AREA COMMUNITY NEWS: 'The Tender Land' performance location changes to Ottumwa

ELDON -- “The Tender Land,” originally scheduled to be staged Friday on the front porch and lawn of the American Gothic House in Eldon is changing locations due to unpredictable weather.

“Weather forecasts calling for rain all week forced us to make an early decision to move the performance inside,” said Dennis Willhoit, executive artistic director for the American Gothic Performing Arts Festival. “It just became too difficult to schedule on-site rehearsals and protect musical instruments and electrical equipment with the threat of rain looming each day.”

“The Tender Land” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday at the AGPAF’s new home, the former B’nai Jacob Synagogue that has been newly renamed Temple of Creative Arts, at 529 E. Main St. in Ottumwa.

Organizers suggest parking on the street or in the high school parking lot at East Second and Union streets and entering through the side entrance off Union.

“Unfinished sidewalks on Main Street make front door accessibility challenging,” said Kyle Roemerman, AGPAF president, “but the entrance to the social hall is open and at ground level.”

The small parking lot on the east side of the building will serve as a drop-off location for patrons with mobility issues.