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After a long winter, spring has finally arrived, and with it a new season begins at Cedar Rock, a Frank Lloyd Wright designed estate for local entrepreneurs Lowell and Agnes Walter.

In the mid-1940s, the couple commissioned world- famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, to design a retirement residence for them on a scenic limestone bluff overlooking the Wapsipinicon River; locally known, as Cedar Rock.

Wright designed a magnificent Usonian style home, along with a river pavilion, council fire and a proper entrance gate. The property is like a time capsule, highlighting Wright’s architectural and interior design elements for the public to experience.

Tours of the Walter Estate at Cedar Rock will be offered through October 13. If you haven’t visited the park, now is the perfect time to do so!

On Saturday, June 15, the Friends of Cedar Rock Annual Membership Meeting will be held at 4 p.m., followed by the park’s always anticipated Strawberry Moon Event, open to the public 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Strawberry Moon: Performing Arts Under the Stars,” and will feature the talents of the Independence Area Community Theater. They will be performing improv, musical talent, and storytelling throughout the evening. Creative Director, Jessica Delcid says: “As a newly formed theater group, we are so excited to participate in this event as our first public performance. It’s important to our group to support the local community and other non-profits.”

The Strawberry Moon event will also allow guests the opportunity to experience a Frank Lloyd Wright design-the Walter Residence-after hours, explore the rarely open Maid’s Quarters and recently restored River Pavilion, stroll through the house as a pianist serenades you and then relax by a crackling fire.

During the event, enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of Cedar Rock and fresh popped popcorn, served fireside.

The non-profit Friends of Cedar Rock group was developed with the goal of supporting the Walter Residence through education, preservation, promotion and restoration. The group is excited to repeat this once-annual evening open house fundraising event. The Friends of Cedar Rock are requesting a goodwill donation from each adult. All proceeds raised from the event will be used for Cedar Rock State Park.

Bring your friends, camera, jacket, umbrella and bug repellent, and declutter your mind with the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Friends of Cedar Rock members and park staff will be posted throughout the grounds to answer any questions you may have.

New this season, the park is working with Monarch Watch and will create special Monarch habitat and rearing areas. Part of the park grounds underwent a recent transformation to become more pollinator friendly. We now have a 9ftx9ft bio-tent where we will raise many Monarchs for release. Park staff and Monarch Watch are really looking forward to sharing this wonderful project with park visitors. Come out and see it!

Other 2019 Special Events include:

September 28- State Parks Volunteer Day, with activities planned in conjunction with Monarch Watch.

October 28-An Afternoon with Frank Lloyd Wright, featuring speakers on Wright and his work. 1 p.m.

January 1, 2020- First Day Hike

Cedar Rock State Park can be found between Quasqueton and Independence at 2611 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd, Independence. Cedar Rock is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday, with hourly tours beginning at 10 a.m. and concludes with the 3 p.m. tour. To reserve your tour or for more information call the visitor center at (319) 934-3572, or email or visit