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Carla & Chuck OffenburgerNOT TO BE MISSED!!

A delightful, wide-ranging discussion about life as a storyteller in Iowa, the uniqueness of Fairfield, the state of jourmalism, and much more with Iowa treasure Chuck Offenburger, longtime former columnist for the Des Moines Register. Currently semi-retired, living on a farm he rehabbed in Cooper, Iowa, Chuck's been writing and sharing stories the last 15 years on his own website offenburger.com with wife Carla.

His tribute in honor of the passing of colorful centenarian & Fairfield icon Lee Gobble ["It's g-g-g goodbye: Fairfield memorializes its grandest character"] was a touching, funny, warm-hearted, insightful portrait and a wonderful snapshot of the town whose universities, Parsons and MUM, evolved from "Flunkout U" to "Unusual U".


Sit back and enjoy two hours of one of New Orleans' and America's finest performers. Cyril Neville has made musical history many times over with his brothers, the Neville Brothers and funky Nawlins band The Meters.

And we get to see him with his band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, lay it all down right in our own hometown at FAIRfest '15. He headlines Saturday, June 20th. Also, Saturday: Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans), Shook Twins, Ian Moore, Carly Myers & Yojimbo, Christopher the Conquered, Mr Nasti, Control, Keelan Dimick, Ken Mottet, Firesale, Society of Broken Souls, Jefferson County Green Band, Brigham Young Dance Troupe, and many others.


Chuck Offenburger & Andy Hallman

First up, at 2:10pm, James speaks with Fairfield Ledger News Editor Andy Hallman about his work at one of the oldest establishments in the area and personal trajectory arriving at the News Desk in Fairfield back in January 2013.

His love of language and people informs all that he does. If you've ever thought about writing a 'Letter to the Editor', here's a chance to learn how to do it and who receives it.

At 3pm, Chuck Offenburger talks about his many years as a storied columnist for the Des Moines Register and current work as a semi-retired storyteller living on a farm in Cooper, Iowa he rehabbed with his wife Carla. She and Chuck work on their own website Offenburger.com launched back in 2001 sharing stories and pictures that highlight Iowa. He discusses his life, one of Fairfield's grandest characters Lee Gobble who recently passed away, the state of the state of Iowa, the state of journalism, and much more.


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For the rest of today's headlines with links, click "Read more" below.

Carly Meyers with her band Yojimbo

FAIRfest is just 4 WEEKS AWAY!!

Over 50 bands! 3 days! 3 stages!

Fri June 19-Sun June 21


with headliners

Cyril Neville, Greg Brown, Elephant Revival, Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans) & 50 acts!!

ENJOY a super three-hour set of the great music you'll be hearing right here in the lovely confines of downtown Fairfield cultural district in and around the Arts & Convention Center this summer June 19-21. 50 worldclass national, regional and local acts, from new grass to bluegrass to singer/songwriter, blues, rock, jazz, jam, swing, country and beyond.


Brian Smith of Jack Lion

Drawing on their formal jazz training and years of experience in the Iowa City music scene, Jack Lion is crafting a sound that is primarily ambient/electronic but influenced by improvised music. "I like to sample things onstage, and the band often improvises around the samples to create new sections of the song on the fly," explains Smith. "This gives the audience something unique every night and creates an interesting challenge for us."

Jack Lion is Brian Lewis Smith on trumpet, keyboard, and production, Drew Morton on bass, keyboard, and vocals, and Justin LeDuc on drumset and SPDS.

James Moore talks with David Lee Sheng TIn about his work as a health coach and his new book AWAKEN TO YOUR DIVINTY: Creating Your Emotional Fitness, The Missing Link to Spiritual Growth.

He is giving a book launch at the Fairfield Public Library Thursday, May 20th at 7:3opm.

B.B. Riding with the King

  • Fri
    May 15
    4:00 pm -
    5:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 17
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

Inside the Headlines w/ the Newsvandal & James Moore


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Henry VinsonHenry W. Vinson is the former funeral director for W. W. Chambers Funeral Home, who also owned and operated the largest gay escort service in Washington, DC.

His book "Confessions of a DC Madam: The Politics of Sex, Lies, and Blackmail" written with Nick Bryant, is a firsthand account of how public officials and other well-connected individuals have been compromised or blackmailed by their sexual improprieties, related to the author’s time running the largest gay escort service in Washington, DC. This fshocking facet of government malfeasance reveals the integral role blackmail plays in American politics and the unbelievable lengths the government perpetrates to silence those in the know.Dr Elaine Ingham & Jimmy Sinton

Enjoy a free-wheeling discussion with soil microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham, president of the Soil Food Web, who is teaching her annual LIFE IN THE SOIL course for students in the Sustainability Department at Maharishi Univesrsity of Management.

Her approach to unleashing the regenerative power of the soil is one of the most inspiring things I've ever heard.

Also, joining the discussion is Jimmy Sinton, founder of the Fair Carbon Exchange, an organization looking to connect carbon offsets with carbon credits for farmers and others.

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