity’s Knight Center, 7:30p. Workshops Jan 11-17.

Sat Jan 31 Contra Tiempo: Beyond Onstage series. Urban Latin dance theatre from LA, performing Full Still Hungry. Unity’s Knight Center, 8:00p.

Sat Feb 7 An Evening of Dance featuring local dance teams, Unity’s Knight Center, 7:00p.

Sat Feb 21 Map of My Kingdom by Iowa’s poet laureate Mary Swander. Featuring Cora Vander Broek Brumlow (pictured) of Chicago. Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre, 7:30p.

Sat Mar 21 Dancing with the Stars featuring local celebrities and Gordon & Kate Bratt of the Twin Cities. Prairie Winds Events Center, 7:30p.

Sat Apr 11 Cinderella by Des Moines Metro Opera: Beyond Onstage series. Comic opera & Rossini’s finest music. Northwestern’s Chapel, 7:30p.

Mon Apr 20 Harlem Quartet: Beyond Onstage series. 2013 multi-Grammy award winner. “Contagious enthusiasm.” Northwestern’s Chapel, 7:00p

May – Aug  Onstage Orange City & Summer Suites. Wednesdays. Windmill Park 7:00p unless otherwise announced.

June – July   Classes in arts & theatre



BEYOND ONSTAGE SEASON PASS DISCOUNT UNTIL OCT. 1: $35 adults, $20 students. After Oct. 1, $45 adults, $30 students

NEW! Purchase season passes at Dove Christian Bookstore or ONLINE at Or send name, address, email, & ph # with check to Orange City Arts Council.  Individual tickets: $10 & $7. Children 5 & under free.




• A free OC Arts Council tote bag – to all new members ($30 contribution or more)

• To donors of $100 or more: several artists are offering discounts on the purchase of their work. AND $100+ donors receive complimentary tickets to select OCAC events. Donate $1000 & receive two free season passes for Beyond Onstage.

2014-15 Beyond Onstage series announced

Beyond Onstage 2014-2015

The 2nd season is even better than the first. Season passes may be purchased at Dove Christian Bookstore or Orange City Arts Council. Season passes may also be purchased online:  $35 for adults for five shows; $20 for students. After October 1, season passes are $45 adult, $30 student. (At the door: $10 adults, $7 students, children 5 & under are free.) Shows at Unity Christian Knight Center and Northwestern’s Christ Chapel.

Oct. 10: Paulo Padilha & Group from Brazil

Catch the swing and rhythm of urban Brazil! Highly acclaimed as a musician and clever lyricist with a mischievous sense of humor, Padilha’s songs take interest in everything from mother-in-law as muse to philosophic ramblings on art. A little samba, a little pop—you’ll dance all the way home!

Jan. 16: Shanren from Yunnan Province, China

Shanren, fusing indigenous music from southwest China with modern styles from around the globe, they’ve received critical & popular acclaim in Asia, Europe & North America. Both Paulo Padilha and Shanren are sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council & Arts Midwest World Fest, that brought the popular Le Vent du Nord & Baladino here!

Jan. 31: Contra Tiempo from Los Angeles

Contra Tiempo brings together salsa, Afro-Cuban, urban & contemporary dance-theatre to create Full Still Hungry. Opening night at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles was sold out. “Emotionally charged choreography, sharp cultural commentary & an unrelenting sense of humor.” (pictured)

Apr. 11: Cinderella

From the Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Iowa has performed in 40 states, Japan & China… and will present the delightfully romantic comedy, Cinderella. Hilarious characters & situations set to Rossini’s finest music, it’s comic opera at its most exhilarating best!

Apr. 20: Harlem Quartet

The New York Times used the word “panache” to describe the Harlem String Quartet’s recent performance: “a flamboyant confidence of style.” Their recording with Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Hot House, was a 2013 multi-Grammy Award winner. “A new attitude to classical music… fresh, bracing, intelligent.” “Contagious enthusiasm.”

