There's good news and bad news about the Cherokee Sesquicentennial being held from June 29 - July 2.
First, the good news : It appears there will be many former Cherokee residents aas well as other visitors coming to town for at least part of the weekend.
The bad news: The three local motels, as well as accommodations in several area communities, are booked solid for those nights - "There is no room in the inn."
But ... more good news: The Sesquicentennial Committee discussed the possibility of having visitors stay in area citizens' homes, and Jeanine Schroder, who coordinated overnight housing for the two RAGBRAI stopovers in Cherokee, volunteered to assume the same role for the Sesquicentennial celebration. Schroder found some 300 homes for RAGBRAI visitors, but feels the need will not be as great this summer.
Anyone interested in providing housing for visitors for one - four nights, please contact Jeanine Schroder at 712-225- 6001 (cell phone number is 712-229-3658). She can also be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org , or by "snail mail" at 309 Centennial Drive; P.O. Box 139; Cherokee, IA 51012.
One can also pick up a form to complete, stating that you are willing to provide housing, linens and towels. It is suggested that the home owner ask for a donation of $40 per night, per bedroom, from the guest(s), but the amount donated, in fact whether the guest even donates ANY amount, is entirely up to the host. Any money collected from the guest would go to the home owner.
The local motels are referring inquiries for that weekend to other communities, and say they would also be glad to refer prospective customers to those providing private housing.
The forms for volunteering housing are available at Cherokee City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as at the Cherokee Sesquicentennial Store. The store is located on Main Street, next to "Golf, etc.", in the former Joyce's Shoppe.
The Sesquicentennial Store is open Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Stop in and check out the Sesquicentennial clothing and other items, or sign up to provide housing ... or both.