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Cabin fever may be at a fever pitch after record snowfall this week.

Thankfully, long before the snowstorm hit, North Iowans were planning some pretty cool ways to beat the fever that sets in every year about this time.

Let the fun begin.

Things are getting busy in Clear Lake, where there’s a sold-out show by country music singer-songwriter Chris Janson on Friday night, followed by a quick turnaround for the annual Winter Dance Party that starts Wednesday with the family sock hop.

Janson has written singles for Tim McGraw and other superstars, and the title track from his album, “Buy Me a Boat,” was a Top 5 hit on several music charts.

The Winter Dance Party – the celebration of music from the Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens era – kicks off with regional favorite "Johnny Rogers History of Rock 'n' Roll Show" performing '50s and '60s music Wednesday for the family-themed evening, which will be followed by three nights of shows featuring entertainment from that area.

Especially poignant tributes are expected Thursday for the late Tommy Allsup, a guitar player with Holly, and on Saturday for the late Bobby Vee, who took Holly’s spot on the Winter Dance Party Tour. The rest was history, and that history will be relived throughout the week at the Surf.

Charles City has a big weekend of cabin fever-beating activities planned, indoors and out.

Aptly titled Cabin Fever Weekend, it’s coordinated through the Chamber of Commerce and starts with Charles City High sporting events Friday night, moves on to cycling, yoga, ice-fishing, cross country skiing and more on Saturday, and ends up Sunday with activities at Cedar Springs Camp near Floyd.

“Menopause The Musical,” about four women reaching “The Change” in life, will be Saturday night as part of the Performing Arts and Leadership Series at the North Iowa Community Auditorium at NIACC.

Now celebrating 14 years of female empowerment through musical comedy, “Menopause The Musical” has evolved as a grassroots movement of women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.

And in Duncan, the venerable Duncan Community Ballroom will be the site of the annual Winterfest on Saturday. It features a Mardis Gras theme with dinner and entertainment by Lee Cole, known for his magic and comedy shows.

Plus, you know your favorite establishment will have good eat and drink to take off the winter’s chill.

We’ll see you out and about!

-- More on these and other activities appears at Local Entertainment at and in Thursday’s Globe Gazette Preview section.


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