Adel is beautiful this time of year, and we've got many opportunities this month for you to experience it first hand.
My dad enjoyed the outdoors, traveling the state to hunt and fish. I think he would have been great friends with our feature interview, Russell Brown of Doc's Hunt Club.
We also spoke with Stacey Gross and her family about their home-based business, Dalco Designs
Check out the latest information on the Adel Partner's Holiday Open House with Committee Chair Jessica Gomke.
DiscoverAdel will have it's booth at the Wells Fargo Bank, stop by and sample my mother's recipe, Cinnamon Almond Biscotti!
As always, we have Recipes From Home
, Terry's Travels
, and much more.
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|Russell Brown and Doc's Hunt Club|
Just outside of Adel the landscape changes. Driving out of town you'll begin to see lines of trees, rolling hills, and wide fields. The bountiful countryside to the west is home to Doc's Hunt Club, a tourist destination for naturalists of all types.
This month we spoke with Russell Brown, manager of Doc's Hunt Club, about this longstanding Adel gem.
32 years ago, an Adel medical doctor, Stan Haag, started Doc's Dog Kennel.
During his ownership, Stan developed a strain of German Shorthair Pointer dogs and the kennel became known worldwide.
As the years passed, land surrounding the kennel became available and Doc's Dog Kennel and Hunt Club grew to 450 acres of restored native prairie lands. Over time, the business was sold and the kennel closed. Today Doc's Hunt Club remains, still with an appreciation for hunting dogs.
Caretaker Russell Brown has been maintaining the club for the past 10 years. Russell is a 6th generation Iowan, whose family was one of the original settlers of Dallas County. Russell's great great grandfather was honored as the Sheriff of Iowa during the Civil War. His passion for Iowa's rich rural heritage and love of hunting make Russell a valuable steward and pillar of the community.
Doc's Hunt Club is one of the oldest and foremost nature preserves in Iowa, holding one of the first licenses written in the state.
As a nature preserve, the club is authorized to release birds into the wild. Doc's Hunt Club releases between 10-15,000 hens and roosters of 3 types of birds each year. With a harvest rate not to exceed 80%, the club is helping to contribute to the wild bird population in Iowa.
Some have voiced concerns that hunting farm raised, released birds is not real sport, more like shooting fish in a barrel. Russell says that was the case a few decades ago, but no longer. Now, the birds are great fliers that are healthy and well cared for.
Russell believes strongly in supporting the local economy and presenting an Iowa product to the hunters.
When Russell began his career at Doc's the birds were purchased out of state due to the lack of bird raisers in Iowa.
Slowly, he began developing his own network of Iowa suppliers and now three-fourths of his birds are raised locally.
Doc's Hunt Club is open to the public, selling single hunt, long term, individual & corporate memberships, and gift certificates. It's a great place to take family members, co-workers, and schedule small corporate outings.
The 450 acres is divided into 5 distinct hunting fields offering different geographic settings for hunters to enjoy. Each of the 1/2 day hunts lasts 3.5 hours and offers Pheasants, native to China, Bobwhite Quail, and Chukar Partridge, the state bird of Pakistan. While Pheasants and Chukar Partridges are not native to Iowa, they thrive in our ecosystem.
Traditional hunting in the wild only allows for hunters to kill three roosters per day, whereas at Doc's there is no limit, only minimums. Each hunt has a minimum release rate of 5 Pheasants or 10 Bobwhite Quail or 5 Chukar Partridges and both the hens and roosters may be shot.
The roots of Doc's Dog Kennel remain as all hunting parties must be accompanied by a dog. Should a hunter not have a dog available, Doc's Hunt Club offers local guides and their professionally trained pointers for hire. This is a great solution for out of town guests that are unable to bring their dogs on the journey.
Doc's hunting season also differs from the state. Iowa's hunting season is a short 10 weeks, but at Doc's Hunt Club the season spans from September 1st to March 31st. The 7 month timeline is a great window of opportunity to train hunting dogs and enjoy the sport time and time again.
