MANNING – Manning-born singer-songwriter, Brian Joens, returned to Manning on Thursday, July 18 for an evening of music on the courtyard at Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park’s Roten Bar Tavern. Brian’s unique style of Americana and folk was the perfect accompaniment to a small-town summer’s evening.
A strong breeze and growing shade on an otherwise very warm evening kept a large crowd of all ages comfortable as Joens played two hours of originals and covers. Deardorff Highland Cattle Food Truck returned for a second consecutive week to provide delicious sandwiches and sides to all those who came out for the evening.
The crowd included a group of professors and students involved with the Mandela Fellowship from Drake University in Des Moines. In what was truly a special moment for the community that had gone to lengths to make them feel welcome, one of the Fellows took the microphone, while Joens quietly strummed behind her, to briefly share a poetic tribute to their trip to Iowa and Manning.
Like and follow Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park on Facebook to keep up to date on other activities and events we’ll be hosting throughout the year. In addition to our Thirsty Thursdays at the Hausbarn, some upcoming events held at the Konferenz Centre include a Sip & Shop event on Tuesday, July 30, and Mikayla Lane in concert on Sunday, August 18.