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Des Moines got a taste of Orange City.

Des Moines got a taste of Orange City.

It feels like news when Des Moines officials come to Sioux County. It doesn’t happen often, especially with the Department of Cultural Affairs. Budgets are tight. Schedules are full. We’re 200 miles away. And maybe people in the Hub of Iowa think we northwesterners are autonomous.

We like to believe that too, sometimes. But I’ve decided that it’s good to be part of Iowa.

Still, I was concerned that the Community Forum discussion July 30 would be so Des Moines-centered that we would feel superfluous. Mary Cownie and Chris Kramer, from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, came here, along with their consultants who are conducting 22 forums across Iowa… including one in Sioux City and another in Storm Lake. And 37 locals filled the meeting room at Northwestern College. People showed up from at least six towns, 20-somethings to 80-somethings, and representing a range of interests — educators, librarians, city officials, artists, patrons of the arts, Representative Dwayne Alons.

Everyone I spoke with appreciated the discussion.

What makes our communities culturally vibrant, what is missing, and what can the Department of Cultural Affairs do to help? 

The DCA, by the way, includes the Iowa Arts Council, the State Historic Society and Produce Iowa – the new state office of media production. They help bring the arts to rural communities, they are in charge of historic preservation, their latest project is And they head the State Historical Building, and asked for ideas on the Iowa stories that should be told there.

Suggestions flowed freely. We – all Iowans – need more sculpture walks. Trails. Trails with art and history components. More support for local artists. More cooperation. More networking between schools, arts councils, libraries, museums. More local history/ film/ story. Less town competitiveness and more regional-thinking. More travel to different parts of Iowa. Assistance in fundraising. A one-stop-shop in social media – “so we know what’s going on.”

The State Historical Building needs to tell stories honesty, said Kim Van Es of Sioux Center, reporting from her table’s discussion; “It needs to include painful or controversial parts of our history.” How about stories about Native and immigrant communities, the role of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, civil rights history, leadership in education, the polio epidemic, wind energy, rural life and ag business? Suggestions included a stage, gallery, and a bar graph similar to the one at Ellis Island, showing the origin countries of immigrants through the decades.

But this may not help northwest Iowans unless there’s a strong and interactive online presence, and traveling exhibits. And encouragement for schools to bring fifth graders to visit.

The DCA employs 60 people, and Iowa has almost 40,000 people employed by the creative sector, said Chris Kramer of the DCA.  She and her cohorts liked Orange City – the fresh faces at the meeting, the positive attitudes, our ideas, our lovely town.

And it didn’t hurt that they came on a Wednesday, when the Woudstra brat stand was open. “Wow, I’m glad I called you to set up a forum here,’ said Kramer with a smile.

I’m glad, too.

— by Janine Calsbeek, director, Orange City Arts CouncilIMG_7975 Community Forum with Chris Kramer smaller

Orange City’s Got Talent! 2014 winners

ORANGE CITY –  Sydney Krommendyk, Hannah McGarvey and The TriTones took the prizes in the fourth annual Orange City’s Got Talent!

The area talent show was held Wednesday, May 28 at Windmill Park in Orange City, the first of the 2014 Onstage Orange City summer series.

Sydney Krommendyk, sixth grader from Orange City, (left) took the top prize with her vocal rendition of Titanium. 

Hannah McGarvey of Alton (2nd from left) played a cello piece by Astor Piazzolla,  Libertango, and earned the second place award.  Her accompanist was Lori Vande Brake.

Tri-Tones, (right) an a cappella trio of Ben De Groot and Sam De Groot of Sioux Center, and Joel Pasma of Ripon CA, won third place.  

The three winners won cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 respectively.

The other seven acts in the talent show were Ensemble Royale, The J’s, Kari Broadway, Julie Junck, Jade De Kock, Miranda and LaRae Bloemendaal, and Christie Conover and Angela Riedeman.

The evening ended with Popular from Wicked, performed by emcees Amanda Haverdink, the 2013 OC’s Got Talent winner, and Lois Estell.