Dog owners especially appreciate Doc's controlled release and longer season. Hunters with older dogs can spend their time pursuing guaranteed prey and those with younger dogs are able to release 1 bird at a time for training purposes. This lets the dog learn to encounter the bird and explore their natural instincts in short bursts over a longer period of time.
Even if hunting isn't your cup of tea, you will appreciate Doc's Hunt Club!
In the summer, nature walks span across the native prairie grasses, and edge along the Raccoon River, making Doc's a great place to explore Iowa's landscape, butterfly population, and natural beauty.
The Lodge, located at the front of the property, is ideal for wine tastings, small corporate gatherings, family reunions, and rustic weddings.
With overnight accommodations for up to 8, a full kitchen, dining room, and large deck, it's a home away from home for hunters and non-hunters alike. Consider Doc's Hunt Club the next time out of town friends or family wish to visit, it's the closest overnight accomodations in the area!
A stones throw from the hustle of the city, the maintained native prairie grass and oak savannas give a vision of life in Iowa when times were simpler. This winter, return to your rural ways and take part in a hunt at Doc's Hunt Club. Help keep our traditions, and our heritage, strong!
Doc's Hunt Club
29475 Prospect Circle
Adel, Iowa 50003
|Adel Partners Holiday Open House|
This year celebrates the 16th Annual Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Holiday Open House on Friday, December 3rd. It is only fitting that this year's theme should be Holiday Traditions as many mark this event as the true start to the season!
For families and friends looking to start a new tradition, the Adel Partners Holiday Open House is a community wide gathering in the fashion of a Currier and Ives painting. Visitors young and old make their way along candle lit streets, stopping at Adel businesses to sample treats, collect holiday recipes, marvel at festive window displays and carolers, and watch the lighted parade through town!
DiscoverAdel spoke with Comittee Chair Jessica Gomke to find out why this year's Holiday Open House will be the best yet!
Q. Are there features visitors should be sure to see?
A. There are lots of great additions to see this year! First, children can gather items from Stephen's Cleaners, Adel HealthMart, Raccoon Valley Bank, Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co., and Wells Fargo Bank before visiting Santa's Workshop at the Raccoon Valley Community House. Once there, the kids will be able to make a special treat from the collected items!
Next, the Adel Library is having a fun, family friendly event just for the Holiday Open House. Clifford's Christmas Walk will start at Santa's Workshop where visitors will see the first page of Clifford's Christmas Story.
Then, following the path of shepherd's hooks by the Adel Community Stage, kids will be able to read the tale page by page.
As you stroll the streets make sure to admire the wonderful, decorated luminaries that the Adel preschoolers made to help light up the evening!
Visit Harvey's Greenhouse, the 1st Southern Baptist Church, Archer's Home Center, People's Bank, and Adel Chrysler for your chance to win! Each business will have one, specially marked, recipe card offering a $20 gift certificate to either Shugars Super Valu, Godfather's Pizza, or Fuller's Standard. Just show the winning recipe to the store owner to redeem your prize.
Also, multiple groups of carolers will be wandering the streets and businesses throughout the evening. Join the carolers and guests as they gather at the Adel Community Stage at 7pm to enjoy traditional holiday songs, along with a performance by Adel's Let's Dance students showing their holiday spirit.
Then at 7:30pm the 4th Annual Lighted Parade will top off the night as they come right by the stage!
Q. Any suggestions for those who haven't participated before?
A. Put on your scarf, cap, mittens and long johns- we celebrate no matter what Old Man Winter throws our way! Then, start your tour at People's Bank or Wells Fargo Bank to pick up a map and recipe card envelop to make sure you don't miss any of the goodies!
Q. How is the Holiday Open House organized each year?
A. Our event is planned by the Holiday Open House Committee. They make this wonderful event possible with their time, hard work, and ideas! This would not happen without each of them. Thank you all!
Over 40 businesses join in the fun each year offering holiday treats, warm drinks, fun events, and more.
