Evening Highlights

Monday Evening Mixer

TGWhat better way to kick-off your MEEC conference than with a Monday evening welcome reception on the patio at world-famous Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.?

Visit DecorahConference sponsor Visit Decorah (website link) will be on hand to share their tips, tricks, and “must-sees” for making the most of your time in Decorah (or to inspire you to return to northeast Iowa!). That is, if you can break away from listening to Iowa City singer/songwriter Dave Zollo.


Iowa City singer-songwriter Dave Zollo

ZolloIf you’re a follower of Midwestern roots music you might be forgiven for thinking David Zollo has always been around. The truth is, it just seems that way. Since bursting on the scene as a baby-faced 21-year-old with Iowa City’s white-hot, road-chewing pub-rockers, High and Lonesome in 1992, Zollo has done just about everything you can do in the rock and roll business.

Whether as a singer/songwriter/keyboardist with his own bands; as a sideman for an incredible array of roots music talent (Todd Snider, William Elliott Whitmore, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, The Pines); as founder/owner/ operator of legendary underground label, Trailer Records; or producer to up-and comers (The Pines, Brother Trucker) Zollo always maintained a ridiculously frenetic schedule, logging thousands of miles and 200+ gigs a year, doing all of these things at an incredibly high level.

Learn more: www.davezollo.com



Tuesday Evening Keynote

Join us on the Luther Campus for this virtual Keynote presentation! I will make an effort to hear Robin Wall Kimmerer any time I can. She is clear-eyed about the conditions we’re in, but the most compassionate presenter who will leave you feeling hope and joy. She can speak to the needs we have as educators to refill our own wells of inspiration and how to pour out inspiration through our work.” – Jean Eells, eResources Group and ICEC member

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Keynote speaker sponsorship is provided by a grant from the BeWildReWild Fund at Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

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Wednesday Evening Celebration

pivoThe final full day of MEEC will finish with an evening celebration and dinner at the Decorah Fish Hatchery – a fully operational trout hatchery – and Siewers Springs. Spend the evening checking out the hatchery, keeping your eye out for the famous Decorah Eagles, visiting the MEEC vendor fair, sampling brews from local PIVO Brewery and Blepta Studios, tying flies and practicing a few casts into one of the best trout streams in the area, enjoying a picnic BBQ meal, and listening to legendary Decorah musicians Joe and Vicki Price all with a beautiful Driftless Area backdrop.

Iowa Blues Hall of Famers Joe and Vicki Price

Joe and Vicki PriceIn a world where words like “legend” get thrown around entirely too lightly, it’s good to know that there are a few people still worthy of the word’s original intent. And when it comes to music in Iowa, Joe Price stands as one of the art’s legendary practitioners. Price’s reputation was cemented in the 1970’s, when he spent the latter half of the decade as part of Mother Blues, one of the greatest and most heavily influential Iowa blues bands of all time. Armed with a joyous, disarming demeanor and the ability to play the doors off most anyone else in the room, Price has opened for the likes of Iris Dement and John Lee Hooker, while Iowa’s own Greg Brown calls Price “the Buddha.”

But no man lives by bread alone, and Price has two great loves in his life. It’s the rare man that gets to mix two passions together and make a life out of it, but Vicki Price makes that easy. The pair married in 1987, but Vicki had been holding her own in the wilds of small-town Iowa before then. Bold and brassy when she wants to be, Vicki’s voice has elicited visions of Loretta Lynn or June Carter, but she’s able to get far bluesier than any of her most obvious comparisons. This duo is far more than the sum of their impressive parts: it is when these two take the stage together that the genuine magic happens.

Learn more: www.joepriceblues.com