Music Line Up

March 16th – Lilywren 7:30 – 10 pm

‘Lilywren’ will be playing at Mount Vernon Creates in our new event space. Just in time for St Patty’s Day!!! Wear your green…

Members: Karen Pierce on hammer dulcimer, Bill Hart on bodran and fiddle, Arianne Waseen on fiddle, Abram Doval on fiddle, banjo, Irish flute and pennywhistle and Patty Ankrum on guitar and bodran. Session tunes from the Celtic nations.

Cedar Ridge and Brick Arch Wines available for Purchase.

Tickets: 10.00 (purchase tickets ahead to secure a spot)

Lilywren – Celtic Group

To Purchase: or stop in to the gallery or call us at 319-895-2682.

April 27th – Soul Moungers 7:30 – 10 pm

May 18th Society of Broken Souls 7:30 – 10 pm

Doors open at 6:30 for all shows.

Mount Vernon Creates Bridal Expo

Plan your dream wedding at the Mount Vernon Creates Bridal Expo at Mount Vernon Creates in Mount Vernon IA.

Feb 9th from 10 – 4 pm

–The first 50 brides receive a swag bag filled with goodies.
–Our Bridal expo is free to attend.
–Catering / food tasting 11 – 2 pm
–Selfie table

Save time in your planning process by visiting with various wedding experts in one location.

This beautiful event center on historic Main Street in Mount Vernon IA is the perfect place to host your bridal shower, reception, bachelorette party and all festivities for your wedding day.

Imagine a wedding at the Memorial Park gazebo followed by an evening at Mount Vernon Creates.

We work with local businesses to provide the experience you are looking for.

We have space for a cocktail hour followed by dinner and music. We have a selection of local wines from Cedar Ridge and Brick Arch and are planning to expand our selections. Stop in today to book your big day.

Bridal Experts:

Heart to Heart Bridal

Prince Albert’s Tuxedos

Café Bon Appetit

MK Productions


Perfectly Posh

Color Street


Salon 30 Spa and Tanning

Pampered Chef

Iron Leaf Press

Paparazzi jewerly

Rodan + Fields

Old Brick Manor

AE Photography

Keep Collective


Roots in Bloom

Wedded Bliss

Visions of Silk

Senior Moments Wedding Film

Pure Romance

Bags Thirty One

Mount Vernon Creates

New Event Center Ready for Your Special Occasion

Stop in to see our new event center…it is a must see.  Our facility can be rented for special occasions.  We are able to host a myriad of events and layouts with our multiple rooms, i.e. weddings, receptions, bridal showers, graduations, birthdays and other special occasions.  Stop in to see…this new space has been completely renovated.

We will even arrange the catering and your needs for you.

MVMS Mustang Fundraiser

This auction is an opportunity to support the Mount Vernon Middle School students, staff and programs.

**You must be over 18 years old to bid in this auction.**

It is with great appreciation that we thank the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council (MVAAC, – the sponsor of this online auction. MVAAC members also shared their time and talents with us by creating some of the wonderful art pieces listed here.

Most of the other pieces were created by MVMS students; a staff member and a couple of parents created pieces as well. When possible, names of the artist are provided in the item listing.

Artists and students were given a wooden cutout of the school’s mustang logo and were asked to express themselves however they desired. The dimensions of ALL of the pieces are approximately 28.5 inches from nose to tail and about 16 inches from the highest point of the mane to the lowest point on the hooves.

MVMS PRIDE thanks our primary sponsor, Gordon Lumber Company for the donation of all of the wood for this project.

We are also grateful to art teacher Mark Benesh who helped develop the idea of this auction. In addition, Benesh and our principal, Bob Haugse and his father, Tom Haugse cut out each of the mustang silhouettes that were painted by our students and local artists.

Bob Haugse and Patty Mote also headed up the distribution of wood materials and collection of completed works – we certainly couldn’t have done this without their support – thank you!

Happy to support such a wonderful cause, Denise!

Bridal Expo Vendors Needed

We’re seeking wedding vendors for our winter 2019 Bridal Expo. The event will be held at the recently renovated Mount Vernon Creates Event Center in Mount Vernon, IA. For vendor pricing information, please contact Denise Murphy at for more information.

The event will run from 10 – 4 pm Feb 9, 2019.  Set up starts at 9 am.

We are also looking for a vendor to provide wedding dresses, tuxedos and models for this event.  The plan would be to have a stationary area for brides to view from.  (next year 2020 will have a runway show)

This venue is a beautifully renovated space right on main street in Mount Vernon, IA.

Alcohol Inks Painting Class Dec 4th from 6 – 8pm

Alcohol Inks Painting Class…sign up now at Mount Vernon Creates. This class is designed for non-artists and artists wanting to pick up techniques. You will be taught techniques in which to build on and create your own master pieces. We will complete a few projects on Yupo paper and tiles.

Cost for class: 25.00 (includes materials)

We also have Cedar Ridge or Brick Arch wine on site for sale. You can bring in snacks to enjoy.

If you would like to schedule a private painting event for a group, please let us know.

Sign up ahead and pay, there must be four students to hold the class.

Music Series: Chad Elliot Dec 15th from 7:30 – 10 pm

Tickets on sale now, only 10.00 online or stop in to the gallery. You can also reserve your wine and dessert ahead of time.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Chad Elliott’s soulful, foot-stomping shows are incredible. His laid-back storytelling and his skillful fingerpicking weave well-crafted songs together for an evening of pure entertainment. Averaging more than 200 shows per year, Elliott has been on the road for nearly 20 years performing a blend of Americana, roots and country music.

Elliott has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Counting Crows, Ruthie Foster, Lonestar, Jimmy Vaughan, etc. He has won coveted awards including the Woody Guthrie Song Contest and Iowa Blues Challenge. He placed 3rd in the International Song Contest with his Americana song, “Same Old Way.”

photo credit to Michael Gruich

Unbridled Spirits Opening Art Reception Dec 7th

Please join us for the Unbridled Spirits Opening Art Reception Dec 7th.  This opening reception celebrates the artists that participated on Oct 21 creating art at Unbridled Spirits and the many supporters of this wonderful ranch.  6 – 8 pm.

Unbridled Spirits is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2012 and based out of Lisbon, Iowa.

This is the ONLY off-track thoroughbred retirement sanctuary in the entire Midwest whose transition process includes a full-time pasture retirement option! Yes, there are some amazing facilities that offer career transitioning to an other sport like dressage, eventing, hunter jumper, and more…. But there are no other sanctuaries that allow the horses to run free on over 100 acres and just learn how to be horses again! 

The mission is to preserve the honor and dignity of these amazing athletes by offering a retirement option to these racing thoroughbreds whose racing, breeding, and competitive careers come to an end. 

When a racing star leaves the track or the breeding shed, they still have a large fan-following and a tourist appeal… not to mention a desire for love and affection, same as any horse! We care what happens to these horses, and so many others do as well.