Mark these businesses as must sees along the tour!
|Shop Adel for the Holidays this December|
Think Adel First this season for all your holiday needs!
Visit Adel Quilting and Dry Goods Co. December 1st through the 5th for their Annual Holiday Open House. Sample refreshments, enjoy free patterns, and watch lots of demonstrations for hand-made gift ideas!
The Atherton House will be having it's 16th Annual Holiday Sampler December 2nd - 5th. The festival will feature delicious holiday fare like great soups, chocolates, mulling spices and many hard-to-find treats. You will also find many unique gifts from around the world! Register to win fantastic door prizes and enjoy made from scratch desserts from Sweet Binney's.
Join us for a selection of wine, cheese, free gifts and door prizes at the Aveda concept salon, Marc Stephens and Friends' Holiday Open House Monday, December 6th from 5:30-7:30pm. This is a great time to ask about Pure Privilage benefits, pick up gift sets, and receive 20% off all Gift Cards!
Adel Cedar Creek Animal Clinic will be selling holiday baskets and stockings for your pets throughout the month of December. It is best to call ahead and place your order, as each gift is arranged specifically for the size and type of pet. Proceeds from the gifts will go to Vets For Pets, Adel Cedar Creek's unique program that helps owners who can't afford medical treatment for their pets.
Shop with Adel HealthMart this holiday season! The pharmacy offers many items that make great gifts such as Bridgewater candles, calendars, Willow Tree, Russell Stover candies, home decor, jewelry, billfolds, and more. Don't forget that Adel HealthMart always offers free gift wrap with purchase!
Harvey's Greenhouse in Adel grows a beautiful variety of Poinsettias, perfect for your holiday decorating needs! They have a wide selection of colors, such as Striking Red, White Star, Ice Punch, Mars Pink and Cortez Burgundy. Poinsettias and fresh flower arrangements make wonderful gifts for everyone special in your life. Delivery is available world wide!
Give the gift of grass fed beef with a holiday special from Morrell Natural Meats. Now through January 1st, 2011, Morrell Natural Meats is offering 10% off any bundle of 20 to 40 pounds of meat for a Christmas gift. Local delivery is available, making shopping with Morrell a breeze!
Surprise your little ones with a letter from Santa! The Adel Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for Notes from the North Pole until Wednesday, December 8th. Sign up to receive a letter mailed directly from Santa's workshop. Letters can be sent anywhere in the U.S., making the letters perfect gifts for the youngest of family members.
Are you planning a New Year's Eve party? Contact one of Adel's talented caters, Brick Street BBQ, Italian Villages Catering, Cafe in the Park, or River Valley Golf Course and offer your guests a bountiful feast to ring in the new year.
|Dalco Designs: A Family Business|
Adel is home to shops of all kinds. While visitors may focus on the downtown area, our small city has hundreds of businesses. Some with store fronts and large signs, others are hidden away in attics, basements, and garages.
These home-based businesses range from those with mass local appeal to international recognition. The common thread to all is a sense of community and strong family bonds.
This month, we spoke with Stacey Gross and her family, owners of Dalco Designs and independent representative of Scentsy Wickless Candles.
This August, Stacey and her family visited the Iowa State Fair and were impressed by a press, a Print-A-Press. With the help of Print-A-Press, the family started Dalco Designs.
Dalco Designs is operated by Stacey and Paul Gross, Lon Saunders, Jessica Madsen, Gary and Kathy Johnson, Sandy Johnson, and the family's 4 children.
The screen printing and heat press company is based in the Gross' repurposed garage, where the entire family helps complete orders for t-shirts, sports apparel, corporate gifts and more.
The new business has been busy, designing locally for the ADM Soccer Clubs Shoot the Moon Tournament, ADM Junior Powder Puff team, and First Annual Nile Kinnick Fall Flea Market. The team enjoys working with the community and ADM schools so that they may help control the costs of merchandising while supporting the local economy. The family is active throughout the Adel community; Paul is a volunteer Fire Fighter, Stacey sits on the ADM Soccer Club Board, and Lon is a former soccer coach.