The Onstage Orange City event was sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Quatro Composites™, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.



ORANGE CITY – Onstage Orange City begins its fifth season next week, and the stage will be popping with entertainment. It’s Orange City’s Got Talent! (But the talent comes from beyond city limits!)

Windmill Park is the place, Wednesday, May 28 the day. The show begins at 7:00pm.

This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Quatro Composites™.

This annual show promises a variety of performances from talented locals.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places: $100, $75, and $50, respectively.

Tim Breen, Deb De Haan and Mike Noteboom are serving as judges. Lois Estell, along with last year’s winner Amanda Haverdink, are emcees. Plus Haverdink and Estell will treat the audience to a duet during the judges’ deliberation.

Additional thanks go to Orange City Floral, Windmill Park Jewelers, Headquarters for Hair and Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Christie Conover.

The planning committee includes Aaron Beadner, Leanne Bonnecroy, Lois Estell and Mike Stokes.

Concessions will be offered. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center.

Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council. For more information or weather-related announcements, see or, call 712-707-4885 or email


SIGN UP to be part of Orange City’s Got Talent! Click here to register.

Winners of the 2013 Orange City area talent show were, first place, Amanda Haverdink , who dressed as Eponine in Les Miserables and sang On My Own; second place, The Acappellors: Drew Lemke, Amanda Vander Stelt, Travis Balt, Trevor McMahan, and Kory McMahan; and third place, dancer Andres Ortis Cantu.

First, second & third place winners of OC’s Got Talent 2013 are not eligible to be contestants for this year’s event, but may audition again in 2015.


Janine Calsbeek named to Iowa Arts Council board

Governor Terry E. Branstad recently announced the appointment of Janine Calsbeek to the board of the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.  The three-year term began July 1, 2014.

Calsbeek has served as executive director of the Orange City Arts Council for five years.

On June 6, Calsbeek participated in the Iowa Arts Summit in Des Moines. She served as a panelist with Chuck Swanson of Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, and Carmen Darland of Quad City Arts. The three spoke on Programming through Partnerships: the opportunities and challenges to building partnerships in the arts.

Onstage Orange City: SongBlast

ORANGE CITY – Two men, two voices, and more songs than any duo could possibly know – that’s SongBlast. Onstage Orange City presents SongBlast on Wednesday, June 4 in Orange City’s Windmill Park. The show begins at 7:00pm.

This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by OC Sanitation and Joe’s TV and Appliance.

SongBlast’s Pat Balder of Maple Grove MN and Glen Everhart of Blaine came together just two years ago.

Balder grew up in tiny Foley MN, and taught himself to sing and play guitar, piano and drums.  After earning a degree in music and classical guitar performance from St. John’s University, he worked with Polygram Records, wrote and produced music for Target, Sun Country Airlines and Harley Davidson, and has done thousands of shows in the Twin Cities, New York, Las Vegas, Nashville, and elsewhere.

Everhart, originally from St. Paul, plays guitar, piano and harmonica, and earned a degree in vocal music at St. Cloud State. He has performed as a solo singer/ songwriter and comedian for years, plus did a 10-year run with “Fyder & Everhart.” He’s done many shows for 3M, a national tour for Super 8, two CHS national conventions and performances at state fairs in six states.

The two brought their electric and acoustic guitars together at the suggestion of Gary Berg of G.L.Berg Entertainment, meeting at Everhart’s home on May 17, 2012.  For six and a half hours straight, they played songs, discussed pop music history, told stories of the road, and compared their approaches to entertaining, writing, business, and family.

The two specialize in hilarious parodies, and perform everything from classics to contemporary.

According to an audience member, “I just kept laughing all night!” Others said: “They can play anything that you’d ever want them to play!” “The most fun I’ve had in years.” “Spectacular!”

Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council.

Concessions will be offered June 4. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see or, call 712-707-4885 or email To hear SongBlast, check