Nebraskaland April 2019

NEBRASKAland Magazine is dedicated to outstanding photography and informative writing with an engaging mix of articles and photos highlighting Nebraska’s outdoor activities, parklands, wildlife, history and people.

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56 Nebraskaland • April 2019 PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NEBRASKA TOURISM COMMISSION MIXED BAG By Erin Lenz, Nebraska Tourism Commission VISIT BROWNVILLE When it comes to the art scene, Brownville provides experiences from performing to theatrical to cultural arts. Live music with an intimate setting, the Brownville Concert Series brings to the area nationally acclaimed talent from New York cabarets, Broadway, jazz, classic, bluegrass and rock. Attend one of the dazzling 2019 performances, such as the April Verch Band, a musical comedy journey titled "Diva Moments" with Christina Bianco, captivating ballads from the jazz-spiced chops of The Amazing Marilyn Maye and more. You can also enjoy live theatre in Brownville at the oldest repertory theatre in Nebraska, located in a century-old church, The Brownville Village Theatre. View a collection of American folk art at the Flatwater Folk Art Museum, located in a beautifully renovated church. See other forms of art represented throughout the town including artist exhibits at the Schoolhouse Art Gallery & Nature Center, functional stoneware pottery made using Nebraska clay at New Earth Clay Pottery, and fl ame-blown glass work created at River View Glass. Hungry? Order food from a menu created with locally produced items at Bluebird and after your meal, treat yourself to a scoop of handcrafted Nebraska-made ice cream. Taste a variety of wines while exploring the 100-year-old barn and the turn-of-the-century, all brick cave at Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery. Learn more about the history of the area by taking a historical tour throughout Brownville. Visit the Captain Bailey House and Carson House, destinations included on the National Register of Historic Places. The Governor Furnas House Museum, where Governor Furnas and his family lived, documents historical activities and events related to historic Brownville. Other historical stops in the town include a fi nely preserved 1875 railroad depot and caboose at The Brownville Depot and Railroad History Museum, Dr. Spurgin's Dental Offi ce featuring antique dental tools and oddities, and an original historic cabin – the 1854 Didier Log Cabin. Enjoy the great outdoors and scenery of the Missouri River with the Steamboat Trace Trail that spans 21 miles and runs from Brownville to south of Nebraska City. Linking to the Steamboat Trace Trail is the Whiskey Run Creek Nature Trail that has more than 200 artistic displays, trees, shrubs and fl owers, and runs through Governor Furnas Arboretum, an affi liate site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum that provides eco-tourism, birding, garden tours and more. Shop at Mary's Emporium located in Brownville's iconic "October House" and browse through an eclectic blend of new, estate and artisan jewelry and accessories. Relax and unwind in the outdoor seating at the Brownville Market or shop for coff ee, candy, craft beers and more. With all there is to do in the area, you'll want to stay a night or two. Stay in unique Brownville accommodations at River Inn Resort, a bed-and-breakfast that fl oats on the Missouri River. While you're there, take a ride on The Spirit of Brownville – a two-deck, 150-passenger excursion boat – to take in all the natural beauty of the Missouri River. Whether you're looking to revel in the arts, try new wines or learn about Brownville's history, this charming small town will instantly win you over, making you want to stay a little longer.

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