This sense of community shines through all they do, from standing behind their product 100% to the name of their company. Lon says the name stems from the group's love for Dallas County, hence Dal-Co. "We live here, we work here, we are Dallas County people."
It's been a learning experience for the team, receiving their first order before learning to use the equipment! Where some might have felt overwhelmed, the family laughed.
Jessica is making a rug from the shirts that didn't make the cut to cover the floor of the work room while more comical mistakes have been set aside for framing, memories of fun and good times to keep the atmosphere light as they work into the early morning hours.
The family's overall goal is to one day be able to leave their 9-5 jobs and focus all of their attention on their kids. "Everything we do is for our kids," Stacey commented. "We hope to be an even bigger part of their activities in the future."
Dalco Designs is not Stacey's only business. Besides the print company and her full time job, Stacey is an independent sales representative.
Like many before her, Stacey was on the hunt for a great smelling home. After a friend's house burnt down due to a candle, she wanted to find a safer alternative. Stacey tested every product imaginable, and then found Scentsy Wickless Candles, a Party/ Catalog business.
Stacey sells the wickless candles at house parties, through catalogs, and online. Check out Stacey's website at staceygross.scentsy.us to schedule a party or find a great gift for the holidays!
The benefit of many home-based businesses is to be one's own boss. Party/ Catalog businesses like Scentsy sell items unavailable in stores, giving their sales people opportunities to determine how much they make, how often they work, and offer ever-changing growth potential.
Home-based businesses thrive only because of the hard work and dedication of those involved. It takes patience, a sense of humor, and a good support team. Stacey and her family are able to work, live, and laugh together. They look forward to serving the Adel community for many years, aware they have only begun to tap the surface of what their businesses can become.
Scentsy Wickless Candles
516 S 16th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 770-6999
|20th Anniversary of Holiday Tour of Homes|
2010 is the 20th anniversary of the Adel Holiday Home Tour sponsored by the Adel Historical Museum.
The Holiday Home Tour started in 1989 to support beautification, historic preservation and restoration projects in the Adel community. Four years ago, the Adel Historical Museum began sponsoring the event that showcases local homes decorated in holiday flair.
This year's Holiday Home Tour will be held on Sunday, December 5th from 1pm to 4pm and includes the homes of Gene and Naomi Maas, Dan and Jana Heefner, Bob and Nadine Law, Ed and Patty Origer and Craig and Wendy Poldberg, and the Adel Historical Museum.
Hot cider and the favorite cookie of 1945 to 1950, Holiday Fruit Drops, will be served at the museum for you to enjoy as you view the holiday decorations and 8 rooms filled with Adel history. Don't miss the new Orton Brothers Circus display!
Those touring the homes will be able to see the decorating styles, Christmas themes, and individual collections of the owners who will also be available to answer any questions about their home. The tour organizers ask that those touring be over 8 years old, except for babes in arms.
Tickets can be purchased before the day of the tour at Adel Quilting and Dry Goods, the Atherton House, and Garden Gate Antiques for $6. Tickets will also be sold the day of the tour at the Adel Historical Museum from 11am to 3pm.
Help support the Adel Historical Museum and celebrate Adel's seasonal spirit with the Holiday Tour of Homes!
Adel Historical Museum
1129 Main Street
Adel, Iowa 50003
Phone: (515) 993-1032
|Final Brick Street Update|
Before we say goodbye to the construction crews for the winter, City Administrator Chad Bird has a few final announcements and thoughts regarding this historic project.
Over the next weeks crews will work diligently to complete the unfinished intersections along 9th Street so that traffic can once again move freely throughout the community. It is fully anticipated that all traffic-portion brick work will be done around December 3rd. The plan is to continue to lay brick even after the streets are open. Brick will be laid in bump-out areas and sidewalks as weather continues to permit.
In the event that the weather shuts down bricklaying for the year, concessions will be made to make the sidewalks as safe as possible for winter use by providing rock or other material in the uneven areas. The DiscoverAdel Brick Street map will be updated, giving visitors forewarning of any sidewalk closings or detours.
Street lights will be delivered around the first week of December, with prompt installation to follow. All the ground work has been laid so that the process will be quick and easy.
Most permanent signage, such as parking signs, will be installed after the street and parking lines are marked next spring. There are several instances where we would like to see the permanent paint and signs match or co-exist to provide for a more uniform parking and driving environment.
All brick and debris will be removed from the Courthouse lawn this fall. Final landscaping and sod replacement will take place this spring during optimum planting time.
It has been a long summer of construction but, despite the rain and sideline delays like installing an extra water main, and the occasional act of vandalism, the project has gone well.
Phase II of the project included two street-blocks of work, three intersections, and two sides of one street-block of sidewalks. It also included a water main improvement and a water main extension. This phase took 15 weeks and looks to wrap up in time for the Adel Holiday Open House December 3rd.
This has been Adel's first significant brick street project in 100 years and will continue to enhance Adel's reputation as a city rich with history, proud to preserve and protect its heritage.
DiscoverAdel.com has been your source for Brick Street Project coverage since the first brick was removed. As crews hang up their hardhats for the long Iowa winter, coverage of the project will also go into hibernation. We eagerly await the spring when new construction stories will return, and welcome our readers to continue turning to DiscoverAdel.com for upcoming Adel news and events.
|Adel Cedar Creek Offers Holiday Pet Photos|
Join Adel's Cedar Creek Animal Clinic on Saturday, December 4th for their annual Holiday Pet Photos! Veterinary Technician Crystal Sharp will be taking pictures of Continue reading...
Adel Quilting and Dry Goods Inventory Sale
It's time again for the annual "Pre-Inventory-So-We-Don't-Have-To-Count-It" Sale starting December 27th! Come in and find great deals on all fabric on the Continue reading...
Grace Lutheran Christmas Services
Celebrate the Reason for the Season this December! Take part in a traditional Christmas Pageant performed by the Grace Lutheran youth with choir performances by Continue reading...
Adult Co-Ed Indoor Volleyball
The Adel Parks and Recreation Department will soon begin team sign ups for winter Adult Co-Ed Indoor Volleyball. Teams of both men and women are encouraged to join this Continue reading...
Coming Soon to Adel: Brick St. Books & Cafe
Adel will soon be home to a new coffee house and book retailer! Optimae LifeServices has announced that they will open Brick St. Books & Cafe at Continue reading...
Indoor Storage Space Available in Adel
With winter just around the corner, it's time to put away our summertime toys! S Building Center Inc. in Adel offers indoor storage space for your Continue reading...
Ugly Sweater Party at the Corner Tap
Think you have the ugliest holiday sweater? Then join the fun at the Corner Tap for live music by Mike Aceto Saturday, December 11th, starting at 8pm. Mike's Continue reading...
Gentle Yoga Class Wednesdays in December
Yoga offers students the opportunity to explore the link between breath, body movement, and wellness. Offered through Healing Therapies, the yoga classes will Continue reading...
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|Courtesy of Youth Librarian Laura Guth-Hanson|
Celebrate the season of giving with the Adel Public Library!
Book Bucks are a great way to support the library and give back to our community of voracious readers.
Purchase Book Bucks for $5, $10, $15, or $20 and your name will be placed inside the new books your donation has helped fund!
Just select the type of book you would like purchased, write your name as it will appear in the book, and let the library take care of the rest!
Book Bucks make donating books to the library easy as pie.
Join us for Clifford's Christmas Walk at the Adel Holiday Open House Friday, December 3rd!
Kids and families are invited to visit Santa's Workshop at the Raccoon Community House to find the first page of Clifford's Christmas Story.
Then, walk outside and follow the path of shepherd's hooks near the Adel Stage and Pavilion to read the rest of this festive book page by page!
Ward off the winter chill with a warm fire and a good book but don't forget to visit the Library for these upcoming events!
December 3rd & 4th
Surviving the Holidays
Holiday Gift Wrapping
Early Out Kids Craft
Matinee Movie Classic
* New Monthly Event
December 15th & 22nd
Toddler & Preschool Music
* New Story-time Event
Don't Be a Grinch Party
Please note, the Adel Library will be closed for the holidays on December 24th, 27th, and 31st.
Youth Services Librarian
Adel Public Library
303 S. 10th St.
Adel, Iowa 50003
Adel Public Library
|Recipe of the Month|
As a kid I believed that my mother's macaroni and cheese was how everyone made it. She used elbow noodles, white cheese, it was baked with a crunchy top.
Then I was invited to a friend's house for dinner. His mom made it with shells an Velvetta cheese. There was even a rumor that that the kid up the street ate Kraft Macaroni and Cheese from a box!
Although the others might have been good, it wasn't the same.
When my daughters were young we attended a family reunion on my Dad's side. It was their first experience with potluck.
Going through the buffet line the girls found a bowl of what looked like their favorite holiday treat, "Orange Salad."
Happy to have found something they recognized, they each took a spoonful with a smile.
That smile disappeared halfway through the first bite. They each froze, it was not their grandma's recipe.
Mixed into the Jell-O were bits of carrots, and the cottage cheese mixture used was far from Cool Whip.
It might have been good, but it wasn't the same.
This Thanksgiving we visited our folks. We laughed as the story of the "Thrown Roll" was told once again while we passed around the bowl of Orange Salad, made just the way they remembered.
This recipe might not be what you expect, but that's OK. It's a great recipe and when you try it, it's sure to be a new holiday tradition at your family table!Ingredients:
2 pkg Vanilla Tapioca
Cook & Serve Pudding
1 sm pkg Orange Jell-O
1 sm carton Cool Whip
2 sm cans Mandarin Oranges
1 can Crushed Pineapple
Prepared Orange JuiceDirections:Tip: Be sure to read directions completely before preparing!
Drain juice from Pineapple and Mandarin Oranges into large measuring cup.
Set fruit aside and chill overnight in a separate container.
Add enough Orange Juice to the fruit juice mixture to total 3 cups.
Heat fruit juices and pudding over medium-low heat until just thickened.
Stir in the Jell-O powder.
Chill mixture overnight.
Fold chilled Fruit, Pudding, and Cool Whip together.
|Each month, Terry journeys through our community enjoying the sights, sounds, deals, and meals that make Adel great!
This month, Terry visited Italian Villages.
I love Italian food. Give me a bowl of pasta, a great red sauce, garlic bread and I'm one happy camper.
Now, I like "real" Italian food, not industrialized, re-heated frozen dinners in microwave safe trays.
When I am craving Italian food I want al dente pasta, homemade sauce, and fresh mozzarella cheese.
I'd heard good things about a family owned place in Adel from so many people that when I moved to town I rushed to try Italian Villages.
I stopped by for lunch and was impressed by the full menu of options, salad bar, and pizza buffet.
Over the years I've tried a few different things, and they have all been great, but I always return to my favorite sandwich, the Soprano.
This oven baked sub is made with sausage, capicola, pepperoni, and a great garlic sauce. I highly recommend it!
I love that sandwich, but some nights, I want steak. A big slab of Iowa beef, seasoned well, and cooked just how I like it- without destroying my kitchen.
When I am feeling carnivorous, I head to Italian Villages for their 14oz. Ribeye steak.
Served with a run at the salad bar, your choice of fries, baked potato, or pasta and a bread stick, this will fill up even the hungriest of diners.
Recently, Italian Villages in Adel started serving breakfast on the weekends, which is awesome!
Nothing starts a cold winter day better than a hot cup of joe and a plate of homemade biscuits and gravy.
Well, maybe a gooey caramel cinnamon roll, or a mountainous omelete. Of course homemade corned beef and hash is hard to pass up too, especially when Adel Villages makes it with their famous recipe.
That Italian sub is calling my name. I guess I know where I'm heading for lunch- I hope to see you there!
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